Trust Gaming GXT 922 Ybar: Two Minute Review
The GXT 922 Ybar is an affordable gaming mouse that’s more like a premium offering, making it an ideal choice for style-conscious new gamers or those who don’t have the money to outfit their system. Trust has established itself as one of the most prominent budget gaming brands in Europe, offering peripherals and accessories with desirable features such as RGB lighting.
The GXT 922 Ybar gaming mouse is no different, although there are a few inescapable issues, the first of which is regional availability. It’ll cost you £22.99 / €24.99 (about $30 / AU$40), but this mouse is seemingly impossible to find outside of Europe, so unless you’re willing to import one from abroad, it’s unlikely you in one if you live in the US or Australia.
But if you live in a region where the GXT 922 Ybar gaming mouse is available, you’ll find that there are very few alternative options available for the same price. The Razer Basilisk V3 is a premium offering with the same RGB under light, but this will cost you more than three times as much at $69.99 / £69.99 / about AU$130, while the Razer Viper Mini, a mouse that is highly similar to the 922 Ybar, has a suggested retail price of $39.99 / £39.99 / AU$69.95.
We do note that it’s easy to find the Trust GXT Ybar 922 for below its suggested retail price, as in GAME (UK only) for just £14.99, and at that price it’s a steal. It’s not the highest quality product on the market, but if you’re looking to buy your kids’ first gaming setup, or maybe you’re on a budget of your own, this is a great budget choice that still offers a bit of style and functionality.
The mouse itself is made of hard black plastic, with a textured honeycomb pattern on the sides for extra grip. This does help but is less effective than rubber grips so if your hands tend to get a little sweaty while playing you may want to invest in some grip stickers or maybe save some extra money and get a different mouse model to go.
The size can also be a bit restrictive – for context, our reviewer has medium sized female hands and found the mouse was comfortable, although it feels a bit slimmer than most other standard sized gaming mice on the market, that could be an issue if you are male or have larger than average hands.
The RGB lighting on both the logo and the bottom is a nice touch, but you have to use the Trust GXT Ybar 922 app to control the lighting effects and map any keys to the mouse buttons, which is…an experience. The software is certainly usable, but it’s hard to describe it as a pleasant experience – it’s clunky, dated and difficult to navigate, which is a shame given the actual hardware managed to impress us. You know you messed up when Razer Synapse turns out to be a better control hub.
Speaking of buttons, the Trust GXT Ybar 922 mouse has six programmable buttons that you can assign keys to, and they are surprisingly clickable and responsive. We’ve had issues with Trust mice in previous reviews where the buttons got stuck, causing the mouse software to crash, but there was nothing wrong with this model. In fact, the buttons feel quite premium, just like the side buttons on Logitech or Razer mice.
The 7200 DPI sensor is good enough for casual gamers or those who don’t want to play competitive titles, but many mice on the market come with better, more capable sensors if you need an upgrade. For low demand titles like Minecraft, the experience of using the Trust GXT Ybar 922 to play for a few hours has been completely enjoyable.
One of the biggest problems we had had nothing to do with the mouse itself. The 2.1m braided cable is stiff and unwieldy, which created a lot of drag across the mouse pad, and its lack of flexibility often got in the way when performing fast movements. You need to make sure the cable is managed with a neat or mouse bungee to keep it from becoming a distraction.
Despite being made of a relatively cheap-feeling plastic, the Ybar 922 is surprisingly heavy at 4.2 ounces / 120g, making it unsuitable for anyone who specifically wants a super-lightweight mouse. Instead, the Cooler Master MM720 comes in at just 1.7 ounces / 49 g and costs just $39 (£39, AU$50) if weight is more important to you than style.