Wireless mice can be iffy. Beyond just the uncertainty of using a mouse whose battery might die, there’s the problem of wireless interference and what not. With all the wireless stuff in our lives these days, it’s not uncommon for a wireless mouse to stop working, if only for a split second, it could have a huge impact on your gaming experience. Also, when you’re playing a game a first-person shooter specifically, a split second is enough to get you killed. However, Razer’s new Lancehead wireless gaming mouse promises to make those wireless worries a thing of the past.
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Razer introduced a gaming mouse that’s a nearly perfect competitor to my favorite mouse of all time, Logitech’s G900 and many other gaming mice out there. The Razer Lancehead is a high-end, ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse, with the option to seamlessly switch to wired. Also, Razer made a whole video comparing it to the G900’s wireless performance which you can watch on their official site. So the fight is definitely on, and I feel honored that these companies are spending so much time and money on building the perfect mouse for left-handers and putting so much effort in each and every simple aspect of gaming.
What is Razer Lancehead?
If you’re going to make a mouse for pro gamers, the accepted wisdom is that it has to be a wired mouse with an optical sensor like Razer’s has in their own Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition. But the standard Lancehead model is a $137.99 wireless mouse with a laser sensor.
The actual mouse is sleek and minimal, with thin thumb buttons on both the ends; rubber sides for improving the grip of the players; a notched scroll wheel meant for switching guns in PUBG, not scrolling web pages, and which works smoothly and perfectly when you want it to; and buttons on the top to raise and lower the tracking DPI on the fly.
Like many other high-end wireless mouses available in the market, Razer Lancehead comes with a USB dongle which can be plugged into the mouse’s removable Micro USB cable with the help of a provided adapter. This makes it easy for the user, to switch between wired and wireless usage, with almost zero downtime.
Razer’s Synapse software is also straightforward, which we used to set up a few preferred DPIs, and easy to swap between left and the right-click. It’s annoying that Synapse requires you to log into a Razer account to tweak the mouse settings sometimes. We just wished to change my mouse DPI setting and nothing else. It is ridiculous to force users to be a part of an online community.
Razer Lancehead Software
You’ll almost certainly set the DPI setting down in the 1,000 to 4,000 range because anything else is crazy-sensitive. But there are tons of other features in the Synapse software to appreciate. You can fine-tune sensitivity along the X and Y axes independently, change button assignments to tons of different functions, create detailed macros, and track usage with stats and a heat map.
None of that is unique to this particular Razer mouse. These are all pretty standard features for Razer mouse, and that’s a good thing. Some of the Lancehead’s unique features include the ability to store four profiles on the mouse itself and fine-tune control over the LED lighting, but that will come with the eventual release of the Synapse 3 software.
Why should you get it?
Razer is making a huge deal about the wireless performance of this mouse. In a video, Razer pits the Lancehead against an unnamed “other wireless gaming mouse” which is quite obviously the G900. Razer declares “Wireless Supremacy,” and credits its Adaptive Frequency Technology, which is designed to hop to the strongest bands of the wireless spectrum on a per-millisecond basis, instead of waiting for drops in coverage to adapt.
Of course, Logitech makes similarly strong claims about the quality of its own wireless tech. We expect the wireless performance of a $100-plus mouse to be near perfect. It’s great that companies like Razer are working hard to solve the problems of interference and inconsistent latency to make it even closer to perfect, but we didn’t personally notice the few percentage points of transmission stability Razer claims to offer over Logitech.
Is it really worth the price?
Any mouse that costs this much better be great. And in our opinion, the Razor Lancehead is simply great. It’s comfortable to hold, we really liked the click feel (the G900 has a looser click, which looks good as well, but it fails to give you that confident feeling), and it tracks super well on multiple surfaces. If you would ask us, we would never recommend an optical mouse over a laser one.
Unfortunately, we faced a few problems with the mouse’s ergonomics and features. For one, the side buttons are a little slim and therefore harder to mash. Also, for whatever reason, the shape of the mouse is a little low to the ground, and we ended up dragging the mouse pad along with it.
We also don’t like how the current stage of sensitivity isn’t displayed on the mouse, but on the computer screen instead, which with Razer’s Synapse software only shows up over the top of your game if you’re playing in windowed mode. Does it fulfill all gaming needs?
Does Razer Lancehead fulfill all gaming needs?
Here’s the most important thing about this mouse: with the Razer Lancehead, in wireless mode, we had the greatest game of Hanzo of our entire life. We watched-shooting Lucio on a regular basis, ruining the enemy team’s attack Bastion, and made the opposing Doomfist almost useless. We only pick Hanzo on defense. But it’s really working for me on a few maps, and this one time it was especially great.
But it wasn’t all good. We did have a couple of times when this mouse stopped tracking for a couple seconds. Mid-match. In lethal ways. The first time it happened, we were not sure if we just lifted the mouse off the pad accidentally. But the next couple times it happened, it was very obvious that my movements and surface were identical before, during, and after the mouse went dead.
That’s when we realized there were some clothes on top of the wireless receiver, which was about three feet away from the mouse. It doesn’t seem like that would be enough interference to cause this much of a problem, but after removing all obstacles and moving the sensor closer to the mouse, we didn’t have any more problems.
We also faced problem a couple of times where Windows 10 computer woke up and the cursor wouldn’t show up. Typically, unplugging the mouse and plugging it back in would solve it, but it’s still an odd problem to have. I was using Razer’s Synapse 2 software, but there is also Synapse 3 in beta, so hopefully, that will improve this situation. Synapse 3 will also make it possible to store settings on the mouse, something we liked in the G900 gaming mouse. It is beneficial for those who use both Mac as well as Windows PC from time to time.
If your thumbs aren’t as fast as mine, and in case you dislike the G900 for some or the other reason, or if you want a Razer mouse that has RGB lights that flash in sync with your Razer keyboard, and you’re convinced the connection problems we faced were just temporary, this is really a good mouse.
But for $138 we expected something a little more transcendent. Some high-end mice have little-LED displays that show your current settings. Other mice are modular, so you can tune the weight or swap the buttons around. And, like it or not, most gamers gravitate toward optical sensors, not the laser. We can’t point to anything about this mouse that’s obviously sensational. But, Razer’s wireless performance might be best in class, but there are diminishing returns in the high-end because anyone who really can’t accept anything less than perfect mouse connectivity is going to use a wired mouse anyway.
The Razer Lancehead is a very good, yet expensive, wireless gaming mouse with only one serious flaw: recharging the mouse requires plugging in a tricky recessed connector. Beyond that one annoyance, it’s a fantastic ambidextrous gaming mouse. It’s pricey at $139.99, vaulting it to the top of the price range among gaming mice. It feels like it’s waiting on the release of the Synapse 3 software to really realize its full potential, however. Also, If you don’t care about the wireless operation, you can save a ton of money with the Lancehead Tournament Edition, which costs $79.99.