Lightweight, Heavy Punch
Ever since Razer launched the now legendary Boomslang back in 1999, it has established itself as the premier gaming-grade mice-maker. Since then, it has launched a flurry of gaming mice, all named after snakes. So it is no surprise then to find that Razer's latest offering is once again named after a snake - the Salmosa. This is actually a species of venomous pitviper found in Korea, and it is also now Razer's newest entry level mouse. Does it have what it takes to play with the big boys?
Black as Night
Like most Razer products, the Salmosa is completely decked out in black. Some might find it dull and boring, but we think it looks classy and perfectly understated. Unlike the higher-end Razer mice however, such as the Diamondback 3G, it doesn't glow.
On first glance, the Salmosa appears to be aptly named, because the Salmosa pitviper happens to one of the smaller of the species and this new mouse is small and compact and seems almost designed for smaller Asian hands.
In addition to its compact size, Razer says that the Salmosa was specially designed for gamers who prefer to grip their mice using their finger-tips, which explains the somewhat awkward design. To be frank, the Salmosa can be a bit too small for those of us with larger hands, and the odd shape of the Salmosa requires the users to adapt, if only a little.
Small, but Deadly
Looking past the Salmosa's petite size, you'll discover that the Salmosa is indeed an entry level mouse - it has only three buttons: left and right mouse buttons and a scroll wheel button. It is very basic.
However, do not be deceived by the Salmosa's appearance. Although it does not boast multiple programmable buttons like the flagship Lachesis model, it is however very fast. Thanks to its small size and light weight, we found it an absolute bliss to use, especially in RTS games where constant mouse actions are absolutely necessary to effectively micro-manage your units. It is also super slick, almost like silken tofu, thanks to its Teflon feet. The experience is further enhanced by the Salmosa's extra-large non-slip buttons, which ensures your fingers do not slip at a crucial moment.
That is not all though, as the Salmosa still has a couple of tricks up its sleeves. Turning the Salmosa over, you'll find two switches that allows users to switch the Salmosa's polling and DPI sampling rate on the fly, without the need for any software drivers. DPI can be switched between 800 and 1800, whereas polling rate can be tweaked from a low of 125Hz to 500Hz and 1000Hz. This should come in useful when playing FPS games, though you'll likely to be doing that while waiting for your character to respawn since it's difficult to do that when you're actually playing. Razer should consider placing the switches at a more handy location.
All in all, Razer has another winner in the Salmosa. It might have very basic features, but it is really light and fast. If the Lachesis is the high-tech Ferrari Scuderia in the world of gaming mice, then the Salmosa is the equivalent of the Lotus Elise. And though the Salmosa is positioned by Razer as an entry level mouse, do not expect to pay "entry level" prices. This is after all a Razer. At US$39.99, it is certainly not cheap, but if you are serious about gaming, and you want a high quality mouse, then you certainly can't go wrong with the Salmosa.