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Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 Picture
8.0
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.0
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse with modular L/R button covers and palm rests for your choice of a solid or honeycomb shell. It’s the wireless version of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2, and it uses an upgraded PixArt PAW3370 sensor and newer Kailh 8.0 switches for its L/R buttons. The symmetrical shape feels comfortable to use, and, performance-wise, it has impressive click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range, within which you can adjust the set CPI in increments of 50. Unfortunately, our unit undershoots the set CPI during quick cursor movements.

Our Verdict

8.0 Office/Multimedia

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is a very good mouse for office use. It feels very well-built, and its symmetrical shape feels comfortable to use for most hand sizes and grip types. Since it's designed for gaming use, it lacks many office-oriented features like a free-scrolling function or L/R scroll wheel tilts for horizontal navigation. However, you can reprogram every button and even bind macros to them to speed up your workflow. While it doesn't connect with Bluetooth, it does connect wirelessly with its USB receiver.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Symmetrical shape feels very comfortable to use.
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth compatibility.
  • Scroll wheel lacks free scrolling and L/R wheel tilts.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. It has impressive click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a very wide CPI range. It's lightweight, and its virgin-grade PTFE feet offer a smooth gliding experience. You can use it wirelessly with its USB receiver or in a wired mode with its included cable for even lower click latency.

Pros
  • Impressive click latency.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Symmetrical shape feels very comfortable to use.
  • Very lightweight.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate and tends to undershoot the set CPI more during quick movements.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is a very good mouse for MMO gaming. Although it doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice, it feels very well-built, and its symmetrical shape is comfortable to use for most hand sizes and grip types. It has impressive click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a very wide CPI range, within which you can precisely set your CPI in increments of 50.

Pros
  • Impressive click latency.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Symmetrical shape feels very comfortable to use.
Cons
  • Not as many programmable inputs as dedicated MMO mice.
  • Sensor is inaccurate and tends to undershoot the set CPI more during quick movements.
8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is an amazing lightweight mouse for gaming. Its weight remains light whether you use the honeycomb or solid palm cover. Its click latency is impressive, and it also has a very low lift-off distance and a very wide CPI range. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, and its virgin-grade PTFE feet offer a very smooth gliding experience on mousepads and desks.

Pros
  • Impressive click latency.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Symmetrical shape feels very comfortable to use.
  • Very lightweight.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate and tends to undershoot the set CPI more during quick movements.
8.0 Travel

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is a great mouse for travel. It's small, so it should fit into most laptop cases or bags. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver, and there's a storage compartment for the receiver inside the mouse, under the palm cover. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, and it has onboard memory to save your settings across devices. Unfortunately, it lacks Bluetooth compatibility.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Symmetrical shape feels very comfortable to use.
  • Has storage compartment for USB receiver.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth compatibility.
  • 8.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.0 Travel
  1. Updated Jan 24, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 20, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 has the same symmetrical shape and body as the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2. It has two RGB zones, one in the scroll wheel that changes color depending on the CPI profile selection and another in the back bottom border of the mouse with the Pwnage logo. The mouse comes in several plastic colorways or metallic colorways, and all plastic covers are matte.

Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (118 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.4" (61 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
7.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.15 inยณ (281 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
111 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
75 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
71 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 doesn't include additional weights for optimization, but it does offer two palm covers to choose from that have different weights. The solid palm cover weighs 7.4g, while the honeycomb cover weighs 4.9g. You can also store the USB receiver, which weighs 1.6g, in the mouse and use the cable to connect. We obtained our minimum weight by using the honeycomb palm cover and removing the receiver from the storage compartment.

While Pwnage advertises that you can use the mouse with the palm cover completely removed, we don't recommend this configuration as it can't be used comfortably with a palm or claw grip.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 has an excellent build quality. All the buttons feel stable, and the body feels solid regardless of what palm cover you use. There's slight flex with the honeycomb panel, but this is typical of the design and isn't noticeable during use.

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

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 has a symmetrical shape that feels comfortable to use. However, the honeycomb sides may feel a bit slippery or uncomfortable for some, and the mouse doesn't come with side grips like the wired version, the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2.

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

Users with extra-large hands may find the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 too short to use comfortably with a palm grip.

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

This mouse is well-suited for all hand sizes using a claw grip.

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

Users with small hands may have difficulty reaching the front side button with 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 a battery life of up to 180 hours in "office mode," which has the RGB lighting off, and up to 80 hours in "gaming mode" with all RGB lighting on. The RGB lighting in the scroll wheel indicates the battery level, and it blinks red when the battery is at 10%. While it charges, the scroll wheel turns orange and becomes solid green once it's fully charged.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 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 Symm 2 has an excellent cable. It has a USB-C end, so you can easily replace it, and it's very flexible. However, it does retain kinks from the packaging.

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

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 has excellent feet. They offer a smooth gliding experience on both mousepads and desks, though there's a bit of scratchiness on desks due to the sharp edges.

