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Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 20, 2021 at 11:06 am
Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo Picture
8.0
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.4
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an excellent wireless gaming mouse. It includes a collection of modular parts to customize the look and feel of the mouse, and despite these removable parts, it feels very sturdy. You can connect it with its flexible paracord-like cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a compartment for this receiver on the underside when it's not needed. Performance-wise, it has a wide CPI range, a very low lift-off distance, and an impressively low click latency. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows, and you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.

Our Verdict

8.0 Office/Multimedia

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an impressive mouse for office work. It feels very sturdy and has a comfortable shape suitable for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has a good number of programmable buttons and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Bluetooth support, and the customization software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Plenty of physical customizability with modular pieces.
  • Good number of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
  • No Bluetooth support.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an amazing FPS gaming mouse. It's lightweight and feels very well-built, despite having many removable pieces. It has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for almost all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and larger hands using a fingertip grip, and it connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a wide CPI range, a very low lift-off distance, and an impressively low click latency. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows, and you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • CPI is only adjustable by increments of 100.
7.4 Video Games (MMO)

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as most dedicated MMO gaming mice. That said, it feels very sturdy, and it has a right-handed shape comfortable for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and larger hands using a fingertip grip. It also has a wide CPI range, a very low lift-off distance, and impressive click latency. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows, and you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • CPI is only adjustable by increments of 100.
8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. It's lightweight with its honeycomb-patterned palm cover installed, and it feels very sturdy. It has a right-handed shape well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and for larger hands using a fingertip grip. It has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100, a very low lift-off distance, and an impressively low click latency. Also, Its mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. However, they do make a scratching sound directly on desks.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • CPI is only adjustable by increments of 100.
7.9 Travel

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is good for travel, but its bulky design may make it difficult to slide into some laptop cases, and it has no Bluetooth support. That said, it connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has a space on the underside for storing the receiver when not in use.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Onboard memory.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • 8.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.4 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.9 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has a right-handed shape very similar to the BenQ ZOWIE EC2, with an RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel and a strip around the bottom at the back. It comes with a solid plastic and honeycomb-patterned version of the palm rest, as well as L/R click button covers and a pair of alternate CPI buttons with different heights. This mouse comes with all of these modular parts in both black and white sets.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (121 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
7.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.93 inยณ (343 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
110 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
74 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
70 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

Pwnage states that you can remove the palm rest cover for a better experience using a fingertip grip. It reduces the weight of the mouse to 66g. We found it was uncomfortable to use without any palm plate installed and don't recommend it. We achieved our Minimum Weight Without Wire measurement with the honeycomb palm rest installed. If you're looking for a similar mouse that's even lighter, check out the G-Wolves Hati HT-S ACE Edition.

Note: You can also remove the battery to turn this mouse into a wired-only model. Doing so reduces the weight to around 58g. We did not test this as it isn't covered by warranty, and Pwnage warns that it's risky due to the connector being very fragile.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo feels very well-built. It doesn't flex when squeezed, despite its modular parts, and its buttons provide good physical feedback. Unfortunately, there's a slight rattle when you shake the mouse, but this shouldn't affect normal usage. The unit we tested is the black colorway and came with a set of both black and white modular pieces.

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

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is very comfortable and customizable. It has a right-handed shape with good button placement. You can also adjust certain ergonomic aspects of the mouse by using different configurations of the modular pieces. If you're interested in a similar lightweight gaming mouse with an ambidextrous shape, check out the HK Gaming Mira-M or the smaller HK Gaming Mira-S.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes should comfortably use the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo using a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands using a claw grip may find the scroll wheel on the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo uncomfortable to reach because it has a fairly tall hump.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small and medium-sized hands may have difficulty hitting the front side button without hitting the rear side button of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo using a fingertip grip.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
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 the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has a battery life of up to 66 hours using the "office mode" battery setting with most RGB lighting off and up to 40 hours of battery life using "gaming mode" with all RGB lighting on. However, this isn't something we test. When the battery reaches a 10% charge, the RGB lighting will flash.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has a flexible paracord-like cable with a standard USB-C port, making it very easy to replace. Unfortunately, it retains kinks from packaging, though it's not as bad as most other cables.

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has excellent mouse feet that glide smoothly on mousepads and desks. However, they make a slight scratching sound directly on desks. Pwnage sells replacement feet on their website, and there are third-party replacements available.

Design
In The Box

  • Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo (with black left/right click covers and honeycomb palm cover installed)
  • User documentation
  • Button spacers (4x 0.5mm, 4x 0.6mm, 4x 0.7mm, 4x 0.8mm)
  • DPI Buttons 3mm, (2x white) 5mm (2x black)
  • USB Receiver
  • Wireless Extender
  • Left/right click cover (1x white)
  • Honeycomb palm cover (1x white)
  • Solid palm cover (1x white)
  • Solid palm cover (1x black)
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3335
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
6%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options on the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. Although Pwnage advertises the minimum CPI at 200, the software allows you to set it to 100.

6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the top of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo. However, you must have at least one button set as a left click and the scroll up/down inputs aren't re-programmable. You can set six CPI profiles and use the default CPI button behind the scroll wheel to cycle them, or you can set your own. The button on the bottom of the mouse switches between battery usage options.

