What are IT shows for if not for reckless spending? At Singapore’s Comex 2005, held from the 1st to 4th September, I bought a Razer Copperhead gaming mouse. Now, I spent quite a lot (S$129) of my hard-earned savings on this, and here I’m going to try and justify my purchase by writing about it’s pros and (hopefully nonexistent) cons. The salesman at Elite Infotech, which was the only store at Comex carrying this precious peripheral, told me that I am one of only 65 proud owners of the Copperhead in Singapore at this point in time. I must say I’m lucky – I got the 11th last one, and Kyle got the tenth.
The Razer Copperhead is the first of a new generation of gaming mice, utilizing laser-tracking technology for more sensitivity than traditional infra-red optical mice. The previous Razer gaming mouse, the Diamondback, was met with much success at its launch last year, and the Copperhead is set to continue this trend with its more advanced features.
There are alot of features to mention, but for the sake of not making this review a boring read, I’ll just hilight some in detail:
This mouse has a 2000DPI laser sensor, powered by a proprietary engine. This is more sensitive than any other mouse currently available. The mouse also features 1000 Hz USB “Ultrapolling”, adjustable to 125Hz & 500Hz, with a 1 ms response time. These mean that it polls the USB bus faster than any other mouse available, allowing for faster response time. (All other mice only use a 125Hz/8ms response time.) All this information transfers along a higer-bandwidth 16-bit interface, instead of a 8- or 12-bit data path.
The Copperhead has even more unique features which set it apart: There is 32KB of memory onboard to store mousing preferences, support for customizable weights and ‘dummy’ buttons which will definitely be sold in future, and a 7 foot cord with ends in a gold-plated usb plug.
The rest of the features are similar to conventional gaming mice from logitech and other brands, such as 7 programmable buttons, and teflon pads for smoothness.