G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGB Laser Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


When you think of the name G.Skill, I bet you think of memory products. That’s hardly surprising, as their Ripjaws memory are regarded as some of the best in the world and are loved by overclockers, system builders, modders and more around the world. All that is about to change, as G.Skill are taking the PC gaming world by storm, with a very exciting range of gaming peripherals that will change how you see the name G.Skill forever.

Check out the rather awesome product video from G.Skill below for a quick look at some of the cool features on offer.

The first of their new products in the Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse. Equipped with all the high-end features you could hope for, it’s build for everyone from pro gamers to those who just want something cool to use in the office.

“Ambidextrous design, interchangeable side grips, height-adjustable palm rest, on-board profile storage, adjustable weights, Avago laser sensor, Omron micro-switch, 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable 4-zone RGB backlighting. The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming experience in glorious RGB lighting.”

As you can see, the specifications are certainly attractive, with a high-end sensor, 4-zone RGB lighting, on-board memory, adjustable weight and more!

The packaging is nicely designed, with all the main specs on the front, as well as a few details about the RGB lighting.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the features, but let’s get it out of the box and take a much closer look.

In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, a couple of attachments, as well as the hard-wired mouse.

First up, we have an Allen key adjustment tool, as well as two 4.5G weights for tuning the mouse.

You’ll find two additional side mounts for the mouse, allowing you to tweak the ergonomics and even convert it to a fully left-hand mouse.

The cable is treated with a glossy black braided, which adds to the overall style and durability. It is finished off with a custom shape USB header and gold plating.

Mad Catz Now Shipping the R.A.T. Pro S Gaming Mouse

About a month ago Mad Catz started to ship their flagship R.A.T. Pro X gaming mouse and now its little brother the RAT Pro S gaming mouse is ready to take on the job of being your instrument on the virtual battlefields.

The new R.A.T. Pro S follows the same scheme as the other R.A.T. mice by combining aggressive looks with eSports focused performance features and user customization options. It doesn’t feature all of the same as its bigger brother, but it still delivers a solid feature list.

You’ll get 8 programmable buttons with one mode per profile. You can store 3 profiles in the onboard memory and have access to a total of 24 programmable commands. The sensor is an optical PMW331 infrared optical sensor with 5000 DPI. The DPI is adjustable in steps of 50 DPI all the way down to 50 DPI itself. The report rate can be set to 125, 250, 500, or 1000Hz. The buttons should withstand up to 20 million clicks. The Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro S Gaming Mouse comes with a gold-plated 6ft/1.8m USB connector cable.

“Together with the R.A.T. Pro X, the R.A.T. Pro S illustrates Mad Catz’ next-generation of PC gaming and our commitment to designing high-performance products that enhance the experience of competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T. Pro S combines blistering speed, lightweight design and user customization options, making it an ideal gaming mouse for tournament gamers and beyond, and we look forward to it contributing positively to our Holiday 2015 lineup of products.”

With a price tag of just $69.99, it is quite a bit cheaper than the R.A.T. Pro X, although it isn’t a budget mouse either.

Cougar Reveals 700M eSports Gaming Mouse

Cougar has announced an eSports version of the highly-rated 700M gaming mouse which adopts a striking red/black or blue/white colour scheme. The device utilizes an Avago ADNS-9800, 8200 DPI laser sensor for ultra-precise and responsive movement. Additionally, there are 8 programmable buttons, an aluminum shell and rubber coating on the side to enhance comfort. Technically, the mouse is virtually identical to the existing 700M but the eSports branding refers to the revised, and quite flashy aesthetic design.

There’s no indication of the mouse’s price but expect a noticeable increase from the base model’s $60 tag. As with any mouse, the suitability revolves around your grip style and personal taste. The 700M should work rather nicely with smaller hands and users who prefer a claw grip. As the financial success of eSports grows year-after-year, manufacturers attempt to cater to a new breed of gamers looking for professional-grade hardware. Despite all the advances in sensor technology, I’m still waiting for a mouse which matches the feel of my old, trusty Logitech MX518.

The 700M is an excellent choice for gamers wanting a reliable mouse with an unusual style. I personally love the white and blue colour scheme which matches my all-white custom build extremely well.  Therefore, I can see this becoming a popular model as the black and red colour design is quite common on a wide range of popular mice.

Overclockers UK Now Stocks the Cougar 300M Professional Gaming Mouse

Cougar announced their 300M professional level gaming mouse back in march and now those wanting one are able to get it, at least here in the UK. Overclockers UK recently entered a partnership with Cougar for their full range of products, so the new 300M gaming mouse can’t be left out.

The new Cougar 300M mouse is aimed at the mainstream professional level gamer and is packed with great features. It is using an ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor with 4000 DPI, 1000 Hz polling rate and a 1 ms response time, which provides the gamer with smooth and lag-free input. The durability needed for extensive gaming sessions should be guaranteed by the OMRON switches that are used for the main buttons, which promise a minimum life cycle of 5 million clicks.

The cable is braided for better aesthetics and improved durability, it has 7 fully programmable buttons, and an onboard storage for 3 complete configuration profiles resulting in 24 functions which can be accessed directly from the mouse. The built-in LEDs feature 16.8 million colours, so you can set them just the way you like.

The soft-touch surface makes it comfortable for long periods of use and gives you full control. All functions can be managed with the Cougar UIX System, a convenient software management suite. The Cougar 300M could be an ideal mouse for the everyday gamer.

You can choose between a yellow and an orange version and neither won’t cost you a lot either. The current listing has a price of just £27.95 inc VAT.

