Razer Imperator Gaming Mouse Review
For testing the Imperator was used as the 24/7 mouse on our rig and covered all the genres we feel are necessary to gain a good feel for the Razer Imperator.
CPU : Intel i7 870 @ 2.93GHz
GPU : ASUS GTX275
RAM : G.Skill Trident 2000MHz CL9 4GB
PSU : Cougar 1000CM
HDD : Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
Motherboard : MSI P55-GD85
OS : Windows 7 64
Cooling : Thermalright MUX-120 with Arctic Cooling MX-3
Input : Razer Imperator gaming mouse used on cloth Zowie TF pad and CM Storm HS-M Battle Pad SSK.
Unfortunately I have neither a Razer Vespula nor a Razer Megasoma on hand to test the Imperator with a hard and soft Razer gaming surface. However on the positive side using the Imperator on a non-Razer surface is more likely to show flaws, and so if it proves to be excellent then on a Razer surface it would be brilliant indeed.
In the First-Person Shooter corner we used Modern Warfare 2 to test the speed of movement and the need to come to a sharp halt. Strategy games were represented by Company of Heroes Tales of Valor for a holistic view, and accuracy and long-term comfort covered by Football Manager 2010. Besides these the Imperator saw service in Photoshop and general desktop use.
Let's start with the big news. As someone who has previously found Razer mice to be slightly too small for my rather large hands it's a joy to find one that fits almost like a glove. The large buttons at the front nicely follow the Razer design, but personally I find the corner of the right mouse button slightly too large. The Imperator is so ergonomic on the left hand side that it almost forces your hand around in a banana style and my ring finger can't really rest nicely. It isn't problematic at all and doesn't notice normally. Only when I'm stuck reading a page or something do I notice it's not very comfortable.
The extra bulge in the palm rest certainly aids comfort, and the Imperator fits very well in your hand. All the buttons are nicely within reach and have a crisp click to them.
One of the things I really enjoyed was the swift ability to adjust the sensitivity on the fly. 5600dpi is frankly silly for desktop use and with a couple of clicks I could be back at a much more manageable 2000dpi. Of course this equally works in the other direction and firing up our battery of games it was just as easy to ramp the dpi back up and get snotting people left, right and centre.
Speaking of which, getting it done regardless of whether you are trying to bring on a last minute substitute, sniping an insurgent or calling in your creeping artillery barrage are all effortless with the Imperator. Even at full chat it isn't speed beyond control, but if you require it a couple of clicks let you drop the dpi to place that bunker or snipe that guy. Two clicks later and you're back at top speed raining death and destruction.
So it shone in gaming. And on the desktop. Brief conclusion time methinks...