The Lofree Touch is an interesting mouse, but sadly not a very good one. The keyboard-style buttons don’t feel that great, the shape is awkward, and the 105-gram weight and low-quality sensor mean it’s more of a novelty than anything else.
|+ Crisp OLED display|
+ Replaceable buttons
+ Supports Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz wireless
+ Impressive material quality
|- Awkward shape
- Uncomfortable thumb rest
- Wobbly mouse buttons
- Doesn’t support standard keyboard keycaps
- Mediocre sensor
- Limited DPI customization
The Lofree Touch mouse is an outlier in the mouse market. These days, most companies target the hardcore gamer crowd, often paring back features to create the lightest mouse possible. Lofree, however, has gone the opposite route, loading the Touch Mouse with features like keyboard-style buttons and an OLED display.
Are these just gimmicks? Or do they combine to create a compelling alternative to all the big names in the mouse world? Let’s find out.
Disclaimer: Lofree sent us the Touch Mouse free of charge in exchange for our honest opinions. They had no say in the content of this review.
Packaging and Accessories
The Lofree Touch Mouse comes in a cute little box with the mouse, a braided USB Type-A to Type-C cable, a sticker, and a quick start guide. Sadly, you don’t get a wireless extender like most wireless gaming mice.
That’s all you get if you choose the standard set. However, those who purchase one of the extra keycap sets will get a second “Maker Part” box with the keycaps of your choice and a Lofree keycap puller.
In my case, the box had four Rush Street keycaps (two for each button with different designs), the set I asked Lofree to send over.
Other keycap sets include a Banana set, a cutesy Dear Kitty set, the Egyptian-themed Pharaoh set, and the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Wonderland set.
Shape, Weight, and Build Quality
Shape and Weight
The Lofree Touch mouse is a tiny symmetrical five-button mouse with a roughly 55-mm (2.16-inch) grip width and 108-mm (4.25-inch) length. However, unlike many compact mice, the Touch has a disproportionately high profile, topping out at 42.5 mm or around 1.67 inches.
The sides are flat, without the subtle curves you see on many symmetrical mice designs. The only curve you get is towards the back of the mouse, where the sides dip under the rear shell.
The Touch also has a thumb rest. It’s prominent enough that some of you may confuse the Touch Mouse for an ergonomic mouse, but don’t be fooled. The Touch is a symmetrical mouse through and through, just with a bit of extra plastic jutting out of the left side.
The Touch mouse comes in at 105 grams (3.7 ounces) on my scale, matching Lofree’s claimed weight. It’s heavier than you’d expect for a mouse this size, but more on that later.
Build and Component Quality
Let’s start with the positives. The Lofree Touch mouse feels solid and boasts excellent material quality overall. You get thick ABS plastic on the body and decently thick PBT for the keycaps, all of which feel good to the touch. There’s barely any creaking or flexing on the body, either. The material quality is certainly impressive.
The side buttons feel decent, with above-average travel distance and a thick tactile actuation. They’re not particularly speedy buttons, but they feel good to press. The mouse wheel is acceptable but not great. I like the small OLED display, which shows the battery level, connection protocol, and current DPI. It’s crisp and a pleasure to look at.
Unfortunately, the main left and right clicks wobble severely on my unit, undermining the overall experience. It’s likely an inherent issue with the design, given that the switches use a cruciform MX-style mount without stabilizers.
The switches themselves aren’t great, either. They have a ton of pre- and post-travel, and both my editor and I agree that the clicks don’t feel very satisfying. We agree that the mouse wheel’s shorter-than-average click travel feels slightly off. It’s not very confidence-inspiring.
Note that while the mount itself looks like it supports standard MX-style keycaps, the curved housing around the scroll wheel requires keycaps to have a large cutaway. Thus, standard keycaps won’t fit, and you’ll have to use Lofree’s ones on the mouse.
The Touch Mouse is available in two colors: “Tofu” and “Block.” We received Tofu units as that’s the only color they had available, but those of you who prefer a slightly cooler beige might want to check out the Block version instead. The Block colorway has a fancy orange DPI button, which is a nice touch.
