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Pwnage StormBreaker Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 28, 2023 at 10:27 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 28, 2023 at 10:27 am
Pwnage StormBreaker Picture
6.7
Work
9.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
9.6
Raw Performance

The Pwnage StormBreaker is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse. It has a fairly large right-handed shape and a body made of magnesium alloy that Pwnage claims to provide a much better strength-to-weight ratio than plastic. Under the hood, this mouse uses PixArt's latest PAW 3395 sensor and Omron mechanical switches. It also supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 2000Hz, which offers slightly smoother and more consistent-feeling cursor movements and latency performance compared to gaming mice with a standard polling rate of 1000Hz. Additionally, this mouse has a somewhat unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position more towards the front or rear of the mouse. For more details about this feature, see the Sensor Specifications section below.

Our Verdict

6.7 Work

While not designed specifically for this use, the Pwnage StormBreaker is adequate for work. It has a right-handed shape well suited for medium and larger-sized hands and feels very sturdy. You can reprogram buttons using the customization software, and it connects wirelessly with an included USB receiver. Unfortunately, there's no Bluetooth support, and the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and left/right tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Outstanding overall build quality.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and left/right tilt inputs.
9.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Pwnage StormBreaker is a fantastic FPS gaming mouse. It's extremely lightweight, and the magnesium alloy body feels very sturdy. It supports a wireless polling rate of up to 2000Hz and has remarkably low click latency and outstanding overall sensor performance, providing an extremely snappy and responsive feeling in-game experience. The right-handed shape is best suited for a palm or claw grip for medium or larger-sized hands. Adhesive grips are included for those who may find the mouse feels too slippery or somewhat uncomfortable due to the weight-saving cutouts on the body.

Pros
  • Outstanding overall build quality.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
Cons
  • Cutouts on the sides may be uncomfortable for some but can be covered with included adhesive grips.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Pwnage StormBreaker is good for MMO gaming but has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can reprogram the buttons it does have using the customization software. It has a reasonably comfortable right-handed shape best suited for medium or large-sized hands, and its magnesium alloy body is sturdy. Performance-wise, it has remarkably low click latency and outstanding overall sensor performance, with a maximum wireless polling rate of 2000Hz, delivering an extremely immersive and responsive-feeling gaming experience.

Pros
  • Outstanding overall build quality.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
Cons
  • Few programmable buttons.
  • Cutouts on the sides may be uncomfortable for some but can be covered with included adhesive grips.
9.6 Raw Performance

The Pwnage StormBreaker has exceptional raw performance. Its click latency is remarkably low and consistent, and its sensor provides superb motion and accuracy performance that closely translates the physical movements you make with your mouse into the cursor movements you see on screen.

Pros
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Maximum wireless polling rate of 2000Hz.
Cons
  • 6.7 Work
  • 9.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.6 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jul 28, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 21, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jul 20, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jul 12, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Mar 28, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pwnage StormBreaker is available in a range of colorways but has no variants available at the time of writing. The available color options are divided into Standard Edition and Limited Edition, but the differences are only cosmetic. Standard Edition colorways include Black and White. Limited Edition colorways include Red, Olive, Mint, Blue, and Gray.

We bought and tested the Red Limited Edition color option, and you can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pwnage Stormbreaker is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse. This mouse has a body made of magnesium alloy that Pwnage claims provides better durability and a higher strength-to-weight ratio over other materials. This approach makes this mouse similar in some design aspects to other recent releases that use a magnesium alloy shell, including mice in the Finalmouse Starlight-12 lineup or the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition.

Unlike the mice mentioned above, which have smaller symmetrical shapes, this mouse has a larger 'ergo shape' that's very similar to the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo, as well as recent releases from other manufacturers, including the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro, or the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless. This mouse offers distinctive visuals, extremely lightweight construction, and remarkably good performance. It's also a standout option for gamers who prefer an alternative sensor position. However, it also carries a higher price tag than most other high-end options offering comparable performance.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best lightweight mouse.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Pwnage StormBreaker are wireless gaming mice. The Logitech has a solid plastic body and a symmetrical shape that's better suited to a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. On the other hand, the Pwnage has a magnesium alloy body with weight-saving cutouts. It's lighter and supports a higher polling rate of 2000Hz. It also has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position.

