Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Peripherals by Razer
These items are some of the most impressive we have seen from Razer in some time. This starts with the packaging which looks great and really captures the feel of the game… in fact the packaging is so spot on that it is almost worth buying two of each item to keep one unopened and for display purposes.
It is also worth noting that with the headset and mouse (as well as the keyboard when it is released) we get access to a colour crystal which changes the colour of our Lightsaber blade and blaster bolts in-game to Razer green (shown above).
We also love the styling of each device which really does capture the late 70’s to early 80’s feel of the movie props. This is quite surprising given that they are essentially grey plastic but the feel of the components is one of quality and comfort and the lighting used by Razer looks fantastic. The added bonus of course is the ability to change the pad, mouse and headset logo’s depending on which side of the battle we choose in-game.
There are only two changes we would have made to the devices, based on our initial time with them, and that is to take a step Razer made with their Tron gear. The mouse should feature a Lightsaber swoosh when enabled, just like the Tron mouse had its own sound effect. It would also have been great to see the pad have a bioluminescent surface, again like the Tron version, which would glow like a Lightsaber trail. Minor issues though.
Elsewhere the hardware is very sound, the mouse for example being based on the Naga concept with 17 programmable buttons and wired/wireless functionality is ideal for MMO players. This is of course backed by a 5600dpi sensor to ensure maximum performance. The headset too, which features 50mm drivers, also impresses and as with all Razer Mat’s The Old Republic surface tracks well and feels hard wearing.
Also worth commenting on before we finish up is Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software. This new control panel, while still clearly needing some optimisations in terms of speed and responsiveness, works just as well as traditional software. It allows us to configure every feature of the devices but makes management easier by keeping each up to date and more importantly SYNCing with Razers servers so that wherever we plug in our peripherals, as long as we login to Synapse 2.0 our configurations will be downloaded and activated, saving huge amounts of time, ideal for those who attend LAN events.
Finally, Value is the only area where Razer don’t impress as much with the Star Wars gear however there is no doubt that part of this is down to the various license fee’s and agreements which make the SW and TOR branding possible. That said until 31st January 2012 Razer are offering a 10% discount on the hardware to anyone who registers their copy of The Old Republic.
Finally, please do read our first impressions of Star Wars: The Old Republic over here.