CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Head-to-Head Mouse Review

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Sensor Performance

First up, lets take a look at the sensor performance each tested at multiple DPI settings for jitter, angle snapping, prediction and accuracy. you can see quickly how much control each mouse offers at each setting, with jitter often becoming more of a problem at higher settings.

It’s worth nothing that all mice were tested for lift-off height and all clocked in from 1mm to 2mm, nice and low and perfect for those who use a lift-off technique at low-DPI settings.

All mice were tested for acceleration, the Saphira showed no sign of acceleration, but the Avago 9200 sensor does exhibit a slight amount, although it’s only slightly noticeable at higher DPI settings and really shouldn’t effect gameplay, even for serious FPS loving gamers. Now onto the more technical stuff.

Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1

First test, smooth as silk no issues here.

mk1 400

A little twitchy, but still accurate results.

mk1 1000

Another smooth run.

mk1 3000

A little tricky to keep it steady, with some mild acceleration creeping in here making circles a difficult task.

mk1 5000

A little bit of jitter creeping in here and I found there to be slightly more noticeable acceleration, especially when drawing straight lines.

mk1 8000

TteSports Saphira

The Saphira also faired very well at low DPI, although all mice should to be honest as this is the easy part.


Again a smooth as silk performance.


Another clean run at 1000 DPI.


Whoops, what happened here? A lot of jitter at 3000 DPI, this can be a mixture of surface quality, the setting being too high and more, but at these speeds its not really a big deal. Typically I’d only use a 3000 setting for making fast turns in tanks on Battlefield, then back down for aiming again.


Interestingly the max DPI of 3500 had less jitter than 3000, perhaps there are some software troubles further down the range and for a setting this high and I’m happy with the results.


 CM Storm Mizar

The Mizar has the same sensor as the MK-1, but other software elements can throw in plenty of differences. First up we have a smooth run at 100 DPI.


400 was nice and steady.


Silky smooth again.


A little jitter creeping in here on the curves, but still very good.


Tricky, but even at 5000 the sensor was accurate, I’m confident any wobbles here are from my own hands.


8000 was fast, but this is far smoother than what I got on the MK-1.


Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look - Balista MK-1
  3. A Closer Look - Saphira
  4. A Closer Look - Mizar
  5. Sensor Performance
  6. General Performance
  7. Software
  8. Final Thoughts
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