G.Skill Introduces Ripjaws Peripherals

G.Skill isn’t happy with just making memory modules and they’re branching out into new areas. We saw earlier how they entered the PSU market with some really nice units – but that isn’t all. They’re also entering the peripheral market with everything from Mechanical keyboards over gaming mice to surround sound headsets.

The MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse features a height-adjustable palm rest and interchangeable side grips to maximize comfort and support for your hand size and grip style. On the insides it packs a 32-bit ARM processor, Avago laser sensor, and it is equipped with Omron switches for long durability. The MX780 has an 8200 dpi resolution, 1000Hz polling rate and can track up to 150ips and 30g of acceleration.durability of 20 million clicks.

Up to 5 individual profiles can be stored within the device, each profile with its own sets of customizable RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones and unique settings for 8 fully programmable buttons. You can store up to 5 profiles within the device and customize the RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones.

The Mechanical Ripjaws KM780 keyboard is available in two LED variations, one crimson red and one with full RGB colors. The KM780 is built with Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches and comes with a 2 meter long braided USB cable.

The KM780 also features onboard storage for your customized settings, even when you connect it to strange systems. You can store up to three independent modes of settings on the keyboard, easily switchable via Mode hotkeys. Each mode contains its own lighting patterns, macro setup, timer setting, key delay and repeat rate, polling rate, and various other settings.

Last but not least are the two new Ripjaws headsets, the SR910 with real 7.1 surround sound through 10 discrete audio drivers and the SV710 with virtual 7.1 surround sound powered by two 50mm drivers.

The headsets feature comfortable leatherette lined ear pads so you can enjoy even the longest gaming sessions with your friends. The microphone comes with built-in environmental noise cancelation so your friends don’t have to listen to what’s going on around you.

COUGAR Announces New 300M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR has announced their newest gaming mouse, the COUGAR 300M. The new mouse is aimed at the mainstream pro-level gamer and is packed with great features.

The COUGAR 300M is using an ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor with 4000 DPI, 1000 Hz polling rate and a 1ms response time, which provides the gamer with smooth and lag-free input. The durability needed for extensive gaming sessions should be guaranteed by the OMRON switches that are used for the main buttons, which promise a minimum life cycle of 5 million clicks.

It comes with a braided cable for better aesthetics and improved durability. It has 7 fully programmable buttons and onboard storage for 3 complete configuration profiles resulting in 24 functions which can be accessed directly from the mouse. The built-in LEDs feature 16.8 million colours, so you can set them just the way you like.

The new COUGAR 300M will be available for purchase in late April 2015, with an MSRP of $39.99.

Thanks to COUGAR for providing us with this information

COUGAR’s 700 Series Now Available in the UK

COUGAR has created some great peripherals, but they haven’t been widely available in the UK up until now, at least not all of them. Now you’ll be able to get your hands on the great 700M 8200dpi Black Gaming Mouse as well as the 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

The 700K is a premium aluminum keyboard that won the iF Design Award 2014. The design is based on carefully selected geometrical shapes, mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments and a plastic frame wraps its ends to create a stylish, sturdy and durable device.

The 700M gaming mouse also won the iF Design Award 2014 and comes with an adjustable 8200dpi sensor. It is built on a simple folded aluminium chassis to provide better strength and a lightweight design. The palm rest module can be replaced and comes fitted with ‘sniper button’.

If you’d like to read up on what the 700K Mechanical Keyboard has to offer, then you can head right over to our review section and see what we had to say about it. If you’d like to pick one of them up, you can head over to one of the UK resellers: CCLonline, eBuyer, or Aria PC.

Thanks to COUGAR for providing us with this information.

Tesoro Launches Gungnir Black Optical Gaming Mouse

Tesoro Technology USA is getting ready to release their new mouse, the Gungnir Black optical gaming mouse with customizable RGB illumination.

The Gungnir Black has a 3500 DPI optical sensor, full-colour programmable LED illumination, 7 independent and programmable buttons and comes with 64Kb of onboard memory for up to 35 macro keys and 1600 recordable actions.

The use of Omron switches should provide the tactical feedback and longevity games need. The sensor has four adjustable DPI levels and a polling rate up to 1000Hz.

Smooth Teflon feet to ensure maximum precision and movement during game play and the ergonomic design and rubberized coating should provide both comfort and good grip in those hectic situations.

The Tesoro Gungnir Black will be available in North America in March for the suggested retail price of $29. No word on other territories.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

QPAD Announced New 8K Gaming Mouse

QPAD has released their latest mouse named the 8K and labelled with “16.8 million improvements”. The 8K is a souped-up version of their award-winning 5K mouse and comes with entirely new hardware on the inside.

The QPAD 8K is delivered in a sleekly designed box and comes with a carry bag. Inside it got a new and more advanced sensor, a more powerful CPU, more memory and QPAD also created a new piece of software to control it.

The five-finger grip mouse’s new sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12,000 frames per second over an area of 30 by 30 pixels. This generates an image of 10.8 MB data in processing power per second. Underlying this is 8200 true CPI and advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance.

It has seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings and also comes with QPAD’s GLidz mouse feet. The mouse also has a 128kb onboard memory to store your personal profile settings.

The left and right buttons are using Omron switches with a rating of 20 million clicks and the distinctive feedback that gamers like. As initially mentioned, the mouse comes with 16.8 million improvements which of course refers to the built-in and customisable RGB LED light.