Design
In The Box

  • Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2
  • Black honeycomb palm cover (on mouse)
  • Black left/right click cover (on mouse)
  • Black solid palm cover
  • USB receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Button spacers (0.6mm, 0.7mm, 0.8mm, 0.9mm)
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
8%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 has four polling rate options: 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can also adjust the lift-off distance in the software and set it between 1mm or 2mm. Unfortunately, the sensor is inaccurate and tends to undershoot the set CPI by 13.04% during slow movements and 21.20% during fast movements. However, you can compensate for this inaccuracy a bit by setting your preferred CPI between 13-21% higher than you typically would.

7.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2. However, you can't reprogram the up/down scroll wheel inputs. There's a switch on the bottom that lets you turn the RGB lighting on or off to conserve battery in wireless mode. By default, the button behind the scroll wheel allows you to cycle through six CPI settings, which will change the RGB lighting of the scroll wheel to indicate what setting you're using. Also, it comes with additional button spacers of varying thicknesses to change the feel of the L/R clicks.

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 Symm 2's scroll wheel is standard and offers smooth scrolling with good step definition. The wheel lights up depending on the selected DPI setting.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
12 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
9.5 ms

We measured the click latency with the debounce time setting set to the lowest possible (0ms).

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

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is compatible with the Pwnage Ultra Custom software. This version is much more modernized and clean-looking than the previous version, and it's just as simple to use. In the software, you can adjust the debounce time, polling rate, lift-off distance, double click speed, and you can customize the RGB lighting and remap buttons. You can also save up to six profiles to the mouse's onboard memory and assign a profile switching button to cycle through them.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 comes in two color options, black and white, with the choice of honeycomb or solid sides. Color options for the palm rest covers and L/R button covers are also available to purchase. There are nine plastic color options and six metallic options. We tested the black colorway with honeycomb sides. You can see the label of the unit we tested here.

Note: This mouse shouldn't be confused with the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 1 Gen 2, which is a different mouse with a very different shape and internal components.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is the wireless version of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2. It has better click latency over the wired version, and it uses an updated sensor and newer Kailh 8.0 switches for its L/R click buttons. Like other mice in the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm lineup, it has a symmetrical shape and comes with modular palm covers to adjust the weight and aesthetic. The size and shape are very similar to the Razer Viper Mini, with a low profile and two buttons on the left side, but the Razer is about 10g lighter than the Wireless Symm 2. Unfortunately, unlike its wired counterpart, it doesn't include additional weight customization options.

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Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are both ultra-light wireless gaming mice, but the Logitech performs better overall. The Logitech is 12g lighter, and its feet offer a smoother gliding experience. Its click latency is much lower, and its sensor is more consistent. Also, it has a higher maximum CPI setting, and its software is available on macOS. On the other hand, the Pwnage is smaller in size, has RGB lighting, and its charging cable has a USB-C connection and is paracord-like, while the Logitech uses a rubber charging cable with a micro-USB.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are lightweight gaming mice with nearly identical sizes and shapes, but the Razer is wired-only. The Razer's click latency is much lower, and its feet provide a better gliding experience. The Pwnage feels better built, and it has a lower lift-off distance. It also has an onboard memory where you can save RGB and sensor settings.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are both ultra-light gaming mice that perform similarly well. The GLORIOUS has a right-handed shape, and it's wired-only. It's 7g lighter, and its feet offer a better-feeling gliding experience. On the other hand, the Pwnage is a symmetrical mouse that connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can set in steps of 50 rather than 100, and a lower minimum lift-off distance. Both mice have impressively low click latency.

Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 is the newer version of the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm. The Symm 2 has a wider CPI range, and the CPI can be set in increments of 50 rather than 100, and it has significantly better click latency. Also, the Symm 2 has an updated PixArt sensor and uses newer Kailh 8.0 switches for the L/R buttons.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are both ultra-light wireless gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall. While both mice have a similar symmetrical shape, the Razer has a fully ambidextrous design, as it has two buttons on either side. Also, its feet provide a smoother gliding experience, and it has better click latency. On the other hand, the Pwnage is marginally lighter, and it has modular pieces that you can use to customize the coloring of the mouse.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are both wireless gaming mice. However, they have different features. The Pwnage is significantly lighter and comes with modular palm and button covers. It comes with higher-quality feet and a more flexible charging cable. On the other hand, the Logitech has more buttons, including a sniper button, and its sensor is much more consistent. It also has a thumb rest and a scroll wheel that unlocks for free-scrolling, and its software is compatible with both Windows and macOS.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Symm 2 are both lightweight, wireless gaming mice. However, the ROCCAT performs slightly better overall. It has a right-handed shape, lower click latency, and its sensor is more consistent. It's also Bluetooth compatible. On the other hand, the Pwnage has modular palm and button covers and a lower profile that makes it slightly more portable. Also, it has an ambidextrous shape rather than a right-handed one.

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