Razer Lachesis (5600dpi)

If you need an ambi mouse, the Lachesis should be on your list of rodents to check out.


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The world of gaming mice is highly biased towards right handers. There are a few ambidextrous muridae out there, including one of our favourites, the Steel Series' Xai.

If there's one company that's been known to cater for southpaw, though, it's Razer; a company that seems to make a point of being as ambi as possible.

Its Lachesis — named for a snake, which in turn was named after an agent of fate — is longer than the typical ambi mouse, the effect being that there's really only one way to hold it: with your palm resting on the mouse mat. Thankfully, the mouse is incredibly comfortable, moulded in a way that the grip shouldn't present itself as an issue.

It's quite understated by gamer mouse standards. Encased in the usual rubberised black plastic that Razer adores, bling is minimal, restricted to a "breathing" blue Razer LED on the hump of the mouse, and racing lines down either side of the scroll wheel. There are two buttons under the scroll wheel that adjust DPI on the fly by default (the levels of which can be customised in software), and the browser back/forward buttons are featured on both sides of the mouse for your comfort, whether you're right or left handed. The entire top of the mouse is moulded out of one piece, the left and right buttons separated by the scroll wheel. It's elegant, and it works well, the only fly in the ointment being the profile-switcher button, which is inconveniently placed under the mouse.

Razer UI

Razer's software remains a high point, even for the comparatively simple Lachesis.
(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

But it's never just about hardware. Razer's software has always been a high point, and the Lachesis is no exception, featuring the usual button customisation, independent x/y sensitivity, acceleration tweaking, USB polling speed adjustment, profiles and excellent macro tools. Unlike competitors, Razer allows you to edit a single key press, rather than forcing you to record it again, while, of course, the usual delay tweaking is here.

Razer UI

Macro macro man! I wanna be a macro man!
(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

It also features LED tweaking, and thanks to the RGB LEDs in the mouse, the user can select from a potential 65,536 colours for the base and scroll wheel.

A quick burn through Serious Sam: HD proved the Lachesis to be excellent, with aim and movement precise and feeling like second nature.

If you need an ambi mouse, the Lachesis should be on your list of rodents to check out.

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10
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"My first ever Razer mouse."

FayezD posted a review   

The Good:Multi Color (You won't ever seem to get 'bored' of it), Outstanding performance(never bugged with me), Sleek and unbelievably FAST, Many great features such as the 'Profile' tab where you could save different cursor/mouse settings for different games(A huge PLUS). Honestly , it even looks like a snake in some sort of way.

The Bad:You'll feel a huge difference using this mouse if you just moved from any other previous version of Razer or any other brand since it doesn't have that outward curve that you're used to.Although it's manageable , you'll get the hang of it in no time.

It's an all over great mouse.Highest attribute about it ? Definitely speed.

e34stuart
6
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"Good performance"

e34stuart posted a review   
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The Good:Relatively comfortable, aesthetically pleasing

The Bad:Clunky software, profile button on bottom? and dpi buttons a little fiddly

I bought this mouse as a replacement to a logitech G5 which was an excellent piece of kit and i couldn't fault it...until the wire on it broke which made me slightly upset and hence i gravitated towards razer. I have had a love/hate relationship with the razer due mostly to the fact that the software isn't all the great. At first it didn't recognise the mouse and then it wouldn't save any settings once the program was closed. It's still temperamental. Razer support also sucks. They do nothing (from my experience anyway)

There are many redeeming aspects to it though. It's comfortable, maybe not as much as the logitech but it's up to personal preference. The texture is very nice on your hand and seems to deal with moisture very well. I don't have naturally sweaty hands though so i suppose it hasnt really been put through it's paces in that regard. The blue glow it emits is nice and the scroll wheel is accurate and firm. The click is excellent and accidental clicks are few and far between. The side buttons are nice to but maybe a little too easy to press.

In all honesty i can see myself returning to logitech next time.




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  • FayezD

    FayezD

    Rating10

    "It's an all over great mouse.Highest attribute about it ? Definitely speed."

  • e34stuart

    e34stuart

    Rating6

    "I bought this mouse as a replacement to a logitech G5 which was an excellent piece of kit and i couldn't fault it...until the wire on it broke which made me slightly upset and hence i gravitated to..."

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