Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2 gaming mouse review
If you’re looking for a mouse that you can customize inside and out, this is what you need. At $ 109.99 for the wireless version and $ 59.99 for the wired version, the all-new Ultra Custom Symm 2 from Pwnage offers enough options to really customize them while still having the necessary specifications to meet the most demanding scenarios. demanding. Is it worth buying in a market that’s more crowded than ever? Find out in our review!
- Matt coating
- Height: 118 mm
- Width: 60 mm
- Depth: 38mm
- Weight: 66 – 75 g (cordless), 55-64 g (wired)
- Sensor: paw 3370 optical (wireless) / pmw 3389 optical (wired)
- Resolution: 50 – 19,000 DPI (wireless) / 200 – 16,000 DPI (wired)
- Zero smoothing / acceleration / filtering
- Max. Tracking speed: 40G (wireless) / 50G (wired)
- Max. Speed: 400 IPS
- Office mode: 180 hours
- Play mode: 80 hours
- Full recharge in 2 hours
- Polling rate in Hz: 125/250/500/1000 (wireless) / 125/500/1000 (wired)
- Paracord type C cable
- Cable length: 2m / 6.5ft (wireless) / 1.8m (wired)
- Switch Kailh GM 8.0 Black 80M Micro Switch
- RGB lighting
- 6 buttons
- 100% PTFE feet
Features and Overview – Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2
If the esports and battle royale craze has done one thing, it’s to explode the peripheral market. As a result, there are more options than ever for high-quality gaming mice and in all price brackets. Companies that want to stand out have to offer something special, and that’s exactly what Pwnage set out to do with the new Ultra Custom Symm 2.
This mouse, available in wired and wireless versions ($ 59.99 and $ 109.99 respectively) combines high-performance specifications with top-notch customization options. Whether it’s the toughness of the mouse (solid or honeycomb), the color, weight, responsiveness of the switches or the tactility they offer, the Symm 2 has options to compose it exactly to your preference. Pwnage also sells patterned vinyl grips to add additional customization, available in Phantom Mint for white mice and Carnage Red for black.
As for the specs, it keeps its promises. Whether you go wired or wireless, you can count on a millisecond response time with the 2.4 GHz wireless dongle. The sensor is a PixArt 3370 optical sensor with a wide DPI range of 50 to 19,000. Its tracking is fast and precise with a maximum speed of 400 IPS and 40G of acceleration. There is no smoothing or angle capture to deflect your lens, it’s just true high fidelity tracking that can compete with the best gaming mice on the market today, and also allows for a distance of Incredibly low takeoff of just 1mm. The switches below the triggers are also Kailh 8.0s and allow you to reduce the bounce time to zero if desired. It’s a pretty awesome thing.
Both versions of the mouse fall into ultralight territory, depending on your setup. The wired version can be taken as low as 59 grams with the body and honeycomb cover or increased to 82 grams using an adjustable weight insert that slides in and magnetically attaches to the body. The wireless version must contain the battery, so its weight can range from 71 to 75 grams. If you are a player gripped by the claws or fingertips, you can technically reduce this by removing the top part of the shell usually covered by your palm, but that doesn’t feel as practical to me. Having said that, I expected it to be more uncomfortable than it actually was. There is no adjustable weight for the wireless version since the battery occupies this location.
Speaking of battery, the Symm 2 Wireless has a respectable lifespan thanks to its 100mAh battery. When you play it is capable of delivering up to 80 hours. If you lower the polling rate and turn off RGB – great for productivity – that more than doubles. Even though it is approaching its low numbers, it remains responsive and reliable. Still, I don’t like pushing it so low, so often plugged into the cable when not in use (which is a flexible paracord – another strong point). It takes about two hours to fully charge from a dead battery.
Speaking of cable: it’s awesome. Just like the complete PTFE pad. You won’t have to worry about sliding around with either variant of the mouse thanks to these two important components. Pwnage also includes additional feet and handles in the box for the corded version.
