Razer Imperator Gaming Mouse Review
The Mouse Up Close
Anyone who has ever owned or used a Razer product before will, like us, be delighted to see a new thick braided cable instead of the rather thin and prone to issue cable we've seen in the past. Although it isn't the softest braiding it is of a very high quality with a tight weave and should ensure an end to those problems some people experienced.
Despite this being an ergonomic mouse and so quite different to the minor variances in other Razer designs, they have still managed to give us the very distinctive Razer front profile.
Under the palm part of the Imperator is a Razer logo that has a subtle breathing effect in blue when the mouse is plugged in. The subtlety is actually a boon because your hand is covering it most of the time and when it isn't the glow doesn't distract from the screen.
Viewed from above you can see the aggressive styling of the front of the mouse. The scroll wheel is excellent, moving smoothly and yet with enough feedback that you know exactly when you've cycled through your weaponry. Behind the scroll wheel are two buttons that, by default, cycle through the various sensitivity settings. These can be tweaked to anything you like using the software we'll look at on the next page.
A small note that on the right hand side of the mouse the plastic cover that keeps it clean is still in place, hence the slightly bubbly nature in this shot.
Ergonomic design is very much at the fore of the Imperator and, personally, finally makes Razer a viable choice as a mouse. Here you can see the deep thumb groove. It is thankfully not as insane as the Logitech Revolution and provides a very good level of grip without becoming obtrusive. You can also see the front and back buttons we'll get to in a second.
On the base are three cool things. Firstly the 5600dpi sensor which is perfectly positioned in the centre of the mouse. Secondly on the left is the button to switch between profiles. When you create profiles in the software they are saved to the Razer Synapse memory on board the mouse, so you can take it with you without needing to install software or suffer with something that isn't quite your profile. To the right of that is a three-position switch that adjusts the positioning of the back and forward buttons.
Of the three positions they are naturally all the way back, far forwards and in the middle. A shocker I know. Personally I find the middle setting best because the buttons are large enough that I don't need them particularly one way or the other. However as we all have different preferences it's great to see Razer going the extra comfort mile.
Time to install the software and get playing.