Specifications

  • Sensor technology: Gaming-grade laser sensor
  • Sensitivity: 200 – 8200 CPI (Counts/inch)
  • Max Acceleration: 30 G
  • Max Speed: 3.8m/sec | 150 IPS (inch/sec)
  • Image processing: 10.8 MPS (Megapixels/second)
  • USB report rate: 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz
  • USB Data format: 16 bits/axis
  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensing pixels: 30×30 pixels
  • Sampling rate: 12.000 FPS (Frames/second)
  • Cable: Braided cable 2 meter
  • USB plug: Gold plated USB
  • Response time: 1 ms
  • MCU Controller unit: 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor
  • Backlight: RGB led 16.7 million colors
  • Installation: Plug & Play
  • Onboard memory: 128 kb
  • Main buttons: Omron switches. Left / right. 20 mil.clicks
  • Shape: Right-handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
  • Software: For advanced features and functions.

The QPAD 8K will be available at the end of February at an 79€ MSRP.

Thanks to QPAD for providing us with this information

EVGA TORQ X5 and X3 Gaming Mice Now Availalbe in Europe

EVGA recently introduced the TORQ X5 and X3 gaming mice and now they’re available in Europe. Each of these mice was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the gamers with high-quality sensors and Omron switches.

The EVGA TORQ X5/X3 mice support fully programmable buttons, onboard storage for saving up to 5 profiles, customizable RGB LED, On-The-Fly DPI adjustment, Omron switches as well as having an ambidextrous design to allow both left and right-handed users to handle the mouse.

The software package allows you to customise the colour, button settings, DPI and profiles. The EVGA Unleash software also has an OSD (On Screen Display) that makes it easy to see what profile or DPI setting you are using!

The new TORQ X5/X3 gaming mice are currently available from European etailers such as Scan in the UK while more shops will get the mice in the coming weeks.

Thanks to EVGA for providing us with this information

Corsair Gaming Sabre Optical RGB Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair has already impressed us with their new RGB series products, which for the most part are revisions of previous models with a new lighting kit, but that’s not the case today. The Sabre Optical does indeed feature the new RGB lighting technology, but it’s also Corsair’s first high-end optical sensor gaming mouse. It is also available in Laser, but it’s the optical I’m most interested in.

Optical gaming mice are certainly gaining in popularity again and there are many great ones already available from the likes of Roccat, TteSports, Zowie and more; I’m really looking forward to finding out if the Corsair Sabre RGB has got what it takes to compete with them.

The Sabre Optical and Laser mice are both very well equipped with all the latest features you would expect from a high-end gaming mouse. The Optical has a 6400 DPI sensor, 8 programmable buttons, four zone RGB lighting, a soft touch rubber grip coating and more.

The Sabre comes hard-wired with a high quality black braided cable. There’s a velcro cable tidy fixed to the cable and a custom USB mould that looks pretty cool.

The mouse has a nice understated look thanks to the matte finish of the rubber coating; which also provides the mouse with an excellent amount of grip.

There are two buttons down the left side of the mouse and a deep recess below them that provides a comfortable resting position for your thumb.

The Corsair Gaming logo on the back, which I know some of you love, some of you hate. The logo is transparent and backlit with RGB LEDs.

The mouse wheel has soft rubber grip that makes it really easy to control and there is a clear trim on the edges of it for LED lighting. Behind the wheel is a single control switch and there are two more switches on the far left of the mouse buttons.

Here you can see the wide side panels and how they arch outwards; perfect for those who play right-handed, but no good for any lefties out there.

Each of the slipmats on the base of the mouse has a small groove next to it, making them easier to remove and replace. With four large slipmats, the Sabre should glide with ease on virtually any gaming surface.

TteSPORTS Introduced Updated Black V2 Laser Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS is releasing an upgrade to the highly popular BLACK Gaming Mouse, the new BLACK V2 Laser Gaming Mouse. The upgrade includes a new sensor, new buttons, a better surface finish and extra grip, as well as an improved software experience.

The new BLACK V2 is using a 5700 DPI Avago ADNS-9500 Laser sensor with 4 programmable DPI levels per profile and an adjustable increment of 100 DPI, while an additional thumbs button has been added to give the mouse a total of 7 programmable buttons. The current DPI setting will be displayed by built-in light relays and the mouse wheel will flash when profiles are changed.

The new surface coating is said to bring an even “softer” touch than gamers are used to while the new hexagonal pattern at the thumbs area will provide better grip in extra hectic situation. TteSPORTS also took the time to revamp the software and give it a better user interface and added some features.

The new TteSPORTS BLACK V2 laser gaming mouse will be launched globally in middle of January at an MSRP of $49.99.

Thanks to TteSPORTS for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TTteSPORTS

Ozone Launches Argon Ocelote World Gaming Mouse

Ozone has launched the Argon Ocelote World gaming mouse, a cooperation with Ocelote’s expertise in gaming and the advanced techniques of Ozone Gaming’s engineering team. With an 8200 DPI laser sensor and 9 programmable buttons with the main buttons being powered by OMRON switches.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.” said Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

The ADNS 9800 Enhanced Laser Gaming Sensor has 4 default levels of accuracy, but can be fully customized and changed on the fly from 100 to 8200. The default settings are 800, 1800, 4000 and 8200 DPI. The 9 programmable buttons feature ultra-rapid response buttons with Switch tech and the main buttons use OMRON switches. The coating is made with leading-edge antislip rubber material to make sure you’re in full control of the mouse and has 4 built-in orange LEDs.

