Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:50

REVIEW: Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse (Hardware)

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When it comes to a gaming mouse, i’ve always gone for a wired one. Same goes for professional eSports players that usually prefer playing in tournaments with wired mice. Razer wants to change all that by introducing the their new flagship wireless mouse, the Razer Lancehead.

Razer’s Lancehead mouse boasts a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, 24 hours of battery life between charges, Adaptive Frequency Technology and of course their iconic Razer Chroma RGB lighting with four individually programmable lighting zones on the mouse; the logo, scroll wheel, left strip, and right strip.

Now, right away i’d like to point out, this is marketed as a top of the line product with the wireless version of the Lancehead setting you back around $240AUD. And with all the features this mouse has to offer, I can understand it’s price point.

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Razer has worked very hard to control how often the Lancehead jumps around between frequencies by using what they are calling Adaptive Frequency Technology (AFT). This is perfect if you're gaming in a area with more than one device using the same 2.4GHz band. What it does is it will only switch between frequencies when it’s really needs to by selecting the frequency with the least amount of interference resulting in outstanding reliability and free of lag. In my testing both gaming at home and working in the office, the Lancehead felt identical to a wired mouse.

As for connection, the Lancehead wireless mouse connects to your PC via a small 2.4 GHz USB dongle. To charge it, you just plug the included 2.1m braided USB cable into the mouse and away you go. The beauty of this is, you can still keep using the mouse as a wired version while it’s charging.

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The mouse comes with two buttons just below the scroll wheel that allow you to adjust the DPI level. There is five pre-set options, so if you find the 16,000 DPI a little too high, you can turn it down on the fly until you find your sweet spot.

The Razer Lancehead is an ambidextrous designed mouse, so it has forward and back buttons on both sides. This is perfect for left hand users that have had trouble looking for the perfect gaming mouse. The mouse has a grey matte finish with a black vent design towards the front. The left and right clicks use Razer Omron switches and have a nice clicky feel to them. As for programing, every button except left click can be remapped using the Razer Synapse software.

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As mentioned before, the Razer Lancehead lasts up to 24 hours. Even with Chroma lighting enabled, this was pretty spot on. I used, and still am using this mouse every day on my main PC for 8 or more hours each day. It’s long lasting battery is perfect and only needing to charge the mouse every 3 or so days. Even then, you just plug the cable in, and keep using it while it charges.

In conclusion, the Lancehead is a very solid and reliable gaming mouse. While it is a little on the pricey side you can pick up the wired Tournament Edition for about $140AUD, but if it’s wireless you want, then look no further than the Razer Lancehead.

TECH SPECS

* True 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
* Up to 210 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
* Adaptive Frequency Technology
* Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches
* On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
* Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
* Ambidextrous design with enhanced rubber side grips
* Razer Chroma™ lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
* Inter-device color synchronization
* Nine independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
* 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
* 2.4 GHz dongle
* Razer Synapse Pro (Beta) enabled (Coming soon)
* 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
* Approximate size: 117 mm / 4.6 in (Length) x 71 mm / 2.79 in (Width) x 38 mm / 1.49 in (Height)
* Approximate weight: 111 g / 0.24 lbs (Excluding cable)
* Battery life: Approximately 24 hours (with lighting) (Life expectancy of the battery depends on its usage settings)

Game Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Razer
  • Publisher: Razer
  • Genre: Hardware