Marsback Zephyr Pro

MSRP $59.00

“The Marsback Zephyr Pro’s built-in fan makes it a unique option for sweaty-palmed gamers.”

Pros

  • Cooling fan does assist
  • Unique design
  • Lathered in RGB
  • Includes wonderful sensor
  • Great cable high quality

Cons

  • Not wi-fi
  • Fan audible in quiet environments
  • Ergonomically left wanting

There are dozens of nice gaming mice on the market. however a lot of them look and carry out equally.

That’s hardly the case for Marsback’s Zephyr Pro. This is a mouse that comes with a meshed physique and a fan inside to chill the palm of your hand – and if that isn’t a characteristic that helps it stand out, I don’t know what’s.

The fan is the Zephyr Pro’s calling card, but it surely additionally provides a lightweight wired design with spectacular gaming efficiency in addition.

Design and specs

The Marsback Zephyr Pro's next to its box.

Starting with the fundamentals, the Zephyr Pro takes a easy wired mouse method, with a false-ambidextrous design and enormous major and navigation buttons solely on the left aspect. The shell is created from plastic, and I’d say it’s a few medium-sized gaming mouse.

Thanks to the open mesh exterior, it additionally weighs in at simply 69 grams with out accounting for the very light-weight cable.

Underneath all of it, the mouse relies on the Pixart 3389 sensor, which provides as much as 16,000 DPI monitoring that’s correct as much as 400 inches per second (IPS), which is spectacular – the 3389 is among the many finest sensors, and it isn’t featured in lots of mice. This isn’t essentially the most power-efficient sensor, but it surely doesn’t must be because it’s a wired mouse.

The Marsback Zephyr Pro's sensor.Niels Broekhuijsen, Digital Trends

Back to the cable for a second. I’ve to leap in and say that it’s really a extremely spectacular cable. Wireless mice are all the fashion these days, however with a cable that’s this supple, but thick, with a luxurious sufficient braiding to not be ugly, it’s troublesome to be upset about not slicing the wire.

After all, the cable is one thing you’ll must take care of if you need a fan in your mouse — that sort of energy consumption isn’t sustainable on battery energy alone.

Fans and cooling

The Marsback Zephyr Pro's fan showing through the body.Niels Broekhuijsen, Digital Trends

Right beneath the palm space, you’ll spot the cooling fan, which consider it or not, has RGB lighting constructed into it. Unfortunately on this occasion, I’m not somebody twho usually sweats loads, which makes testing this characteristic troublesome.

So, I got down to do what any wise {hardware} reviewer does: Put themselves in an uncomfortable state of affairs on your studying pleasure. My workplace/gaming room is kind of small — about 9 by 9 toes — and on a heat autumn day, I closed the door, the vents, set a second PC to run heat-generating packages, and fired up Insurgency Sandstorm on my primary rig in order that it, and I, might get to work.

My palms felt chilled, as if the mouse had a really mild A/C in-built.

After a couple of moments, it began to get heat. My cat had lengthy left my lap, begged to depart the room, and I used to be getting uncomfortable. But with out the posh of with the ability to go away, and loads of water in my system, the sweating began.

Lo and behold, the palm of my hand was essentially the most snug a part of me. It felt chilled – as if the mouse had a really mild A/C in-built, but it surely simply appeared that method as a result of it was the one a part of my physique that was getting any airflow.

Of course, most individuals received’t have to go to those lengths to check this characteristic. If below these circumstances it helped me, then I’m positive it’ll assist you to, in case you’re somebody that’s liable to sweating, in way more regular circumstances. Heck, there’s a motive why corporations like Cooler Master make the MM711.

The Marsback Zephyr Pro's front profile with green RGB.Niels Broekhuijsen, Digital Trends

I briefly switched to my all-time favourite mouse, the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, and the sweating grew to become way more uncomfortable. For giggles, I additionally grabbed the MX Master 3, an workplace mouse with a really snug, however sweat-unfriendly end, and the outcomes have been as sweaty as anticipated.

The fan is audible, however provided that you maintain your breath and attempt to hear it.

But is the Zephyr Pro quiet? After all, we’re constructing our PCs to be as quiet as attainable, so it wouldn’t assist if our mouse will get buzzy. On that entrance, I can report that the Zephyr Pro is satisfactorily quiet. Place it subsequent to a water-cooled PC that’s idling in a quiet room at evening, and also you’ll hear it. Quite nicely, in truth.

But in most traditional, daytime circumstances, ambient noise will simply drown it out. And in addition to, you’ll seemingly be sporting a headset anyway. In the daytime, you must maintain the mouse as much as your ear to listen to the fan buzzing away.

Gaming efficiency

The Marsback Zephyr Pro's side profile with RGB.Niels Broekhuijsen, Digital Trends

For testing the mouse’s precise gaming efficiency, I made a decision towards doing this within the by-now sizzling and sweaty room. After I cooled all of it off by opening a window, it was time for a couple of extra rounds of Insurgency Sandstorm. As a sensible shooter, and with myself taking part in on a crew towards the utmost bot depend, it is a nice take a look at – and the Zephyr Pro did job. It responded swiftly and precisely to my inputs, and simply stored up with my quick flicks due to the Pixart 3389 sensor. I play at a comparatively low DPI of simply 650, so sure, this mouse can observe at excessive speeds very nicely — no less than on this subjective take a look at.

The solely catch I had over my all-time favourite, the G Pro X Superlight, was that it isn’t wi-fi and had the cable dragging a bit – however in all equity, that’s simply mounted with a cable bungee and time to get accustomed to the pointer. Otherwise, this mouse weighs and performs about the identical, whereas having a cooling fan and RGB, and costing loads much less.

Our take

The Marsback Zephyr Pro approaches the mouse with holes method barely in another way by together with a palm-cooling fan and lathering the physique in RGB. If you’re somebody who  is liable to sweaty palms throughout intense gaming periods, and trypophobia isn’t one thing you’re troubled by, the Zephyr Pro is definitely a mouse to contemplate on your setup. It doesn’t have essentially the most ergonomic form, however so long as you’re not gaming for hours upon hours, it ought to present nice thermal consolation.

Are there any options?

As far as mice with followers built-in, there aren’t many. However, there are many options which have “holey” designs, together with the Glorious Model O, Cooler Master MM711, and the SteelSeries Aerox 3.

How lengthy will it final?

With excellent care, the Marsback Zephyr Pro ought to final you concerning the years, largely relying on the variety of rage-quits you exert on it. The fan may also put on out if it’s used vert regularly, and cleansing the within will probably be a problem.

Should I purchase it?

Yes, however provided that you’re liable to sweaty palms to the purpose of dropping grip in your mouse. Otherwise, there are higher options. But on the present value of $59, it’s onerous to go mistaken with this mouse, even in case you simply go away the fan switched off more often than not.

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