The Argon Ocelote World Gaming mouse comes with 128KB of onboard memory and configurable weight with included 4.5 gram pieces. The mouse memory makes possible to save up to 5 exclusives profiles with the Ozone Oceloteworld software.

The Argon Ozone-OceloteWorld launched 8th December in European countries and will be available worldwide from 12th January. It can be used by both right and left-handed users due to the chosen design; always a welcome bonus.

Thanks to Ozone for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Ozone

Speedlink Announces Kudos Z-9 Gaming Mouse

SpeedLink has announced their latest mouse, the Kudos Z-9 Gaming Mouse. Aimed for speed, the fully customizable gaming mouse is said to feature excellent ergonomics and has nine programmable buttons with zero-response-time.

The mouse has a distinctively notched 4-way scroll wheel and comes with dpi and profile switches as well. Under the hood, it has a laser sensor with an adjustable DPI that ranges from 50 to 8,200.

The Kudos Z-9 is ergonomically designed for right-handed use and has a thumb-indent. Running across the mouse is an illuminated indicator strip with 64 colours available to distinguish what profile is active. Connection to the PC is done with a flexible and sheathed 1.8m long USB cable.

A nifty feature that comes along with the Kudos Z-9 is the configuration app that allows you to edit profiles and adjust settings of your mouse from a compatible smart-device.

Thanks to Softpedia for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Softpedia

Roccat Tyon Laser Gaming Mouse Now Available

Roccat are back once again with yet another feature packed gaming mouse, the Roccat Tyon. No stranger to innovation, the new laser gaming mouse is packed full of features that aim to set it apart from the competition; such as 16 programmable buttons, with 31 distinct functions thanks to the Roccat Easy-Shift[+] button. The mouse looks very well designed, borrowing heavily from their popular Kone series in terms of style, but packing a lot more controls into its revised ergonomic shape to cater to the demands of modern gamers.

The Roccat Tyon features their new X-Celerator, a two-way analogue stick, which Roccat say can be used for features such as throttling, sprinting, controlling tank turrets and more; breaking some of the features we commonly find on the keyboard and putting them right at your finger tips. It also features Dorsal Fin, a two click button set behind the mouse wheel, which can be toggled side to side; this means you can hit these buttons without adjusting your fingers away from the LMB and RMB switches. The Tyon also features 576kb of onboard memory, which is a huge amount of storage for a mouse; more than enough to handle a wide selection of macros and shortcut settings, it also means that the Tyon will be tournament friendly.

Equipped with an 8200 DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor, dual lighting options with RGBY illumination and a whole lot more, this is quickly shaping up to be Roccat’s greatest mouse yet. The Tyon is available at most major retailers for around £85 and will be available in both black and white editions.

ROCCAT Tyon TechSpecs

  • 8200 DPI PRO AIM (R3) LASER SENSOR: for precision gaming at its best
  • X-CELERATOR THUMB PADDLE: for unrivaled command capabilities
  • DORSAL FIN SWITCH: for rapid and instinctive control
  • ROCCAT EASY-SHIFT[+]: on-the-fly button duplicator
  • 16.8M MULTICOLOR ILLUMINATION: customizable two-level light system
  • TRACKING & DISTANCE CONTROL UNIT: less pick-up flight for precise gaming
  • 16 MOUSE BUTTONS: programmable + solid mouse wheel
  • 32-BIT PROCESSOR + 576KB MEMORY: for rapid macro storage and execution

Thank Roccat for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Roccat.

Rival: DOTA 2 Edition Gaming Mouse Revealed By SteelSeries

SteelSeries have just revealed their new DOTA 2 branded gaming mouse, the Rival. The mouse is based on their massively popular Rival Optical Mouse, but not only has it been treated to a new colour scheme, but it also comes with an exclusive in-game item, Hell’s Glare for Doom.

TOURNAMENT-GRADE PERFORMANCE

Whether you’re part of the Dire or Radiance, winning is everything. This precision gaming tool was carefully crafted after a rich history of tournament-grade mice created for the best professional players around the globe. Gamers can tune their CPI, polling rate, mouse acceleration, and a full arsenal of performance mods in an easy to use interface courtesy of SteelSeries Engine 3. All of these things together create a mouse that is guaranteed to never be the reason why you miss another last hit.

ENDLESS CUSTOMIZATION, DOTA STYLE

The SteelSeries Rival Dota 2 Edition is the ultimate mouse built for fans of the globally loved title from Valve. Each part, from the stone-gray body and side buttons to the blood-red rubber grips is carefully crafted to be a true item of beauty. Players can further customize the mouse using exclusive Dota 2 themed illumination modes that can shift according to player preference.

EXCLUSIVE IN-GAME ITEM

A once divine weapon, now corrupted by the devouring darkness of its new master, this Radiance-inspired sword is a must-have for any Dota fan. The Hell’s Glare for Doom has been exclusively designed and only available with purchase of the SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse.

Those attending the International 4 DOTA 2 Championship in Seattle, Washington will be some of the first to get access to the Rival 2 DOTA 2 Edition gaming mouse.

“We believe that Dota players deserve the best, so we set out to give fans a mouse with a design they would love without sacrificing the functionality they require,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “We extensively tested our Dota 2 Edition of the Rival Optical Mouse with professional players from Natus Vincere, Invictus Gaming and Fnatic which has resulted in one of the most powerful mice we’ve ever built – and to make it even more special for the Dota 2 community, we’ve added a unique in-game item.”

