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A very well designed mouse.
on 17 December 2010
Unlike the person writing the one-star review below I know little about gaming mice. This is the first gaming mouse I have owned and only the 3rd mouse I have ever owned. I do however do a lot of online gaming; CS:S, MW2, Black Ops, Battlefield etc, and consider myself at an above average skill level. I have owned this mouse for 7 months now so I feel that I'm in a good position to review it.
Before this mouse I had a wireless 800dpi Logitech which I can't complain about as it was all I knew. My reason for change was that I had read that I was hindering myself with a cordless mouse, and that I needed a wired mouse to cut down on response latency. My choice was nothing to do with dpi. I chose Razer because they were the best looking mice in my opinion, and the ratio of good to bad reviews was favourable. I chose the Imperator because it was the closest in shape to my old Logitech mouse. The price didn't seem too bad either; there were cheaper mice but there were also much more expensive mice.
The size, shape and weight of a mouse are all personal preferences so I won't say too much about this. The Imperator is quite a slight mouse, compared to other gaming mice. It has a fairly "conventional" shape with subtle lines. Grooves and lumps in all the right places though, like under the thumb and little finger and also on the main buttons so that my hand just kind of falls into place. My previous mouse was quite heavy (with 2 AA batteries inside) so the biggest learning curve for me was getting used to the fact that the Imperator is a light mouse, with no adjustment for weight like so many other gaming mice. This was my biggest concern before I bought the mouse. It turns out a lighter mouse was just what I needed though. I grip the mouse quite lightly with my thumb and little finger, rest my first finger on button 1 and my middle and ring fingers on button 2. I get pretty sweaty hands on occasion and when this happened I found I would often drop my old mouse any time I had reason to lift it off the mat. This would result in me gripping the mouse harder which would lead to fatigue more quickly. The Imperator has fixed this problem as I have never dropped this mouse and I can use it for hours with no hand or wrist fatigue.
The lightness of this mouse also seems to complement the high levels of sensitivity it is capable of. I've heard many times that pro gamers use 800dpi or lower. I really don't understand this as I have found that the increase in dpi has been the biggest influence on improving my gaming performance. I've tried many dpi settings from lowest to highest and my performance is at it's best at 2300dpi with in-game sensitivity dropped 50% from default. This allows me to make most of my in-game movements from my wrist and only move my whole arm for big movements such as turning 360. I've heard the argument that low dpi allows for greater accuracy and I understand the thinking behind this but I still disagree. I'm going to use a writing analogy to explain. When writing with a pen most people are capable of neater, more precise hand-writing when their hand is resting on the page and the pen movements are being controlled by the fingers and wrist. If you try to write by using whole arm movements most people will find their handwriting becomes illegible. My experience of using a mouse is very similar to using a pen; I am capable of much more precise movements when I move my hand from the fingers and wrist rather than from the shoulder or elbow. To allow me to do this I need the dpi high(ish).
The profile customisation and on-the-fly dpi adjustment this mouse offers are pretty cool too, but merely par for the course I believe. I could not do without these features now that I am used to them though. I have also heard of some reliability issues with this mouse but have not encountered them myself. On start-up Windows 7 will occasionally (once per month) not recognise that the mouse is plugged in, but this is easily fixed by unplugging the mouse and then plugging it back in again. I've also heard that the mouse is not built very well and will disintegrate quickly, again I cannot vouch for this as I have had the mouse for 7 months of heavy use, pouring sweat into it and allowing it to collect dirt and it never flinches and always cleans up good as new.
So to conclude, I originally chose this mouse because it was wired and looked good. In the 7 months of use I have so far had out of it I can definitely say that I use and now rely on every feature it has to offer, including it's wide dpi range and the size and weight (or lack of it) of this mouse. Using this mouse is an incredibly natural and organic experience. I believe it has been designed so that you forget it's in your hand and it certainly achieves that; it glides effortlessly, and every button falls under the correct finger. I love it's level of precision, and tracking an enemy with my reticule has now become as natural to me as writing my name. This mouse and my trusted ear buds have allowed my to get good enough at certain games to be accused of hacking by the opposing team. This is always a good sign in PC gaming. I highly recommend this mouse :)