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      15.05.2011 21:24
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      A nice mouse with a good handful of features which comes with Razer's latest 5600DPI laser sensor

      The Razer Imperator is a 5600DPI, right handed laser mouse with 7 buttons, Teflon feet and adjustable thumb buttons.


      Looks

      I think this mouse looks quite good like most of the Razer mice. However the shiney plastic on the side in contrast to the coating on the top of the mouse does look a bit odd.
      The shiny plastic on the sides does acumulate the salts and other dirts from the sweat but it easily removed by a dry cloth. I do recommend doing this frequently as the acidity of your sweat can make the coating go all mangy.
      The edges of the scroll wheel lights up in blue and can be turned off via the drivers.
      The Razer logo also lights up in a sort of pulsing effect and can also be turned off if desired.


      Feel

      This mouse is designed for right handed users and feels very nice, it can be used with various grips including fingertip and palm.
      I think the weight and balance of this mouse is very good.
      Compared to the Razer Salmosa which I had before this, I think the mouse buttons could be a bit more firm to give the user a better feel but is otherwise fine.


      Features

      This mouse includes an excellent new feature in the form of adjustable thumb buttons which can be moved using a slider on the underside of the mouse to give the perfect reach for the user.
      By default, the two buttons behind the scroll wheel operate the on-the-fly sensitivity alterations which is fully customisable within the 'configurator'.
      Gold plated USB connector and braided cable.


      Installation

      The mouse does not come with any drivers included so these must be obtained from Razer's website. If you are comfortable with the installation process then you should be fine.


      Final Thoughts

      This is a very nice mouse from Razer.
      I do recommend that you use a mouse mat however as the Teflon feet can be worn down quite quickly if used on a 'rough' surface.
      This is not for left handed users.

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      31.03.2011 08:37
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      Great right handed mouse

      Razer, as usual, providing us with quality gaming mouse. Imperator, is their 2nd shot of product line, after their 1st batch of gaming mouse and pads successfully breached in the market. Their slogan is "By Gamers, For Gamers" which means they targeted specifically gamers but not to mention any computer users can also use their mice.

      In short, you can probably find out the technical specs of Imperator from their website. I won't review any of those technical specs, because practically i am as a gamer never look into these aspects when i bought any mouse. The important aspect is beyond the technical specs, is whether the mouse fits our hand or not.

      Imperator, is designed after the success of Razer DeathAdder, their 1st shot to right handed mouse. Nowadays, Right handed gaming mouse market is conquered by Steelseries Ikari Laser. Razer try to breach this segment by throwing out Imperator.

      Back to the product itself, Imperator key features for me mostly rely on its ergonomics. It is very comfortable for right handed person to use this mouse. The side buttons also very convenient, you could adjust it into your personal taste, one new feature that DeathAdder dont have. The Laser optic also provide precision, which enhance your gaming experience, and also worth it for graphic designer.

      Razer also bundle great software which help us to bind key to the side buttons. In default, the side button is the back and forward button to browse the internet.

      For me, compared to DeathAdder, Imperator is a new experience, however, the new shape doesnt feel so good compared to the old one. DeathAdder with bigger hump feels better with bigger hands. Imperator is better suited for those with smaller hand.

      The problem with Razer mouse remain in this mouse, after months of usage, you might encounter doubleclick problem, which could be very irritating. The solution is to clean it periodically.

      Overall, as another shot to the right handed mouse, Razer succeeded and we should wait what Razer have in their sleeves for the next shot.

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      06.06.2010 15:59
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      A good-looking, precise and all-round excellent mouse.

      I love computer games. There, I've said it. I'm a girl, a gamer and proud of it too! I suspect I might not have been such a GOOD gamer, though, because I'd never thought about computer mice before - it was just an added extra that came with the computer, only to be noticed when it started wearing out and had to be replaced, much to my annoyance. And when I got a laptop and finally got used to the touch-pad, I didn't even need to use a mouse at all for work. However, since my boyfriend bought me a Razer Imperator mouse for Christmas, this has all changed...