Pre-orders will be available after the tournament has finished, with an MSRP of 69.99 / €69.99.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Recently I took a look at the Mionix Avior 7000 gaming mouse, it won our Editors Choice Award with flying colours and I still stand by my word that it’s one of the best gaming mice on the market today. With that in mind, I’ll be looking at another Mionix product from the same range, their new Naos 7000 gaming mouse, which features a lot of the same technology as the Avoir, so in theory, it should at least be as good at the Avoir in terms of performance, anything less would be a big disappointment.

Mionix is pretty specialist in terms of the peripherals they produce, they’ve got a laser-like focus on the gaming market and while the Avoir we reviewed recently was a great all round, day-to-day product, it really impressed when used for gaming. With the ever-increasing popularity of PC gaming, especially thanks to the advances in eSports and LAN gaming events, gamers are wanting high-performance peripherals that will help them play better, or at the very least enjoy their experience more, and generally gamers or even just any consumer, wants the best product they can get for their budget.

With a price tag of around £70 it’s certainly not cheap, but a little google-fu will find you one just a little under £60. It’s actually a little more on average than the £55 Avoir 7000, so it’ll be interesting to see if there is anything in place to justify the slightly higher price tag. Of course, it is also likely that the prices are reflected by availability and demand.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Naos is very well equipped, it’s got a speedy processor that will make sure input lag is a thing of the past, soft touch design for grip and comfort, DPI adjustments, customisable lighting, built-in memory for macros and profiles, and a whole lot more, but of course, we’ll take a closer look at all of this in a moment.

The Naos comes neatly packaged in a small black box that is little bigger than the actual mouse its self. There’s a nice image of the mouse on the front as well as the brand name.

All the good details are around the back and you’ll find a well-detailed diagram of the mouse that highlights many of the major features such as what parts of the mouse are illuminated and that the buttons are fully programmable.

There isn’t much in the box aside from the mouse, just a Mionix sticker and a warranty card, but it’s not like you actually need anything else.

Roccat Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


On the gaming test bench today we have the Roccat Savu and if past Roccat products are anything to judge this by, then we should be in for a real treat today. While sure this mouse isn’t as premium as their high-end Kone XTD, but not everyone has £80 to spend on a gaming mouse, the Savu looks set to tackle the mid budget market with a mid-size hybrid mouse for only £45.

For around £50 there are some truly great products on the market, but Roccat are known for their high quality and ability to cram insane amounts of features into their products, on paper at least the Savu seems like no exception to that rule and as you can see from the specifications on the image above, Roccat aren’t about to cut features along with the price tag.

eSports, home gaming, or just browsing the web and wasting time on Reddit, it doesn’t matter what you do at your computer, you are most certainly going to be using a mouse, so it makes sense that you’re going to want something that is comfortable, versatile, well made and affordable, lets see if Roccat can meet those demands head on.

As you can see, the Savu comes in a really nicely designed box, covered in awards and marketing logos that show off the extensive feature set of the mouse, this includes the 4000 DPI sensor, easy-shift mode, LED lighting and side grips.

Around the back we have even more features and a multi-language break down also.

In the box I found an easy to follow user guide / manual, but nothing else in the way of extras.

Roccat Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse Mini Review

Roccat are an extreme gaming brand who have forced themselves into the market in a big way. They are one of those companies who seem to be making all of the right decisions and it paying off. It all goes back to their roots of the company being aimed at gamers and being developed by gaming enthusiasts including the owner Rene.

Their initial product release consisted of the Roccat Kone; a mouse aimed at general gaming, allowing you to get the very best performance from your gameplay with a 3200 DPI pro-aim gaming sensor, a tracking control unit and 128KB of onboard memory allowing you to save gaming profiles and macros for your desired functions.

With the Kone being an extremely successful product for Roccat and propelling them into the very crowded market, we found Roccat developing on its successes and releasing the Kone[+] which incorporated a 6000 DPI pro-aim laser sensor while still keeping the fundamental aspects that made the Kone an industry leader.

With Roccat not being content on ending things there, the Kone Pure was born and offered the same Kone form factor that gamers love, while reducing the size of the mouse down to 91% of its original Kone[+] size, making it more versatile with its new sleek look and design while also improving some of its key features, including the increase to an 8200 DPI pro-aim laser sensor (R3).

As you can see, Roccat has relied on its roots and stayed true to it as they developed further upon some already amazing products, but with all of this development, what becomes the next logical step in the Kone life cycle? How about some funky new colours?

To celebrate 5 years of Kone awesomeness, Roccat have developed some limited edition colours of the Kone Pure to spice things up from the original black colour scheme. To add with this, we find the following colours being added to the range:

Phantom White

Inferno Orange

Hellfire Red

Polar Blue

As you can see, the new colours certainly breathe a new lease of life into the product and look absolutely fantastic. We even reviewed the “Inferno Orange” edition a little while ago and saw it leave with our Editor’s Choice award, showing that we really liked it then, and love it even more now.

We even stopped by with Roccat’s Tim Krause to take a look at the new colours and what it means for Roccat.

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As you saw in the video, we do mention a giveaway, and if you’re interested in finding out exactly how to win one, we invite you to click on the button below:

Razer Unveils Updated Naga MMO Mouse

Razer have just announced an updated 2013 version of their infamous Naga MMO gaming mouse. As part of the changes the Naga now has mechanical switches on the keys for increased tactility. Additionally the Razer Naga has been redesigned to have a broader shape for better comfort and to fit a wider range of hand types. The fourth and fifth finger rest has a gentler down slope to reduce grip fatigue over a long period of time. Razer have also updated the click scroll wheel so that it now clicks down, left and right.

