Razer Imperator: Hands-on review
Razer equips the Imperator with a new feature: Adjustable side buttons. PC Games Hardware tests the new mouse in a short review.
On first sight the Imperator bears a lot of resemblance to Razer's Deathadder, but a closer look reveals the differences: The Imperator weighs 100 grams less, is about a centimeter shorter and its rear end is a little broader. Regardless of the rubber cover on the upper surface the grip is not optimal since the new Razer mouse doesn't has a ring finger rest and the sides don't have a rubber coating. Among the positive aspects of the Imperator are the 5600 dpi 3.5G laser sensor, the option to program six buttons freely, macro support, saving options for up to five profiles and of course the adjustable side buttons.
Those are also one of the reasons for the good ergonomic of the Imperator. It is possible to lock the side buttons in five positions because of which they can be reached easily and comfortable independently of the hand size or length of fingers. But the other buttons are easy to operate, too. The pressure point of the buttons is, as usually for Razer, smooth-running and direct. The mouse wheel has a clearly defined raster and only a small backlash. The 3.5G sensor of the Imperator makes precise controlling possible and converts even fast movement without any lags. All relevant options offered by the Imperator are handled in the Razer software. Switching between the saved profiles can either be done in the driver or by pressing a button on the underside of the mouse.
Razer Imperator: Conclusion
The ergonomic of the Razer Imperator is not perfect (and a matter of taste anyway), but the adjustable side buttons prevent tension and fatigue of the hand while playing. Besides that the accuracy and the lag free operation make the Imperator a recommendable mouse for gamers.
|Price/Price-Perfromance||ca. 65 Euro/Satisfactory|
|Construction/Connection||Cable mouse, USB|
|Number of buttons||7 buttons|
|Max. resolution||5.600 Dpi|
|Length of cable||205 cm|
|Special features||Dpi switch via software, Adjustable side buttons, Profile memory, Macro support|
|Suitable for||Right handed users|
|Button pressure point||Very good|
|Quality/Software||Very good/Very good|
|Pad compatibility||Sehr gut|
|Precision/Sliding quality||Very good/good|