Lexip Naruto PC Accessories Review

It feels like gaming accessories themed on various IPs have mostly gone away in recent years. While manufacturers like PowerA often release (mostly Nintendo) themed controllers, there isn’t much variety overall.

Enter French Manufacturer Lexip, who has teamed up with Tsume — a company that seems to mainly produce premium anime statues — to release a lineup of Naruto-themed PC accessories.

The range is composed of Sasuke “Revenge”, Kakashi “Kamui”, and Madara (the one we have for review) “Destruction” sets, each featuring four products: A mouse, mousepad, controller, and headset. Each set is functionally identical outside of the theme, though the controller and headset have slightly different sculpting (more on this later.)

Overall Theme

Before jumping into each product individually, I wanted to go over my impressions on the theme of the set. Each item (outside of the mousepad) makes use of purple and translucent blue plastic, with Madara’s Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan featured prominently on the mouse and controller — while also on the headset, it’s hidden away underneath the headband.

It’s a distinctive look, especially for the controller which has his Susanoo modelled between the two analog sticks. The mousepad is more subdued, though it still features lineart for Madara prominently along with an RGB rim.

On the whole, I like the colour combination used. Most of the accessories also don’t go too crazy with their designs — though I do have a few issues with how some of the more unique aspects were handled. Looking over the other two sets, both the Madara and Sasuke collections look the most eye-catching, with the blues used for Kakashi’s being a little more subdued.

With that in mind, let’s get into each accessory. While not scored reviews, I’m going to list these based on my impressions from worst to best.

Headset

The Lexip Naruto Madara “Destruction” headset is wireless, making use of Bluetooth 5.1. While it can also be used wirelessly on Switch and mobile, only wired use is available on PlayStation and Xbox.

Everything you’d expect from a wireless headset is here, including onboard power and volume controls, along with an adjustable headband. The included microphone can also be detached if you plan on using one separately, while also making for easier storage.

Audio quality is decent both wireless and wired, if nothing standout. As with most gaming headsets, it leans more towards bass for a more “cinematic” experience. Great for FPS titles too, and it’s not too overblown even if you plan on playing more subdued titles.

Nothing fancy, but has the basic physical controls you need.

Build quality is solid, the headset sporting some thick earpads to help with comfort. My main issue is that, despite not feeling like it’ll break quickly, it’s still mostly plastic and not particularly premium. Oddly, the headset does feature metal on the top (to emulate the headbands used in Naruto), but it’s hard to say if this actually helps with durability at all.

It also might be part of the reason why the headset feels a little tight on my head. While the adjustable headband technically allows for users with larger heads to use it, in practice it’s too stiff. This means that even with the earpads, the headset is still pretty uncomfortable to use for long periods of time.

Unfortunately, this isn’t even the worst issue I have with this headset. Since it only supports Bluetooth 5.1 for wireless options, you’re likely always going to run into audio delay. For me, this meant that the headset was completely useless for gaming, unless I switched to wired.

So spiky, the box literally came with a warning note on the inside.

Mic quality suffers too — if you’ve used a lot of gaming headsets, this is a pretty common problem between most of them. Its design is pretty odd as well, featuring some rather sharp spikes that could straight up hurt if handled incorrectly.

Overall, the Madara “Destruction” Headset is disappointing as a wireless headset, and its okay audio doesn’t make it stand out from the many cheaper options on the market.

A simple, if solid design. Somewhat limits which RGB colours go well with the art though.

Mousepad

The Lexip Naruto Madara “Destruction” Mousepad features a hard surface designed for the ceramic feet used on Lexip mice. At 10 x 5 x 1.27 cm, it offers enough surface for most gaming — I would have perhaps liked it to be bigger for FPS gaming.

In a perfect world, this would be an amazing combo with the mouse included in the collection. You’d get super speedy mouse movement thanks to the hard surface, and some extra RGB options via the outside light strip.

Unfortunately, this mousepad has a pretty key flaw that makes it almost useless when paired with a wired mouse: the metal panel at the top. At the top of the mousepad is a raised metal section, where the power cable meets the pad itself.

This piece of metal is a baffling move for a mousepad that comes in the same set as a wired mouse.

To put it bluntly, I don’t really know what the idea was behind it being designed this way. The raised surface gets in the way of mouse cables, and you’d need a cable holder to even have an okay time.

If you look at basically any other RGB pad on the market, they make sure to keep the power cable connected to a corner or the side. Otherwise you end up with the Madara “Destruction” Mousepad, which does not function well with wired mice — a shortsighted choice, since the mouse in this set is not wireless.

I’ve never been stared at by a controller before.

Controller

Despite being a controller primarily designed for PC, the Lexip Naruto Madara “Destruction” Controller features a general design that closely resembles Sony’s DualShock 4. This resemblance goes so far to even match the DS4’s lightbar and touchpad, even if the latter only seems to act as a button in this case.