I won’t beat around the bush: I didn’t enjoy my time with the Touch mouse. The Touch is just a bit too small for my 20×11-inch hands, and I never felt comfortable holding it. But it’s also an awkward shape, with its oddly proportioned body not lending itself to any particular grip.
Claw and fingertip grips are usable, but I never felt at ease with either. A good mouse shape, in my opinion, should feel like it melts into the hand—for lack of a better term—and the Touch never even remotely came close to that. It manages to feel small and clunky all at the same time; sure, that’s unique, but not in a good way.
I found the thumb rest uncomfortable, too, the plastic rubbing up against my thumb and causing some soreness. There’s more to designing a good thumb rest than just adding a protruding bit of plastic to the side of your mouse, and Lofree’s design decision here doesn’t help make up for the lack of comfort curves in the sides.
And then there’s the weight. While I get that not everyone likes lightweight mice, the Lofree Touch mouse doesn’t offer anything in return for its 105-gram weight. Many heavy mice, like Logitech’s G 502 X Lightspeed, have comfortable ergonomic shapes and extra buttons that justify the weight. The Touch mouse is only a five-button mouse, and a tiny one at that. It has zero business being this heavy.
I can’t imagine there’s a huge market for a small, heavy mouse with only five buttons. But I’d love to be proven wrong, though, at least for Lofree’s sake.
Sensor and Connectivity
I don’t have any way of objectively testing mouse sensors, so I can only offer subjective impressions of the PixArt PAW 3805 in the Lofree Touch mouse.
The sensor might be a PixArt product, but it certainly has little to do with the top-tier PixArt sensors you get in all the best lightweight gaming mice. The PAW 3805 tops out at 5000 DPI; pair that with the Touch mouse’s 500 Hz polling rate, and it’s obvious that we’re not looking at gaming-grade hardware here.
It’s noticeable in practice, too. While I’m far from an elite gamer, the sensor felt jittery and imprecise when aiming. While I wouldn’t call it a terrible optical sensor, it’s certainly not one you want to use for gaming—especially not in a mouse this heavy and awkwardly shaped.
The 2.4 GHz wireless connection felt good, and I didn’t notice any latency on the desktop or during the little bit of gaming I did. Bluetooth, however, was noticeably jittery and very unpleasant to use.
Interestingly, Lofree opted to go software-less with the Touch mouse. However, they cleverly added a sixth custom DPI step, so you’re not limited to the default 800/1600/2400/3600/4000 DPI steps.
To set a custom DPI step, press the DPI button for three seconds. Once the DPI readout starts flashing, use the scroll wheel to increase or decrease the DPI. After you’ve found the DPI you want, press the middle scroll wheel to save it in the custom DPI slot (denoted by the wrench in the lower left).
However, there’s a caveat: you can only adjust the DPI in 200 DPI increments, which is a letdown. The steps are too broad to be genuinely useful, and the fact that you only have one means that users who prefer to have multiple sub-800 DPI settings have to stick to a single imperfect compromise.
I admire that Lofree added the option for a custom DPI step instead of leaving users stuck with the default steps. However, the huge DPI steps and single slot make it feel like a half-baked measure designed only for the most casual users.
There’s nothing wrong with a mouse targeted to mainstream users, of course. But how many of them will want to spend $70 on this when they can get a perfectly serviceable basic wireless mouse like the Logitech M705 for half that?
While I like that Lofree approached the Touch from a completely different perspective than most gaming companies, the result is more a novelty than a product worth taking seriously. The keyboard-style buttons are a gimmick; the small but overly tall shape is uncomfortable, and the mouse is too heavy for its own good.
Being different is all well and good, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of making a competitive product. As it is, it’s hard to imagine who the Lofree Touch mouse is for. It’s too heavy for hardcore gamers and too pricey for casual users, even with its above-average material quality. It would perhaps have some value if users could use their own keycaps but, as it is, the Lofree Touch is hard to recommend.
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