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Review | Panther Quasar Prime Wireless

Panther is a relatively new player in the gaming gear industry – and a local one at that. They started in 2018, initially offering gaming chairs. Now that they’ve decided to enter the gaming mouse scene, the company aims to claim a spot at this fierce market with the launch of the Quasar Prime.

Now the Quasar Prime features a PMW 3335 sensor at its heart with a semi-ambidextrous medium-sized design weighing in at 77 grams. This is also wireless and RGB capable with an introductory price of 2,000 Pesos. Price is good and so is the warranty at 3 years span. To top this off, you may order it directly from Panther’s website with a free nationwide delivery.

Disclosure: Panther sent this unit as a seed sample for the purpose of this review. The company did not ask me to say anything particular about it.

Update: According to Panther Gaming, there will be a white and pink version in the near future.

Technical Specifications

Mouse
Size Medium
Design Semi-Ambidextrous
Macro Yes
Profile Yes
Software Yes
Interface RF 2.4GHz, USB 2.0 Type-C
Polling Rate 125-1000Hz
Lighting RGB
Switch Kailh Red GM 4.0 (60M Clicks)
Buttons 7 (6 programmable)
Cable Length 1.8m (Paracord)
Feet PTFE
Sensor
Model Pixart PMW 3335
DPI 100-16000 DPI
Speed 400IPS/40G
Dimensions
Length 125mm
Width 63.4mm (Max), 59mm (Grip)
Height 39.3mm
Weight 77g

Packaging and Accessories

For a first timer, Panther made a nice impression about their product.

The following items should be located inside:

  • Panther Quasar Prime Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • 2.4GHz USB Dongle
  • 1.8 meter USB Type-C to Type-A cable
  • Extra PTFE skates
  • Warranty/Manual pamphlet

Most of the listed items are necessities but we appreciated the additional skates.

Design, Build and Connectivity

If you fancy the style of the G903 and wished that it is a little more subtle then the Quasar Prime should be up your alley. This is a medium sized gaming mouse with a semi-ambidextrous design. Weight is about 77 grams so it is leaning on the lighter side of the spectrum.

There are 7 buttons found within the mouse and 6 of them are fully customizable. Main buttons are snappy which is a courtesy of the Kaihl Reds. Left navigation buttons on the other hand are tactile enough for my liking and are rounded enough to minimize accidental actuation.

The grip area is almost vertically flat yet it is still concave by design. That said, it is pretty grippy in spite of the simple serrations. I like the fact that it also follows the design of the rear end.

Now as for the scroll wheel, it is a detent based one like many budget oriented options. While it also comes with USB Type-C connectivity, the guide is too narrow for some cables to fit so make sure to take care of the original cable.

Skates are 3 piece PTFE. Compared to other proprietary designs these are way easier to replace or replicate. Small gripe: The on and off switch is labelled as is yet the function is reversed.

The Quasar Prime comes with a 1.8 meter data cable – as opposed to the listed length at  1.6 meter. It is braided in paracord style textile and it kinks. Not the worse but certainly acceptable at this price point.

Overall, build is spot on excellent for the price. Griping it hard makes a weird creaking noise but so does some $100 units I’ve tested in the not so distant past. What could be improved here is the coating

Physical Layout, Functionality and Ergonomics

Your grip and aiming style are important things to consider when looking for a mouse. There are three basic types of grips here; the palm, claw and fingertip grip. Fingertip grip is generally preferred when aiming with the wrist, while palm grip is the choice when aiming with the arm. Claw grip is middle ground options for both aiming styles. Of course, you could go with a hybrid of any grip types and aiming styles if the combination suits you best.

Your hand size also influences what mouse you should buy on top of your grip and aiming style. For an instance, my hands measures at 76.2mm (3″) in width. This puts my hands on the medium size category. My preferred style is finger-tip grip, so I would generally look for a mouse with a small to medium foot print.

Hand-Size-Chart-2018

Now the Quasar Prime feature a length of roughly 125mm and a grip area of about 59mm – 63.4 at its widest. The highest point of the shell is at 39.3mm. This is a high back with a center point bias and a gradual rear-end curve.

