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Razer Sabertooth Introduction:
While Razer is best known for its line of mice and keyboards, the company has a whole slew of products that span the gaming spectrum. Razer lives by its motto, "For Gamers. By Gamers." If the company's founders Robert Krakoff and Min-Liang Tan think gamers want something, no matter how obscure, they will have their engineers create it. This was of course no more apparent than with the unveil of the Razer Nabu smartband at CES 2014.
The product I'm reviewing today is the Razer Sabertooth Elite Gaming Controller for Xbox 360, or Razer Sabertooth for short. Despite the "for Xbox 360" portion of its full name, it's fully compatible with Windows XP and up, as long as you have a free USB 2.0 port. I first laid eyes (and fingers) on the Razer Sabertooth at CES 2013 and was immediately impressed. It had a solid construction, additional multi-function buttons, an OLED screen, and simply seemed like a substantial improvement over its predecessor, the Razer Onza.
Now, after more than a year, I finally get my hands on my very own Razer Sabertooth. Will it live up to my expectations and be as good as I remember? I guess it's about time we find out.
Razer Sabertooth Closer Look:
If you happen to shop in a brick-and-mortar store that sells computer peripherals, Razer products tend to visually pop on the shelves. While the boxes are predominantly black, the bright green flair really contrasts nicely and they always feature an image of the product so you know exactly what's inside. The box for the Razer Sabertooth is no different.
The majority of the front of the box is filled with a slightly off-center image of the Sabertooth controller, making it easily discernible for most gamers that this is an Xbox-style controller. The Razer logo appears in the top-right corner, while the bottom-left corner contains "Razer Sabertooth Elite Gaming Controller for Xbox 360", with the emphasis clearly being on the word "Sabertooth", which is a reflective silver color. The bottom-right corner contains a green "Licensed for Xbox 360" logo imprinted on the box, letting us know it's an official third-party controller. In tiny white print at the very bottom, "for gamers. by gamers" appears on the left, while "www.razerzone.com" appears on the right.
Flipping over to the back of the box is where you really get the bulk of the information. While the front of the box mostly represents it as your typical Xbox 360-style controller, albeit with an OLED screen, the back of the box is where you see all the bells and whistles it really has. These include the detachable cord, the included carrying case, the extra shoulder buttons, and the bottom rocker switches. If you wondered why the Sabertooth comes with a bit of a price premium, the back of the box provides the answer.
The left side of the box features a portrait and quote from Kendall "Arctic" Smith, founder and captain of Team AmazYn (a United States professional Gears of War team), who contributed toward the controller's design. Below the quote, which appears in English and French, the word "elite" is highlighted in green above "expert" and "essential" in gray, reinforcing that this is an "Elite Gaming Controller". The right side of the box highlights three of the main features that sets the Sabertooth apart from other Xbox 360 controllers, which include the six additional programmable buttons, the OLED, and the high quality components for reliability and mobility.
The top of the box shows the top of the controller (shoulder buttons, triggers, and the detachable cable), along with the words "unlevel the playing field" in green. The bottom of the box lists the detailed specifications, system requirements, size and weight, package contents, and of course a multitude of barcodes, regulatory symbols, and copyright information.