Marsback Zephyr RGB Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 06, 2021 at 10:49 am
Marsback Zephyr RGB Picture
6.2
Office/Multimedia
7.8
Video Games (FPS)
6.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is a good wired gaming mouse. It feels very sturdy, and it has a lightweight, perforated body with two side buttons and a fan in the palm section intended to keep your hand cool and dry. Cooling properties aren't something we test, but the fan works as intended, and you can adjust its speed with a button on the underside. There are several RGB zones within the body and CPI indicators on either side. Performance-wise it has good click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. However, it only has six default CPI presets. Unfortunately, it lacks customization software, and the fan makes the mouse vibrate when in use, which may be uncomfortable or irritating for some.

Our Verdict

6.2 Office/Multimedia

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is acceptable for office and multimedia work, but it only connects with a wired connection and doesn't have any software for reprogramming buttons. That said, it feels very well built and has a comfortable ambidextrous shape well suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Internal fan in the palm area designed to cool your hand.
Cons
  • Internal fan causes the entire mouse to vibrate, which may be uncomfortable for some users.
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.8 Video Games (FPS)

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is a good FPS gaming mouse that's lightweight and feels very sturdy. It has a comfortable ambidextrous shape that's well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has a flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide smoothly. Performance-wise it has good click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, it only has six preset CPI settings.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Internal fan in the palm area designed to cool your hand.
Cons
  • Only six default CPI preset settings.
  • Internal fan causes the entire mouse to vibrate, which may be uncomfortable for some users.
6.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is passable for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse and lacks customization software for programming any of the buttons it does have. That said, it feels very sturdy and has an ambidextrous shape suitable for nearly all hand sizes using all grip types. Performance-wise it has good click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, it only has six preset CPI settings.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Internal fan in the palm area designed to cool your hand.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Only six default CPI preset settings.
  • Internal fan causes the entire mouse to vibrate, which may be uncomfortable for some users.
8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is an impressive mouse for fans of ultra-light gaming, but it's marginally heavier than what we consider as a true ultra-light mouse. Nevertheless, it feels very sturdy and has an ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has a lightweight cable and mouse feet that glide smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance, good click latency, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, there are only six default CPI presets.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Internal fan in the palm area designed to cool your hand.
Cons
  • Internal fan causes the entire mouse to vibrate, which may be uncomfortable for some users.
5.1 Travel

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is inadequate for travel use as it's quite bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse without any wireless connection options, which can make it cumbersome to use in smaller spaces like buses, trains, or planes. Despite this, it feels very sturdy and has a comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited to all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • Lacks onboard memory.
  • 6.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 06, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 07, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

If you're interested in a gaming mouse with comparable performance and a selection of modular pieces available that you can exchange to change the look and feel of the mouse, check out the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
19.47 in³ (319 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
115 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

On their website, Marsback states that the Marsback Zephyr RGB weighs only 68 grams without the weight of its cable, but the unit we tested is significantly heavier.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Marsback Zephyr RGB has a symmetrical body with a comfortable matte plastic finish and an interior fan to cool and dry your palm. The fan functions as intended, but any cooling or drying properties aren't something we test at this time. The fan causes the mouse to vibrate while in use, which may be uncomfortable or irritating for some users.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Marsback Zephyr RGB
  • Manual air blower
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
5%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rates on the Marsback Zephyr RGB are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. There are six default CPI settings: 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, and 16000. You can cycle between these settings using the button behind the mouse wheel.

4.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

There are six default CPI settings that you can cycle through using the button behind the scroll wheel. Additionally, there's a button on the bottom of the mouse that cycles fan settings between slow, fast, dynamic, and off.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.8
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
16 ms
Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Marsback Zephyr RGB we tested is white. There's also a black color variant available. The unit we tested has no label on the body or the wire.

Compared To Other Mice

The Marsback Zephyr RGB is a good wired gaming mouse. It has a perforated body with irregularly shaped holes different from the more common honeycomb-shaped cutouts found on many other lightweight mice. In addition to reducing the overall weight, the cutouts are designed to allow air to travel between an internal fan and the palm of your hand. Coupled with the impressive sensor performance and overall weight, this mouse may be a great choice for gamers looking for a performant option but find that their hands get uncomfortably hot and sweaty using other mice.

For other recommendations, see our picks for the best lightweight mice, the best wired mice, and best ergonomic mice.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O is a better wired gaming mouse than the Marsback Zephyr RGB. The Glorious is lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has an adjustable CPI, a somewhat lower click latency, and software for customization, which the Marsback lacks. On the other hand, the Marsback feels sturdier and has an internal fan designed to keep your hand cool. It also has a wider CPI range but only has six default CPI presets. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Marsback is a bit more accommodating to more hand sizes.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better wired gaming mouse than the Marsback Zephyr RGB. The Glorious is lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a lower click latency, an adjustable CPI, and customization software, which the Marsback lacks. On the other hand, the Marsback feels sturdier and has an internal fan designed to keep your hand cool and dry. It also has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance, but it only has six preset CPI settings. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small is a superb ultra-light wireless gaming mouse, while the Marsback Zephyr RGB is a good wired gaming mouse. The Finalmouse is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and It connects either wired with its charging cable or with its USB receiver. On the other hand, the Marsback has a wider CPI range and an internal fan intended to keep your hand cool and dry while using it. It also has RGB lighting, which the Finalmouse lacks. The Finalmouse is primarily suitable for medium and small-sized hands, while the Marsback is more accomodating to more hand sizes.

DELUX M800 Wireless

The DELUX M800 Wireless and the Marsback Zephyr RGB are good gaming mice. The DELUX connects either with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It's also lighter and has customization software, which the Marsback lacks. On the other hand, the Marsback feels sturdier and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a more consistent sensor, a lower minimum lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Cooler Master MM720

The Cooler Master MM720 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Marsback Zephyr RGB. It's much lighter and has better mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, much lower click latency, and software for customization, which the Marsback lacks. On the other hand, the Marsback feels sturdier and has an internal fan intended to keep your hand cool and dry. It also has a more consistent sensor but only has six default CPI presets. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Marsback accommodates more hand sizes.

G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition

The G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition and the Marsback Zephyr RGB are wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The G-Wolves is lighter and has somewhat lower click latency. It also has customization software, which the Marsback lacks. On the other hand, the Marsback feels sturdier and has a more flexible cable and better-quality mouse feet. It also has a higher maximum CPI, but it only has six preset CPI settings. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Marsback Zephyr RGB. The Marsback is somewhat lighter and feels sturdier. It also has an interior fan intended to keep your hand cool and dry. Unfortunately, it only has six default CPI settings. On the other hand, the Razer has much lower click latency, a wider CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50. It also has one additional side button, four more buttons overall, and you can assign a Hypershift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. Lastly, the Razer has customization software, which the Marsback lacks.

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