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro

The Pwnage StormBreaker and the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro are wireless gaming mice with similar shapes. The Pwnage has a magnesium alloy body with weight-saving cutouts. It's lighter and natively supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 2000Hz. It also has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position. On the other hand, the Razer has a solid plastic body. While it doesn't natively support polling rates higher than 1000Hz, you can purchase a Razer HyperSpeed Dongle separately, increasing the polling rate to a maximum of 4000Hz.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2-CW

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2-CW and the Pwnage StormBreaker are wireless gaming mice with very similar shapes. The BenQ has a solid plastic body. On the other hand, the Pwnage has a magnesium alloy body with weight-saving cutouts. It's significantly lighter and has better overall gaming performance. It also supports a higher wireless polling rate of 2000Hz and has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position.

Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the Pwnage StormBreaker are wireless gaming mice with very similar right-handed shapes. The Pulsar has a plastic body with weight-saving cutouts. On the other hand, the Pwnage has a magnesium alloy body with weight-saving cutouts. It's also lighter and supports a higher maximum polling rate of 2000Hz. Additionally, it has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position.

Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo and the Pwnage StormBreaker are lightweight wireless gaming mice with the same right-handed shape. The Ultra Custom WIreless Ergo has different modular palm rest panels to customize the look and feel of the mouse and has RGB lighting, features that the StormBreaker lacks. On the other hand, the StormBreaker is significantly lighter due to its magnesium alloy body. It also has much better overall gaming performance and a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz. It also has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position toward the front or back of the mouse.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Pwnage StormBreaker has a fairly aggressive visual style. Its magnesium alloy top shell has narrow triangle and diamond-shaped cutouts with embossed filigree motifs on the left- and right-click buttons. The unit we bought and purchased has a mostly red color scheme with black and silver accents. Still, several other colorway options are available.

There's a small Pwnage logo on the bottom of the mouse. While there aren't any RGB lighting zones, an LED indicator inside the mouse is visible through the cutouts in the body. This indicator light flashes a color to identify what CPI profile you're using but is off during normal use.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Width 2.5" (64 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
Ambidextrous
No
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Finger Rest
No
5.6
Design
Portability
Box Volume
19.83 inยณ (325 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse isn't designed specifically with portability in mind and is relatively large and bulky for its weight. It also lacks an internal compartment for storing the wireless receiver, which is fairly large and has an unusual pyramid shape.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Pwnage StormBreaker has outstanding overall build quality. The top shell is a magnesium alloy that feels very sturdy, and the bottom plate is made of plastic to ensure proper wireless signal strength. There are no loose parts or rattling sounds, and the left- and right-click buttons exhibit little to no wobble.

The plastic bottom plate has some nominal flexibility, which is normal. However, there's also some minor flexibility in the upper body when you apply considerable pressure to the hump or palm rest area. This flexibility isn't likely noticeable when using the mouse normally.

The mouse wheel is also visually misaligned. However, this is a cosmetic build quality issue. This misalignment doesn't affect the function of the scroll wheel and isn't noticeable by feel during normal use. For reference, we've included images of the scroll wheel alignment in the Mouse Wheel section below.

9.4
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
51.8 g
Default Weight
51.8 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Pwnage StormBreaker is remarkably lightweight and easy to move quickly and accurately. The adhesive grips in the box can add a few grams of weight when installed.

The weight balance is well-centered when the sensor is in its default middle position, and adjusting it may impact the balance somewhat.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

The Pwnage StormBreaker has a right-handed 'ergo' shape that takes clear inspiration from the original BenQ Zowie EC2 and bears close similarity to recent releases like the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo, the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro, or the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless.

This shape is best suited for a palm or claw grip for medium or larger-sized hands. The buttons are all fairly well-placed for most hand sizes, but the mouse may feel too bulky if you have smaller hands. Some may find the narrow cutouts in the mouse's body uncomfortable, particularly the narrow triangular cutouts on the top hump or the sides of the mouse. However, there are adhesive grips included that can provide added grip and cover these cutout areas for better comfort.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

Pwnage advertises a battery life of up to 60 hours of 'Gaming Battery Life' and up to 120 hours of 'Office Battery Life.' While not explicitly stated what settings are used to determine these estimates, the 'gaming' figure is likely using a 2000Hz polling rate, while the 'office' figure is using a 500Hz or 1000Hz polling rate. Pwnage also states that you can fully recharge the mouse in about two hours.

