Review: Razer Taipan Expert Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

on July 12, 2012 11:00 AM

This year at E3, I was fortunate enough to cover the Razer booth, which had several new products out for display. In the mix was an upcoming new ambidextrous mouse, the Razer Taipan. After the booth tour, I was able to take one home for a detailed review. To my surprise, the simply designed mouse exceeded many of my expectations to that prove once again looks can really be deceiving.

To begin with, I will start off by saying that I use an unusual mouse in my day-to day-gaming. Because of the limited space on my desk, I have stuck with a trackball mouse for many years because I couldn’t deal with having to move, pick-up, or readjusting my small work space over and over again with clunky mice.

Not only did it slow me down, it was also simply annoying when the cursor would jump or the mouse itself would slip from my grasp, only to land in a loud plastic thud on my wooden desk since I have an extreme dislike for cluttering mouse pads. I only have so much room to work with, considering I have dual-monitors, a large keyboard and usually a pretty big cup of whatever refreshment I’ve picked up from the local gas station that day.  I made sure to give myself plenty of room for this mouse before testing it and it came to a great surprise when I found out that I didn’t even need the extra space.

The Taipan is a marvel in little mouse technology. The 7-ft braided cord gives even those who have PC towers that sit quite a bit away from their actual workstation more than enough room to work with.  The 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor system also makes this little creature one of the fastest mice I’ve ever played with. According to the box, it runs up to 200 inches per second with 50g acceleration.

Review: Razer Taipan Expert Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Because of the speed, I happily found out that I didn’t need a lot of extra room for this to work properly when playing games that ranged from shooters to MMORPGs. Doing a comparison with the Razer Naga , I took note that the Taipan felt faster and smoother while playing. Also, as with any mice with laser sensors, it works well on nearly any surface except for glass which made it my choice mouse for going out of town with when having to use my laptop over the summer.

When it comes to having to pick up and readjust your hand, the sensors allow for the actual mouse icon not to jump around while it’s in the air. This is great for quick gamers who can’t afford to have their screens disturbed while playing.  There are also rubber grips on the side that are extremely soft to the touch while also being a deterrent from accidental slippage.

While the box does advertise its nine programmable keys, I found out that you’ll likely not use the two ‘thumb’ keys that are opposite side of your primary hand. That is to say, if you’re left-handed, you’ll probably not be using the twin thumb keys on the opposite side, which makes this mouse ambidextrous or visa-versa. I found them awkward to reach by my middle, ring, and pinky fingers.

As for the other keys, there are, of course, twin thumb keys, the primary left and right buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, and two more twin keys underneath the wheel itself.  While this mouse is definitely not a highly programmable mouse compared to the Naga or Hex, it has great potential to anyone either looking for a left-handed mouse or something less complicated. While I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up my trackball just yet, this has become the choice mouse for my traveling. It’s lightweight and durable, perfect for laptop gaming or on-the-go daily use.

Review: Razer Taipan Expert Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

The material doesn’t retain a lot of heat, which is something that is very much needed this summer considering the crazy hot weather we’ve been getting. I haven’t had any issues with sweaty palms or having to remove my hand to let the hardware cool off, even while working outside.

On the downside, much like the Black Widow keyboard, I have been told that it’s on the loud side. I didn’t notice myself since I had my headphones on, but  if you’re sharing a room or doing any heavy gaming with an open microphone such as a live-stream, you might want to keep this in mind before running off to shoot zombies or get into a long session of heavy raiding.

Overall, this is a great simple mouse with a sleek design and the trademark light up Razer logo in green LED. It’s the best mouse of the Razer line for people who aren’t heavy on mouse macros and if you’re looking for speed and precision, it’s hard to find better. Also, aside from being ambidextrous, if you’re looking for a great laptop mouse with simply features and a very long cord, this mouse is also something you should look into.

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A gamer from the Midwest, Megan has loved video games since feeling the rush of beating a final boss for the first time. When not writing for Dualshockers, she can be found thinking up crazy amounts of fanfiction or buried in any random MMORPG. Her favorite games include Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Phantasy Star, Star Ocean, Guilty Gear, and almost anything out of the ‘Tales’ series.