Marsback Zephyr Pro
MSRP $ 59.00
“The Marsback Zephyr Pro’s built-in fan makes it a unique option for gamers with sweaty palms. ”
Cooling fan helps
Foamed in RGB
Includes an excellent sensor
Excellent cable quality
Audible fan in quiet environments
Ergonomically left to be desired
There are dozens of great gaming mice out there, but many of them look and perform the same.
This is hardly the case for. This is a mouse with a mesh body and a fan inside to cool the palm of your hand – and while that’s not a feature that helps it stand out, I don’t. don’t know what it is.
The fan is the Zephyr Pro’s calling card, but it also offers a lightweight wired design with impressive gaming performance to boot.
Design and specifications
Starting with the basics, the Zephyr Pro takes a straightforward wired mouse approach, with a deceptively ambidextrous design and big main and navigation buttons only on the left side. The shell is plastic, and I would rate it as a mid-size gaming mouse.
Thanks to the open mesh exterior, it also weighs just 69 grams without considering the very light cable.
Below all of that, the mouse is based on the Pixart 3389 sensor, which offers up to 16,000 DPI of precise tracking up to 400 inches per second (IPS), which is impressive – the 3389 is among the best sensors. , and it is not. present in many mice. It’s not the most power efficient sensor, but it doesn’t need to be because it’s a wired mouse.
Let’s go back to cable for a moment. I have to step in and say it’s actually a very impressive cable. Wireless mice are all the rage these days, but with such a flexible, yet thick cable, with a braiding that is fluffy enough not to be ugly, it’s hard to get excited about not cutting the cord.
After all, the cable is something you’ll have to deal with if you want a fan in your mouse – that kind of power consumption isn’t sustainable on the battery alone.
Fans and cooling
Just below the palm, you’ll spot the cooling fan, which, believe it or not, features RGB lighting. Unfortunately in this case, I’m not someone who usually sweat a lot, which makes testing this feature difficult.
So, I decided to do what any reasonable material reviewer does: put myself in an awkward situation for your reading pleasure. My office / playroom is quite small – about 9 feet by 9 feet – and on a warm fall day I closed the door, the vents, set up a second PC to run heat generating programs and lit Sandstorm of insurgency on my main platform so that she and I can get down to business.
My palms were icy cold, as if the mouse had very slight air conditioning built in.
After a few moments it started to get hot. My cat had long left my knees, begged to leave the room, and I was getting uncomfortable. But without the luxury of being able to go and without a lot of water in my system, the sweating started.
And there you have it, the palm of my hand was the most comfortable part of me. I felt like I was cold – like the mouse had a very slight air conditioning built-in, but it just felt right because it was the only part of my body that received an airflow.
Of course, most people won’t need to go this far to test this feature. If under these conditions it has helped me, then I’m sure it will help you, if you are someone who has a tendency to sweat, under much more normal circumstances. Heck, there’s a reason companies like Cooler Master are making the MM711.
I briefly switched to my all-time favorite mouse, the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, and the sweating just got a lot more uncomfortable. For a laugh, I also grabbed the MX Master 3, a desktop mouse with a very comfortable, yet sweat-wicking finish, and the results were as sweaty as I expected.
The fan is audible, but only if you hold your breath and try to hear it.
But is the Zephyr Pro silent? After all, we build our PCs to be as quiet as possible, so it wouldn’t help if our mouse is buzzing. On this front, I can report that the Zephyr Pro is sufficiently quiet. Place it next to a water-cooled idling PC in a quiet room at night, and you’ll hear it. Pretty good, actually.
But under most normal daytime circumstances, ambient noise will easily drown him. Plus, you’ll probably be wearing a helmet anyway. During the day, you have to hold the mouse close to your ear to hear the fan go away.
To test the actual gaming performance of the mouse, I decided not to do it in the now hot and sweaty room. After cooling everything down by opening a window, it was time to take a few laps of Sandstorm of insurgency. As a realistic shooter, and with myself playing on a team against the max bots, it’s a great test – and the Zephyr Pro did a good job. It responded quickly and accurately to my inputs and easily kept up with my fast movies thanks to the Pixart 3389 sensor. I’m playing at a relatively low DPI of just 650, so yes, this mouse can keep up with high speed just fine – at least in this subjective test.
The only issue I had with my all-time favorite, the G Pro X Superlight, was that it wasn’t wireless and the cable was dragging a bit – but in all honesty, it fixes easily. with an elastic cable and time to get used to the pointer. Otherwise, this mouse weighs and performs pretty much the same, while having a cooling fan and RGB, and costing a lot less.
Theapproach the mouse with holes approach slightly differently by including a palm cooling fan and having the body foam in RGB. If you’re someone who tends to get sweaty hands during intense gaming sessions and trypophobia isn’t something to bother you, the Zephyr Pro is definitely 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 provide great thermal comfort.
Are there any alternatives?
When it comes to mice with built-in fans, there aren’t many. However, there are plenty of alternatives that have “holey” designs, including the Glorious Model O, the Cooler Master MM711, and the SteelSeries Aerox 3.
How long will it last?
With proper care, the Marsback Zephyr Pro should last around years, mostly depending on how many rage stops you exert on it. The fan can also wear out if used frequently, and cleaning the interior will be a challenge.
Should I buy it?
Yes, but only if your palms are sweaty enough to lose your mouse’s grip. 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.