Here Is What You Get
If you have never bought a Razer mouse before then the first thing you will notice about the product is the packaging it is in. Packaged in a nice black box it features the mouse well so you can see most of it without taking it out. Upon opening you will find a quick install guide, a Macintosh guide, a complete instruction manual, a coaster for your desk, a cert of authenticity, a Razer product catalog and 2 logo stickers all nicely packaged in black envelope.
This mouse has 7 buttons in all which includes two adjustable thumb buttons and 2 other small buttons that sit at the base of the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is like most wheels with the clicky feel to it but it has no tilt action. The mouse body is all black with a rubbery material on the top with the sides a glossy smooth plastic. There is a Razer logo on top of the mouse that is lighted a blue color and on both sides of the scroll wheel as well.
Another nice touch is with the connection via a gold plated USB connector that is attached to a 7 foot braided cable. Most people would consider this an improvement over the old style thin cord that used to tangle up very easily.
Setting It Up
For those of you not inclined to setting up a mouse with software you will be happy to know that this mouse works great right out of the box. just plug it in and away you go. But not setting it up deprives you of some of the best features of this device. All you need to do is download a 27Mb file and that will give you the ability to program all of the buttons, set up the dpi settings levels and control cursor settings. There is a slide switch underneath the mouse that will adjust the thumb buttons forward and back for you.
This mouse like all other Razer's top mice is a joy to use and extremely responsive. It uses the same 3.5 laser as all the other top products and offers the same sensitivity of up to 5,600dpi with on the fly adjustability. The 2 buttons on the top of the mouse change your dpi level settings. The polling rate is also the same as the Mamba top model at 1 KHz. The buttons on this model are firm and responsive and the scroll wheel feels good and solid and smooth.
While the adjustable thumb buttons are a welcome addition which creates a small shelf to rest your thumb I am still waiting for a mouse design that comes out with an extension of the base on the outside of the mouse so you can rest your 2 outside fingers. I don't know how many times I have found myself trying to place my cross hairs on a target when sniping only to find my fingers dragging on the mouse pad. It's so irritating because most of the time you don't know you are doing it then it's to late. Oh well, maybe down the road we might see that fixed.
To conclude now that I have my gripe out of the way, it is a breath of fresh air to see the adjustable thumb buttons and the high polling rate for this mouse. With the comfortable ergonomic feel as well as tactile feel this mouse is very solid if you can afford it.