The buttons under the mouse wheel allow you to cycle through the levels that you have defined. I found it perfect for raising and lowering the resolution when switching between weapons like the sniper rifle, shotgun, and standard pistol. You can even assign a button to use “on-the-fly sensitivity” adjustments – this allows you to press the button and then use the mouse wheel to adjust the DPI in increments of 100 for fine-tuning.
A couple of other features that are worth mentioning are macros and profiles. Gamers that need macros are aware of how useful they can be; Razer’s software make recording macros and assigning them to any of the buttons extremely simple. It will be extremely useful for anyone playing an MMO or other game that requires repetitive button presses.
The profile option would be perfect for a number of situations. Imagine being right handed while your significant other is a south paw. If you are both gamers, hitting the button on the bottom of the mouse before a gaming session will enable you both to have your own button configuration. Or, there is an option for different profiles to automatically be used when running specific applications. The usefulness of this feature is only starting to become apparent as I continue to use the mouse.
It is even possible to change the colors of the LEDs on your mouse, both the mouse wheel and the Razer logo that sits underneath your palm when holding the mouse. The side of the box promises 16 million color options. I’m going to say that the LEDs aren’t that sensitive but there are more than enough color options to give you a mouse that customized to you. You can change the colors of mouse wheel and logo independently, too. I find it interesting that the Razer logo pulsates on and off but that you can’t turn it to “always on” or “always off.”
I was very impressed with the Razer Lachesis. It’s shown me that the “standard mouse” has been improved. Not only does it track well at all sensitivity levels, but it’s easy to use macros, re-assign buttons, and switch profiles. However, I’m annoyed that I can’t comfortably use all buttons on the mouse; there are always two that are just out of reach. I also don’t understand why they use premium packaging but leave out the software that’s required to use the product. While it’s not a perfect mouse, it does just about everything right even though you’ll be paying a premium (MSRP $79.99) to receive it.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
The price is a little higher than an average mouse but so is the feature list. It works flawlessly and has plenty of customization options. Be aware there are really only 7 usable buttons within reach.
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