Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse Review

Admin - 2007-05-18 09:32:01 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: February 9, 2006
Razer
GFCityComputers
Price: $59 USD
Introduction
"The Mother of all Mice" is here. This mouse is smooth, fast and sensitive. Razer has also taken into consideration that all gamers are not right handed by making this mouse ambidextrous. From the minute I opened the brown shipping box it came in I was impressed. The mouse comes packaged in silver, black and copper box with a clear plastic insert so you can see the product. Included, is the mouse, drivers, a Certificate of authenticity and a "Master Guide" on how to use the mouse. Razer has a reputation of being an innovator in gaming peripheral technology. They first introduced the "boomslang" in the late 90's, followed by the "Viper" and "Diamondback" in 2004. The "Diamondback" was the worlds first 1600 Dpi gaming mouse. Many of the top gaming professionals are using these products today. Now let's see if the Copperhead follows in the tradition.



 

Specifications

Closer Look
The packaging is bright and open to catch the consumer's eye. Inside is the mouse, drivers, "Master Guide" along with a certificate of authenticity. The mouse we will be looking at is the "Tempest Blue" version, this mouse also comes in two other colors, Anarchy Red and Chaos Green. When you open the packaging the first thing you want to grab is the mouse, it has a black rubber feeling plastic on top with 2 large buttons and a grooved wheel for a non slip glide. The center of the mouse has the Razer Logo, which is LED lit. The side rails are made of a non slip clear rubber which has LED's to add a nice aura to the design.

There are also 4 buttons, 2 on each side to compliment this 7 button mouse. The base is made of glossy plastic and has 3 "Smooth Glide" Teflon feet for a nice smooth ride. Tracking control for this mouse is guided by its powerful laser and 320nm precision. There is also a button on the bottom, which at first I was a little confused about, it turns out to be a program button to upgrade the firmware of the mouse. The mouse also has a thin 7ft long non-tangle cord which is plenty long enough to reach anyone's rig. Being left handed my major concern when purchasing a mouse is, "can I use it". Many mouse manufacturers today seem to focus towards the majority which is right handed people. Razer did a good job in their research and thought about total ergonomics this mouse is ambidextrous. When I picked up the mouse it just felt right, the buttons were where I wanted them to be it is lightweight and fits comfortably in my hand, as if it were made for me. Kudos to the Razer design team, nice Job!



Installation
Plug in the "Gold Plated" USB connector turn on your computer, take the driver CD out of its holder, place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive and follow the on screen instructions. Once your drivers are installed you'll need to configure your mouse. Although the on screen display is quite easy to understand, I suggest you have your "Master Guide" in front of you. There are 5 different settings you can store in the mouse's memory and so many other features it's easy to miss something you might want to use.

 

Configuration
With my trusty "Master Guide" in front of I began to configure the mouse. First, I wanted to assign the buttons to my preferences, with the "Razer Synapse" onboard function menu up this task was quite easy. For the rest of my settings all was just the same, click on the setting or measurement you want and it's done. The menu has many options to choose from along with 5 personal settings. I only needed 3 so that's what I'm using right now. My first setting is for normal use, (surfing the internet and other tasks) Setting 2, I use for gaming and setting 3 I'm using for applications like "PhotoShop". The main functions involved in setting up the mouse are:

(Razer Synapse)
1. Assigning your desired buttons
2. Assigning a polling rate ( 125hz (8ms), 500hz (4ms) 1000hz (1ms) ) these are all response times.
3. Setting the DPI switcher (400 DPI 800 DPI 1600 DPI 2000 DPI)
4. Profile 5 changeable profiles.

 

 

 

5. Config, Save/Load Settings
  a. Load previously saved config
  b. Save Config (saves config to file)
  c. Reset default config
  d. Update Firmware

 
Configuration
In order to flash your firmware the steps must be done in order to insure that it is being done correctly go to Razer's firmware update page the instruction is clear and thorough.

 


(Driver Features)
6. Sensitivity Options
7. Scroll Speed
8. Universal Scroll
9. On the Fly
10. Double Click speed

 

(Advanced)
11. Adjust X/Y Sensitivity Separately
12. Enable X-Y Master Sensitivity
13. Windows Pointer Speed
14. Acceleration

 

Please note that the way that I set my preferences, is the way I like my button sequence, you can set them any way you like. When you are done setting up the configuration on your mouse you will be able to use it on any computer since the mouse has 32kb of onboard memory. All you need to do is hit the button underneath the mouse, the LED's will flash 1, 2, 3 times etc. to show you what profile you are set to. If you do have one of your buttons set for "On the Fly Sensitivity" you will have to have the Razer drivers installed. Testing
For testing purposes I've used 2 other mice in conjunction with the Razer Copperhead. They are the Microsoft Optical USB 5 button mouse 400 DPI and the Aspire Optical PS/2 3 button mouse 700 DPI. I decided to test it 3 different games, Call of Duty 2, Day of Defeat and Doom 3. The main points if these tests were to figure out, comfort, speed, sensitivity and precision. First I tried the Microsoft Mouse it was big bulky and made my wrist hurt. The sensitivity was too sluggish and it felt like I was moving a rock. The only good point about it was that it was pretty precise. Moving to the Aspire mouse, where they got 700 DPI from, I don't know. I guess for an everyday user this mouse would be perfect but for gaming, it's a definite NO! I've had better results with an old ball mouse. Now for the Copperhead, the mouse moves as if it is on a sheet of ice, I very rarely had to move my wrist. As for precision where you aim in a FPS is where the bullet goes, the cursor does not float, it stops on a dime. I have seen an increase of 10% in my kill ratio using the Copperhead. Here a couple screen shots from Call of Duty 2 and Day of Defeat. The gaming experience with this mouse was amazing it has all I could have ever wanted and more. Calling all gamers! It's time to put down your out dates mice and pick up a Copperhead. Just watch its bite.

 

 

Conclusion
I've been using computers for about 15 years now, until last year I didn't know the difference of what a good mouse can do, Tracking, Sensitivity and precision is what mouse technology should be based on. We also cannot forget comfort, to me if I can't grab a mouse with my left hand and fully utilize its resources it's not worth the plastic it was stamped out of. Give, Razer an A+, they took the time and effort to keep everyone in mind. This mouse is a must buy for anyone who wants to have the true feeling of being in the game.