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Razer Copperhead High Precision Gaming Mouse - Page 4 of 5

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 Menu

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 section.

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 Setting

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 Installed

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.

Next Page: Conclusion

Last Updated on October 10, 2005


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