Returning to customization, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to change the overall look of the mouse. Pwnage sent a large box of nine different shell colors and the Carnage Red and Phantom Mint grips. In total, you can buy a dozen different shell packs and each one includes a honeycomb shell, solid shell, and button plates.
The exchange of parts is easy and without tools. The shells are removed from the bottom and snap into place during reassembly. The triggers are held with a single hook under the shell and snap into place over the switches. You can change both in under a minute, and once they’re reassembled, there’s nothing loose or wobbly to betray that these parts light up and come off so easily. Once in place, they feel as secure as the whole thing out of the box.
Impressions & Performances – Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2
I spent about a little over two weeks with the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2 versions using them for everything from work to normal navigation and competitive games. Pwnage sent me the honeycomb version for the wired model and the solid case version for the wireless, so I had some time with both, and my overall impressions are positive. They are good mice, especially the wired version.
Everyone feels strong and sturdy. There is no flexing or cracking even when squeezed. This is a common issue with honeycomb mice in particular and it always leaves me concerned about build quality, so it’s nice to see Pwnage competing with Razer there.
In fact, that really seems to be where the Symm 2 ranks best, against the Razer Viper. I actually use a Viper Ultimate on my gaming PC and use a Viper Mini at work because I love the shape so much. The Symm 2 is a bit shorter, but is very similar in height and width, making the transition easier. Considering how great the Razer is, that says a lot about the Symm 2.
The two Symm 2s slide like butter. I tested them on hard and soft surfaces including a bare walnut desk and they worked wonderfully on each. I found that I preferred the lighter weight of the wired version, however. Both mice are quite light, but the inclusion of the battery makes it noticeably heavier (while still being very light overall). The corded version in its heaviest form is always lighter than the cordless version in its lightest form.
The follow-up with both mice was excellent. Even side by side, there was no difference I could feel in the tracking. At the same time, the lightweight cable of the wired version seemed almost wireless on its own, so if you want to save some money, this is by no means a bad alternative. I failed to get either jitter mouse to spin in my tests. Tracking was also maintained whether I was in high DPI / low sensitivity or vice versa. They got the job done and done well, no matter what I threw at them.
Since there are only six buttons, this mouse is best suited for competitive titles like first person shooters. These titles will also take advantage of their ultralight design much better than an MMORPG or MOBA. That said, a mouse is really all about the feel, and unless you need those extra buttons, the Symm 2 will work well for any genre you want to test it out with.
I also found the mouse buttons to be very well done. The Kailh 8.0s feel great and have a satisfying high-pitched click and tactility. I found no need to use the included spacers beyond normal testing as they felt fine tuned right out of the box (it’s very cool that they are included to fine tune the feel, though!)
The customization options are really where this mouse excels. I tried a lot of different color combinations because it was so easy. At the end of the day, I’m a fan of white and black, that’s what I ended up choosing. If you have a favorite color, you can customize this mouse to match an extra $ 12 per pack. I wish Pwnage would let you choose an additional color to include in the box (especially for the more expensive wireless version), but it’s understandable that it would cost more.
My biggest issue with these mice has nothing to do with performance or feel, it’s the price of the wireless model. At $ 109, wireless is cheaper than the Viper Ultimate, but it also lacks any kind of wireless charging base – a feature I’ve come to absolutely love with the Viper. It is also coming out in a market where the Glorious Model O Wireless is very competitive at just $ 79.99. You pay for performance, but you are clearly sold on the modularity that the O and Viper models lack. Whether this is something that you are likely to enjoy should be a major consideration when choosing between these three closely competing mice.
At $ 109.99 for the wireless version and $ 59.99 for the wired version, we have two mice that feel and work great and offer a level of modularity and customization that the competition lacks. If you’re looking for a mouse to make your own and don’t want to go to an expensive custom store to do it, these are great options.The product described in this article has been provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.