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Roccat Savu Review
by Arizonian

Video by roccatstudios


Savu / Sota Combination
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I was surprised to see there was no actual OCN review as of yet on the Roccat Savu, so being an owner decided to review this one for others that might be interested in an optical mouse on OCN.

1. Scroll Wheel. Solid scroll wheel which isn't really as noisy as some people have said it to be. It does make more noise scrolling upward than downward but the scroll wheel sounds and feels very solid. It is a bit noisier scroll wheel compared to the ones I own when only scrolling UP but it's not the least bit distracting nor really that much louder. To each his own preference, click or no clicks for a scroll wheel. I use the scroll wheel ALOT at work running through Excel spread sheets and it's no problem to me or should others be around me.

2. Plug n Play.I plugged the Savu in at work and was running default without software or even an updated driver needed. I'm not allowed to download any software on work network. Plugged the Savu in at home and loaded the driver, set profiles, changed some macros to cycle through DPI and Profile settings. Saved five profiles, lights, no lights, etc....

3. Non-slip grip. First mouse I ever picked up with that feel on the sides and surprisingly it's not bothersome to me at all. It's got a slightly grainy texture. After one day I find it easy to grip / hold the mouse different ways and easier to keep control. It does not attract finger prints anywhere on the mouse.


4. Size. Mid-size mouse right in between small and large does describe the mouse as stated by Roccat. Works well for my mid-size hand. Braided cord is lighter than other gaming mice standards which is a good thing this being a lighter mouse so the cord doesn't have much drag on the mouse. Gaming I found myself depending on what was happening in game grabbing the mouse in various claw grips and the mouse easy to manipulate quickly. Lower DPI I found no problems with large and fast swiping across the pad and did not lose control of this mid-size mouse.





5. Ergo Thumb Rest. The thumb rest on the left side of the mouse I found accommodating. If your left handed this mouse isn't for you because that thumb rest will be in the way. I didn't have to force the thumb into the groove as I changed some of my grips when grabbing the mouse fast, click, let go and back to typing. I can even grip it different ways without it hindering me.




6. Software. Very solid software. No bugs. Managing the mouse settings was easy. Color wheel works perfect and is a good example where keeping simple LED's have their strengths. Nothing fancy and nothing to mess up. "Roccat Talk" feature that come with options to enable or disable 'talk' allowed me to know which DPI I was in without having to scroll through them. Software does have to be active in order for Roccat Talk to work.

7. Build. Savu weighs 90g which I found to be a good mouse weight personally even though it's a bit lighter than I'm used to. Even at 90g it's actually heavier than one would think since it's smaller but almost as much weight as a normal size mouse. Armed with Omron switches and very solid A3090 optical sensor. All the clicks on the mouse feel well built.

Great optical sensor in the Savu if you can make the 400 / 800 / 1600 / 4000 DPI limitations work.
Savu Sensor Pic (Click to show)

8. Easy+Shift. Macro options and it's a very good idea that works if you can get used to it and take the time to learn/remember the macros.Very impressed with all the options and so few mouse buttons. The side buttons are placed a bit awkward but it also is out of the way when handling the mouse more aggressive without accidentally clicking. When I first ready Easy+Shift I thought gimmick but turns out I love the fact I can double mouse functions. Good achievement for a mouse with few buttons which are placed out of the way from accidental clicking.
Easy Shift Examples Booklet Page (Click to show)

9. Achievements System Marketing IMO but I digress it's not part of this review. Since it does not effect performance or mouse in anyway it's neither a CON nor PRO.


Techincal Specifications
Avago 3090 Optical Sensor
4000dpi optical gaming sensor
Incl. Omron® switches
60 inches per second maximum speed
20G acceleration
125, 250, 500, 1000Hz polling rate
544kB on-board memory
Zero angle snapping
1.8m braided USB cable
Weight: 90g

Default On-Board Profile
Sensitivity : 0
Vertical Scroll Speed : 3
Horizontal Scroll Speed : 3
DPI : 800
Windows Pointer Speed : 5
Double Click Speed : 5


Final Thoughts

Overall I find Roccat Savu very solid. Glad I gave the Savu a try and makes for a great gaming mouse at it's DPI settings 400/800/1600/4000.

Important factors are the mid-size, thumb rest, and non-slip grip sides have to work for you or this mouse will not be your cup of tea. If it does work, there's a new high end 4000 DPI optical in town and it's in a mid-size package called the Roccat Savu. thumb.gif

I'd speculate if this mouse came in a full size version like a Savu [+] (which doesn't exist at the time of this review) would rise to the top of the optical roost rather quickly. smile.gif


Edited to add: Some owners after months of owning the Savu have reported the non-slip grip surface rubbing off, leaving a smooth black finish. Those that had this happen have indicated it is a gradual deterioration. This did not effect their handling of the mouse as reported.
     
