Thread: Razer Lachesis Review
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Razer Lachesis Review
Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse
The Lachesis is Razer's answer to Logitech's G9, built from the ground up for First Person Shooters and high sensitivity gamers. But this mouse is much more than just a simple competitor, the Lachesis stands on it's own as a quality gaming peripheral. And it ought to be, considering that it's $80! After using the mouse for a whole month, I have to say, this is one mean mother fucker.
First let's look at the packaging...
This is really neat and organized compared to the Death Adder, (pictured left). The plastic envelope that hold the manual and the software disc is all in one place and isn't cluttered and messy, unlike the Death Adder, which is a bit of pain cause everything just kind of falls out of the box.
The manual shows you the different parts of the mouse and how to use it properly (well it is a GAMING mouse). There's also stickers but they're for decoration and the firmware disc is conveniently located in the guide.
Now for the actual mouse...
The Lachesis comes with a total of 10 buttons.
Two mini buttons on top, plus left and right mouse buttons and the scroll wheel.
Two side buttons on the left and on the right, total of 4.
Plus a nifty profile switcher on the bottom of the mouse, a grand total of 10 buttons
The Lachesis was built to be a high sensitivity gaming mouse, and it does this splendidly. 4000 dpi plus the 3g sensor means you'll be fragging with excellent speed and precision. The 3g sensor allows you to have complete control over the mouse by responding to the movement of your hands. Move it fast and it'll glide across the screen, but move it slow, and it'll creep fairly easily. It has a great shape despite what people's complaints.
As you can see the Lachesis is smaller than the Death Adder, but still it's length makes it easy to for large handed users to grab. Also note that's ambidextrous and doesn't have the same hill or slant the Death Adder does. But as for using the different grips, I tested them each on the mouse.
The mouse was designed for people with large hands, and it clearly shows. My Copperhead was a little hard for me to palm easily, but the Lachesis is every bit as comfortable as the Death Adder. Your hand is easily able to lay on the mouse without any discomfort, (unless of course you have tiny hands). But what about claw and fingertip grips?
As you can see, use of the claw grip is easy as well, not as good as the Copperhead, but still very comfortable. Fingertip users may find this to be hard to use, if so seek out the Salmosa or Diamondback as I found it to be a bit harder to use on the Lachesis.
The Lachesis firmware comes with plenty of options to customize your mouse with. You can change the dpi scale so if you rather have a maximum of 3000 dpi instead of 4000, you can change it easily by moving the counters. You can also change the polling rate, turn off the lights on the mouse, amd change the settings of the buttons. DPI up and down allows you to easily switch between using a high sensitivity for close quarters combat and lower sensitivity to aid in sniping. You can have up to 5 profiles on the mouse, and the 32kb of memory will save your settings so all you have to do is plug and play when you go to a different computer.
You can also change the scroll speed, double click sensitivity, and fine tune the x and y axis of your mouse with the Advanced Settings menu.
Advanced Functions allows you to assign different macros, either single keystrokes or full commands like Ctrl+C or Scroll Lock+F12.
So...the question is should you buy? Well for people with large hands, this mouse is amazing, awesome features, comfortable shape, and excellent firmware. There are issues with the cursor skipping when you click the mouse, but that's due to high dpi and the 3g sensor. Besides that, no real problems with the mouse. For $80, you better believe the Razer Lachesis will deliver the kills so long as you supply the skills.
Pros: Great drivers and firmware, ambidexturous, plent of buttons, 4000 dpi, 3g sensor, looks wicked awesome
Cons: skips when you press the click buttons, expensive, fingertip users and players with small hands may not like the shape and size
Overall Grade: 94%
For a more in depth look at the actual mouse, watch my video review below. I take a look at the firmware, the mouse, and the clicking issues.
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