Review Roccat Pyra Mobile Wireless Gaming Mouse
Gaming – Mobile – Wireless. These keywords normally aren't really used in one sentence when it comes to describing a mouse. Roccat wants to accomplish this straddle with the Pyra. Read in the following review if this has been achieved.
The Roccat Pyra Mobile Wireless Gaming Mouse, ROC-11-510 is a wireless notebook mouse for on the go and the more expensive sister model of the wired Roccat Pyra.
The Pyra is delivered in an elegant plastic packaging. It contains the mouse, the wireless receiver, a USB cable as the power supply, a Roccat Member Card, a driver CD and a short manual.
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Design and Workmanship
The Pyra-design sends its regards to the Batmobile, or even the latest Alienware notebooks in terms of design. The angular, black shapes and the blue light strip between the mouse keys look futuristic and fit perfectly to the gaming ambitions of the "small vermin". Nevertheless, the mouse is comfortable to work with and is equally suitable for lefties and righties due to its symmetrical design.
Roccat uses matt plastic for both mouse keys reaching up to the rear, and high-gloss elements on the rear edge surface. The feel of the plastic is, however, only average. Merely the rubberized front edge surface, where the thumb-tip and the middle-finger rest, is very pleasant in terms of haptics.
The wireless gaming mouse transmits data to the storable and small USB wireless receiver on a 2.4 GHz frequency. The included USB mouse cable doesn't transmit any data whatsoever, but only takes care of recharging the AAA microcells. Clever detail – There is also a gliding pad on the mouse's USB plug, with which the cable can be connected very far down.
For energy savings reasons, the mouse deactivates itself after a longer period of inactivity and can be reactivated by a mouse click.
The Roccat Pyra officially supports the most common Windows versions only. Roccat just offers a smart driver, with which the DPI rate (400, 800 or 1600 DPI) and the mouse key settings can be modified. A special feature is the possibility to configure a side key as a shift key. This way, the mouse can be mapped with almost twice as many functions.
The mouse did work without drivers under Mac OS X in the test, but the performance wasn't perfect due to the lack of driver settings.
The most important function of a gaming mouse is undoubtedly its precision. Roccat advertises with a laser sensor with a resolution of 1600 DPI and merely a delay of 1 ms by the wireless transmission. The Pyra could prove this impressively in our test. The little input device allowed for a precise control of characters in all gaming tests (first person shooters and RTSs). We didn't notice any delays caused by the wireless transmission.
The laser worked without any problems on all surfaces in the test (tested on paper, various mouse pads, wood, textile), with exception of glass tables (also foil-covered).
A minor disadvantage is, however, that you can only set the DPI level in three steps (400, 800 and 1600) and only in the driver menu.
The two mouse keys are very smooth and can be pressed halfway into the mouse. One tester happened to frequently and unintentionally press the 2nd mouse key at the same time as the 1st mouse key due to the high sensitivity. The other test users didn't have any problems with the mouse keys though.
The central mouse wheel offers a noticeable catch mechanism and can be used pleasantly. As it's usual, the wheel can also be pressed (center mouse key), but it is very stiff.
Of both lateral mouse keys only well the one on the thumb's side is actually well accessible. However, this is the toll paid for the symmetrical design for righties and lefties. In this regard, the possibility of switching the mouse from right-handed to left-handed use by pressing both lateral keys while turning it on is worth mentioning. In any case, the Pyra will likely turn out to be too small for big hands.
The battery life of both included AAA microcells regrettably isn't very convincing. The Roccat Pyra abandoned us after about 6-8 hours of use and had to go back to its "cable". Especially on the go, you should therefore always take the USB cable along (or use stronger batteries), just in case.
Logietech Anywhere MX in Comparison
The Logitech Anywhere MX mouse is the Roccat Pyra's immediate competitor. The precision is comparable due to the Darkfield sensor. The gliding traits of the somewhat larger pad are only marginally poorer though. Even the higher weight of 133g likely plays a role here. The mouse keys and the adjustable mouse wheel, however, made a significantly better impression in the test. A disadvantage of the Anywhere MX is the lacking option of using the mouse without batteries (wired use). In return, the included AA batteries last a lot longer (still at 80% after two days of intensive use).
The overall impression of the Anywhere MX is somewhat higher due to the superior mouse keys, the switchable scroll wheel and the high-end materials.
The Roccat Pyra is a futuristic wireless gaming mouse. It can convince gaming fans with precision, gliding traits and wireless use on the technical side. The fast wireless transmission likely is also the cause for the fast draining of the included batteries. But because you can use the mouse while its being recharged (and even without batteries), you only have to interrupt the gaming session for a short moment.
Nevertheless, the Pyra's biggest drawback is the selection of material, which is worthy of improvement. You can find something better at the competitors (e.g. Logitech's Anywhere MX). The smooth mouse keys could also turn into a problem for some users.
However, Roccat has accomplished the hurdle of creating a small gaming mouse for on the go – even if with the aforementioned shortcomings.
The mouse is currently available for 57.19 euro at Amazon.de.