ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse

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Product(s): ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse
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ROCCAT
Price: ~$69.99 USD


Introduction: 

Back in January at CES 2012 we were asked to stop by and check out ROCCAT on the show floor. While ROCCAT isn't a new company, my knowledge of their products was quite limited which made for a pleasant surprise when we were shown the new ROCCAT products. One of those products was the ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse which we are lucky enough to have on the test bench today.

ROCCAT makes gaming products and they are pretty proud of that fact. This isn't a mouse that is designed to help you be extra productive when working with spreadsheets, this mouse is designed to give you an edge when playing your favorite game. As we found out in our testing, the ROCCAT Savu is a great mouse for everyday tasks as well but the extra features are aimed at the gamer specifically.

The ROCCAT Savu is a "mid-sized mouse" and features a 4000 dpi sensor. One of the major features of this mouse is the illuminated light bar on the front of the mouse which allows you to pick from 16.8 million different color choices. Also included with the Savu is ROCCAT's software suite which allows you to customize this mouse in a ton of different ways.

Let's move onto the next section and see what the Savu is all about.

 

First Impressions:

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  ROCCAT Savu - Packaging (Front)
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  ROCCAT Savu - Packaging (Back)

 

So as you can see in the pictures below the Savu has the normal two buttons on the top with a scroll wheel (that also can be pressed as a button) as well as two side buttons.

The interesting thing with the side buttons is that they can function as an "Easy-Shift[+]" button which functions kinda like a shift key and when you push it you are able to map your buttons to do different functions. For example, me right mouse button is normally my alternate fire in whatever FPS game I play, however, when I hit the "Easy Shift" button it will then become my button for bringing up the scoreboard. Basically it allows each button to have an alternate use instead of having a whole bunch of extra buttons on your mouse that are almost impossible to use. In the testing section we will cover this feature a bit more.

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  ROCCAT Savu - Top View
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  ROCCAT Savu - Included Accessories

 

 

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  ROCCAT Savu - Side View
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ROCCAT Savu - Side View

 

The overall look of the ROCCAT Savu is pretty tame compared to some other mice we've seen in the past. The Matte Black finish is pretty nice and really makes the illuminated color bar on the bottom of the mouse really stands out even more. The sides of the mouse have a bit of a rough finish which makes for easy gripping. The cord of the Savu is braided which helps it not get as tangled.

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  ROCCAT Savu - Side View
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  ROCCAT Savu - Side View

 

ROCCAT Savu - Illuminated Color Bar

 

The illuminated color bar on the front of the mouse is probably the most defining features of this mouse. By using the ROCCAT software that comes with this mouse you will be able to change this to 16.8 Million different colors should you chose. You can also do effects like flashing (or breathing as they call it) and have it change colors automatically. This color bar is pretty neat as you can make it match the color of the lighting of your case and is really an eye catcher and was the first thing people always commented on when I showed them this mouse.

So there we go, that's the ROCCAT Savu, now let's move onto the fun (well, fun for me) part of this review, Testing!


ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse Specifications:

  

Features:

  • ADJUSTBALE 4000DPI PRO-OPTIC (R3) SENSOR
    with true 400, 800, 1600 or 4000dpi
  • EASY-SHIFT[+]™ BUTTON DUPLICATOR
    with Easy-Aim + Easy-Wheel functions
  • CUSTOMIZABLE MULTI-COLOR LIGHTING
    16.8 million colors + effects and game profile illumination
  • NO-SWEAT SIDE GRIPS
    for extended slip-free play
  • ROCCAT DRIVER + MACRO MANAGER
    for advanced customization + presets for games & apps
  • OPTIMUM MID-SIZE DESIGN
    with perfectly-balanced weight
  • ULTRA-PRECISE 2D WHEEL
    with lock-in incremental steps
  • ERGONOMIC RIGHT-HAND DESIGN
    with soft-touch, ultra-comfort surface
  • BRAIDED CABLE
    offering a robust, stylish connection
  • ZERO ANGLE SNAPPING
    for true competition gaming
  • HIGHEST-QUALITY COMPONENTS
    for a solid build and long life

 

 

Specifications:

  • 4000dpi optical gaming sensor
  • Incl. Omron® switches
  • 60 inches per second maximum speed
  • 20G acceleration
  • 125, 250, 500, 1000Hz polling rate
  • Zero angle snapping
  • 1.8m braided USB cable

 

Dimensions

  • Max. width 7.2cm x approx. 12cm max. length


Weight

  • Approx. 90g (excl. cable)


System requirements

  • Windows® XP/Windows Vista® 32/64-bit/Windows® 7 32/64-bit
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connection for driver installation

 

In the package

  • ROCCAT Savu - Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse
  • ROCCAT ID Card
  • Quick-Installation Guide


Instructions in EN, DE, FR, ES, PL, RU, TR, DK, FI, SE

Product code:
ROC-11-600

 

 

ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse: Testing

 

Comparison:

For comparison sake, and so you can get a general feel for the size of the ROCCAT Savu, I have included a picture of the Logitech G700 and the Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse.

The Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse (which we reviewed here) would be considered a "small" gaming mouse.

The Logitech G700 (more details about it can be found over here) would be considered a "larger" mouse.

As you can see in the picture the ROCCAT Savu fits nicely in between the two. Traditionally I prefer a bit of a larger mouse, but I really didn't have much of a problem adjusting to the ROCCAT Savu, in fact I would say that I almost personally preferred the slightly smaller size.

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ROCCAT Savu - Comparison


Weight and Feel:

Normally I don't dedicate a section of my testing results to the weight and feel of a mouse, but in this case I thought it was worthwhile to talk about.

My first impression of the ROCCAT Savu was that is felt very light to me and the thoughts started to run through my mind that maybe this was a "cheap" mouse. After using the Savu for about 5 minutes I quickly changed my thoughts as it was very evident that this mouse is very solid even though it doesn't have much weight to it. After using this mouse for almost a month for everything I do I could easily say that this mouse can take a beating thanks to its great build quality.

Traditionally in the past I have used heavier mice, I am not too sure why, just a personal preference I suppose. The weighting of the Savu at first was a little weird to adjust to for me, but after a couple hours of use it became extremely comfortable to me and especially after prolonged periods of use I found that I was growing increasingly attached to it.

Basically to sum up this section: At first I was a bit hesitant as this mouse was a bit different than what I normally use, but after a couple weeks of use it found a permanent home on my main computer.

 

Testing:

Ah yes, the fun part. This section is where I get to play game and pretend that I'm actually doing work.

For my testing of any mouse I put in on my main system and use it for everything. Even though this mouse is a "Gaming Mouse" I want to be able to use it for checking emails and doing other boring work. After a few weeks of usage every day for all sorts of different "office" tasks I found the ROCCAT Savu performed very well and even though it's aimed at gamers, regular desktop tasks are just as easily performed. 

As far as gaming went, the majority of the usage of the ROCCAT Savu gaming mouse was in Diablo 3. Basically Diablo 3 involves a ton of clicking and seemed to be a great test of how well a mouse works. I'm happy to report that after a few weeks gaming I'm more than happy with the feel and performance of the ROCCAT Savu. As I mentioned earlier in this section the Savu was a little different than what I normally use weight-wise and size-wise, but after a couple hours I quickly became very attached to the Savu and found it to be extremely precise as well we extremely comfortable even after a few hours of non-stop gaming.

Overall I must say that I am completely happy with the performance of the ROCCAT Savu, it's very comfortable and very responsive and thanks to all of the customization options you should have no problems customizing this mouse to your liking.


 

Software:

Included with the ROCCAT Savu gaming mouse is ROCCAT's own mouse customization utility program. You do have to go to ROCCAT's website to get this software which allows you to setup and customize your mouse, which isn't my ideal method of getting software, but after a couple MB download you will be ready to customize this mouse.

ROCCAT Savu - Main Control Menu

 

As you can see in the picture above, in the main control menu you have a bunch of features that will allow you to setup the feel of your mouse. Everything is very customizable other than the DPI settings. 

When it comes to DPI settings you get 400, 800, 1600, or 4000. If you want 3204 DPI you are outta luck, you can only choose between the 4 preset sensitivities. For 99% of people this won't matter as you can probably get used to one of the 4 sensitivities very easily (I know I did), but if you are an extreme gaming peripheral tweaker you might not be so happy with this.

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ROCCAT Savu - Button Assignments


Moving onto the button assignments menu you can see in the button above that you can customize the functions of all the buttons very easily.

As you can see on the right hand side of this menu, the Easy-Shift section will allow you to, with the click of either side button (depending how you set it up), change the button assignments to an alternate function. The idea that you can use every button for two different functions is a great idea and a very efficient use of space on this mouse as you don't have a bunch of annoying little buttons that are impossible to click when in the middle of a game.

My one beef however with this mouse is the fact that I would like one more button on the side of the mouse for me to assign to Easy-Shift.

