New Razer gaming mouse has adjustable buttons

Gaming mice of all shapes and sizes are proliferating so much lately, they almost seem to be outnumbering regular premium mice. Razer has contributed to the trend with the Imperator, a new right-handed mouse with adjustable buttons for “palm and fingertip gamers.”

The Imperator has a sleek, black design with a glowing wheel and Razer logo. Gamers will find “contours and grooves specifically crafted to enhance aggressive mousing movements,” not to mention a pair of buttons on the left side whose horizontal position can be adjusted to suit your grip.

Other perks include a 5,600-DPI laser sensor, a 1,000Hz polling rate, on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, and Teflon feet. The Imperator should be able to handle 50g of acceleration without skipping, and its seven buttons should also please gamers without turning the device into an object of ridicule.

Razer says you can order the Imperator today from the Razerzone.com website for $79.99. Retail availability will follow next month in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, where the mouse will cost €69.99. You can place your order here—the mouse looks to be in stock already.

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    • Bauxite
    • 10 years ago

    You will have to pry my MS laser mouse 6000 from my cold dead hands, at least until something vastly better comes along. I’m not holding my breath at [insert latest gimmick mouse here].

    It is still the same 1.0 hardware version since 2005 and in production for 2010. Time will tell, but for now I consider it my “model M” of mice.

    Same goes for a proper tactile keyboard with n-key rollover, if all the good vendors ever plan to stop making them I will buy a lifetime supply in advance…2 dozen or so should suffice.

    PS wireless input on the desktop, no thanks come again.

    • Richie_G
    • 10 years ago

    The shape looks remarkably like my mx518.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 10 years ago

    I have the Habu (which came with adjustable buttons are well) and I love it. My only grip is Razer needs to shoot who ever designed the control panel.

    • Chrispy_
    • 10 years ago

    When is someone going to design a mouse with a good sensor, a putty-based mouldable shape and say two buttons that you can attach in a range of different places on the mouse.

    You can customise pretty much everything else on sale these days. For something on which opinion varies so wildly, why not have a customisable mouse.

    I’d pay $100 for that in a heartbeat….

    • no51
    • 10 years ago

    I had a (MS/Razer) Habu, between the x64 driver issues (back then) and the left click that started double clicking after a few months; I went back to Logitech. It looked cool though and matched my desktop.

      • cynan
      • 10 years ago

      I abandoned my Logitech mx500 for a Razer/MS Habu. Its shape and button placement is a lot like the old MS Intellimouse Explorer 2/3. The main difference is that the Habu is laser instead of optical. It also has a higher polling rate (1000Hz) and feels a lot more sturdy than the MS versions. The habu also comes with a spare set of side buttons so you can position your hand with further forward or back over the mouse.

      I actually have 2 Habus. When I received the first, one of the side buttons on the spare panel (which I don’t even use) didn’t depress properly. I called MS support and they shipped me a second brand new Habu. I tried to tell them all I needed was the spare side button panel, but they insisted. So a 2 for 1 deal of sorts. Both still work great.

        • d0g_p00p
        • 10 years ago

        I bought the Habu for the same reasons you listed. As for MS support. I had the same thing with both a first gen Intellimouse Explorer and the 3.0 versions. Both stopped working with in a year and MS sent replacements for both free of charge. All I had to do was give them the serial listed in the bottom. Excellent service.

        • indeego
        • 10 years ago

        Man the mice in retail shops I’ve seen all are crap plastic. I can’t believe what they are selling these days to the public, and that includes Microsoft and Logitechg{<.<}g

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    I use the Logitech Wireless G7.
    So far it has stood up to BF2 and general use for three years pretty well.
    Might give this new one a try tho….

    • Meadows
    • 10 years ago

    I’m satisfied with my 3200 dpi, 1000 Hz Icon7 Z500 mouse.

    Not blue though (pity), but it sure looks stylish and it was an extreme value deal in my opinion.

    • kvndoom
    • 10 years ago

    I will not ever buy another corded mouse, no matter how good it is. I just cannot stand the feel of a cord tugging against me when I use a mouse.

    Still using a Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0… damn thing would be perfect if it had wheel detents. But I hardly game anymore anyway.

      • moriz
      • 10 years ago

      well, you can pretend to be one of those korean starcraft professionals, and get that nice cord stand that they use, which elevates the cord off of the table to eliminate the drag.

      otherwise, better cable management is in order.

        • kvndoom
        • 10 years ago

        No cables is the best cable management I could ask for. 🙂 I do wonder why there are so few high-perf wireless mice though. Is it a lack of technology (for reducing lag) or a lack of interest…?

          • spanky1off
          • 10 years ago

          agreed.

          im actually looking at buying a wireless mouse/keyboard to game on the living room big screen bad boy, from the comfort of my couch. so can anyone recommend anything for gaming on with this setup?

          a wired mouse is definately out of the question. i just hope all these wifi signals bouncing around my house are safe for my potential future children glands

            • TheBob!
            • 10 years ago

            Logitech G7, Razor Mamba, and microsoft has a few decent wireless mice.

          • moriz
          • 10 years ago

          it’s mainly latency issues. a wireless mouse will always have higher latency than a wireless one. for a supposedly “uberleetsickyo! gaming mouse”, having unneeded latency is a big nono.

          i personally will never use a wireless mouse unless there’s no choice. i don’t notice any cord drag, and i never use my computer away from the table. there’s just no need for a wireless mouse in my opinion.

