Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse Review – Deadly With or Without Wires
Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming MouseApril 28th, 2017
For most consumers, having to choose between a wired and wireless mouse can be an essential choice to make when designing a PC battle station. You’ll have to take into consideration whether you’ll be playing in front of a monitor or giant TV display and whether the constraint of wires will be enough to keep you chained down to your desk. On the other hand, going fully wireless has often had the stigma of being unreliable or dropping inputs. To answer those issues and aim for a spot in the market to offer “Wireless Supremacy”, Razer’s new Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse utilizes Adaptive Frequency Technology that can operate between wireless bands without any hesitation on the player’s part. It may be unfair to classify the Razer Lancehead as both a contender in both the wired and wireless categories, but never have I used such an amazing piece of computer gear that so readily dominates all sides of the playing field.
The Razer Lancehead is a display of finely crafted beauty meant for the player that wants to take home first place and a chicken dinner. Whether you opt for a left-hand or right-hand grip, the ambidextrous design leaves every button available right at your fingertips. The entire design is sleek and streamlined without sacrificing efficiency: a notched scroll wheel, narrow side buttons on either side that won’t be accidentally triggered without lifting your thumb up, and a pair of DPI-toggle buttons hiding just below the wheel. All of this is nestled into an elegant chrome frame adorned with rubbed sides for a bit of extra grip.
Razer’s smart modular cable design allows the Lancehead to be used either as a completely wired solution or wireless as the needs of battle dictate. Since I work on a laptop, I found the options to be indispensable when moving my work over to the big screen. Wireless mice have had a stigma for latency or dropping inputs. Neither were the case with Razer’s Lancehead mouse and I spent hours in CS: GO and MS Paint to prove this for myself.
Boasting a 16,000 DPI (dots-per-inch) sensor, the Razer Lancehead has the capabilities of zooming across your desktop without proper control. With a handy toggle nestled below the middle mouse button, the DPI can be toggled on the fly depending on needs. When playing a shooter, having that extra precision can help those split-second headshots pop off in rapid succession. Of course, for daily use, I stayed with a far more modest 3,500 DPI in most situations and cranked it up depending on what round of Gun Game I was on.
The effortless glide on the Razer Lancehead is a tool that can’t be understated. Whether you play on one of Razer’s own gaming mats, an old book, or even your desk, the Lancehead snakes across any surface like a predator moving through the grass. When you’re playing a precision role that needs to make every shot count, having any snags in your movement can throw off the entire shot and the custom feet on the Lancehead’s underside. A compartment on the underside of this fine piece of tech also hides the wireless receiver dongle when not in use. There’s not a replaceable battery pack to be seen, as it’s contained within and charged by way of a braided micro-USB cable that securely adapts the Razer Lancehead into a wired model while still charging the device.
To get the most out of the Razer Lancehead on PC, the Razer Synapse software is a necessary evil. I’ve never been the biggest fan of extra services and applications for basic utilities, but with a tournament worthy piece like the Razer Lancehead, I knew I’d need to have some extra tools to work with to maximize its potential. I own only one other piece in the Chroma suite (a DeathAdder that’s served me well for the past couple years), so I wasn’t able to take advantage of sharing the Chroma experience across multiple devices. When I did toy around with the colors, there’s a number of game-unique modes, such as an Overwatch-enabled mode that changes the color depending on who you’re actively playing.
While the physical mouse offers a phenomenal experience for both work and pleasure, some aspects of the Synapse software suite leave much to be desired. All of the bells and whistles are finely tuneable for both professionals e-sports athletes and content creators alike. I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of additional software to tweak my performance, but I found myself complacent with the Synapse suite once I had my ideal specs dialed in and a color palette that matched the purple glow of my laptop. I would’ve loved some form of status indication on the mouse itself to show my current DPI setting, but that worry was quickly abated by developing a muscle memory to click all the way down to the base level and adjust updates in only a couple of clicks to the ideal sensitivity.
Razer’s higher price tag for the Lancehead might scare potential buyers away to the likes of the Logitech G900 when you realize that you’re getting a mouse that’s among the best in class for both wireless and wired configurations, it’s not a bad trade. Little by little, my PC setup is being overtaken by Razer peripherals (and for good reason). It won’t be too long before my entire room is filled with glowing Razer gear, all adorned with the illuminations of Razer Chroma’s dynamic colors. Whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, prefer wireless to being arrested by extra cables, or just want something with some of the highest precision in its class, the Razer Lancehead is a sound investment for your future eSports career.
Review unit provided by Razer. You can buy the Lancehead on Amazon.
A champion in both the wired and wireless categories, the Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse offers some best in class performance that pairs nicely with any other Razer Chroma device in your household.
- Braided USB cable attaches securely for wired mode, leaving no wiggle or opportunity for mid-match disconnects
- Adaptive Frequency Technology keeps the wireless signals at their optimal performance with no user interference
- Ambidextrous and comfortable for either hand
- Chroma-themed mood lighting in the palm of your hand
- Higher price point intended for serious enthusiasts only
- Lack of visual notification on device for current DPI levels