Roccat Savu gaming mouse
A light yet sturdy mouse designed for the rigours of gaming
- Accurate 4000dpi sensor
- Comfortable and slip free design.
- EasyShift [+] button not that useful
- Braided cable prone to fraying
The Roccat Savu is a good mouse with a solid and comfortable design. However, its extra features don't really add much to the overall user experience.
Price$ 58.00 (AUD)
A basic optical mouse may be fine for the casual gamer playing Solitaire on their PC, but it simply will not cut it with modern games that demand precision and responsiveness. German peripheral maker, Roccat, is at the forefront of cutting-edge mouse technology, and the gaming focused Savu is an example of this: it features a Pro Optic R3 sensor that has a 4000dpi (dots per inch) resolution. This resolution is a good start if you want a highly responsive mouse experience, but for those of you who want a slower pace to the mouse movement, the Savu is user-adjustable to slower rates of 1600dpi, 800dpi and 400dpi.
Not slippery when wet
What is immediately noticeable with the Savu is its industrial look and lightweight design. The sides of the mouse are covered in a plastic with a slightly rough surface, which is designed to stop fingers from slipping due to sweat. The surface will feel a bit unusual to touch if you have used mice with a smoother exterior, but after a while it will feel comfortable. The centre of the mouse uses a smoother surface. The black colour of the mouse means that fingerprints and sweat become visible very quickly.
Customisable lights and buttons
The bottom of the mouse is fitted with small, rounded plastic pads. Combined with the light weight of the mouse, it enables the Savu to glide easily on most surfaces. The mouse doesn’t come with any physical customisation that some of its peers may feature, such as adjustable weights and bases, but the design that Roccat has chosen seems to work well enough for most tasks. What can be customised is the illuminated rear light bar; it’s possible to set it to any colour you want via its software utility. It’s a novel idea, though the placement of the light bar at the base means the light is obscured by the wrist during use.
There is the traditional right and left buttons on the front, and a clickable scroll wheel in between those buttons, but the Savu also has two buttons above the thumb rest. The rear thumb button is used for Roccat Easy-Shift [+], which lets you assign extra functions to the existing buttons on the mouse. It consists of a two-click process, with the Easy-Shift [+] button being pressed down first, and it comes with a learning curve. If you’re used to basic mice and assigning macros to keyboard instead, you’ll have to retrain yourself to get the most out of this function.
Accurate during gameplay
To gauge the Savu’s performance in RTS games, we tested it using StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The accurate sensor made navigating the game map a breeze, and the scroll wheel was responsive when it came to zooming in and out on the battlefield.
For FPS performance, we used Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. This game put the mouse through the grinder since unit selection, map navigation, and combat are not carried out with the keyboard. The Savu worked well during tight fire fights where precision is needed. A few functions were assigned via EasyShift [+], though we were not able to get used to the two step process. In fact, we found macros were better left to the comfort of the keyboard.
The mouse uses a braided cable instead of a plastic one, and we noticed that it was starting to fray at one end following our testing session. It was due to contact with the edge of the mouse pad, which, admittedly, features sharp edges. Mice with plastic cables don’t have this issue.
All up, this mouse will appeal to those of you who want precision and the ability to change settings on-the-fly using the mouse rather than the keyboard. However, lefties need not apply.
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