Razer Lachesis

Review

posted 12/21/2010 by Chad Smith
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One Page Platforms: PC
Do you remember your first car? If your experience was similar to mine, the vehicle wasn’t top of the line. Sure, it enabled you to have a social life and kept you from riding the bus, but it wasn’t your dream car. That is how I now look at my old mouse. I have been using a bottom-rung 2-button mouse for years but recently was given the opportunity to review a Razer Lachesis.

The name Razer carries a reputation and tradition of quality. That was apparent to me as soon as I opened the box. In addition to the product card and quick start guide you’ll also find a certificate of authenticity and two stickers of the Razer logo. I felt like I was getting a premium product before I even touched the mouse.


With all of the attention to detail in the packaging, I was confused by the lack of drivers in the box. I understand that putting a CD in the box may seem old-fashioned, but you need the software to get the most out of the mouse. Instead of requiring the driver download, why not put them on a small thumb drive or mini-CD with a few other extras? I jumped online, grabbed the drivers and software, and plugged in the mouse.

Gamers looking for a new mouse are in for a well-crafted treat. The braided cable is seven feet long, which is more than generous and sufficient to make it from my PC to desktop. In all, the Razer Lachesis boasts 9 buttons: two main, the mouse wheel, two just below the mouse wheel, and two thumb buttons on both sides of the mouse. All buttons have a nice tactile feel and respond immediately when pressed. I especially loved the rubber on the mouse wheel which enabled problem-free scrolling with no slipping.

 

The design allows use by both right and left-handed players; this may be a nice selling point but effectively makes two of the buttons unusable. I like the placement of the buttons under my thumb but my ring finger and pinky don’t line up with the two on the right side of the mouse. It’s obvious that Razer knows the two buttons opposite your thumb are not easily accessible because they are turned off by default.

I also was really impressed with the software that is used to adjust sensitivity, assign button functions, change the LED colors, and more. It uses a simple drop-down menu for each clearly identified button to change the result of clicking. This is also where you’ll set up the mouse sensitivity options and polling rates. The Razer Lachesis allows five different preset levels of DPI sensitivity, from 1000 to 5600. The high setting is too much for most applications but I’ve used it in a few different settings, both in-game and out. I found the tracking of the mouse to be extremely accurate and have had absolutely zero problems with it in the last few weeks.
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