Razer, the global leader in the manufacture of top-performance gaming peripherals has dazzled us once again with the successor of their highly successful Lachesis mouse: The Razer Taipan. However, this time around, instead of creating a peripheral with all the odds and ends that are typical of products from this manufacturer, we are in the presence of a more barebones sort of mouse, akin to the Logitech G303 Daedalus, or the SteelSeries Rival. This time, we’re dealing with an ambidextrous mouse with a proprietary Razer sensor that can be set to a maximum sensitivity of 8200 CPI, 50G of acceleration, and a 1000 Hz polling rate. Be sure to check out the best ergonomic mice of 2017 if this mouse is not quite what you wanted.
For those that don’t know, Razer is an American manufacturer of high-end gaming peripherals. Originally founded in 1998 by a joint team of marketers and engineers, this company set out to create the very best gaming gear and pitch them to professional-level gaming crews, so that they could acquire an edge over their rivals. Among their catalog of products, we can find some of the most famous gaming peripherals in the market, such as the DeathAdder, the Naga, and the Ouroboros, among others; and that’s only including the mice. Besides gaming rodents, Razer also designs and manufactures other products that can be used by their customers to, in one way or another, one-up their opponents. Said lines of products also include keypads, keyboards, and headsets.
However, despite the company’s popularity due to its high-quality products, they seldom manufacture gear for lefties. This, my friends, is where the Taipan shines. This gaming mouse offers a solid alternative for left-handed individuals to also get in the game and enjoy the advantages like their right-handed brethren have been doing for so long. The versatility of the Taipan is also accompanied by carefully designed ergonomics and comfort during use, even through the longest gaming sessions. All of these are neatly presented in a simple yet elegant presentation the emphasizes a style along the lines of “less is more”.
When it comes to choosing our gaming mice, we understand that this is a very personal decision. After all, every hand is unique and, consequently, their requirements will also vary from person to person. In that sense, the mice that are generally regarded as being great may not work for everyone. Similarly, those that are considered sub-par or mediocre might actually work better than the mainstream alternative for some.
That being said, we certainly expect every gaming mouse -both cheap and high-end alike- to provide a certain set of common features that are used to enhance the player’s skills and improve his chances of winning. In most cases, these features translate into a number of additional buttons, an investment in a high-quality sensor, an emphasis on ergonomics and comfort, and an appealing aesthetic design.
The Taipan by Razer is a more conservative alternative than the other products developed by this company. Despite being an ambidextrous peripheral that may appeal to a wide audience of gamers, this mouse features little features to set it apart from the competition. Excluding the proprietary and powerful Razer sensor, the Taipan is equipped with only a few additional buttons and, despite being pleasantly comfortable to use, its aesthetic design is nothing to write home about. In any other case, we would let these shortcomings slide, and judge the mouse at face value. However, since we’re talking about a product manufactured by one of the world’s leading companies in the gaming peripheral market, and with a heavy price-tag to boot, we intend to carefully examine it and give our most earnest opinion, so that our readers can be informed before settling on a new gaming mouse.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the Razer Taipan review.
First and foremost, let’s address the packaging. Unlike generic office mice that usually come in plastic bags or simple cardboard containers, the gaming variant of these peripherals usually come presented in big and flashy boxes. The Taipan is not an exception to this fact and comes in a box that is definitely appealing to the eye and lends plenty of protection to the expensive product that lies inside. In true Razer fashion, the box of the Taipan is designed with a black and green motif, with a big picture of the titular mouse on the front lid, with the Razer logo proudly displayed beneath it. Below the aforementioned picture, we can also find the mouse’s name in big lettering, as well as 3 bullet points addressing some of the product’s best features. Pretty standard stuff.
After opening the box, we can find the Taipan neatly tucked into its protective plastic mold, alongside several leaflets and information pamphlets, as well as a set of Razer stickers, which also comes included with the purchase of virtually every other Razer product. Upon extracting the peripheral contained within, we can tell that we’re in the presence of a medium to large-sized mouse, with dimensions of roughly 124 x 63 x 26 mm. To put it into perspective, these dimensions are just the size to comfortably adapt to a man with medium to large hands or a woman with medium-sized hands. In short, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Taipan’s size. In fact, we believe that this is one of the mouse’s stronger features, which leads us into our next point:
In terms of comfort, the Taipan is absolutely excellent. After testing it out with different individuals -both men and women- we found that this mouse adapts perfectly to all the subjects, with nary a sign of discomfort. The button layout is perfect, allowing each and every user to comfortably reach every clicker without having to perform awkward adjustments to the positioning of their hand. The only problem with the Taipan’s design is that, like every other ambidextrous mouse, there will always be a set of buttons that are difficult to reach, specifically those that are located on the side opposite of the thumb rest. Unless the user is blessed with exceptionally nimble ring and pinky fingers, there will be 2 buttons that they won’t be using. Fortunately, these buttons can be switched off with Razer’s gaming software to avoid misclicking.
