Tesoro Shrike H2L Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Tesoro Shrike - Final Thoughts

So, Tesoro's Shrike H2L laser gaming mouse appears to take aim at a "behemoth" in the gaming mouse market.  For many years, it was really the laser gaming mouse which was within range of most gamers, and that was the Logitech G5, followed by it's minor facelift, the G500.  Those are big shoes to fill, but yet from Tesoro's perspective, there's a big audience in the $50 market for gaming mice, and gives it an opportunity to make a good product, not sell the Tesoro brand as an "entry level" product, and hopefully be profitable at the same time.  They are out to capture a few hearts by aiming at one of the most successful gaming mice ever, and do it just a bit better.  And, it must be said, the Shrike has won me over.


The comfort I've found in the Shrike is one of the best I've handled to date, apart from the crazy-expensive Logitech MX Revolution.  It's more comfortable in my large hands than my G5, or the adjustable Level 10 M gaming mouse that I still find very comfortable.  The gaming performance kept up with any of the mice I've ever used, apart from some of the add-ons that more expensive mice might give you, like an onboard processor that allows full DPI-tweaking.  The entire mouse holds up well, the switches on the buttons have a distinct tactile click, the scroll wheel is super-smooth, and the middle mouse click is firm and easy to do without accidentally scrolling. 


In gaming and general usage, the Shrike didn't leave me wishing for more.  The only tweak(s) I would make is to move the two buttons next to the left button a bit farther forward to the rear one would be easier for me to reach.  The other would be to include the thumb buttons on the other side for ambidextrous usage since the overall shape is perfectly symmetrical.  The software doesn't have the most gorgeous interface, but it is responsive, intuitive, and it works well, so I can't really ask for anything more than that.  It has everything you'd expect in a gaming mouse: 8 programmable buttons, 5 profiles, advanced macros, a braided cable with gold-plated USB connector, 1000 Hz polling, and a precise sensor delivering up to 5600 DPI.



At $50, the Shrike has plenty of company at the heart of the mid-range of the gaming mouse market.  When comparing to the G500, the similarities are apparent.  Adjustable weights (the Shrike has more total weight but less in four bigger increments), two additional buttons next to the left mouse, a single DPI switching button, a ~5600 DPI sensor (5700 DPI for the G500), and a similar price put the Shrike and the G500 right next to each other.  The Shrike can be had for about $10 less ignoring sales and promotions, and there is only one thing I'd need to see from Tesoro to claim that I would choose it over the G500 every time; and that's customer support.


The biggest skepticism of new companies is that they are unproven and people don't want to become the cannon fodder to warn others off of shoddy products.  I can say the Shrike is definitely not shoddy, it's very well built and performed great, and if Tesoro can go to extra lengths to try to make customers happy in the event any problems arise, I see a great future ahead for them.  As it stands today, I've shelved many great mice I've used for a long time and I find myself reaching for the Shrike again and again, and I don't see that changing for some time.


Kings' Ruling:

Well built, sleek aesthetics, and amazingly comfortable, the Shrike H2L has lent to an enjoyable experience anywhere from powering through Photoshop editing sessions to fragging with my buddies late into the night on weekends.  It has left me without want and I wouldn't hesitate buying another one to use on my other machines for its comfort alone.


The Good


The Bad

  • Great build quality / aesthetics
  • Very comfortable
  • Smooth scroll wheel
  • 1000 Hz polling and 5600 DPI
  • Smooth tracking
  • Fully-programmable w/timed macros
  • Intuitive software
  • No thumb buttons for lefties
  • Rear left-side button hard to reach with my pointer finger

 Did we miss something or have you found any inaccuracies?  Suggestions and corrections can be sent by commenting below or the "Contact" button at the top of the page.  Your feedback helps us improve!

You have no rights to post comments