In the test: GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro gaming mouse with alien design

GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro in the test

I already had that recently GravaStar Sirius Pro P9 headphones in the test, which you can even use to uncork a bottle of Spezi (or something else).

This time GravaStar sent me another device with a special design: The GravaStar M1 Pro gaming mouse - in the color variant "Battle Worn Edition - Solver Mist" (I have no idea how to translate that meaningfully into German).

This time I tested the GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro gaming mouse (photos: Sir Apfelot).
This time I tested the GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro gaming mouse (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Transparency note: As always, no money was paid for the test report and the manufacturer had no influence on the report (they only saw it after it had already been published). So you're reading my unvarnished opinion about this mouse.

And yes, you can also win the mouse if you subscribe to my newsletter. It will be raffled off there shortly.

Target group of the M1 Pro mouse

As you can imagine, as a Mac user, I'm not necessarily the typical buyer for this gaming mouse or for gaming mice in general.

The design is maximally different from my beloved Apple Magic Mouse, but GravaStar still thought I might want to say something about it.

The target group for the mouse is people who enjoy gaming and value unusual design and high-quality technology.

This is certainly not the typical mouse for office workers, but it should be a good fit for gamers.
This is certainly not the typical mouse for office workers, but it should be a good fit for gamers.

Technical data

Let me briefly tick off the technical specifications of the GravaStar Mercury so that we can move on to further topics.

  • Manufacturer: GravaStar
  • Model: Mercury M1 Pro
  • Variant: Battle-Worn Silver Mist
  • Device Type: Gaming Mouse
  • Frame material: magnesium alloy
  • Sensor: PAW3395 (26000DPI)
  • Control chip: NRF52833
  • Net weight: 88g
  • Dimensions: 124 x 65,5 x 39,5mm (4.88 x 2.58 x 1.56 inches)
  • Support for 4K connection:
    • Battle-Worn Sliver Mist with 4K and 1K receiver
    • Gunmetal Gray only with 1K receiver
  • Battery life: Bluetooth 200 hours / USB dongle: 146 hours
  • Microswitch: OMRON Blue Point 50 million clicks
  • Connections: Bluetooth, Wired, USB dongle with 2,4GHz
  • Setup software (PC): here at GravaStar
  • Price: 139 EUR (as of May 07.05.2024th, XNUMX at Amazon)
The technical specifications of the mouse are printed on the bottom of the package.
The technical specifications of the mouse are printed on the bottom of the package.

What's in the box

  • Mercury M1 Pro mouse
  • 1K receiver
  • 4K receiver
  • USB paracord cable
  • USB A to C adapter
  • Replacement sliding pads
  • Anti-slip stickers for pages and buttons
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Manual
Here you can see the scope of delivery, which also includes the stickers for the mouse buttons and the sides of the mouse (on the right in the picture).
Here you can see the scope of delivery, which also includes the stickers for the mouse buttons and the sides of the mouse (on the right in the picture).

Restricted use on Mac

If you want to exploit the full potential of the GravaStar mouse and also use the 4K connection and the ability to configure all buttons, you can only do this on a PC. For Windows systems there is software from GravaStar with which all of this can be set and which can also be used to change the LED effects.

If you use the mouse on the Mac, the left and right mouse buttons and the scroll wheel work, but you need third-party software to assign the other buttons.

I have with the Mac app Mac Mouse Fix All buttons, except for the small one on the top, can be assigned functions. But the app didn't want to recognize the small button above the scroll wheel. However, it worked without any problems with the side buttons and the scroll wheel button.

The Mercury M1 Pro works fine on the Mac, but the GravaStar advanced settings software is only available for Windows.
The Mercury M1 Pro works fine on the Mac, but the GravaStar advanced settings software is only available for Windows.

1K vs. 4K receiver

The mouse comes with a USB dongle, as is also known from other wireless mice. You plug this into the Mac or a connected hub and move the slide switch on the bottom of the mouse to the left.

You should make sure that the Bluetooth connection to the mouse is separated, because the connection via the 2,4 GHz network between the dongle and the mouse is much more stable and latency-free.

However, the designation 1K or 4K does not stand for a video resolution, but rather for the number of position adjustments that the mouse coordinates with the computer per second.

With the 4K receiver, the computer is informed 4000 times per second how the position of the mouse has changed. At 1K only 1000 times.

The 4K receiver (left) is connected to the computer via a long cable so that it can be close to the mouse.
The 4K receiver (left) is connected to the computer via a long cable so that it can be close to the mouse.

However, only the 1K version is available for Mac users, which doesn't matter in normal use. I think the 4K option is more for hardcore gamers who also need 240 Hz monitors.

If you want to use the 4K connection, you also have to connect this small special dongle with a cable and then position it as close as possible to the mouse (and don't forget to pair it first!).

Pairing, on the other hand, only works on the PC, so unfortunately I can't provide you with a report on it here.

There is a small slot on the bottom for the USB dongle so that you don't lose it.
There is a small slot on the bottom for the USB dongle so that you don't lose it.

Design and workmanship

One can certainly argue about the design. My wife saw the mouse on my desk and said: That's... pretty! /irony-off

As I said: I think the target group is gamers who also like to equip their PC with RGB lights and like designs like this.

