on 8 December 2008
So I finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a dedicated gaming mouse, and not only that, I opted for a cabled mouse. Not an easy decision I have to say.
I've always thought a good wireless mouse could more than match its cabled counterparts, so other than some fancy increase in DPI, and some equally fancy colour scheme with retractable weights, would good would a cable mouse do me?
The answer is, quite a lot. I have a friend who has got me hooked on a certain online multiplayer FPS. I'd never played before, so inevitably I was rubbish to start. But over time I developed from rubbish into average. And there I'd been stuck for some time.
I always thought the slight delay in shooting someone, or the slight inaccuracy of my bullet was due to my noobishness. I'm sure that played a part to start with, but more and more I became frustrated with the belief that I should be doing better. And so I started looking for a gaming mouse.
I had a shortlist of MS Habu, MS Sidewinder, Razer Copperhead and Razer Boomslang 2007 CE. All of these are very good mice in their own right.
But then I saw this little puppy here, and I knew I had to have it. Rather than rush headlong into a decision for this quite costly cabled mouse, I did extensive online research. And every review I read gave it full marks, or very close to it.
So I shuffled down to the local tech shop to try it out.
The first thing that is apparent is the size. It's quite a big mouse. Definitely not a low profile Razer or Habu. But that's a plus for me as I have big hands, and am used to working with the MX1000 which is both heavy and big.
The second thing you notice is the feel. Its got a nice rubberised, dirtproof, non-slip surface. It actually feels really good. The two main buttons are large and easy to press down on, and the mouse wheel is also quite large. What's nice is that the wheel tilts from left to right (a feature missing from the Sidewinder and Razer mice). The lateral buttons are also nice and large, but sufficiently high to avoid pressing them by accident. As with most gaming mice, it has on the fly DPI setting via the two buttons just behind the mouse wheel.
Thirdly, it has nice easily interchangeable weights. Unlike some of the logitech gaming mice, the weights are standard in size, 5gr, 10gr, 15gr, and 20gr. Now some will say that's not specific enough. Personally it suits me just fine. Oh, and the weights come in a nice heavy Roccat tin, which is a nice touch and means you wont lose them, and the tin doubles as a mouse cable anchor.
And finally, when talking about first impressions you have lighting system. This is simply awesome. It's useless for everything other than making you feel good, but it does one hell of a job at that. There are five lights (top left and right, bottom left and right, and the middle rear logo) that can each be set independently, or turned off altogether. It makes for a lot of time wasting trying to set it up to look just the way you want it (or to colour co-ordinate it with the lights on your PC perhaps?).
Anyway, it was enough make me buy it!
The software that you have to download from the Roccat website is effectively a software suite that allows you to customise all aspects of your mouse. From sensitivity, to colour etc. It also allows you to save up to five individual profiles for different applications/games. This mouse also has onboard memory which allows you to store the profiles on the mouse itself. This means you can take it with you and have instant access to your profiles.
Roccat have also integrated a little pearl in this mouse called TCP. This effectively means that the laser is calibrated according the surface you are using it on. It also means that when you pick up the mouse (eg to recenter it on your mousepad) the pointer locks on the location you were at and does not flail wildly about with the mouse in the air. It's a nice touch, and to my knowledge the only mouse to use this tech.
The mouse cable is long, but not ridiculously so, and after a little while I complete forgot it had one. In normal Windows applications you can scale the DPI down to manageable levels, but when you need that little bit more accuracy, you can simply flick a button and you're away......
I cannot recommend this strongly enough. If you want a gaming mouse that is at the very top of gaming (3200dpi!!!), than this is the one you need. Plus it's the best looker out there (even with the Thundercat, sorry Roccat logo on the back)