Copperhead High Precision Gaming Mouse - Page 4 of 5
Review By Clay Angelly - October 10, 2005
RAZER DRIVER SOFTWARE
Razer's drivers (especially their interface) are well known. I never had any
gripes with the drivers provided with the Diamondback and the same is holding
true with the Copperhead. The drivers do have a totally different look and feel
now though as shown below.
Razer Drivers - Main Menu
In the main menu above, you can map a variety of different functions
(including single keys and even macros) to any of the buttons and scroll wheel.
This is also where you can specify the polling rate, DPI, and save or load
config/driver update information.
Razer Drivers - No Mouse Detected
You might see the "No Mouse Detected" dialog window shown above. I did see
this at first which I attribute to the fact that I had the Diamondback attached,
removed it and then immediately attached the Copperhead. I did this just to see
what the result would be. After a reboot, the driver software detected the
Copperhead just fine and I never saw the above dialog again.
Razer Drivers - Advanced Function Flyout
The Advanced Function Inputs menu above is where you can enter single key or
macro key assignments to any button. The "Special Keys" section was disabled and
I wasn't able to enable it. Once I determine how to do this I will update this
Razer Drivers - All Flyout Menus
There is a lot going on in the shot above. The two new left side flyouts deal
with setting the sensitivity options for the scroll wheel, double-clicking, etc.
The left-most deals with very granular fine tuning...nice attention to detail as
we've come to expect from Razer's drivers.
One thing worth noting is that the scroll wheel sensitivity settings take
place immediately (once you click "Apply") within the Internet Explorer browser.
For Firefox, though, I had to close and reload Firefox before the scroll wheel
sensitivity took effect. This is likely more of a Firefox characteristic than
anything but it's good to know.
Razer Drivers - On-The-Fly Sensitivity
You can set the sensitivity on the fly within Windows or your games. It's a very cool feature that was also present with the Diamondback.
The advertised 1,000Hz poll setting appears to only actually come close to
around 420Hz from my isolated tests with the Mouse Rate Checker program. I did
not overclock my USB bus with one of a number of overclocking utilities so that
may have something to do with it.
Mouse Rate Checker - Before Razer Drivers
Mouse Rate Checker -
After Razer Drivers Installed
This is somewhat addressed via a note within the Copperhead packaging as was
shown previously on page 2.