However, the build quality cannot be discussed in the case of the GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro. Except for the buttons and a few small details, the housing is made of a magnesium alloy, which is both light and very robust.

The buttons are micro buttons that can withstand a lot of clicks and the scroll wheel is also a button and has a grid, which is good when switching weapons or other equipment in games, for example.

The stickers for the mouse buttons and the sides of the mouse are included.
The stickers for the mouse buttons and the sides of the mouse are included.

And if you want to “mod” your Mercury mouse directly, you will find a few stickers included in the delivery. For example, you can “spruce up” the mouse buttons and at the same time the stickers are non-slip.

There is also a set of replacement gliders for the underside in case the built-in gliders are worn out.

The charging cable (USB-A to USB-C) is also of high quality and covered with paracord. All in all a solid product, but that's to be expected given the price.

The replacement gliders are included with the GravaStar gaming mouse.
The replacement gliders are included with the GravaStar gaming mouse. This is helpful if the pads on the mouse are worn out.

Setup and use on the PC (Windows)

As already mentioned, unfortunately I can't test how the mouse works on the PC, but you can download it to set it up this software for Windows down and find all the options for configuring the mouse there.

In order to pair the 4K receiver, you have to start the process in the software and then hold down the left, right and middle mouse buttons for a few seconds.

Setup and use on Mac (macOS)

If you want to use the GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro on your Mac, the setup works as follows:

  1. You plug the included USB-A dongle into your Mac or a connected hub.
  2. Then turn the slide switch on the bottom to the left (if the mouse is turned upside down).
  3. When the mouse has connected to the dongle, it lights up colorfully.
  4. You should now be able to move the cursor with the mouse.
You can use the slide switch on the bottom to switch between Bluetooth and the USB dongle for connection.
You can use the slide switch on the bottom to switch between Bluetooth and the USB dongle for connection.

Why you shouldn't use Bluetooth...

You can also connect the mouse to your PC or Mac via Bluetooth. I tried that, but I can only advise against it. The Bluetooth connection is so tricky that you can hardly use the mouse properly.

That's not great, but it's not tragic either, as Bluetooth is always the worst connection type you can choose with such gaming mice. High latency and not really reliable.

If you still want to try it out: Please move the slider on the bottom of the mouse to the right and then look under Bluetooth in the system settings and connect to the new mouse at the bottom of the list. Have lots of fun with it!

The design could hardly be more opposite - I tend to prefer Apple's Magic Mouse.
The design could hardly be more opposite - I tend to prefer Apple's Magic Mouse.

My conclusion about the GravaStar gaming mouse

As already mentioned, the actual target group for this mouse is probably gamers and Windows users - not exactly bloggers like me who also work on the Mac.

But I'll still try to comment on the mouse: The design is of course a matter of taste, but it's certainly a success for the gamers among you - in any case, there are many reviews that are enthusiastic about the look with the RGB light and the skeletal structure. The Apple Magic Mouse suits my taste better, but that's not the point in this case.

The workmanship is very robust thanks to the magnesium alloy and - although it doesn't look like it - it is not uncomfortable for the hand. The buttons are micro buttons that will probably last forever and the high resolution of 26.000 dpi means they can be set extremely quickly without having to sacrifice accuracy when doing fine work.

The GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro fits well in the hand, but is not for left-handers due to the thumb buttons on the left side.
The GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro fits well in the hand, but is not for left-handers due to the thumb buttons on the left side.

Another good feature is the 4K option, which ensures particularly fast response times - but is only available for Windows users. However, the 1K connection via the normal USB dongle should be sufficient for 99% of people.

What gamers probably already see as a standard feature for a mouse is the number of extra buttons that you can assign functions of your choice using the corresponding program.

Anyone who wants to take a look at the mouse will find it here at Amazon, at GravaStar or via the following product box.

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4 comments on “In the test: GravaStar Mercury M1 Pro gaming mouse with alien design”

  1. Hi Jens,
    A high quality mouse with many adjustment options. Otherwise a rarely hideous mouse with too much blinky-blink. I can't judge whether this mouse is worth the price. I prefer to stick with my Microsoft Sidewinder X8 mouse. These haven't been around for a long time (approx. 10-12 years). When my old one was broken, I was able to buy a new one on eBay. In the meantime I have been able to buy a few more on eBay. These serve as a replacement for me. I am very happy with it. However, I'm not a professional gamer either.
    By the way, the Apple Magic Mouse is a real beauty. Unfortunately, I don't know whether I can run this on my PC. Maybe there are drivers for my Win11 PC for this. I'll have to look for it. If I find one, I'll buy one.

    Greetings to you, your wife and the team
    Eyrie

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      Hello Horst! Yes, I like the Magic Mouse much better too. But Microsoft has something similar: Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse – they seem to like alliteration. 😂 You can take a look at the mouse. Is 150% compatible with Windows. 😊 And I pass on the greetings! Thanks!

      1. Hi Jens,
        Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, the MS Mobile Mouse is not available in high-gloss black like the Apple Magic Mouse.

        Have a nice WE
        Eyrie

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