For so long as I’ve been utilizing a desktop PC as my workstation and gaming machine, I’ve at all times used a wired mouse. My each day driver simply occurs to be one other of the corporate’s mouse choices, the Razer DeathAdder, which I like for its easy monitoring and luxury. I haven’t been an enormous fan of wi-fi mice, primarily because of battery life issues, but in addition because of sketchy wi-fi implementations till very just lately.
For these causes I used to be to take a look at the Razer Lancehead, the most recent ambidextrous mouse providing from Razer that is available in each wi-fi and wired iterations. The wi-fi model will set you again a whopping $140 for what is basically a high-of-the-line product on this class, whereas the wired Event Version is available in at a extra cheap $80. We’ve had fingers-on time with each variations for this evaluation.
First, let’s discuss specs. The sensor is a 16,000 DPI unit: laser-primarily based on the wi-fi Lancehead, and optical on the Event Version. The laser sensor is nice for 210 inches per second, in comparison with 450 on the optical model, so there’s a efficiency benefit in favor of the wired mouse. Each, nonetheless, assist 1000 Hz polling and each include full Razer Chroma RGB lighting in a number of customizable zones.
The wired model is USB, whereas the wi-fi version connects through a small 2.four GHz proprietary USB dongle. Razer makes use of what they’re calling Adaptive Frequency Expertise (AFT) to handle the wi-fi communication, permitting the mouse to seamlessly change frequency channels within the occasion of interference. The expertise labored flawlessly in my testing: the Lancehead feels equivalent to make use of whether or not it’s wired or wi-fi, with no lag or perceptible latency of any type.
The wi-fi variant may also be used as a wired mouse, largely so you may cost and use the unit on the identical time. Razer features a 2.1m braided USB cable with a singular micro-USB mount, which slides neatly right into a slot beneath the scroll wheel. While you’re not charging the mouse, the charging cable might be slotted right into a small mount for the wi-fi dongle, which permits the dongle to sit down neatly above your mousepad should you need. It’s not needed to make use of the dongle mount, although, as its wi-fi vary is roughly 3m line of sight.
Monitoring efficiency is outstanding, though 16,000 DPI is way too delicate for any typical mouse consumer. I have a tendency to seek out 2,000 DPI is about proper for me, and at that sensitivity stage, the Lancehead is easy and correct. Two buttons slightly below the scroll wheel assist you to regulate the DPI stage between 5 presets on the fly, with Razer Synapse supporting as little as 100 DPI and any stage above that in 50 or 100 DPI increments.
Razer has designed the Lancehead to be an ambidextrous mouse, so it has ahead and again buttons on either side, in addition to fully symmetrical design. This is likely to be nice for some individuals, notably left-handed customers who don’t typically discover left-hand particular mice, nonetheless a minimum of in my view, making mice ambidextrous tends to make them much less comfy than their hand-particular counterparts.
The suitable facet of the Lancehead curves in fairly considerably to supply a cushty thumb grip for left handers, nonetheless this impacts the assist offered to the precise facet of my hand for granted-handed palm grim consumer. Compared, the fatter proper facet and asymmetrical curve to the DeathAdder offers extra assist for granted hander, though clearly it’s not appropriate for left handers. To me, a minimum of, the DeathAdder is much more comfy to make use of for prolonged intervals.
With that stated, the grippy rubber sides make the Lancehead a terrific possibility for people who claw or finger grip their mice. In case you don’t straight relaxation your hand on the perimeters of the mouse like I do, the Lancehead is a pleasant mouse to carry and function.
The remainder of the Lancehead is basically manufactured from plastic, break up into a number of areas and designs of various colours and finishes. Many of the mouse is a gray matte end and not using a smooth-contact coating, which is ok for this mouse, although I’m a little bit of a sucker for smooth-contact rubberized finishes. The entrance of the mouse has an aggressive black vent design, although these vents serve no useful function.
The left and proper clicks use Razer Omron switches, which exhibit a strong and reliable click on. In comparison with the Deathadder, the Lancehead’s click on is firmer and extra tactical. For normal desktop work the clicking could also be a tad too inflexible, nonetheless as primarily a gaming mouse I believe most will really feel proper at dwelling right here.
The scroll wheel is closely notched and simply clickable; I desire a barely smoother scroll, although that is nitpicking. And every of the six different face buttons are additionally very strong, although solely the left buttons (for granted-handed palm gripper) are simply accessible. Each button besides left click on might be remapped in Razer Synapse, so you may individually assign the buttons on both facet, although by default each units are mapped to ahead/again.
One other comparability to the Deathadder price making is that the Lancehead is much less cumbersome, but heavier. It is not solely ergonomic, being an ambidextrous mouse, nevertheless it will get near full consolation, and people with smaller fingers will probably desire it since it is a extra compact system.
The Lancehead is an RGB mouse with assist for Razer’s Chroma ecosystem. There are 4 individually-programmable lighting zones on the mouse: the brand, scroll wheel, left strip, and proper strip. The emblem and scroll wheel are a single LED, whereas the strips are a set of seven LEDs per facet (and sure, you may individually customise every LED within the strip). Because the strips are a number of lights, you may obtain some implausible gradients and waves alongside every edge.
I don’t suppose LED lighting on a mouse is as helpful as on a keyboard, nevertheless it’s a neat inclusion that offers a little bit of flare to the in any other case gray and black design. Razer’s Chroma RGB customizing utility could be very highly effective, too, so with plenty of work you may create a completely distinctive RGB structure to your mouse.
One contentious side to any wi-fi mouse is its battery life. Razer claims the Lancehead is nice for roughly 24 hours with Chroma lighting enabled, presumably set to its default ‘dim’ stage of brightness. This declare is just about spot on, as I achieved slightly below 25 hours of life on a single cost.
Utilizing this mouse all day for a number of days in a row on my important workstation, 25 hours of use or thereabouts means I would want to cost the mouse as soon as each three days in a greatest case state of affairs. That is on the shorter finish of the battery life spectrum, although not unsurprising contemplating the excessive-efficiency sensor and RGB lighting. Naturally, should you disable the lighting, this mouse will last more.
Ideally I’d wish to see the mouse lasting round a full week while not having to be charged. Though extra of a battery tech limitation, some competing wi-fi mice do final round 10 hours longer, which is a big distinction.
The Lancehead is a strong, reliable gaming mouse. It’s not the very best I’ve used, largely because of some consolation points as a palm grip consumer. Nevertheless the mouse’s efficiency is implausible, wired or not. The Lancehead is an costly proposition and for that purpose I might suggest the wired Event Version first, however if you need wi-fi, seize it understanding it would not compromise on accuracy.
Execs: Wi-fi connectivity works completely. Good construct high quality with glorious RGB lighting capabilities. Ambidextrous design is nice for left-handers in addition to claw and finger grip customers.
Cons: Wi-fi version could be very costly. Battery life isn’t implausible. Not comfy for palm grip customers.