Unlike the headset, the controller connects wireless via a USB dongle. This allows for less latency, and it can even be used on the Switch (when docked.) Strangely, despite featuring a USB-C port, this is only used for charging and seemingly can’t be used for wired gameplay.

The Madara controller has a decent heft to it, feeling around the same weight as a standard Xbox Series controller. You have access to a standard layout of buttons and analog sticks, plus four programmable buttons on the back.

My first impressions were mostly positive, the controller feeling mostly comfortable in the hands (a benefit of sticking with a DualShock-style design.) But the more I used it, the more I wanted to switch back to the many other controllers I own.

The gap between plastics makes for a less-than-pleasant feel.

For starters, the analog sticks fall victim to the dual plastic design used for most of the Lexip Naruto set. There’s a noticeable indent between where the purple and blue plastic meets, which you can feel as the stick moves along the edge. It doesn’t feel great and is hard to ignore during regular play.

The face buttons also feel somewhat stiff, despite having a satisfying click once fully pressed down. It’s like they’re resisting your presses, not something you want for more intensive games that require quick reactions.

Each set of shoulder buttons suffer from different issues. L/R1 are extremely mushy, while L/R2 require a fair bit of force to fully press down. On the back, only two of the four buttons can be used without any real issue — the other two are placed too high up to reach comfortably without adjusting your grip.

Surprisingly, this doesn’t apply to the d-pad. While far from what I’d consider perfect — I don’t think anything will beat the Vita’s d-pad at this point — it’s more than usable.

Overall, the use of a DualShock 4 design ends up being a double-edged sword. While it does mean that the general design is comfortable, the multiple flaws make it worse over just picking up a (cheaper) Sony controller.

The blue and purple design works best on the mouse, while still making the Naruto theme obvious.

Mouse

While most parts of the Lexip Naruto collections have some notable flaws, the Madara “Destruction” Mouse is actually a solid choice for PC gamers.

It’s a wired mouse with two extra side buttons and the surprising inclusion of a small analog stick. Everything else is fairly standard, though the mouse is relatively flat — something to keep in mind if you’re used to mice with more of a curve at the back.

The aforementioned analog stick is clearly the star of the show. By default it’s mapped to the scroll wheel, but you can map each direction (and clicking in the stick) to different functions. As an example, I mapped the stick to WASD, letting me do some chill gathering in Final Fantasy XIV without needed to use the keyboard for movement.

Getting used to a stick on the side took some time — your thumb will naturally rest on it, leading to you sometimes unintentionally pressing the stick forward. However, it doesn’t take too long before it becomes second nature, and the extra set of keybinds are useful for both gaming and general PC use.

While this version of the mouse comes with a removable weight, the set didn’t seem to include the 18g weight from the Lexip NP93.

As I mentioned during the mousepad section of this review, the mouse makes use of six ceramic feet. This gives movement a smooth feel, even when used on a softer mousepad. Ideally it would be combined with the mousepad in this set for an extra speedy mouse experience (perfect for some FPS games.)

But the braided cable used — while high quality — is a little stiff, and it feels like it’ll take a while to straighten out from its default bent setup (due to how the mouse is stored in its box.) While not a huge issue on a regular mousepad, this makes it basically unusable for the Madara RPG mousepad.

Speaking of the cable, it’s also noticeable shorter than on any other mouse I own. Whether this is an issue is naturally setup dependant, but this meant that I couldn’t actually use the Madara “Destruction” Mouse without moving my PC closer.

Pricing

Currently, it seems like the Lexip Naruto Collection is only available to buy in the UK directly via Lexip’s website. All three sets are listed on Amazon as well, but none can be bought at the time of this review.

Below are the prices for each product, plus the reduced bundle price:

  • Mouse – £71.99
  • Mousepad – £44.99
  • Controller – £89.99
  • Headset – £80.99
  • Bundle – £224.99 (around 28% less than buying each separately)

You’re essentially paying a premium for the Naruto branding. The plain versions of both the mouse and mousepad can be pre-ordered on Amazon for less than these Naruto versions — the Np93 Alpha mouse is more than £20 cheaper.

Final Thoughts on the Lexip Naruto Collection

Unfortunately, it’s hard to recommend most of the Lexip Naruto PC accessory collection. Most come with some key flaws, while also being more expensive than the competition.The only one I think is worth it is the mouse, but even then I’d say the more reasonably priced Np93 Alpha is a better choice.

I think some of the theming is neat — emulating the headbands used in Naruto by including a metal section on the headset is inventive. It’s just a shame the actual usability and price of the set lets everything down.


The Lexip Naruto PC Accessories collection was reviewed using units provided by the manufacturer. All pictures were taken by the reviewer.

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