This mouse comes with a pair of 3mm and 5mm CPI buttons in black and white colors. Also, it includes spacers, which you can use to change the feel of the left and right-click buttons. According to Pwnage, the shorter spaces provide a softer click feel, while the longer ones provide a more tactile feel. However, this isn't something we test.

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 Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has a grippy, rubber scroll wheel with lightly defined steps. It also has an RGB lighting zone indicating what CPI profile you're using. You can adjust the color of this lighting and the scrolling speed using the software.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
11.5 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10.5 ms

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has impressive click latency and should feel very responsive.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Pwnage Ultra Custom
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

Although the software looks dated, it's easy to use and well laid out. While it does allow you to set custom profiles, you need to manually change them in the software and can't assign a button to cycle between them. Unfortunately, the software is only compatible with Windows.

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

All default button functions work in Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is a wireless version of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Ergo. While not variants, the Ultra Custom Wireless Symm and the Ultra Custom Wireless Symm II are similar mice but have ambidextrous shapes. The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo has two base colorways in black and white, and you can order sets of modular pieces in nine other colorways. The unit we tested is the black colorway and comes with modular parts in both black and white. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an excellent wireless gaming mouse in Pwnage's lineup of Ultra Custom mice. Its primary selling point is its customizability, and it has a variety of modular parts that change the look and feel of the mouse. While we've reviewed other mice with modular pieces, this mouse is easily one of the most customizable we've tested. It also has a shape similar to the time-tested BenQ ZOWIE EC2, solid sensor performance, and impressively low click latency, making it a viable choice for gamers interested in a very customizable wireless gaming option without sacrificing performance.

See our other picks for the best gaming mice, the best lightweight mice, and the best wireless gaming mice.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo are both excellent gaming mice. The Glorious is a wired-only mouse with a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Comparatively, the Pwnage connects with either its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance. Additionally, the Pwnage has several modular parts to change the look and feel of the mouse. In its lightest configuration, it weighs nearly the same as the Glorious.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are nearly identical in size and shape, but the Pwnage is a better gaming mouse overall. The BenQ is a wired-only mouse. On the other hand, the Pwnage is significantly lighter, and you can connect it with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. The Pwnage also includes several modular pieces that you can use to alter the look and feel of the mouse. Additionally, it has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and customization software, which the BenQ lacks.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The Glorious Model O Wireless and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo are both excellent wireless gaming mice. The Glorious has a more flexible charging cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range and a CPI you can adjust more precisely. Comparatively, the Pwnage has a marginally better click latency and modular parts that change the look and feel of the mouse. Both mice connect wirelessly with their USB receivers, and they weigh almost the same. They're both well-suited for nearly all hand sizes but aren't suitable for smaller hands using a fingertip grip.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo are both excellent wireless gaming mice. The Razer has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a substantially lower click latency. It also allows you to set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands, and it has Bluetooth support, which the Pwnage lacks. On the other hand, the Pwnage is lighter using its honeycomb configuration, and it feels sturdier. Both mice are suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and are suitable for a fingertip grip for some hand sizes.

Pwnage Ultra Custom Ergo

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is the wireless version of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Ergo. The wired Ultra Custom Ergo is marginally lighter and has a more precisely adjustable CPI. On the other hand, the Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo feels sturdier, has better quality mouse feet, and has much lower click latency. You can also adjust the polling rate using the software, a feature the wired Custom Ergo lacks.

G-Wolves Skoll SK-L ACE Edition

The G-Wolves Skoll SK-L ACE Edition and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo are both right-handed, ultra-light gaming mice, but the Pwnage performs better overall. The Pwnage has lower click latency, lift-off distance, and minimum CPI. Also, you can use it wirelessly via its USB receiver, and it comes with many modular parts to let you customize the look and feel of the mouse. Also, it feels much better built.

EQEOVGA D10 RGB

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo and the EQEOVGA D10 RGB are excellent lightweight gaming mice, but the Pwnage is more versatile and has better performance. The Pwnage connects either with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It feels sturdier and has modular pieces that change the look and feel of the mouse. It also has better quality feet, a wider CPI range, and a lower lift-off distance. Comparatively, the EQEOVGA is a wired-only model without any wireless connection options. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. However, neither is suitable for smaller hands using a claw or fingertip grip.

XTRFY M42

The XTRFY M42 is an excellent wired, ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an excellent wireless gaming mouse. Both mice have modular pieces that alter their appearance and function. The XTRFY has modular palm covers that adjust the shape of the mouse. It's also lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. On the other hand, the Pwnage has several more modular pieces than the XTRFY, and they primarily adjust the weight and feel of the mouse rather than the ergonomics. It also has a lower minimum CPI, programmable buttons, and companion software which the XTRFY lacks.

ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo is an excellent ultra-light wireless mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO is a great wired gaming mouse. The Pwnage weighs less thanks to its honeycomb cutout pattern, and it has a more flexible cable and smoother-gliding mouse feet. Also, it comes with alternative palm and L/R click covers to change the look and feel of the mouse, and you can use it wirelessly via a USB receiver. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has more programmable buttons thanks to its Easy-Shift[+] feature.

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