Marsback Zephyr Pro
RRP $ 59.00
"The Marsback Zephyr Pro's built-in fan makes it a unique option for players with sweaty hands."
Cooling fan helps
Foamed in RGB
Including excellent sensor
Great cable quality
Fan audible in quiet surroundings
Ergonomically left missing
There are dozen of great gaming mice out there. but many of them look and function similarly.
That is hardly the case for. This is a mouse with a mesh case and a fan inside to keep your palm cool – and if that's not a feature that makes it stand out, I don't know what is.
The fan is the Zephyr Pro's calling card, but it also offers a lightweight wired design with impressive gaming performance.
Design and specifications
Starting with the basics, the Zephyr Pro takes a simple wired mouse approach with a false ambidextrous design and large primary and navigation buttons only on the left. The case is made of plastic and I would say it's a medium-sized gaming mouse.
Thanks to the open mesh exterior, it also weighs only 69 grams, without taking into account the very light cable.
Basically, the mouse is based on the Pixart 3389 sensor, which offers up to 16,000 DPI tracking that is accurate up to 400 inches per second (IPS), which is impressive – the 3389 is one of the best sensors out there, and it is not found in many mice. This isn't the most energy efficient sensor, but it doesn't have to be because it's a wired mouse.
Back to the cable for a moment. I have to step in and say it is a very impressive cable indeed. Wireless mice are all the rage these days, but with a cord that is so pliable yet thick, with a soft braid that isn't ugly, it's hard to get upset about not cutting the cord.
After all, the cable is something to grapple with if you want a fan in your mouse – this type of power draw isn't just portable on battery power.
Fan and cooling
Just under the palm of your hand you can see the fan, believe it or not, it has built-in RGB lighting. Unfortunately, in this case, I'm not someone who sweats a lot in general, which makes testing this feature difficult.
So I set out to do what any sane hardware reviewer does: put yourself in an awkward position for your reading pleasure. My office / playroom is quite small – about 2.70 x 2.70 meters – and on a warm autumn day I closed the door, closed the vents, set a second PC to run heat generating programs, and started Insurgency Sandstorm on my main unit with it it and I can get to work.
My palms felt cold, like the mouse had built in very light air conditioning.
After a few moments it got warm. My cat had long since left my lap, begging to leave the room, and I felt uncomfortable. But without the luxury of walking and with a lot of water in my system, the sweating started.
Lo and behold, my palm was the most comfortable part of me. It felt cold – like the mouse had very light air conditioning built in, but it just seemed that way because it was the only part of my body that got airflow.
Of course, most people don't have to go this far to test this feature. If it has helped me in these conditions then it is certain that if you are someone who tends to sweat, it will help you under much normal circumstances. There's a reason companies like Cooler Master make the MM711.
I switched to my all-time favorite mouse, the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, and the sweating got a lot more uncomfortable. To giggle, I also grabbed the MX Master 3, an office mouse with a very comfortable, but sweat-resistant finish, and the results were, as expected, sweaty.
The fan can be heard, but only if you hold your breath and try to hear it.
But is the Zephyr Pro quiet? After all, we build our PCs as quietly as possible, so it wouldn't help if our mouse hums. In this regard, I can report that the Zephyr Pro is sufficiently quiet. Put it next to a water-cooled PC that is idle in a quiet room at night and you will hear it. Quite well, actually.
But under most normal daytime circumstances, ambient noise will easily drown it out. Plus, you'll likely be wearing a headset anyway. During the day you have to hold the mouse to your ear to hear the fan humming.
In order to test the actual gaming performance of the mouse, I decided against doing this in the now hot and sweaty room. After I'd cooled everything down by opening a window, it was time for a few more rounds of Insurgency Sandstorm. Playing as a realistic shooter and on a team with me against the maximum number of bots is a great test – and the Zephyr Pro did a good job. It responded quickly and accurately to my inputs and, thanks to the Pixart 3389 sensor, could easily keep up with my fast movements. I play with a relatively low DPI of only 650, so yes, this mouse can track very well at high speeds – at least in this subjective test.
The only catch with my all-time favorite, the G Pro X Superlight, was that it wasn't wireless and the cable dragged a bit – but in fairness that's easy to fix with a cable bungee and time to get used to it Pointer. Otherwise, this mouse weighs and performs roughly the same while having a fan and RGB and costing a lot less.
theapproaches the mouse with holes a little differently by including a palm cooling fan and lathering the case in RGB. If your hands are sweaty during intense gaming sessions and trypophobia doesn't bother you, the Zephyr Pro is certainly a mouse to consider for your setup. It doesn't have the most ergonomic shape, but as long as you don't play for hours it should offer great thermal comfort.
Are there alternatives?
As for mice with built-in fans, there aren't many. However, there are many alternatives with “holey” designs, including the Glorious Model O, Cooler Master MM711, and the SteelSeries Aerox 3.
How long it will take?
With good care, the Marsback Zephyr Pro should last about years, depending mainly on the number of tantrums you experience it. The fan can also wear out if used frequently, and cleaning the inside will be a challenge.
Should I buy it?
Yes, but only if you are prone to sweaty palms that lose your grip on the mouse. Otherwise there are better alternatives. But at the current price of $ 59, it's hard to go wrong with this mouse, even if you just leave the fan off most of the time.