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Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse
Peripherals | First Looks
Sat 06 Aug 2005



Ultimate Gaming Arsenal
 

"... the Razer Copperhead is probably the best gaming tool to improve your gaming experience by many folds ..."

     
With the recent announcement that Razer will be sponsoring the World Cyber Games 2005 final held in Singapore, the President of Razor Group, Robert Krakoff, took the opportunity to announce their latest gaming mouse, the Razer Copperhead, and www.hardwarezone.com® had the privilege to grace the press event. Here's our first-hand experience with the latest gaming mouse as compared to its predecessor.

For your information, the Razer Diamondback is currently touted as the best gaming mouse by top competitive gamers and it has swept many awards from both online and print publications. However, the buck doesn't stop there as company has outdone itself yet again to produce a high-end gaming mouse that seemed to break all barriers. The all-new Razer Copperhead is the result of seven years of research and development as well as feedback by end-users. If you thought the Razer Diamondhead was the best mouse ever, you'll be blown away by the latest Razer Copperhead, which has undergone both physical and software upgrades.

The Razer Touch 

The most unique feature of Razer mice has to be their pinpoint precision, speed and “HyperResponse” buttons. The newer Razer Copperhead adds on to this impressive profile as perhaps the most sensitive mouse in the market with a precision of 2000 dpi (Dots per inch). As such, the Razer Copperhead is capable of detecting high-speed motion of up to 7,800 frames per second. Unlike a conventional wired mouse that has about 8ms response time, the Razer Copperhead has an ultra fast response time of 1ms to ensure you always have that competitive advantage in your action-paced games. At those rates, your days of mouse lag complains are as good as over since it proved to be extremely responsive in most of the first-person-shooter (FPS) games that we tried. In addition to all the above, the Razer Copperhead remains active at all times, providing instantaneous response throughout your game play unlike most other optical mice that power down when lifted momentarily (which happens unintentionally during game play usually).

Like the Razor Diamondback predecessor, the Copperhead is also very game friendly in controls and button assignments and actually improved upon it. There are seven programmable buttons on the Razer Copperhead that you can assign for specific functions within a game. And since different games are built on different engines, the sensitivity of the mouse varies too. To counter this problem, Razer has provided gamers with “On-The-Fly” mouse sensitivity adjustment, which is controlled by binding one of the buttons with the scroll.


The Copperhead's Exterior Improvements

Previously on the Razer Diamondback, there was much feedback on the side buttons being unreachable and even labeled redundant. Acting upon one of the most requested changes, Razer re-tailored the position and the surface of the side buttons on the new Copperhead mouse and thereby successfully remedied the issue. Other physical improvements include a larger overall build with a more comfortably palm rest. The palm rest portion has been raised to provide a better grip, and hence contributing to higher gaming efficiency.
 
With so many added tweaks to the Razer Copperhead, gamers can expect faster response, better accuracy and good grip while playing games. Little wonder why Razer has become the preferred choice by competitive gamers.

The Razer Customization

For aesthetic purposes, gamers can opt to purchase different cases for their Razer mouse, which are available in Tempest Blue, Anarchy Red and Chaos Green colors. New to the Razer Copperhead are unique customizations catered to various hand shape and sizes. For example, end-users can purchase and add aftermarket customizable weights and optional 'dummy' buttons to the mouse depending on one's need to better optimize swiping and finger travel upon mouse clicks respectively.

For the competitive gamers who prefer to carry their own customized Razer mouse but worried about recalibrating the mouse settings such as sensitivity and buttons binds for example, the Razer Copperhead is the first mouse that has 32KB of onboard memory to save such settings. As such, gamers can 'carry' around their settings without the hassles of reconfiguring from scratch. Once the Razer Copperhead is plugged in to any PC with the appropriate drivers installed, it will extract the configuration saved on the mouse and transfer the settings on the new PC. The Razer Copperhead package even comes with a small pouch to fit into any carrying bag for gamers who often have to travel.

Closing Statements

So there you have it. The latest Razer Copperhead gaming mouse has surpassed all our expectations with many helpful additions over the award-winning Razer Diamondback, and has once again raised the bar of competition. As we found out, the Razer Copperhead is probably the best gaming tool you can get to improve your gaming experience by many folds and you needn't even be a professional gamer to experience its benefits.
 Comparing the palm rest of the Razer Copperhead (background) and Diamondback (foreground).  Comparing the side buttons of Razer Copperhead (background) and Diamondback (foreground). Razer Copperhead with Razer eXactMat Mouse pad 

Specifications:

• 2000 DPI Laser Engine
• 1000Hz with about 1ms response time
• 32KB onboard memory
• Seven programmable buttons
• Up to three customizable weight standards and optional dummy buttons
• 16-bit data path as compared to other mice which are only 8 to 12bits wide
• High speed motion detection of over 7,800 frames per second
• Always-On mode that doesn’t powers down
• “On-The-Fly” sensitivity adjustment
• Dimension (Length x Width x Height):- 5.04-inch x 2.5-inch x 1.54-inch