    • Mystic-G
    • 10 years ago

    I managed to kick quite a lot of arse in BF2/CoD4/WoW with my measly $20 Microsoft mouse. I see no reason to have anything else other than a couple extra buttons to map.

      • TheBob!
      • 10 years ago

      Thats because you have never used a good gaming mouse.

        • Meadows
        • 10 years ago

        I agree.

        You can be very lucky with cheap mice (I know I was), but extra buttons and adjustable dpi are a godsend in games.
        Adjustable dpi is particularly useful for saving crappy console port controls.

        • Mystic-G
        • 10 years ago

        =O I can be better?

      • RickyTick
      • 10 years ago

      I agree, a 5 button mouse really makes a big difference for gaming.

      • no51
      • 10 years ago

      I played through TFC/CS back in the days with a cheap logitech mouse. It was very light, so I opened it up and glued some pennies on the inside.

    • zima
    • 10 years ago

    50g of acceleration?…

    Isn’t this in the ballpark “high risk of shattering bones”?

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Very high acceleration deltas should mostly come from twitch aim shake, am I correct?

        • zima
        • 10 years ago

        Do you have anything to suggest that acceleration can go then *[

      • yogibbear
      • 10 years ago

      200 inches/sec * 2.54 cm/inch divided by 100 cm/m

      = ~5m/s

      therefore it’s 0.5G rather than 50G

      FALSE ADVERTISING.

        • Chrispy_
        • 10 years ago

        /facepalm.

        Acceleration is not speed. Please come back when you can grasp the concept of units in mathematics.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 10 years ago

    Meanwhile, “true” lefties like myself either struggle with oddly shaped mice, or go for generics with no shape.

    /sigh

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Blame your parents for not forcibly training the freak out of you while you were young!

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Most lefties have some talents with both hands (according to Wikipedia) so I’m pretty content with myself. I make drawings and write with my left hand, but if I were to handle the mouse left-handed too, I bet I couldn’t click on a desktop icon, let alone play games.

      On the other hand (oh puns), my right hand is useless for anything BUT handling a mouse. I’m not kidding, it’s weird.

        • TheBob!
        • 10 years ago

        My girlfriend is left handed and is really really bad with a mouse left handed. She can however snipe the shit out of me in Team Fortress 2 right handed.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    It looks like it belongs on the set of that upcoming q[<*[

    • roont
    • 10 years ago

    ive got a deathadder and i love it for everything not just gaming. works just as good now as it does when i bought it a year or so ago

      • Chrispy_
      • 10 years ago

      I own a deathadder and find it the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used, but it’s hopeless for gaming. It’s a palm mouse and not a finger mouse – the smooth, gloss sides mean your grip constantly slips and the scrollwheel catches if the left mouse button if is held down (WoW Camera lock – held down almost constantly)

        • moriz
        • 10 years ago

        i actually use a semi-claw grip with my deathadder. it actually works pretty good. i also don’t notice the wheel issue. my main beef with it is that the anti-slip surface is mostly gone after a year, and there’s no way to get it back.

          • Chrispy_
          • 10 years ago

          Heh, Razer build quality has gone down since the Boomslang days (that mouse was so comfy, too).

          The DeathAdder I tried before I bought mine had the same issue with the scrollwheel, it may well be that I press down on it at a different angle to you – which just goes to show that they didn’t test or think hard enough about their product before releasing to the market.

          Also, the glow effects and wheel light options have never worked on Vista-64/Win7-64 RC/Win7-64 Retail, not that I care much, but you wouldn’t get that sort of thing from Logitech….

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    At that price? Of course, it is junk!

    • CasbahBoy
    • 10 years ago

    Completely right. I have an old single-button G5 at work and the difference in accuracy (and more importantly the dramatically lowered chances of it skipping) is vital. I get frustrated using any of the crappy Dell mice we have around here, and when I’m not here the coworkers love using it.

    • Unckmania
    • 10 years ago

    I think a mouse is only 1/3 of the battle when looking for comfort when mousing. The other 2/3 are buying a really nice mousepad. I have a Razer Mantis. It’s a huge Mousepad, but mousing in it is the most comfortale mousing i have done in my life.

    • DancinJack
    • 10 years ago

    I have a razer diamondback. it’s been really nice. i had an mx518 for a long time and picked up a diamondback because a friend suggested it. i have really really enjoyed it for the past few years and will probably not buy an ergonomic mouse again.

    • brute
    • 10 years ago

    I’ve owned a Razer mouse in the past. It was really nice while it was new. The mouse itself was of poor quality, it stopped working after a while, and the finish started to wear off rather quickly.

    I really did like how light it was, and how sensitive it was. It’s just too bad that, as far as quality goes, it was absolute junk.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Do these have really high quality components in them, or just a funky shape, some funky buttons, and the term “gaming” in the product name?

      • grantmeaname
      • 10 years ago

      I really, really liked my friend’s razor when I used it.

      I really, really like my $10 logitech “optical mouse” too, though…

        • ironoutsider
        • 10 years ago

        I printed out a grid and taped it to my desk. Makes my $10 mouse very accurate in FPS and pointing. It looks ghetto but it works.

      • designerfx
      • 10 years ago

      they really do live up to the hype, but that doesn’t mean they make you a better gamer. However, when you go to the >2000DPI ish mice for continual use you’ll notice a distinct difference when using other mice, although once again personal preference is what it boils down to. In reality you’re not going to know if you like it without trying it.

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