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ROCCAT LEADR Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 5:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Inside the LEADR




Removing a few screws allowed us to open the LEADR to get an idea of what goes on inside. The top half has the paddle switch and a PCB for it on the side, and another PCB to support the surface mount LED for the logo. The lower section houses the rest of the components and has a battery for weighting at the back of the LEADR.





The paddle switch on the left of the LEADR uses a special switch system that is built into the spring-loaded side components of it. It does take a fair amount of effort to raise and lower the paddle, and it is silent in operation. The page forward and page back buttons are backed with white TTC switches, and are softer, with a light click heard from them.




Here we see the group of four switches at the front of the mouse, on the left side. The white Omron switch is what is under the left click button, and we see the ALPS switch assembly used for the heavily segmented movement of the scroll wheel. The pair of TTC switches back the DPI selection buttons, and are softer and less audible than the Omron switch.




We were told in the specifications that we would find a 32-bit, 72MHz, ARM Cortex M0 processor at the helm, and we certainly do. In control of the LEADR is this Nuvoton NUC123LC2AN1 microprocessor.




The Li-Ion battery is covered over the connections to avoid any accidental contact or shorting of it and printed on the side; we see this is a 1000mAh cell which provides 3.7V.




The Owl-Eye optical sensor is found to be the PixArt PMW3361DM-T2QU. We saw this sensor in the past, and know it to be capable in other products, and expect no less from it in the LEADR.




Back to the front again, this time on the right side of the LEADR. This time we can see the D2FC-F-7N(RT) model of the Omron switches used, but we do see the same TTC switches used to back the profile selection buttons. The addition in this image is the red TTC switch used for the click of the scroll wheel. This switch takes a lot of force to activate and is heard with a loud click.




Before we did anything fancy, we wanted to show how the charging dock and LEADR work together. The front of the dock is angled, and with the small shelf on the front of the dick, it gives the LEADR a place to hang from. Whether to rest while turned off, or to charge while not in use, this is a sleek addition to any desk.




Once powered, we find that the LEADR will cycle through colors while pulsing the LEDs on and off. It just so happens, that at this time, we caught the LEADR active with a red glow from both the logo and the scroll wheel. On the charging dock, not only does the ROCCAT name illuminate, but on the left side, we see four slashes illuminated, which means the battery is at full charge.

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