“When we launched the original Razer Naga gaming mouse several years ago, we had no idea that it would rise to become the best-selling MMO gaming mouse the world has ever seen, helping launch a slew of other MMO mice,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “In fact, we expect the copycats to be the first in line to order the new Razer Naga. This new iteration is no different – mechanical thumb grid buttons for better game control, improved ergonomics that were already widely accepted as the benchmark for this type of mouse within the editorial community and intuitive software that makes MMO gaming more efficient.”

Specifications:

  • Total of 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
  • 12-button mechanical thumb grid
  • Tilt-click scroll wheel
  • 8200 dpi 4G laser sensor
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Green LED backlighting
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Up to 200 inches per second / 50 g max acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft. braided fibre cable
  • Product dimensions: Length: 119 mm / 4.68 inches, Width: 75 mm / 2.95 inches, Height: 43 mm / 1.69 inches
  • Product weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs

Pricing and Availability

$79.99 USD/EUR and available immediately from Razerzone.com and worldwide via Razer partners.

Images courtesy of Razer

Tt eSPORTS Debut VOLOS Gaming Mouse and CRONOS Gaming Headset

Tt eSPORTS have just come to market with a duo of new gaming peripherals. Firstly they have released the new VOLOS gaming mouse which targets MOBA/MMORPG gamers. This mouse uses three side buttons on the right side, two on the bnack leftr and four on the front left in additional to the top buttons. This gives you 14 keys to program and you can use the provided software to create up to 10 profiles for a total of 140 different macros. Tt eSPORTS have also provided a function lock switch to disable macros against accidental presses. Tt eSPORTS claim the colourful design makes it easier to determine which button you want to press, though to me it just looks like an Xbox controller rip-off. There are customisable weights and LED lighting with the usual 16.8  million colour options for the LEDs. You can customise the LEDs on the left click, scroll wheel, DPI indicator and dragon logo. Expect a price tag of USD$69.99.

Next up is the CRONOS gaming headset which will be made available in black or white and comes with LED lighting on the ear cups. The headset comes with cables that allow it to be used on both PC and on mobile handsets. There is a LYCRA head-pad design for comfort and the microphone is both “bendable” and “pivotable”. A USB connection is provided and the cable is going to be fully braided. The suggested retail price is USD$59.99 and availability is from mid July for the black CRONOS and August for the white CRONOS.#

Images courtesy of Tt eSPORTS

TteSports Theron Gaming Mouse Review

In the office today I have the fairly unique looking Theron gaming mouse from TteSports, a gaming mouse targeted right at the heart of the RTS scene and if previous TteSports products are anything to by, I really can’t wait to get this thing plugged in and put it to the test.

TteSports have a rock solid reputation in the gaming community and as the eSports scene and its supports grow, so too does TteSports. As a company they are firmly rooted in the gaming community, attending events, sponsoring gaming teams, they have their peripherals by some of the biggest gamers in the industry (White Ra for example). All of this adds up and it’s always been clear to me that TteSports really care what gamers thing and that they listen to what gamers want.

There are three things that really stand out in the TteSports range, unique designs, plenty of features and wallet friendly price tags, and it looks like the Theron has already ticked off one of those by being priced at £50, although a quick online search can easily find you one closer to £40. This puts it in line with a lot of other gaming mice that are on the market, but price is almost irrelevant if you don’t have the features and performance to match it, so lets move and take a closer look at what TteSports have to offer in terms of design, features and performance.

The box for the Theron is really nicely designed, in fact all TteSports products come well packaged and the fact that they’ve taken time to design fancy graphics, show clear images of their products and have technical details on the box show that they’re confident in their products.

As with some of the other Tt products, there is an endorsement from one of the biggest eSports players around giving his approval for this mouse, definitely a good sign.

The box folds out given us a direct look at the mouse, as well as a break down of some of the major features.

In the box I found a nice little bonus, a soft zip-up pouch for storing the mouse, handy for when you want to chuck it into your backpack to head out to a gaming event.

The mouse its self is hard-wired with a nice high quality braided cable, it also features a permanently attached velcro strap to aid with storage and a custom moulded, gold-plated USB connection.

The mouse features a steep ergonomic slope towards the front, this promotes a palm rest play style, but also offers plenty of clearance for those who prefer a claw like grip on the mouse. The left and right mouse buttons are formed from the main shell of the mouse thanks to a split design and the center of the mouse features a nice quality notched scroll wheel and a pair of toggle switches.

Down the left side we have another pair of switches, as well as some more ergonomic lumps and bumps.  Further towards the back we have a clear panel that covers some LED indicators and a back-lit Tt dragon logo.

The right side of the mouse features yet another switch, bringing the total up to 7, not counting the clickable scroll wheel.

Overall the design is really nice and the shape of the chassis is a little unique compared to many other gaming mice on the market, giving the Theron a very defined and bold look.

Two large Teflon surfaces should provide us with plenty of glide, but the real good stuff comes from the on-mouse polling rate switch, a profile select switch and a lock / unlock settings switch. This gives you extra flexibility over your settings without leaving your game, meaning you can drop out to a more offensive or defensive macro preset between respawns, handy!

Another welcome feature comes from the removable cover, behind which you will find 5 x 4.5g weights and a rubber mounting block. This helps you customise the overall drag/glide of the mouse to your liking.

