I have for the last 10 years been the proud owner of a Logitech Trackman Marble, as I consistently kicked butt on a variety of online games, namely Counterstrike, Team Fortress and recently Team Fortress 2, I was a little sceptical as to how much better could I really get just by changing my mouse. I usually get a kill to death ratio of around 1:3 after a few hours gaming (Best being 46:1)and having people accuse me of cheating and using an aimbot is fairly normal.
I got given a Play.com voucher for my birthday and decided I would treat myself to a new mouse. As the cash was not coming out of my own pocket it would not matter if said purchase turned out to be a dissapointment, it would merely get thrown into my box of 'stuff': the box with gadgets which did not entirely deliver on their promises (Olympus Eyetreks, mini helicopters and a load of mobile phones) Well the package arrived this morning, first impressions were very good, Razer are clearly a company that know how to market and package their products to maximum effect!
Plugging it in sans drivers gives you basic functionality, to customise the experience further, the supplied drivers and software are required. Again, Razer really have looked at the experience from start to finish, the software is as basic and user friendly as it needs to be and works very well. The mouse comes with a total of 7 buttons, all of which can be customised, one of which comes ready mapped to allow you to adjust the sensitivity 'on the fly'. Normal windows use sees this set fairly low with the higher settings coming into play when in game.
First impressions in game (TF2) were a bit dissapointing, I got shot twice in the first 2 minutes and the movement was very jerky, all of the sensitivity adjustments on the Razer software made no difference. The problem however lay in the game settings for TF2, I had the in-game mouse acceleration set to midway with the 'Mouse Filter' option ticked, turning these both off sorted the issue out.
Going back to the game with only the Razor settings in effect looked much more promising, the movement on screen was silky smooth, with near perfect tracking, it was at that moment I knew the higher resolution would be of huge benefit to me, to be able to track targets with pixel perfect accuracy was going to give me the edge over everyone without such a device.
2 hours on, 160 kills and only 20 deaths later (8:1) I can quite honestly say this mouse has raised my game massively, going from a trackball to a mouse took a little getting used to, helped massively by the fact that it is so damn comfortable to use, it fits perfectly in the hand and the teflon feet means it glides over just about all surfaces with ease. I have also borrowed and will be purchasing the Razer Exactmat which makes the mouse even better to use with both of its silky smooth surfaces (one for control and one for speed)
For £25.00 it is a bit of a bargain, especially if you are serious about gaming, heck its a bit of a bargain even if you dont play games, the comfort and accuracy mean it is far more comfortable for long term use than a standard optical mouse, the green lighting might not be to everyones tastes, but it does look funky.
In short, I can't believe I waited this long to buy one.