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Blown away by the Roccat Savu, thanks for the recommendations.

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After asking for recommendations and reading up about good claw grip mice. I picked up the Savu. In all the threads and places I asked, Savu was the only mouse that was constantly mentioned.

I picked one up today on sale for $29.99. I have to say, it feels absolutely amazing. The buttons feel extremely solid, the construction is great and the accuracy feels superior to my G400.

One thing that really impressed me though, outside of the driver suite, was the scroll wheel. A lot of scroll wheels feel cheap. Even on the previous Deathadders the scroll wheel quality didn't feel "solid". The Naga had my favorite scroll wheel of all, well, until I played with the Savu. The wheel feels like a tank. It's wide, but not in the way. The scrolling feels very stable, and using it as a button feels like the side buttons on any other high quality mouse. Instead of "cheap".

The buttons on the side are also perfectly placed if you place with a claw grip.

To say I am impressed by the Savu is an understatement. I never looked into Roccat products before, and mainly stuck to Logitech and Razer (with the odd other brand thrown in). I am now a big time Roccat fan, and I really hope the company does well. I am not sure how big they are, but I hope they gain traction and become a heavy hitter.
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Is the surface a soft touch rubber or a sandpaper like feel? Since you mentioned using a g400, is the savu big enough to palm, is the hump on the left side as noticable as the g400? I hated the hump on the side
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The top of the mouse has a smooth but semi-grippy rubberized coating on it. It feels really nice. The sides have a rougher rubberized coating.

I wouldn't call it "sandpaper". It's just rougher then the top. Maybe like a 2000 grit sandpaper, but it's rubber so not abrasive (2000 grit is used to produce a high quality shine on metal, so it's not abrasive). It feels very comfortable in the hand, and isn't something bothersome at all.

It has a bump, but it's not as pronounced as the G400. You could palm the mouse with mid to small hands, but I would not recommend it for palm gripping with large hands.

It also glides significantly better on my Qck Mouse pad than the G400 did, and significantly better than my Deathadder or Naga did.

It has a braided cord, but unlike the cords on the Razer products, it has lots of give. It isn't stiff, and has no impact on the movement of my mouse thus far.
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I had the opposite experience. The G400 shape is terrible, but the sensor felt better than Savu to me.

Main problems I had with it:

1) 800 DPI / 1000hz on Savu felt slower and less responsive than the same settings on G400. 800 on Savu felt closer to 700 to me, and the input felt much more processed/cooked and disconnected from your hand than G400. I hear some people say G400 has input lag when it has very low delay to it, but still more than a mouse like the MS 1.1a. If you think G400 has any lag, than you would think the Savu has a ton of lag. It's nowhere close to Krait 2013 / Deathadder 4g levels, but it's definitely noticeable on Savu. It's due to whatever anti-jitter stuff they throw on there, which both mice have, but Savu has more intense levels of it.

2) Top 2 buttons on Savu are pretty poor construction. I'm a gold player in League of Legends (RTS), and clicking very fast on Savu doesn't feel good. It's much worse than G9x, G400, and most other mice for rapid clicking. The rebound and feeling of clicks overall is just bleh.

3) Shape is better than G400 I guess (but then what shape isn't?), but it's still not that great overall shape-wise.

edit: Savu is the only 4000 DPI Avago 3090 ROM I have used. Skylit says the 4000 DPI version has higher input lag than the 3500 DPI version due to increased anti-jitter smoothing, so I'm not sure if all 4000 DPI ROMs suffer from this or just the Savu in general. All I can say is the Savu sensor feels more disconnected from the hand than G400 sensor.
Edited by r0ach - 8/16/13 at 3:58pm
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The Savu uses an ALPS encoder for the scroll wheel, in contrast to the presumably cheaper and looser TTC encoder. I believe it's also more durable.
    
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I am using 1600 DPi at 1000hz and it feels significantly more precise to me then my G400 did. With my G400 I would misclick doing mundane tasks, let alone playing games. With this, it just feels like an extension of my hand.

The buttons to me feel way better than the G400. Maybe it's the significantly superior switches they use. The difference to me is as noticeable as going from a membrane keyboard to a mechanical one.
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