Razer not too long ago launched a gaming mouse that is an almost excellent competitor to my favourite mouse of all time, Logitech’s G900. The Razer Lancehead is a high-end, ambidextrous wi-fi gaming mouse, with the choice to seamlessly change to wired. Additionally, Razer made an entire video evaluating it to the G900’s wi-fi efficiency. So the battle is certainly on, and I really feel honored that these firms are spending a lot money and time on constructing the proper mouse for left-handers like me.
If you are going to make a mouse for professional avid gamers, the accepted knowledge is that it needs to be a wired mouse with an optical sensor — like Razer’s personal $79.99 Razer Lancehead Event Version, for instance. However the usual Lancehead mannequin (the one I am reviewing) is a $137.99 wi-fi mouse with a laser sensor.
The precise mouse is modern and minimal, with skinny thumb buttons on each side; rubber sides for improved grip; a notched scroll wheel meant for switching weapons in PUBG, not scrolling webpages; and buttons on the highest to lift and decrease the monitoring DPI (successfully, the sensitivity) on the fly.
Like with many high-end wi-fi mice, the mouse comes with a USB dongle which may be plugged into the mouse’s detachable Micro USB cable by way of an adapter. So it is simple to change between wired and wi-fi utilization, with principally zero downtime.
Razer’s Synapse software program can be easy, which I used to arrange just a few most popular DPIs, and to swap the left and proper click on. It is annoying that Synapse requires you to log in to a Razer account to set it up — typically I simply wish to change my mouse DPI, not be part of a web-based neighborhood — however I principally hate all mouse setup software program equally.
What’s particular about it?
Razer is making an enormous deal concerning the wi-fi efficiency of this mouse. In a video, Razer pits the Lancehead in opposition to an unnamed “different wi-fi gaming mouse” which is sort of clearly the G900. Razer declares “Wi-fi Supremacy,” and credit its Adaptive Frequency Know-how, which is designed to hop to the strongest bands of the wi-fi spectrum on a per-millisecond foundation, as an alternative of ready for drops in protection to adapt.
In fact, Logitech makes equally sturdy claims concerning the high quality of its personal wi-fi tech. I anticipate the wi-fi efficiency of a $100-plus mouse to be close to excellent. It is nice that firms like Razer are working onerous to resolve the issues of interference and inconsistent latency to make it even nearer to excellent, however I did not personally discover the few proportion factors of transmission stability Razer claims to supply over Logitech.
Is it good?
Any mouse that prices this a lot better be nice. And for my part, the Lancehead is nice. It is snug to carry, I like the clicking really feel (the G900 has a looser click on, which I like as properly, however is not as “confident-feeling”), and it tracks tremendous properly on a number of surfaces. I do not actually have a desire of optical over laser.
Sadly, I’ve just a few issues with the mouse’s ergonomics and options. For one, the facet buttons are slightly slim and subsequently more durable to mash. Additionally, for no matter motive, the form of the mouse put my thumb slightly low to the bottom, and I ended up dragging it on my mouse pad. I’ve a big matte graphic novel I stole from my roommate that I exploit as a mouse pad, and the friction with my thumb and the e-book cowl really harmed the precise facet of my thumb to the purpose of drawing blood.
I am going to have you realize I pushed via the ache, and was rewarded with some actually nice video games of Overwatch.
I additionally do not like how the present stage of sensitivity is not displayed on the mouse, however on the pc display screen as an alternative, which with Razer’s Synapse software program solely exhibits up over prime of your sport should you’re taking part in in windowed mode. I like to change sensitivity between completely different heroes in Overwatch (I particularly want excessive sensitivity to play Pharah), however I want make sure I choose the precise one or else my muscle reminiscence is confused. So I saved Overwatch in windowed mode, which was tremendous however not ideally suited.
Am I happier or extra fulfilled?
Here is a very powerful factor about this mouse: with the Razer Lancehead, in wi-fi mode, I had the best sport of Hanzo of my complete life. I used to be headshotting Lucio regularly, ruining the enemy workforce’s assault Bastion, and made the opposing Doomfist nearly ineffective. I solely choose Hanzo on protection, I am not a monster. However it’s actually working for me on just a few maps, and this one time it was particularly nice.
However it wasn’t all good. I did have a pair occasions when this mouse stopped monitoring for a pair seconds. Mid-match. In deadly methods. The primary time it occurred, I wasn’t positive if I had simply lifted the mouse off the pad unintentionally. However the subsequent couple occasions it occurred, it was very apparent that my actions and floor have been equivalent earlier than, throughout, and after the mouse went lifeless.
That is after I realized there have been some garments on prime of the wi-fi receiver, which was about three toes away from the mouse. It would not seem to be that may be sufficient interference to trigger this a lot of an issue, however I eliminated the obstacles and moved the sensor nearer to my mouse and did not have any extra issues.
I additionally had an issue a pair occasions the place I might get up my Home windows 10 pc and the cursor would not present up. Usually, unplugging the mouse and plugging it again in would clear up it, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an odd downside to have, one I have not skilled with different mice I’ve examined. I used to be utilizing Razer’s Synapse 2 software program, however there may be additionally Synapse three in beta, so hopefully that can enhance this example. Synapse three may even make it doable to retailer settings on the mouse, one thing I get pleasure from about my G900 as a result of I change it between my Mac and PC rather a lot.
Must you get one?
In case your thumbs aren’t as fats as mine, should you dislike the G900 for some motive, or if you would like a Razer mouse that has RGB lights that flash in sync together with your Razer keyboard, and also you’re satisfied the connection issues I had have been consumer error, this can be a good mouse. I simply choose the G900, but when I had to make use of this mouse I would not be mad.
However for $138 I anticipate one thing slightly extra transcendent. Some high-end mice have little LED shows that present your present settings. Different mice are modular, so you possibly can tune the burden or swap the buttons round. And, prefer it or not, most avid gamers gravitate towards optical sensors, not laser. I am unable to level to something about this mouse that is clearly sensational. Razer’s wi-fi efficiency may be greatest at school, however there are diminishing returns on the excessive finish, as a result of anybody who actually cannot settle for something lower than excellent mouse connectivity goes to make use of a wired mouse anyway.
Disclaimer: At CES 2017 in January I 1-v-1’d a Razer PR consultant in Overwatch and misplaced. I attempted my greatest to go away my disgrace and bitterness out of this assessment. I hope I did a superb job.