There's a small LED indicator inside the mouse visible through the cutouts in the body that flashes red when the battery is low.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse comes with a very lightweight and flexible paracord-like charging cable. It glides smoothly across desks without dragging but retains minor kinking from its packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

This mouse has exceptional feet that glide extremely smoothly on mousepads and desks with only minimal friction noise and very little drag.

There are alternative glass feet available for separate purchase on Pwnage's website that we expect to provide an even smoother gliding experience but may feel too sensitive for some, depending on your playstyle and the surface you play on.

Design
In The Box

  • Pwnage StormBreaker
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • High Speed Receiver Pyramid
  • Adhesive grip tape
  • Screwdriver keychain
  • User documentation

Control
6.1
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
5
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
4
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all buttons on this mouse using the configuration software. However, you must always assign the left-click function to a button somewhere on the mouse.

The product page for this mouse indicates the left- and right-click buttons use sorted Omron switches. Pwnage advertises that these switches are handpicked and tested before assembly for reliability and performance. They have an advertised lifespan rating of 20 million clicks, which is generally standard for many mechanical switches but is notably shorter compared to some mechanical switches, which can see ratings up to 50 million clicks, or optical switches, which can see ratings up to 100 million clicks.

9.6
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
2.0 ms
Wired
2.0 ms
Receiver
2.0 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The Pwnage StormBreaker has exceptionally low and very consistent click latency. It delivers an extremely responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre and is well-suited for casual or competitive play.

Note: We conducted the Wired result with the maximum wired polling rate of 1000Hz and the Wireless one with the maximum wireless polling rate of 2000Hz.

This mouse has a Slam Click Prevention setting that is disabled by default but can be enabled using the configuration software. The manufacturer intends this setting to help prevent accidental clicks from registering if you often lift and reposition your mouse. We tested both with and without this setting enabled and found no effect on latency performance.

9.6
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.42%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.17%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.25%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.26%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.23%
Worst Tracking Error
-6.50%
Minimum CPI
50 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
1 CPI

The Pwnage StormBreaker offers superb CPI performance. Its sensor delivers remarkably good tracking accuracy, and the physical movements you make with your mouse translate extremely close to your cursor movements on-screen.

9.3
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
10.2 ms
Delay At Half Movement
2.8 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
2.1 ms

This mouse provides remarkably good sensor latency performance. The sensor reacts exceptionally quickly when you move your mouse, and these movements match the timing of the cursor movements you see on the screen extremely closely.

We tested this mouse at the maximum wireless polling rate setting of 2000Hz.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3395
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
2000 Hz

The wired polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. When using this mouse wirelessly with the High Speed USB Receiver Pyramid, the polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, and 2000Hz.

You can adjust various sensor settings using the customization software, including lift-off distance, Motion Sync, and slam click prevention.

This mouse has an unusual feature that allows you to physically adjust the position of the sensor from the underside of the mouse. You can use a small screwdriver in the box to loosen the screws that secure the sensor housing, allowing you to slide the sensor more toward the front or back of the mouse.

Some people will find aiming more natural with the sensor closer to the fingertips, making for a wider sensor travel arc. Others prefer a lower sensor position towards the rear, making for a shorter travel arc. Ultimately, it depends on your preferences, and we recommend experimenting with what feels best for you.

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

The Pwnage StormBreaker has a grooved scroll wheel that's made of dense, hard plastic and feels high quality. Scrolling is fairly quiet but feels precise and has pronounced steps. The mouse click has a satisfying tactile feel that doesn't require too much force to actuate.

While it isn't noticeable by feel when using the mouse normally, the scroll wheel on the unit we bought and tested is visually misaligned. You can see photos demonstrating this issue from different angles here and here.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

The noise produced by the left and right mouse clicks, the side buttons, and the scroll click button is louder than that of most gaming mice, which typically use more plastic in their construction.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Pwnage StormBreaker
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
No
RGB On/Off
No RGB

The Pwnage StormBreaker customization software is straightforward to use. This software allows you to customize various expected options, including button programming, macro creation, CPI, polling rate, Motion Sync, lift-off distance, and battery settings. You can also save all settings to onboard storage, so you don't need to have the software running in the background at all times.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All default button functions work in Windows and macOS.