Product Name: Leadr
Product Type: Gaming Mouse
Cost at Time of Review: £119.99
Works With: PC
Release Date: Out Now!
ROCCAT has upped their game recently on PC. They blasted through the market like there is no tomorrow and is now producing some of the highest quality gaming peripherals around, going up with the likes of Corsair and SteelSeries. Now they’re pushing outwards a bit with a fully RGB wireless gaming mouse to compete with the big hitters. Let’s take a look.
Appearance + Features
First, off the bat, it looks like ROCCAT is trying to make a statement with their charging dock. If you look at the likes of Razer Wireless Mamba, it’s a small RGB dock that is very presentable. You can hardly see the dock. On the other hand, you have ROCCAT with their big slab that looks like the mouse is hovering, maybe a bit of a magnetic look to it. When you see images of it, you think that it’s huge and not going to look good, which you ain’t wrong, until you get it. It is as big as you think it is but it’s not bad looking. Lucky enough I have my monitors now on brackets otherwise it did cover the lower part of my monitor, so beware of how big it is but it definitely grows on you, especially the RGB indication of charging.
Moving over to the mouse itself, it is covered in buttons. 14 main buttons in total. All of them are in perfect reach of each of your fingers and perfect location for the likes of your MMOs or FPS. Normally you have a few buttons within reach you can configure for your liking and works quite well or if you are a heavy MMO player you can either configure a suitable keyboard or get the Corsair Scimitar (the latter I use for MMO). However, ROCCAT has played this smart and exceptionally well. The button location is scattered around the mouse itself so you are able to configure each one for whatever game you’d like. It does look a little bit messy but compensated for ease of reach and comfort.
The mouse is RGB as you probably guessed just like most PC peripherals these days however it’s not overdone. You have your scroll wheel and the ROCCAT logo. I wasn’t always keen on the ROCCAT logo, never had been, I won’t lie. It did grow on me in recent years when they began simplifying it, it does look really smart on the Leadr. The simple sleek lines that are thin with RGB shining through, it is smart and not overdone.
To control the mouse and its settings you use the Swarms software. This is where you can control lighting, the dpi, and the buttons. Extremely easy to use compared to its competitors.
This is where the mouse shines. While it’s not the best-looking mouse out there, not it is the worst, I can truly say it’s one of the best I’ve used, for anything. The Leadr has an optical sensor that achieves a dpi of 12,000. It is incredible. For a wireless mouse, I have yet to experience any noticeable lag on games or programs. There was a couple of disconnects but after beginning to charge you notice it is low on battery but that is disconnects where the battery is low and you can take the cable out the charger and put it into the mouse to keep using if needs be. Using this cable it has one advantage over a few wireless mice, the cable locks in place so you can’t pull it out. Nothing major, I’ve only experienced it a few times on the Razer Mamba wireless but it is there and prevents that from happening.
The button mapping works so well with games, with editing software and day to day use of your computer. I’ve mapped it mainly for PUBG and ESO but I mapped it for Photoshop also and with the buttons being in reach and well placed for comfort I was editing on the fly.
While not the best looking mouse of the bunch it makes up in performance. The buttons are well placed for comfort, ease of reach and can be used for pretty much any application without any sort of discomfort for long gaming or editing sessions. The dock is a little bit big but does make the mouse look good. Overall, a superb piece of equipment for any time of computer user.