With the “Lancehead” in the corded Tournament Edition, we took a closer look at the current rodent model of the Californian hardware manufacturer. Is it enough for a buy recommendation? The current mouse series from Razer, which aimed at professional gamers, as usual, offers two variants.
The “Razer Lancehead Wireless,” which communicates via radio with the connected PC or MAC. And the significantly cheaper, tested here, “Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition,” which you connect via a two meters long robust fiber optic cable.
The question whether current wireless mice still have the malus of insufficient transmission stability and are unsuitable for professional eSports due to possible delays in the input, we will not be able to clarify conclusively now.
Hardly out of the spartan packaging, more than the mouse, a brief printed manual in a dozen languages and two stickers are not found in it, peeled, we get the first positive surprise presented. The symmetrical chassis design, which allows perfect and trouble-free use by left- and right-handers, has a pleasant design and the 107 g lightweight (without cable) in the dimensions 11.7 × 7.1 × 3.8 cm fits well and securely in hand.
A real haptic experience is offered by the almost flattering plastic surface with rubberized side shelves for the fingers. E-athletes who like to play with the claw grip will enjoy the two anti-slip zones. Also, the full click of the so-called Hyperresponse buttons. As well as the collaboration between Razer and Omrom, the well-known manufacturer of high-quality microswitches. Up to 50 million clicks, the keys should survive without failures. At least that is the statement by Razer, which of course we could not check for its truthfulness.
The “Lancehead” is equipped with a tactile mouse wheel, a total of nine independently programmable buttons and Razer Chroma illumination on the sides, as well as the logo and mouse wheel. The DPI setting can be changed at any time using two buttons on the top of the mouse, just below the mouse wheel.
Clever Profile Management
The first step after connecting to the USB port of our test computer leads to the download page for the optional software specified in the booklet. However, the click was disillusioning, because version 3 of the tool is not yet ready. Only an offer to register for an upcoming beta account appears.
Well, then the old configuration software Razer Synapse has to suffice first. It also does, because from the individual to the optimal color setting of the lighting, from the single-color light to the breathing color change, to the entire lighting organ, everything necessary for the subject of fine-tuning is quickly done with a few clicks.
While the settings are stored in the cloud and can, therefore, be called upon any gamer’s computer or gaming laptop that requires the installation of the software, you can use the internal memory with the “Lancehead.” It allows up to four profiles to be stored and recalled at any time. Press the small switch on the bottom, and a LED with a color change indicates which profile number is currently active.
eSport Suitable Technology
Inside the hardware, an optical sensor with up to 16,000 DPI and a scanning speed of 450 IPS provides its service. Razer speaks here of the fastest sensor in the world with almost unbelievable precision. Sounds like a very thickly applied commercial, but turns out to be entirely credible in the standard test.
Some rounds of “Destiny 2” show that the “Lancehead” can splurge with speed and precision without blame. It does its job hook-free on the mouse pad and lies securely in hand. Regardless of whether you use a standard handle or perhaps prefer the claw grip.
The “Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition” is priced at $59.99, but offers performance and technology at the upper-class level. Symmetrically shaped and thus suitable for left- and right-handers and equipped with a high-quality 5G optical sensor with a native sampling rate of up to 16,000 DPI as well as Omron probes, there is nothing serious about this model.
We can confidently certify full operational readiness both in daily test use with different games, from quiet tactical games to fast shooters, as well as in competitive eSport use. Who has rather a tailless rodent in the house, can reach to the more expensive model “Razer Lancehead Wireless.”
Except for the transmission mode and the sensor, the wireless works with a laser and offers a lower tracking speed. The models are identical in construction.