On the chopping block #1: The Roccat Lua

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The Roccat Lua is a polarizing mouse. Make no mistake about it.

First, let’s see what we have. This is the Roccat Lua, a German-engineered gaming mouse clocking in at just Rs. 3,800 rupees at e-Globe Solutions Sri Lanka. As the gamers among you will know, Rs. 3,800 is entry-level: that’s where the world of gaming mice begins.

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The good: Build quality, perfomance – and looks. Nothing creaks, there are no visible seams, the Teflon feet do their job admirably. Overall, it’s a pleasure to use. The light weight means the mouse is one of the least tiring offerings to use. The sides are made of gritty, solid plastic, and the top is coated with a soft rubberized layer that prevents your fingers from sliding. Aside from the good ergonomics, the Lua comes with one thoroughly eye-catching feature – the Roccat cathead logo glows and breathes blue on the mouse, sharp and clear, which looks as if it was carved out of blue laser when the mouse is connected. It’s impressive. The Lua simply looks and feels very good.

But looks aren’t everything. The Lua is small. There’s no escaping that. It is the quintessential claw mouse: small, light and nimble, designed to be gripped by the fingers and nothing else. To that end, Roccat has succeeded admirably. That isn’t a bad thing at all, but not all gamers will like this. Depending on your grip – palm, claw, fingertip – your mouse preferences will vary. Larger hands may not adjust well to the diminutive size of the Lua. Weights are also another aspect of personal preference. A lot of gamers didn’t like the light weight of the mouse – they preferred something heavier. It’s as if Roccat said: “Let’s make a mouse that can only be clawed. Something really fast.”

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The Roccat Lua comes with a 2000-DPI R2 optical sensor with 7 different DPI settings – for the non-gamers among you, it means that at the highest setting, moving the mouse one inch will move the cursor a whole 2000 pixels across the screen. Perfect for crossing to the other end of that 1080p display without much trouble, don’t you think? But I digress. 2000 DPI is the minimum standard nowadays. Tracking is on par: there was no skipping of the cursor. It also has no side buttons, which helps the ambidextrous design. The scroll wheel action is also a tad too tough, but nothing unexpected.

Everything considered, it’s ideal if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a claw grip
  • You like your gaming mouse to be very light
  • You don’t need thumb buttons
  • You’re on a budget

The obvious competition for your money (and performance) is the Logitech G100 and the Armageddon Aquila. If you’re a palm gripper and prefer heavy mice, then this is not the choice you should make. If you have a claw grip, this mouse is easily ahead of both these offerings, despite the higher DPI counts of the sensors of the G100 and the Aquila. The immediate parallel is the old Steelseries Kinzu – the first version: small, lightweight, with an optical sensor. It’s also one of the best-looking budget gaming mice I’ve seen.

“Is the Lua worth the asking price of Rs.3,800? Yes – but only if you’re a basic gamer who plays only single player campaigns. If you’re serious about gaming – especially competitive, multiplayer gaming, the Lua is a tad too basic for your needs. Cough up an extra 500 rupees or so and get yourself something with more buttons.”

 

 

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