Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Right about the time you think you have seen just about any way one could design a mouse, a company is more than willing to step out of the box and show you something completely different. We have seen many mice with a multitude of buttons. There are the grid-style mice, and even those of which we thought were superb in their ergonomics, not all that long ago, but nobody has developed a way to house sixteen buttons quite the way that ROCCAT has produced, and is the reason we have you here at this time.
While multi-button mice are nothing new, and for those MMO and MOBA gamers out there, a multitude of buttons under the right hand has always been beneficial when it comes to long hours at these types of games. Of course, Macros and profile immediately come to mind, but what if we told you, you are about to see, what we feel is the best layout to date in how to accomplish such a task. What may completely blow your mind, is that on top of a feature rich assortment of features, ROCCAT has another ace up their sleeve. On top of everything that ROCCAT has designed this mouse for, they have also made it so that it can run wired, but can also be used wirelessly, and includes the best recharge station we have seen ever.
Today we bring forth the ROCCAT LEADR Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse, which is one of the most accomplished peripherals we have ever seen. In every way, the form, the functionality, the options afforded via software, the option for wireless functionality with a battery which lasts seemingly forever, all done ergonomically, which soon becomes a product you have no idea how you have gone so long without one. If you cannot tell, ROCCAT has us excited to deliver what we have found in their latest mouse to hit the market. Even if you loathe wireless for gaming, or if you have some personal issue with ROCCAT, you need to heed what they have done, as the LEADR mouse is something you just have to see to believe.
The specifications chart we borrowed from the product page is only the tip of the iceberg. In it, Roccat covers things like the inclusion of the Owl-Eye optical sensor, which boasts a maximum setting of 12,000 DPI. The LEADR can be used with or without the wire attached, and for it to work wirelessly, there is a Li-Ion 1000mAh rechargeable battery inside. Communication is over the 2.4GHz band, there is a 1000Hz polling rate, and the sensor will track as speeds of 250 IPS and at 50 Gs of force. Mouse acceleration is turned off, and so is the angle snapping, and for communication purposes, there is a 72MHz ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit processor in control of the LEADR. Adjustable LOD is something incorporated as well as the 1.8 meters of braided USB cable with USB 2.0 on one end, and Micro-USB on the other.
Dimensions of the LEADR are as follows. The mouse is 80mm wide; it stands 45mm tall, it is 126mm from front to back and weighs in at 134 grams. The mouse is made of plastic, but much of the surfaces are either textured or offer a rubberized coating. Internally, along with the fancy named sensor, the LEADER uses a combination of Omron and TTC switches for the multitude of buttons found on this device. The LEADR does require at least Windows 7 for proper functionality, but this is mainly due to the use of the SWARM software to get the most from the LEADR.
No bones about it, the LEADR is on the expensive side of the mouse market. With the level of investment, ROCCAT needs to provide one of the best mice to have ever been developed, but we believe they are at this level with the LEADR. Shopping around for this mouse from retail outlets, we found it listed on Newegg first, where it lists for $139.99. Pick up your chin for a moment though, as you can save a couple of dollars if you are a PRIME member at Amazon. There, it is listed for $137.48, and we think maybe we should have warned you not to hit your chin on the desk again. Yes, there is no doubt that the LEADR is likely the most expensive mouse we have ever had in the labs up to this point. At the same time, we can honestly say, that the LEADR Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse is one hell of a mouse, and is worth the time it takes to get to know it better.
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