Why?

Good Question, Thanks for asking. 

My personal preference on a mouse is to have two side buttons which during everyday use I can use as forward and back (which I think is a pretty standard anymore). With one of these side buttons being required to be the easy-shift button, if I want easy-shift functionality I need to forfeit either my forward of back button. If I abandon easy-shift capabilities I can then use both buttons on the side for my forward and back buttons. I did eventually setup profiles so during gaming I could use easy-shift, but for everyday use I was hoping to be able to quickly hit easy-shift and then use my #1 and #2 button for windows volume control or some other regular windows tasks, but unfortunately I cannot. This is really my only beef with the mouse which in the grand scheme of things isn't all that major.

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ROCCAT Savu - Advanced Controls

The next section is the advanced controls. Biggest feature of this menu is the ability to customize the color of the led strip on the front of your mouse. You've got tons of different options and chances are good you'll never go through every available color (of which there are 16.8 Million available choices).

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 ROCCAT Savu - ROCCAT R.A.D.

 

Now this next section of the software is probably my favorite. Sure overall it might be a little gimicky, but I found it to be a good reason to keep opening up the software to check.


For the first time that I've ever seen, the ROCCAT R.A.D. software keeps track of how much you've been using your mouse, and will even give you an award if you reach certain milestones.

As you can see in the picture above I had already surpassed 370,000 clicks (thanks to a couple hours playing Diablo 3). It's actually very surprising to see just how many clicks per hour you actually do while playing games.  Also interesting to see is how much distance your mouse has covered, in my case I have moved the Savu over 1200 meters. 

As far as the trophies go, I'm really not sure what milestones you have to achieve before they are unlocked, but once you randomly unlock one (like I did when I unlocked "click fanatic") it gives you the opportunity to share them with your friends to show off how awesome you are. I obviously shared them and made all my friends extremely jealous which is almost worth the sticker price of this mouse alone.

While the appeal of this section might wear off over time, I still think it's a pretty cool feature to include and I enjoyed it.

 

Final Thoughts:

So here we are at the end of the ROCCAT Savu review.

At first glance the Savu gaming mouse might look a bit more "basic" than some other fancy gaming mice, but don't let it's looks deceive you, this mouse is a performer and has features coming out of its ears.

As far as features go, ROCCAT has been able to cram a ton of neat and useful little features into a simple-looking mouse. Thanks to features like Easy-Shift you can easily assign an alternate function to each button that can be easily activated with the click of a button. All of the customization features should also be noted, chances are good even the pickiest gamer should be able to make this mouse perform just the way they like it (although you are limited to set DPI settings of 400, 800, 1600 or 4000 only).


Performance-wise I must say I was very happy with overall. The feel and comfort of this mouse is top notch and even though it's a bit different than mice I normally use I had no problems getting used to it very quickly and it didn't take long before I was 100% comfortable with it.

Normally mouse software, or really any gaming peripheral software, doesn't impress me all that much. Most software is pretty basic and once you setup the device the first time you very rarely ever touch the software again. ROCCAT has been able to impress me though with the software they provide with the Savu. The software for the Savu is not only very easy and intuitive to use, it also has some pretty neat features that I have not seen before and features like R.A.D. (ROCCAT Achievement Display) they are able to keep track of all the statistics of your mouse in a fun way.

Savu

The MSRP of the ROCCAT Savu would probably be my biggest complaint. At time of publishing we were able to find the Savu online for $69.99 which puts it into the range of a bunch of other gaming mice. I'm not saying that the Savu isn't worth that price, because I think it's a very solid product, I just think that at that price there is some very stiff competition and it makes your buying decision pretty tough. If this mouse was $49.99 USD I would say pull out your credit card right now, but a $69.99 price tag makes it a bit less of an impulse buy.

At the end of the day I must say that I am very happy with the ROCCAT Savu and for my first experience with a ROCCAT device I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. The Savu isn't the flashiest mouse available, but thanks to a boatload of features it performs like a champ while gaming while still being extremely comfortable. Thanks to the great performance and great build quality, the ROCCAT Savu has easily earned our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award and is very deserving of your consideration when you are shopping for a new gaming mouse.

 

 

Pros:

  • High Performance
  • Nice Feel and Finish
  • Extremely Customizable
  • Very Comfortable
  • Lightweight, but still very Sturdy

 

Cons:

  • Not the Cheapest Mouse Available

 

    BCCRating
Gold 

 

I'd like to thank ROCCAT for sending us their Savu gaming mouse. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.