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Savu Driver Download Page: http://www.roccat.org/Support/Gaming-Mice/ROCCAT-Savu/

Roccat Software Review

Main Control


Straight foward section and first page which provides Sensitivity Options, Vertical Scroll Speed, Horizontal Tilt Speed, DPI Switcher, Windows Pointer Speed, Double click speed with testing area.

Button Assignment


Macro assignements to specific points of the mouse including the secondary Easy+Shift assignments. Notice my profile I've reassigned Easy+Shift button #10 to Profile Cycle which default was 'Windows Mute' and button #11 to DPI Cycle which had no assignment. This allows me to cycle through profiles and DPI in each profile to my choosing.

Advanced Control


This page offers a variety of features. Advanced Sensitivity (X-Y Axis), Polling Rate, Color Control, Sound Feedback. Sound feedback is what Roccat calls Roccat Talk and will announce specified changes in the mouse as shown as long as the software is active. (Minimized in task bar). Color options provided solid, custom, and color flow which can be breathing or all lights completely off.

Roccat Talk Example

Roccat R.A.D.


Achievements page. Not part of this review as it doesn't pertain to the performance of the mouse.


Support Page


Place to find information about your driver & updates as well as get help or support for you mouse.
     
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Roccat Savu Interactive Review
Owners Experience Section


Will reserve this for owner inputs received I find relevant to the mouse as added review and a reference point.




POST # 9
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Originally Posted by CtrlAltel1te View Post

*sidegrips wear out fast, wich isnt a con I think I like it better smoother, but it will only wear out where youre thumb and fingers are resting.
So mouse will look used quickly.

*shape is nice for mid sized hands but rather large or rather small hands should try it first.

*some pads, will cause mouse error.


POST #11
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Originally Posted by CtrlAltel1te View Post



Here a picture of the side of the mouse after usage.

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There wouldn't be a rough transition as the wear is gradual and spreads over the places where you usually grip...



Great advice from resident mouse guru at 4000 DPI to reduce jitter.
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Drop polling to 125hz. More delay, less ripple smile.gif
     
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The mousewheel does squeak after you use it for a few weeks, but it will fix itself in a long run. Great mouse but the grainy sidegrip really feels cheap (wears off within a month or so) and i much prefer the DA 2013 rubber sidegrip. The trophy system is annoying, dat guy saying "congrats, you've won a trophy..." when i'm gaming.

Overall a very solid mouse but it has it's ups and downs. Nice review.
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Can you post pics comparing the size with other mice?
It is very useful for people that we don't have access to the mouse unless we buy it.

Nice review, thx. thumb.gif
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Can you post pics comparing the size with other mice?
It is very useful for people that we don't have access to the mouse unless we buy it.

Nice review, thx. thumb.gif

Done. Updated the Size section to include four popular mice to compare. Great idea. Thank you. smile.gif

Edited to add OCN thread link to New Roccat Savu optical mouse where members have been discussing the Savu since prior to release.
     
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ye, i was quiet confused after his last mionix naos 8200 review also when i saw his enotus screenshots.
im not quiet sure if he knows how to use it "correctly" as far as this tool can be called "correct".
these results are definately wrong without knowing why he gets such results on his mice.
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ye, i was quiet confused after his last mionix naos 8200 review also when i saw his enotus screenshots.
im not quiet sure if he knows how to use it "correctly" as far as this tool can be called "correct".
these results are definately wrong without knowing why he gets such results on his mice.

I've removed those results as I'm not positive they were done correctly and didn't want to post inaccurate information.
     
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Arizonian thumb.gif Good Job writing this, this mouse needs a review thats for sure.
Mabay you should mention some con's.

*sidegrips wear out fast, wich isnt a con I think I like it better smoother, but it will only wear out where youre thumb and fingers are resting.
So mouse will look used quickly.

*shape is nice for mid sized hands but rather large or rather small hands should try it first.

*some pads, will cause mouse error, but tested it on qck wich does the job perfect.
But on my Artisan Shiden, wich is a white pad with glas fibers in it. The mouse will skip once every 50 swipes but on speeds above 2m/s.
So isnt a big con. But should mention it that pads wich reflects light better will probably let sensor skip at higher tracking speeds.
Edited by CtrlAltel1te - 1/22/13 at 1:37pm
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