In the world of competitive gaming -or gaming in general- players are only as good as their gear. After all, what good do months of practice and coordination achieve, if your equipment starts failing in the heat of action? In that regard, it actually makes sense to invest in a good gaming mouse, so you can get an edge over the competition. However, not everyone has the means to shell out $100 or more on a gaming mouse. Because of this, Roccat released their LUA Tri-Button mouse with the objective of combining simplicity with functionality in a small, yet inexpensive package geared towards casual or entry-level gamers that don’t quite need a high-end peripheral to get the job done. See why it was featured in our best left hand gaming mouse and best cheap gaming mouse guides!
Back in the days of Quake or the first few Unreal Tournament games, most gamers didn’t need all the fancy and nifty gadgets offered by today’s mice. The most important features of a mouse back then were a trusty sensor that offered precise tracking, a good scroll wheel for those that relied on it to swap weapons, and a left mouse button to rain death upon the enemy. We think this is what Roccat was aiming for with the LUA; to recreate a version of the hardware from back then, but with all the improvements that modern technology can afford, such as adjustable CPI, optical sensor technology, and so on, with the added benefit of being very affordable, allowing users to purchase this mouse exclusively for playing shooter games.
Roccat is not the first to manufacture a product for gamers on a budget. In this regard, Redragon clearly comes to mind with their wide array of affordable mice that offer both durability and tons of features. But where other companies try to offer the most amount of perks for the absolute lowest price possible, how does the LUA fare in the market of cheap peripherals? Let’s find out!
Whenever we have a new mouse on our hands that we need to review, we always try to break our review down into various subsections for the sake of readability and to make it easier for our followers to make their own comparisons (i.e “X is better in terms of sensor quality, while Y has is more durable”). In that sense, we like to create our reviews based upon a specific set of features that every gaming mouse should offer, such as type and quality of the sensor used, the number of additional buttons, the possibility of adjusting the mouse’s size and weight, the overall ergonomics, and the design’s aesthetics.
Being a peripheral designed for simplicity and for use specifically in FPS games, we find the LUA lacking in most of these departments. Compared to other mice (some with identical price tags), Roccat’s creation, unfortunately, falls short in most aspects. We understand what they were trying to do, but it’s just really hard to recreate a “retro” piece of hardware with great fidelity, without falling short on the aspects that make modern mice more useful than they were 10 years ago.
Nevertheless, let’s take a look at what this baby has to offer.
As most gaming mice connoisseurs might know, this price range is usually reserved for generic office mice, and definitely not for high-end gaming gear. This makes the LUA a really feasible alternative for those on the market for a gaming peripheral that can be suited for improved performance both on the battlefield and in the office.
This mouse is equipped with a Pro Optic R2 Sensor, which grants great tracking precision on most surfaces. Said sensor comes with the option of adjusting its sensitivity, up to a maximum of 2,000 CPI. This feature makes this mouse great for FPS games, as the ability to adjust sensitivity on a whim can help to achieve both fast and precise shots with the click of a button. Admittedly, the sensitivity ceiling may not be high enough for some players, but in our case, we had no qualms with 2,000 CPI limit.
In the spirit of recreating retro hardware, the LUA is equipped with only 3 buttons (4 if you count the CPI switch), the left, middle, and right mouse buttons. In this regard, there’s not much to talk about. With this mouse, you will only be able to perform the tasks that the most basic peripheral is expected to carry out. This, my friends, is where Roccat totally dropped the ball. Design-wise we understand the decision to create a tri-button mouse, but in terms of functionality, the LUA simply can’t hold a candle against other products of its price range. Nowadays even office mice seem to have at least 2 additional buttons for added functionality while browsing the web, so there’s no excuse to have fewer buttons than that.
In terms of aesthetics, the LUA also doesn’t have much to write home about; it’s just your standard black mouse with a matte finish. On the left button, we have the engraved Roccat logo, while on the back we have a silhouette of the company’s mascot. The mouse is contoured to provide finger rests for added comfort, and the side panels are coated with a no-sweat grip, for increased control in those heated gaming sessions. Another nice addition is its symmetrical V-shape, which makes this mouse great for ambidextrous users.
As a nod to generations past, the Roccat LUA does a pretty good job at recreating the hardware from that time, with the added benefit of using updated technology from the current generation. However, we feel that this mouse’s usefulness is a bit too niche to warrant purchasing over other similar products. The fact that it’s geared for FPS games doesn’t help it escape the reality that it provides a meager amount of features when compared to other products.
We wouldn’t recommend purchasing this mouse in regular situations. But if for some reason you need a tri-button mouse, then the LUA is probably your best bet.
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