Wire­less gam­ing done right

Razer Lance­head

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Koh Wanzi

Razer has big new am­bi­tions for the Lance­head, its lat­est ro­dent to roll off the fac­tory line. Most gamers snub wire­less gear be­cause of the per­ceived dis­ad­van­tages, such as higher la­tency and un­re­li­able per­for­mance.

Log­itech’s G900 Chaos Spec­trum has since proved that you can have a wire­less mouse that works as well as its wired coun­ter­parts, and the Lance­head has set its sights on achiev­ing the same.

The good news is that it seems to have suc­ceeded. Razer uses some­thing it calls Adap­tive Fre­quency Tech­nol­ogy (AFT) to do this. The mouse op­er­ates in the 2.4GHz band, but it scans dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies hun­dreds of times a sec­ond and se­lects the one with the least in­ter­fer­ence.

This abil­ity to fre­quency hop en­sures bet­ter trans­mis­sion sta­bil­ity,sta­bil­ity even in a crowded en­vi­ron­ment with mul­ti­ple wire­less de­vices. That said, the Lance­head only switches fre­quen­cies when it ab­so­lutely needs to.

In our week us­ing the Lance­head in wire­less mode, we didn’t no­tice any sig­nal drops or de­layed re­sponses, and the mouse con­tin­ued to track re­li­ably whether we were in game or work­ing. Per­for­mance was good even when the don­gle was plugged into the rear I/O of our PC, but it should prefer­ably be placed as close to the mouse as pos­si­ble, such as in a front USB port.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can plug it into a sep­a­rate adapter in­ter­faces with the braided ca­ble. This gives you more free­dom in po­si­tion­ing the don­gle, al­low­ing you to min­i­mize the dis­tance be­tween don­gle and mouse in chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

The Lance­head is an am­bidex­trous mouse, which when com­bined with its wire­less ca­pa­bil­i­ties, make it quite ver­sa­tile. How­ever, it ap­pears more suited to claw and fin­ger­tip gamers, and not as nat­u­ral to palm. At 111g, the Lance­head is lighter than most wire­less gam­ing mice, but it’s still heav­ier than it should be for re­ally fast­paced move­ments.

The sen­sor is a 16,000 dpi laser sen­sor that can be ad­justed in 100-dpi in­cre­ments. It is de­cent, but not great, and mice with the op­ti­cal PMW3360 sen­sor still feel smoother, more re­spon­sive, and more ac­cu­rate.

Razer didn’t say if this is the no­to­ri­ous Philips Twin Eye sen­sor or some vari­ant of that, but the z-axis track­ing is­sue that plagued the lat­ter is for­tu­nately ab­sent.

CoN­CLu­sIoN A ver­sa­tile, but ex­pen­sive gam­ing mouse that works well in both wire­less and wired modes.

The don­gle can be stowed safely in a com­part­ment in the mouse’s belly.

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