5 button mouse
CPI 400/800/1600 (software controlled, you can set Easy Shift up so that you can control the CPI via the buttons and scroll wheel)
Sensor Type: Pixart PAW3305DK-H (Optical LED)
Size: 95×61×36 (lwh)
130ips / 30g acceleration
1000Hz polling rate
PTFE Teflon feet
Easy Shift[+] allows for a dual function on each button, save for the assigned ES[+] button, for a total of 12
Overall the mouse is of a relatively simple construction (reminds me of my first basic logitech optical). It doesn't feel like as tightly constructed mouse as previous products I've owned, partially because of the plastic for the body (a very minor concern), but mostly this feeling comes from the main switches/buttons.
If I place my fingers on the main buttons and move from side to side, they make a rattling noise due to the fact that the buttons are mostly free floating. Compared with my old Logitech it feels a little flimsy, whereas I never got that impression from the latter. I don't know if this is the same with Razer mice of similar construction. The trade off design wise is that it is a very light mouse, and after using a +150g mouse, it is a welcome change.
The main switches also do not require much pressure to activate which is ok most times, though accidentally clicking the right button occasionally has been a problem. To alleviate this I cannot rest my finger on the right switch almost at all, and they end up hovering just above the switch. This hasn't been an issue in CS:S or other FPS, but I have been somewhat concerned about it in SC2, with regards to misclicking (see ergonomics section for more thoughts). The other side and middle buttons do require a greater amount of force to activate, especially the wheel, but that's something I could get used to and don't see as a problem.
The side concave design with the rubber grip panels make for a pretty sturdy grip and I haven't ever felt that I was losing the mouse, during play.
Oh yea, and there's a throbbing LED...ok, it's actually not too disruptive, though why gaming companies insist on doing this crap in the first place is beyond me. :/ Edit: for some reason, the throbbing led is no longer pulsing anymore, have no idea why.
I have basically a fingertip grip, except that the palm of my hand just barely touches the mouse (it does not rest on the mouse). Changing from my Performance MX (being both a much larger, heavier and ergonomically designed mouse) has been a really funky issue. On a first impression, I originally felt like the mouse for my grip style was actually too short by about 15mm because of the size of my hands (I can easily reach a 10th on a piano, or approx 9.5 inches/23cm of distance between my pinky and thumb when fully stretched), but for someone with smaller hands, or a true fingertip grip, this mouse would be a really good size.
Regarding the right switch issue, I think is due to the fact that I have been using ergonomic mice for more than a decade and have gotten used to the right-tapered design and therefore my fingers are used to a position where my middle finger is naturally lower than my index. Only time will tell if I will get used to a non-ergonomically designed mouse, and it seems that the more I use it, the more that this is proving to be the case.
Below is the data that I collected, trying to test the sensor in various ways in order to see about prediction, jitter, and other potential issues. Some of this information is floating around on forums, but I have yet to see anyone do any actual testing. Again, I could use help in interpreting the data, as I do not have enough experience to make a concise judgment about it.
All of these images were tested on a Steelseries Qck at 6/11, disabled acceleration, and 5/10 sens in the settings panel. Also of note, I have heard that this mouse cannot track on blue surfaces due to something with the blue LED?
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The series of images below are used to show various amounts prediction, interpolation, jitter, and other effects that are visible by drawing in ms paint.
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With the MouseRate program most of the time there was little +/- accel save for the occasional +/- pair next to each other as in the first image. This usually was a long line of white numbers with an occasional +/- pair occurring. The second image shows the worst that I was able to produce with the mouse. I have not been able to reproduce anything nearly looking like that in further tests.
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LOD on the qck was barely reading at 2 CD's and stopped tracking altogether at 3. I have a crappy hard pad from x-trac and the LOD was exactly the same, just 1 CD less than on the qck.
I have developed two somewhat separate opinions about this mouse, and they stem from the type of activity that it's being used for. Regarding FPS, or in activities that involve non-rts tasks (unit selection/boxing, move commands), I have found that I almost immediately loved the overall feel and sensitivity. In trying it out in CS:S it only took me about an hour or so to get a pretty good feel for the mouse.
My opinion on RTS usage is somewhat different in that I have found that the constant boxing/unit selection and move commands didn't quite feel as natural. Having spent some extra time trying to familiarize myself with the feel of the mouse, I have gotten much more comfortable with it, though still not as much as with FPS games, but I may be still trying to figure out a way to handle the mouse as I have gone through such a drastic change in size/form/weight from my last one.
New Update 2.15.12: So I finally decided to open up and see what components were inside, but also to see if there was a way to get rid of the LED (there is only one screw to remove in order to open, underneath the back skate/foot). Below are a number of pictures showing the process. It was also nice to confirm that the Pyra does in fact use the PAW 3305DK-H and Omron D2FC-F-7N Switches. there are Omron switches on the side, but I couldn't find a name, or have access to be able to see it better.