Setup & Installation

Setting up the Theron couldn’t be any easier, if you want to get straight into the action and enjoy the basics of the DPI settings and polling rate, then you can. Just plug and play and your straight into the action. Yet I strongly recommend you download the excellent software from the TteSports website as this allows for customisation of Macros, tweaking of the LED lighting, profile configuration, DPI adjustments in steps of 90DPI up to 5600 with four settings configurable to each profile. You can also configure the complete button layout to your liking, something that you don’t often see on mice in this price range.

Performance

There are some nice features on the Theron and the software is pretty flexible too, the high DPI sensor is perfect for RTS gaming but I would have liked to have seen configurable X and Y speed settings, but only having a combined setting is hardly a deal breaker really. I performed some simple acceleration tests on the sensor at multiple DPI settings and there is definitely some very light acceleration at lower DPI and a subtle deceleration at higher DPI settings when moving the mouse at high velocities. This is quite common however and while it may bug enthusiast FPS players, this likely won’t be an issue for the RTS or MMO crowd. There were no acceleration issues at lower velocities.

Angle snapping is auto-set to off and didn’t provide any issues for me, prediction and angle snapping might be handy for some day-to-day desktop tasks (albeit I can’t think of any) but it’s definitely not a feature you want in your gaming.

Liftoff distance isn’t great, hovering close to 2mm! This isn’t ideal for those who like to play with a lift-off technique, but it’s not the worst I’ve seen either. Unfortunately this isn’t configurable and is generally something you would have to take into consideration if you play with a lift off technique.

The Theron didn’t disappoint when put to the test in RTS games, Starcraft II and End of Nations benefitted greatly from the macro settings, but most enjoyable for me has to be that this mouse offers “just enough” in terms of features. It’s not too fussy and this meant I could focus on my game without glancing at my mouse ever other minutes looking for macro keys.

FPS gaming wasn’t too bad, it’s perfectly capable of getting you through a few games of Battlefield but for FPS gaming I would suggest you stick with something like the TteSports Saphira. The Theron is better suited for MMO and RTS gaming, there is no doubt about that.

Final Thoughts

I really like this mouse and when it comes to RTS and MMO gaming it is an absolutely joy to work with, it gives you all the features you need to bring the pain to your enemies and having multiple profiles for DPI settings and macros only goes to extend its feature set. I found this especially handy for games such as League of Legends, where I like different settings for different champions.

Day to day usage is also pretty cosy, the ergonomics of the mouse lend well to heavy usage and a few days of using this mouse in Photoshop, checking Facebook, working on reviews etc proved very favourable. The only downside for me is the acceleration / deceleration issue, it is however only a minor occurence of it and I doubt many will even notice it! The lift off distance is high too, but since I don’t play with a lift-off technique, this isn’t something I have issue with, but worth taking note of if you’re a player that does.

Those two minor issues are the only things I can things I can find wrong with the Theron and for a product that I can go purchase for just £40 that is a pretty awesome trade-off as I find there is more often than not at least one or two things I don’t like about near any gaming product on the market. Yet given its feature set, stylish design and above average performance for this price range, the Theron is surprisingly good value for money and if your on a tight budget and take your RTS / MMO gaming seriously, you’ll be hard pushed to find better for this kind of money.

Pros

  • Cool design
  • High quality build
  • Braided cable
  • Easy to use software
  • Customisable weight
  • Nice ergonomics

Cons

  • Mild acceleration / deceleration issues at high velocities
  • High liftoff distance

eTeknix says: “TteSports have done it again, providing a uniquely styled product, that packs plenty of features and still offering a super competitive price tag that is going to make a lot of gamers happy”.

Cooler Master Launch CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse

Cooler Master’s CM Storm range of gaming peripherals is proving very popular with gamers and I am myself a huge fan of the CM Storm line. Today Cooler Master introduced a new mouse to the series, the CM Storm Havoc. This is a mouse designed for the higher end of the gaming mouse segment as it features a high quality Avago 9800 laser sensor that can achieve up to 8200 DPI. Furthermore there is an on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment button that allows you to switch up or down depending on the particular usage scenario.

Additionally the CM Storm Havoc has 8 buttons and these are fully programmable using CM Storm software for the mouse that is freely available on the CM Storm website. CM Storm have equipped 128kb of onboard memory to allow you to store all these macros and profiles for the mouse.

The whole mouse is covered in a durable rubber coating for both longevity and comfort. Furthermore it uses Japanese Omron micro switches, a gold plated USB connector and has a 1.8 metre braided cable. According to Cooler Master we can expect to see a price of about €49.95 for this product when it is released into the European market in the near future.

Images courtesy of Cooler Master

Corsair M95 MMO Gaming Mouse Review

This week I have been spending time with the M95, the latest gaming peripheral from Corsair. Corsair have a long and rich history in the PC market and have experience in making everything from some of the finest PC chassis on the market, award-winning high-end CPU coolers, SSD hard drives, memory modules and many of them prove popular around the world with enthusiast gamers, PC users and just about anyone else, chances are this if you’ve been a PC user for more than a couple of years, you’ve owned at least one Corsair product.

The M95 is part of the Corsair gaming range and will take its place along side other Corsair products such as the M65 FPS mouse which we reviewed last month and while that was one of the finest FPS mice I’ve ever seen, the M95 is set to tackle the world of MMO gaming, if you think the world of competitive FPS gaming is fierce, then move aside, because MMO gaming can demand so much more of a gaming mouse, but will the M95  have what it takes to fulfil the exacting demands of the MMO gaming crowd, or is it just another mouse with more buttons that most people need?

The m95 comes in a fairly standard package, which is clearly targeted at retail displays as it features a nice large display window that gives us a great first look at the mouse its self.