      Razer are a company producing various computer products but most importantly, top-quality gaming mice - their company slogan is "By Gamers. For Gamers", which should tell you a bit about who they're trying to sell them to! In fact, Razer products are really popular with the 'pro-gaming' community (for those not in the know, pro-gamers are people who play computer games for money. Yes. I know. People actually play games as their job. Not fair!)

      Anyway, on with the actual review. Possibly the most important aspect of this mouse is its 3.5G laser sensor, which makes it a very fast and precise piece of kit indeed - it's got a DPI ('dots per inch') of 5600 as compared to your average, non-gaming mouse's DPI of 800. In terms of gaming, this means that the mouse is much, much more precise than a standard mouse, so you're more likely to hit whatever it is you want to hit; it also means that the mouse's action is much smoother than an ordinary mouse, so there's less stress on your hand and less wildly whacking it around the mouse mat trying to make it do something fiddly!

      In addition, Razer boast that the mouse has 1000Hz 'ultrapolling', and a '1ms response rate'. Basically, 'ultrapolling' increases the 'polling rate', which is the number of times per second/millisecond that the mouse reports its data to the computer and the data appears on screen - so a 1ms response rate is pretty darn fast!

      This does mean that at first, the action of this mouse is a bit whippier than you're used to - it took me a couple of goes to get the hang of using something so fast and precise. But if you bear with it, it's actually much more rewarding than spending ages trying to get a normal mouse to target something fast and accurately. Even just using it in Word or browsing the internet is much easier and less frustrating. It's also entirely possible to reduce the sensitivity if you're finding it impossible to get a handle on it.

      Unfortunately, the Imperator is only available set up for right-handed people, but other than that, in terms of appearance, this mouse is a thing of beauty. It's black and covered with a soft-touch grip material which doesn't get as sweaty as a normal plastic mouse (yep, nasty I know, but these details are crucial!)

      It's ergonomically shaped, with a groove on the left hand side for the thumb and an overall curve which fits the shape of a hand, ending with another groove on the right hand side for the little finger to rest comfortably. Bear in mind that this isn't a particularly large mouse: I've got very small hands and it seems to fit me just fine, although my brother finds it just as good and his hands are considerably larger.

      Unlike some mice I've seen, the wheel is a good size and perfectly positioned in the centre; the wheel itself is coated with the same soft-touch material and is also grooved, which means you can control the amount of scrolling you want to do. One other thing this mouse isn't lacking is buttons. There are the two standard buttons on the front, plus two small buttons in a line underneath the wheel, and a further two on the left-hand side, just above the groove for the thumb. The two on the front are your basic left and right click buttons, while the four on the thumb groove and just below the wheel are programmable 'action' buttons - I've been playing Doom recently and have set them to 'reload' and 'change weapon'. You can also program the wheel to do various things in different games!

      The Imperator got a nice long braided fibre cable, for gaming over long distances (although I'm not sure I'd recommend that, I like to be able to see the screen) and snazzy 'feet' which the Razer website call "Zero-acoustic UltraslickTM Teflon® feet" - in non-jargon, I reckon that probably means that the mouse makes no noise and moves really easily on the mouse mat! When the computer is switched on, the roller and the Razer logo on the body of the mouse glow blue - not an intrusive glow, but quite stylish and certainly eyecatching.

      I've had the mouse for six months now and it's as good as new, no problems at all - I realise this isn't very long, but I can report that a friend of mine has had his Razer Deathadder mouse for two years and it's still going strong, so I'd be happy to say that Razer products are pretty durable.

      So, any bad bits? It's only available in right-handed setup, which isn't much fun if you're left-handed, but my main gripe has got to be the price - on average, you can expect to pay £55-ish for this mouse, which is an excruciatingly large amount of money for a very small bit of kit. As I've said, mine was a present, but I don't know that I could bring myself to actually part with £55 for another one. On the other hand, it's so comfortable and sensitive, I'd find it hard to go back to a normal, non-gaming mouse!

      Overall, if you're just a basic computer user, I don't know that you'd need a mouse as complex and sensitive as this one, but if you're at all into gaming (and have wads of cash lying around) I'd highly recommend it.

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