The LEADR is comfortable in hand, it is pleasing to look at with the dual-zone LED illumination, and the multitude of buttons and functionality offered with EasyShift+ and the profiles means we can have up to one hundred and twenty-five functions at one time. That is assuming we leave buttons to sw3itch profiles and still use the EasyShift+ button. The software is top notch, with all of the features and customizations needed, and can even address sound feedback, and can also be combined with additional software for games which deliver the lighting to the mouse based on the game play. The LEADR glides smoothly across the desk, the Owl-Eye sensor is nearly perfect, the high-grade switches used and the top-tier MCU in place, from every angle, ROCCAT came out with the best the market has to offer and delivered in all aspects.
The charging dock is not huge, but it is not small either, and may require a bit of rearranging to fit it on your desk. However, the shelf style connection to charge the LEADR is secure, and one will never have to fear the mouse falling off the charger if used correctly. The 1000mAh battery is tough to kill. Since the last charge, we have been using the LEADR nonstop for the past three days, roughly 9-10 hours a day. In that time, we finally got to see the four battery lights drop to three lights on the charge. Drawing that out, that would mean that we get thirty-six to forty hours of use, before the LEADR needs to be recharged. The LEADER does not lose communication with the base, and once the mouse finally falls asleep, clicking the left click button wakes it back up for more action. You can also use the switch to save even more power, and it may gain you another few hours on the total runtime too.
With all that we have found in the LEADR, we are more than pleased with what it can do, and how comfortable it addresses how it can be done. Sadly though, there is one glaring fact that will make many turn around and walk away from this deal. While we do feel that there is a lot of value in the LEADR design, and we also think the asking price is not that far out of bounds for what the LEADR and SWARM software provide. However, with the price set at $137.48 right now, it is well more than what many will be comfortable paying for a mouse; wireless or not.
For those looking for the latest and greatest, look no further. ROCCAT breaks the mold and delivers our favorite mouse to date; hands down. The ROCCAT LEADR Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse may cost a pretty penny, but it is worth every one of them you invest.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: ROCCAT's LEADR is one serious bit of kit. The functionality surpasses many competitors, and that is without the dock or wireless capability. The investment may be steep for some, but those that do buy it will never look back!
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