Testing

Methodology

Testing a mouse is a difficult procedure as despite there being a few synthetic methods I can use to show you how good or bad a mouse is, the most effective way is to describe my experience with it. That said, I’d still urge people to try out a mouse before buying it as it is a subjective thing.

The Savu was tested in several different games and used in general computing situations over a few days.

The games used for testing were:

  • Blood Bowl Legendary Edition
  • Mount and Blade Warband
  • Heroes and Generals Beta
 

Results

Gaming and General Usage

I found the default DPI setting to be a bit low for my taste, though the only greater option at 4,000 was a bit too extreme. Fortunately a little tweak of the Windows sensitivity allowed this max setting to traverse the twin HD displays easily enough without losing accuracy. Once that was set, I found the Savu to be an excellent mouse for almost any task. Fast paced games like Heroes and Generals proved no challenge for this mouse’s abilities, though that Lee Enfield rifle doesn’t half kick.

Mount and Blade is can still be quite a speedy title, though it’s more rhythmic when using swords. Fortunately again the Savu didn’t dissapoint, letting me slay away without a care.

I did take note of how light this mouse is, which was great since I’m a small guy with small wrists. Some might find that they overshoot initially, especially the larger gamers or those used to a heavier rodent. However this should be easy to adjust to and not pose much of a problem for most.

Bloodbowl and general usage, where slower more methodical actions are required were similarly care free, the Easy Shift options allowing for simple DPI switching and media control from within game – a blessing for those without keyboard multimedia keys.

Comfort

Initially I found the bumpy anti-perspiration grips of the Savu a little off putting, but over time they completely turned me around. They are just as comfortable as the soft rubber found on some devices and there’s no real build up of grime like you get on some mice. The texture means that you never, ever lose grip and once you’re used to the somewhat unconventional feel of them, you don’t notice them at all. While some like me, might find them a little difficult to get used to from the outset, it really doesn’t take long before you’ve forgotten how different they really are from the usual mouse control.

Cost

At £50, the Savu is priced towards the upper end of the gaming rodent spectrum, but It’s £20 or so below the real top of the line. The real selling point though, is you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference.

 

Conclusion

Roccat have once again produced a mouse that competes not only in performance, but pricing as well. The high sensitivity – it’s hard to argue that you need more than 4,000 DPI – accuracy, levels of comfort and feature filled software make it once of the top gaming mice available today. Some may find the textured side grips not to their taste, but many will love them and even some of those that are initially perturbed will soon find themselves forgetting there’s anything noticeably different at all.

The only other factor that might cause some disgruntled feelings towards the Savu, is the light weight. This makes it great for twitch gamers, but those that prefer a heavy rodent will want to give this one a miss since there are no options for adjusting the weight.

Overall, an excellent mouse, with a few personal preferences that need to be considered before buying.

Pros

Fast and accurate, highly sensitive
Well priced
Fully featured software
Comfortable, great side grips

Cons

Bumpy side grip texture not for everyone
Light weight may mean heavy fisted gamers want to look elsewhere
Would have been nice to see some other DPI options towards the top end

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