Product Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (g)
Panther Quasar Prime Wireless 125 63.4 (59) 39.3 77
ASUS ROG Pugio II Wireless 126 57 40 102
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 118 62 (55) 39 79
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 120 58 (54) 38 83
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 120 62 38.6 93
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 101 62 36 72.9
ASUS ROG Chakram 132.7 76.6 42.8 121.6
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 115 168 39 126
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 126 67 45 130
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 125 65 41 100
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 111 88.5 38.9 112
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 132 69 43.5 160
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 127.6 71.1 41.9 95
Logitech G603 124 68 43 88.9

Weight is about 77 grams which is again, leaning towards the lighter range of gaming mice. While its shape and dimensions suggests that it is a medium sized mouse, this mouse is definitely built for medium to larger hands.

Product Palm Claw Finger
Panther Quasar Prime Wireless ML ML ML
ASUS ROG Pugio II Wireless ML ML ML
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless SML SML SML
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Carry SM SM SM
ASUS ROG Chakram ML ML ML
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless SML SML SML
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve SML SML SML
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch ML ML ML
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 ML ML ML
HyperX Pulsefire FPS ML ML ML
Logitech G603 SML SML SML

The Panther Quasar Prime Wireless is perfectly suitable for the three basic grip styles if you have medium to larger hands. If you have smaller hands, chances are, you could still try palm and claw grip styles (with a bit of discomfort) but finger gripping is almost impossible due to its length. I’d rather try something with a lower z-height for it to be comfortable at the very least.

The mouse is also great for arm aiming and is planted enough for extended arm swipes. The weight is biased around the rear with a low center of gravity.

Test Setup and Methodology

Testing a gaming mouse is not that difficult, but it is mostly subjective; similar to testing head gears in a sense. That said, no mouse is perfect and the verdict usually depends on personal preferences. With that in mind, we overhauled our testing methodology by following key pointers that should matter the most. To keep our test methodology simple and free of extra variables, please note the following software and configurations used for the review.

Test Setup
Pointer Speed 6/11, EPP Disabled
Sensitivity 800 DPI
Polling Rate 1000Hz
Software MouseTester V1.5.3

DPI Range and Accuracy

DPI accuracy is checked with the MouseTester V1.5.3 while the mouse is rigged on a camera slider with a DPI level of 800 DPI. Anything under 3% is considered accurate or under our margin of error.

Product Min DPI Max DPI DPI Accuracy
Panther Quasar Prime Wireless 100 1600 2%
ASUS ROG Pugio II Wireless 100 1600 2.2%
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 100 1600 1.3%
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 100 16000 1.3%
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 100 16000 1.1%
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 50 7200 1.2%
ASUS ROG Chakram 100 16000 1.6%
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 50 16000 1.4%
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 100 16000 1.5%
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 50 7200 1.5%
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 400 12000 1.1%
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 400 5000 1.1%
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 200 16000 1.1%
Logitech G603 200 12000 1.6%

DPI level at the 800 DPI setting is measured at 816 which is about 2% deviance from the target. Nothing out of place here.

Polling Rate Range and Performance

Polling Rate of the device is evaluated with the MouseTester V1.5.3 at the 800 DPI level. This is to check the average update rate performance at 1000Hz if possible.

Product Min Polling (Hz) Max Polling (Hz) Performance
Panther Quasar Prime Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Pugio II Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless 125 1000 Good
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Carry 125 1000 Average
ASUS ROG Chakram 125 1000 Average
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro 125 1000 Good
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless 125 1000 Good
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve 125 1000 Average
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch 125 2000 Average
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 125 1000 Average
HyperX Pulsefire FPS 1000 1000 Great
Logitech G603 125 1000 Great

Polling performance is just average for both the wired and wireless modes. Dips in reporting goes as low as 700Hz. We’d love to see tighter and more consistent result here but this will do.

Sensor Quality and Performance

With a sensitivity of 800 DPI, the sensor is also checked with the MouseTester V1.5.3. Our aim is to check out the sensor’s performance – to look for reporting inconsistencies such as smoothing and unintended acceleration. The sensor quality is also taken into account based on its specifications and the general public opinion.