The aesthetic design of the Taipan is, as we mentioned above, fairly simple. It consists of a mouse that is designed completely in black, with the exception of the side buttons, which are gray. In direct contrast with the mouse’s black body, the edges of the scroll wheel is lined with LED lighting which can be configured to shine in several modes with the use of the Razer’s software. This same lighting can also be observed on Razer’s logo, which is proudly displayed on the back of the Taipan and, similar to the scroll wheel, can also be customized to shine in a few distinct patterns with the software. This mouse is built mostly out of plastic, with the exception of the side buttons, which are metallic. The side panels are also coated with a rubbery texture to promote a better grip which is comfortable and less taxing on the hand.
The scroll wheel behaves just as you’d expect it to on a high-end mouse like the Taipan; with a satisfying click with each action and a ribbed surface that promotes precision and good control over the navigation. Similarly, the other buttons offer a precise click that requires very little force to trigger. On the left side of the mouse, we can find the first pair of additional buttons and, on the right side, we can side also find another pair of additional buttons. The left buttons are meant to be operated by right-handed, while the buttons on the right side are meant to be used by their left-handed counterparts. We can find another pair of additional buttons just behind the scroll wheel, which are configured by default to quickly increase and reduce the mouse’s sensitivity. Despite being packaged by default with certain functions mapped to the additional buttons, these can all be altered with the use of Razer’s gaming software, which we’ll get to in a moment.
In terms of durability, we definitely won’t be finding any type of shortcomings here. As is expected from a big manufacturer like Razer, the Taipan is equipped with high-quality components that ensure the durability of the mouse, even through years of heavy use. The braided cable, gold-plated USB connector, and sturdy microswitches installed in this mouse serve to further improve the Taipan’s lifespan. In short, when you buy a mouse in this price range, the very least you can expect to receive is a product that won’t bug out after a few months of use. In the case of the Taipan, you’ll get a mouse that can last for decades if treated right.
In terms of tracking precision, the sensor of the Taipan has shown to be very precise, especially when using low to medium sensitivity settings. As we mentioned above, the sensitivity of this mouse can be switched with the buttons located behind the scroll wheel, as well as via Razer’s software. The proprietary 4G Dual Razer laser sensor has proven to offer excellent performance on any type of surface. From your standard cloth or plastic mousepad, to bare desk surfaces and even reflective materials like glass or polished wood; there’s no surface that the Taipan won’t track upon. This fact makes the Taipan an excellent choice for those that don’t like to use mousepads, as well as those that constantly find themselves carrying their laptop everywhere and can’t be bothered to find a proper surface for their mouse.
Last but not least, we can’t end a Razer product review without mentioning the Synapse software. This nifty piece of engineering was created as a unifying platform to manage and customize the behavior of every single Razer peripheral connected to your PC. As far as gaming mice are concerned, Synapse allows you to personalize virtually every feature about the products’ behavior including, but not limited to CPI levels, polling rate, lift-off distance, button assignment, creation and assignment of macros, and illumination options, among others. Another thing worth mentioning about the software is that it also allows the user to perform surface calibration tests so that the mouse performs well on any given surface.
The Razer Taipan is a gaming mouse with an ambidextrous design that ultimately comes off as versatile, yet simple. The fact that it boasts 9 programmable buttons, as well as a powerful 8200 CPI laser sensor, make this mouse a good choice for those that are in the market for a comfortable and efficient gaming mouse.
This mouse is by no means free of shortcomings, though, the most important of which being that, like with most ambidextrous mice, it boasts a design that doesn’t completely appeal to either right or left-handed users. The fact that it has a heavy price tag, as well as limited illumination customization options only serve to further attract attention to the mouse’s flaws. Nevertheless, those that are looking for a simple yet effective mouse, with scarce gamer paraphernalia on its design will feel right at home with the Taipan.
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