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Razer Mice Roundup

by Stuart Davidson - 27th Nov 2010
Which Razer Mouse Would Suit You?

Razer Mouse Roundup - Which Razer Mouse Suits You?

Like any successful company Razer realise that consumers all have different needs and for this reason they have a wide and varied product catalogue. Even in their mouse range there are a large number of models, each with their own unique advantages and features.

In the past here at Hardware Heaven we have taken a look at a number of Razers mice, often awarding them our Gold Award. So today we thought, in advance of the Christmas shopping season, now was a good time to look at which mice were best suited to different types of user.

Before we do that it is worth looking at some of the packaging and bundle items that Razer use and include with their mice.

Razer have their box design very well developed and each package either shows a detailed image of the mouse or allows the user to open a flap and see it through a clear window. This allows consumers to make an informed decision about their purchase, knowing what they are getting before they take it home. In addition to this the packaging is generally very information, outlining the key features of the product. Then of course there is the Mamba packaging which is just exceptionally cool...

Inside a Razer box we always find a good amount of documentation which assists in setting up the mouse. A sticker is included for those who want to add an extra piece of branding to their system and in recent times Razer have bundled removable braided cables that end in gold plated connectors with their wireless mice as well as using them on the wired models. This high quality approach also extends to the mice themselves which tend to use a non-slip rubberised coating on their top surface.

With all of their mice Razer offer driver downloads and device control panels. In here we can configure the various buttons on the mice, set their speed/sensitivity or click speed and even upgrade firmware. The control panels are always intuitive and therefore easy to use and the ability to update firmware means the mouse experience can be tweaked by Razer, improving performance and fixing any issues after release.

Every good mouse benefits from a good mouse pad and for the past two and a half years two pads have received the most use in our offices, the Razer Destructor and Vespula. We would recommend either to anyone but the Vespula, through its flexibility, is best suited to most people. As well as having a padded wrist rest it has a surface which can be flipped. One side being ideal for games which require fast movement and the other designed for ultra-precise control.

So, what about the mice?

Best for value and all-purpose use - Razer DeathAdder

The Razer DeathAdder first made an appearance back in 2007 and received awards across the world for its excellent comfort and performance. Designed primarily for a claw grip but also working well in a palm hold its design proved so popular that rather than retire it when technology advanced Razer essentially kept the same shell, added a braided cable and increased the specifications of the internal components. We can also vouch for the reliability as our original review sample which is now nearly 4 years old works flawlessly so for those who want a simple 5 button mouse with high quality 3500dpi sensor that is fast and precise this model can't be beaten.

Best for RPG/MMORPG - Razer Naga

The palm grip based Naga has a lot going for it in terms of specifications that make it an ideal mouse for any form of gaming. It has a cutting edge 5600dpi sensor, 1000Hz ultra-polling and 200 inches per second tracking speed which combine with oversized UltraSlick mouse feet to create a high performance gaming mouse. It's main aim however is to assist those who want to excel at mass multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft. With 17 configurable buttons we are able to assign thousands of game commands (single or macro) and execute them with ease. Its quality is probably best explained if we tell you that whenever a new gaming mouse arrives in the office promising to excel at MMO use the first question our reviewers are asked after using it is "How does it compare to the Naga?" So far nothing has matched it.

Best for The Wireless Fan - Razer Mamba

Take the base design for the DeathAdder, enhance the functionality by adding two extra buttons which are available to the first finger, add some extra rubber grips on the side, bump up the sensor to 5600dpi and you have the Razer Mamba. This model which works as a wired or wireless device thanks to the removable cable is a high end mouse which is most suited to the enthusiast gamer; those who spend endless hours in first person shooters. It has on-board memory to store profiles for various games, runs for up to 14 hours of continuous gaming (72hrs standard use) and comes with a rather cool charging station/stand.

Best for The Mobile Gamer - Razer Orochi

The Razer Orochi is designed for gaming on the move with laptops such as Alienware's M11x and for that reason its 4000DPI sensor and on-board memory for various game profiles are packed into a compact, ambidextrous design. Like the Mamba we have dual connectivity options, wired or via Bluetooth using the receiver which many recent laptops have as standard. In terms of grip the Orochi works well in palm or claw hold and as a nice touch Razer bundle a set of batteries and a pouch with the Orochi; ideal for taking the braided USB cable and a set of extra batteries on the move.