Product Sensor IPS/G LOD (mm) Performance
Panther Quasar Prime Wireless PMW3335 400/40 2 Average
ASUS ROG Pugio II Wireless PAW3335 400/40 1-2 Good
ASUS ROG Keris Wireless PAW3335 400/40 1-2 Great
Fantech HELIOS XD3 PRO Wireless PAW3335 400/20 1.5 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless PAW3335 400/40 1-2 Average
ASUS ROG Strix Carry PMW3330 150/30 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Chakram PWM3360 400/40 1.2 Average
Galax Xanova Mensa Pro PMW3389 400/50 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless PMW3389 400/50 1.2 Good
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve PMW3330 150/30 1 Good
Thermaltake Nemesis Switch PWM3360 250/40 1 Good
ADATA XPG Infarex M20 PMW3325 100/20 1.2 Great
HyperX Pulsefire FPS PWM3310 130/20 1.2 Great
Logitech G603 HERO 400/40 1.2 Great

Sensor performance is average with wireless mode – maybe even below average with the jitters but we definitely get better performance with the mouse wired to the system. If you play competitive games and you do not want to put blame on your device, make sure this is plugged in.

Software, Lighting and Special Features

Panther offers a simple software for the Quasar Prime with four main menus. Main is where you could swap the functionality or bindings of the buttons with the ability to toggle between the polling rate and to check the battery level as well. I wish there’s an option to toggle the polling rate for eco mode though along with an option to play with different LOD settings.

Advanced is where you could adjust the DPI level of the mouse. You may even toggle the levels on or off to simplify the loop. Colors here are represented by a LED near the button. Built-in mouse options from Windows are also shown here.

The Macro menu is self explanatory. Note that anything you save here could be used with the programmable buttons.

Lighting is also self explanatory. You may select your desired effect here along with the speed and brightness. Depending on the preset, you may even change the color to your liking. You may use the pre-defined color options here or use the built-in RGB color code.

Lighting is pretty subtle, meaning not in your face compared to other offerings. A shame it only has like a single zone but hey, this is even enough for many – that includes me.

Battery life is pretty good for something with a 600mAh lithium inside. I’m currently clocked in at 35 hours with eco mode and battery is still over 50%.

Final Thoughts

To be completely blunt, the Panther Quasar Prime Wireless is more than just a decent gaming mouse. While it comes with a rather jittery wireless mode, it is fine to use sans competitive gaming – where you absolutely do not want your gear to negatively affect your aim. That said, this thing is perfectly fine in wired mode so if something funny happen when it is plugged in, chances are, you’re the thing that needs some fixing.

Features and ergonomics are both good and excellent for such a first try. For an instance, the shell design is well constructed will only the smallest hint of creaking to be found. It is also a safe design and is not in any way hard to get used to. This mouse is made for gamers with medium to larger hands though so if you believe you’ve got small hands, rethink about your choice or try it out if it is available to be demo’ed.

Panther’s first gaming mouse – and a wireless one for kicks, is a well thought-out product with an excellent introductory price point. We could technically call this a rough gem with a few quirks that could be improved upon but as it is right now, it is even better than some optical devices costing twice as much. For that feat, along with the 3 year local warranty, I would gladly recommend this mouse.

TechPorn Awards 2018 (2)

Panther Quasar Prime Wireless

  • Performance - 8/10

    8/10

  • Build Quality - 8/10

    8/10

  • Connectivity - 8/10

    8/10

  • Ergonomics - 9/10

    9/10

  • Features - 9/10

    9/10

8.4/10

Summary

The Panther Quasar Prime Wireless is an affordable wireless gaming mouse. Some things could be improved upon but for a first gaming mouse product from a relatively new comer in the industry, this one speaks of what the company could achieve in the near future.

Pros

  • Good wired performance
  • Build quality for the price point
  • Well thought-out design
  • Ergonomic, familiar fit and feel
  • Decent bundle

Cons

  • Wireless performance could be better
  • Polling rate could be more consistent

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