Copperhead High Precision Gaming Mouse - Page 5 of 5
Review By Clay Angelly - October 10, 2005
The Copperhead fits the into the mold of being an evolution and not a
revolution. It is a substantial improvement over the Diamondback, particularly
with the Copperhead using the latest advanced laser sensor available instead of
outdated infrared technology. The overall feel (both physically in the hand and
during gameplay/Windows use) is better than the Diamondback in relatively small
ways but big enough that I don't want to go back to my Diamondback at all. The
Copperhead also glows more evenly and brighter than the Diamondback did and we
can't forget that pulsating action.
Performance has been improved on a number of fronts and the drivers are also
improved. The addition of 32K of onboard memory can't be stressed enough as a
really neat touch and something that helps to set the Copperhead apart from most
current gaming mice. Time will tell what the upcoming "Copperhead Toolkit" will
bring to the table. The most interesting being that of the weight system.
However, this toolkit adds an additional cost that one could argue should have
been part of the product to begin with.
The advertised seven buttons is somewhat misleading as I cannot
comfortably/effectively even use the two side buttons opposite my thumb (the
side buttons on the right side of the mouse since I'm right handed).
Ultimately, the Copperhead is an impressive gaming mouse that has improved my
uncanny accuracy in first person shooters...even better than the Diamondback
did. Everyone will have specific personal things to find issue with on any mouse
(especially us avid gamers). I did find the side button placement changes to be
a bit of a step backwards but the next guy might love the change.
The Razer Copperhead and Logitech use the same laser sensor from Agilent
Technologies; so what will really impact your buying decision are the ergonomic
differences, drivers, extras, and the price.
High build quality
2,000 cpi laser sensor
32KB onboard memory
Improved illumination through sides and scroll wheel
Gold plated USB connection
Works equally well with USB 1.0/2.0
Rubberized, contoured buttons
Improved scroll wheel
7' USB cable
USB cable is thinner/lighter than most
Solid evolution of the Diamondback along with innovative new
Side button placement/feel
Currently priced ~$20 more than the Logitech G5
Some brief adjustment period when coming from previous
asymmetric mouse use