A treat for the mobile gamers
We were sent both of the Pyra incarnations to review and I must say that, despite my early reservations, they are both very nice mice for those who are looking for something easy to pocket and travel with. But, before I get ahead of myself, let's take a close look at the specifics.
With a quick look, the Pyra brothers seem like rather ordinary mobile mice: they are both very small. However, looking at the specs more closely, you will soon notice one unique feature that is not available in any other gaming mouse that I know of: the button duplicator. By holding one of the side buttons down, you can quickly access the secondary function of every other button in the mouse, be it one of the usual Back or Forward functions or an actual macro that you've recorded yourself. This even includes the up and down scrolling of the wheel! Given this feature, the 'low' number of buttons no longer seems like such a problem. In short, you can have as many as 12 different key functions at your disposal at any time without dealing with the usual problem of moving your fingers around on the mouse from one button to the next.
Max. DPI: 1600
Max. Polling: 1000Hz
Buttons: 5 (5 programmable)
Form factor: ambidextrous
Size in mm (lxw): 95 x 60 mm
Weight min/max: 90g (without batteries and wire)
Inches per second: 130
The wireless Pyra ends up being a little heavier than the wired version because of the heft of the battery inside it. However, I personally found this extra weight very pleasant – it made the small mouse feel sturdier.
The Roccat Pyra has 5 buttons as mentioned above, one of which is the wheel that works a double role as a middle mouse button. All of these buttons are easy to reach, again, except for the pinkie side button. The main buttons give good response when pressed, letting you know when your button press is received, but the wheel button is very stiff. It might get looser after some use, but did not do so in the first couple of weeks I played around with it. Also the side buttons are somewhat too depressed in the chassis, requiring you to press them in just the right spot in order to depress them enough for that telltale click.
Roccat Pyra's wheel is wide compared to most wheel buttons and are very nice to use due to its rubbery coating. The stepping is soft enough to make scrolling comfortable, but not accidental. As said above, the middle button function is a little bit on the stiff side, but it also avoids the problem of accidentally pressing the button when you wish to scroll it. You can also customize the scroll speed to your own liking with the accompanying driver software.
Customisability and drivers
The driver software offers you three dpi settings, of which I ended up using the highest one, as well as settings for sensitivity, wheel scroll speed, tilt speed, pointer speed and double click speed. You also have 5 profile slots for your gaming and productivity needs, allowing you to pre-program the mouse for all your basic needs. On the Button Assignment page, you can choose the Standard and Easyshift (button duplicator) functions for all the buttons. There you can also record and edit all the macros that you want to use. All in all, the software offers you everything in a clear-to-read and use format, that is a welcome change from some of the gaming mice software.
Wired vs. Wireless
Insofar as mobility is concerned, the wireless Pyra takes the podium: you can insert the wireless USB receiver inside the chassis of the mouse for transport, making it hard to miss. No need to hassle with wires unless your gaming session away from home lasts longer than the battery (possible warning to all you all-nighters out there).
Customization and Drivers 9
Overall, both Roccat Pyra Gaming Mice are impressive little beasts. I score them a little low on ergonomics mainly because in this area mobile mouse tend to worse due to necessity. That is a downside that you choose to take with the mobility, so you should not let the low score affect your choice too much. Also, the rubber sides give a great tactile feel that counteracts this negative point somewhat. Aside from some of the buttons being slightly stiff or hard to reach, all other areas of the mouse are very nice and the overall feel is that these are very nice mice and excellent choices if you are looking for some extra mobility in your gaming gear.