In the box there was next to nothing in the way of extras other than a quick start guide and the mouse its self. Of course there doesn’t need to be extras, but they’re always welcome.

The mouse is absolutely packed with buttons and design features that immediately set it apart from the crowd. The left and right mouse buttons are formed from the top shell of the mouse which has a hard glossy coating that is as smooth and slippery as ice, it’s hard to describe, but it just feels expensive and lush some how. The front left of the mouse features not only the LMB but also two configurable switches.

Down the left side we find there are 9 more ergonomically shaped buttons and each features a unique shape that makes them super easy to locate with your thumb, a welcome feature given it’s a little crowded here and the last thing you need to be doing is looking at your mouse mid game when you can’t find a button. Here you can also see the Aluminum chassis of the mouse curving up toward the front, extending out sideways and there are 6 small holes punched through it, this is little more than a stylish flair and rightly so, I think it looks cool.

The right side of the mouse is super clean and short of an ergonomic curve and bump to the panels there is little here, but this is a mouse tailored for right-handed players so that’s hardly an issue. The central part of the mouse features a heavily recessed scroll wheel but a wide split between LMB and RMB gives more than enough room for your finger to operate the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is well weighted and features notches when turned to give you some tactile feedback as well a durable rubber grip coating for extra control. Lastly we have a DPI toggle switch in the top centre, perfect for adjusting settings mid game.

There is a join on of surfaces between the right side panel and the main gloss finish top panel but it’s very close and can’t be felt while using the mouse.

Personally I find the underside of the mouse more interesting than anything, with a slick brushed aluminum finish, some really nice engineering in terms of design and construction and little beyond some Teflon slipmats and a small sensor that really standout, it makes me wish the entire mouse has the same aluminum finish!

Setup & Installation

The mouse is plug & play compatible should you need the basic functions, but many of the side buttons will be pretty useless without the software, although you can still adjust the DPI sensitivity up and down so it’s not too bad. The software has to be downloaded from the Corsair website (33mb file) and is easy enough to install but it does provide you with a robust feature set once installed.

The software gives a macro recording feature that will no doubt prove popular with MMO gamers and its vital to be able to make accurate macros given the large number of buttons featured on this mouse. You can also switch between multiple profiles as well as enable / disable the built-in lighting on the mouse.

For those that want an even more tailored setup you can adjust the four main DPI settings, between the immensely slow 50 DPI and extremely high 8200 DPI, giving both high accuracy and high-speed respectively. The sensor is also able to detect surface quality, although personally I find this a stupid feature as I think the best gaming surface is what ever feels best for you, the M95 rated my mouse mat average, but I personally can’t play on anything else.

Performance & Calibration

The mouse glide across pretty much any mouse mat with ease, even though the chassis makes the mouse quite heavy it still glides with the relative ease of an ice skater, this is party due to the Teflon pads but it’s also helped by the smooth brushed aluminum finish on the underside of the mouse.

Liftoff distance is full customisable and while you can get it up to around 3mm, it’s not recommended as this mouse features ergonomics that don’t lend well to the mouse being lifted, it will slip away from your more often than not should you try, party due to its higher than average weight. The minimum setting was certainly under 1mm and I had no issues with accuracy on either high or low settings.

Angle snapping is enabled by default but its far too strong for my liking and its near impossible to draw a circle in MSPaint without Angle snapping turning it into a rounded square, I’m sure some of you have a use for the feature but personally, I would advise you leave it off for gaming.

There were no noticeable signs of acceleration here, a few tests across multiple DPI settings informs me that the sensor can be trusted to give you 1:1 feedback, even at high acceleration and DPI settings.

Gaming & General Performance

The first thing I had to do with this mouse was setup a multitude of macros for my favourite games, given this is a button laden MMO mouse it deserved nothing less. It takes a little while to get used to the button layout but given that each button has a unique ergonomic shape it does make them easy to distinguish without having to glance at the mouse. More than a few games of League of Legends and a couple of hours on Diablo III flew past and I couldn’t find fault with the mouse performance.

It’s been holding up just as well in day to day tasks too, especially in Photoshop where I have been finding the extra macro keys especially useful, it may be a gaming mouse at heart, but its comfortable ergonomics and switchable macro profiles allow you to tailor it to many day to day tasks.

Final Thoughts

The first thing that really surprised me about this mouse was the visual aspect of it, it looks absolutely stunning and there is nothing quite like it on the market, with the exception of the Corsair M65 which we reviewed a few weeks ago, which is again unique in its own way. The high gloss top panel really shines against the dark contrasting side buttons and having it all mounted on an extruding aluminum chassis just tips it to being one of the best looking mice on the market, of course that is a subjective quality, but love it or hate it you can’t deny that the styling is really cool, can you?

The next thing that took me by surprise with this mouse was the price, it has a feel of a product that has a triple digit price tag and I was fully expecting something in the region of £120, the build quality and materials used just feel that nice. The M95 is still expensive at just under £70 but for this level of build quality and performance, this is still a sound investment.

This price tag sets it in the same area as the NAGA Hex, MMO7, Level 10M and Kone XTD, all of which have proven themselves to the gaming community on one level or another and now it seems Corsair have entered the fight with unrelenting force, is the M95 better than all those rival products? Yes and no, it’s really a subjective and down to personal taste, I personally would have no issues going out and spending money on any of them as I’m confident all would perform exceptionally, but the real tipping point for me today is style, Corsair have made on the best looking mice ever made and as a bonus they’ve packed high-end performance and features that shouldn’t leave any gamer feeling disappointed.