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ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse

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Posted October 13, 2012 by Jake in Peripherals

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Price at time of Review: $70
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek styling, Plenty of features, Sensitive 4000 dpi optical sensor, Lighting effects, Excellent software, Textured side grips
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Odd thumb button placement, Price a bit high, Textured side grips
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Packed with innovative features but has a few rough spots compared to premium gaming mice.
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Specs and Package

The Savu features the world’s only 4000 dpi optical sensor – for precision optical gaming second to none. It’s also the world’s first mouse to feature a stats and trophy system – called the ROCCAT Achievements Display, or R.A.D. – something previously known in similar form only in online gaming. Plus, our ROCCAT Scientists built the Savu using only the highest-quality materials, which means it will perform flawlessly and with the highest precision for the longest time possible.

ENJOY TOTAL CONTROL AT THE WORLD’S FASTEST OPTICAL SPEED

The Savu is the world’s only optical mouse to feature a 4000 dpi sensor – giving you speed and control like nothing in its class. Plus, the Pro Optic R3 sensor is fully adjustable, delivering true 400, 800, 1600 and 4000 dpi – for lag-free gaming with precise control at the speed you need. The Savu’s latest optical sensor technology also provides ultra-precise feedback, so you can command accurately no matter how hectic your game gets.

WIN TROPHIES AND SEE HOW YOU GAME WITH R.A.D.

The Savu is the world’s first mouse to feature the ROCCAT Achievements Display – or R.A.D. – a fun and handy application that tracks and rewards a wide range of gaming feats, such as mouse movement, button clicks, scroll steps, etc. The driver-based software compiles mouse use data, provides a range of statistics for analysis, and hands out trophies when exceptional milestones have been reached. It’s a useful and entertaining way for gamers to keep track of their mouse skills – and it even lets players share their accomplishments with others.

HIGHEST-QUALITY FOR THE LONGEST LIFE

Our ROCCAT Scientists built the Savu mega-tough using only the highest-quality materials, both inside and out. From its robust exterior to its premium inner electronics, everything on the Savu is state-of-the-art and built to last. This means you can game hard and long as much as you want, always knowing your Savu is up to the challenge.

COMMAND QUICKER WITH EASY-SHIFT[+]

World famous Easy-Shift[+] technology lets you set two functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel – so you can pack a massive amount of quickly-accessible control into an uncluttered space. Who needs the mess of too many buttons? Plus, Easy-Shift[+] lets you take advantage of exclusive Easy-Aim technology, which automatically reduces your dpi setting at the touch of a button – giving you pinpoint accuracy when you need a sniper shot.

LIGHT YOUR MOUSE IN YOUR COLORS

Because you can illuminate its rear light bar in your choice of 16.8 million colors, the Savu is more than just a run-of-the-mill gaming mouse: It’s a fully-customizable atmosphere booster that greatly enhances the mood of every gaming session. You can even program your Savu to “breathe” or change colors in your choice of shades – eye-catching effects that enhance the gaming experience.

CUSTOMIZE TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT

Our software is as gamer-friendly as our hardware. Case in point: the world-famous ROCCAT Driver, including the ROCCAT Macro Manager. The ROCCAT Driver lets you easily fine tune a multitude of settings – and gives you sound feedback with every change – so you can game exactly how you like. Plus, it lets you easily create and store up to five game profiles that can load automatically with your favorite games. Our award-winning ROCCAT Macro Manager, meanwhile, lets you record and edit your macros with incredible precision. It even comes with presets for top games and office apps – so you can enjoy your favorites with no wait. And thanks to a gorgeous and simple-to-use interface, all your Savu customizing is fun and easy.

FAST-PACED GAME? DON’T SWEAT IT.

The Savu features a special perspiration-resistant coating on its side grips called “No Sweat” that provides steady, slip-free play no matter how sweaty your fingers get – allowing for precise gaming even when the action gets hot and tense.

TREAT YOUR HAND TO SOME SERIOUS ERGONOMICS

Comfort is key when you’re gaming and the Savu delivers big time. Its mid-size design is optimally weighted, allowing for smooth, comfortable and rock-steady gliding. Crafted for right-handers, the Savu also features a soft-touch, ultra-comfort surface that lets you game long into the night without the slightest irritation.

NEVER MISS A WHEEL COMMAND

The Savu’s ultra-precise 2D scroll wheel lets you give every wheel command with absolute precision. Every incremental step locks securely into place, so you won’t have to worry above over-scrolling. When you want weapon 2, you won’t accidentally scroll too far and end up with weapon 3 or 4 – which can mean the difference between life and death in your favourite lightning-paced FPS. Plus, the Savu’s advanced scroll wheel delivers solid tactile feedback, so you can actually feel your way to more accurate gaming.

And the essential tech specs:

  • 4000 DPI optical gaming sensor
  • Omron switches
  • 60 inches per second maximum speed
  • 20G acceleration
  • 125, 250, 500, 1000Hz polling rate
  • 544kB onboard memory
  • Zero angle snapping
  • 1.8m braided USB cable

A quick look at the packaging reveals a sleek black box, complete with blue accents and a clear plastic window on the front, along with some critical information, such as a 4000 DPI optical sensor, Easy Shift[+] capabilities, lighting effects, and “no sweat” side grips.

The rear of the box has more detailed information about the features.

Inside the box is a Quick Installation Guide and a Roccat ID card, which comes with a unique serial ID for each user. Presumably it doesn’t gain you access to exclusive Roccat all-night raves, so it’s more likely an “authentication” thing.

Let’s take a closer look at the mouse itself.

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