Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse Review

by Blake Reads (31,608)

by Blake Bonfiglio

Introduction

Razer is a pretty well known, and rapidly growing company, dedicated to creating peripherals designed for the most hardcore of gamers, and the people who just like their products to stand out in the crowd. The Razer Copperhead is the successor to their legendary mouse, the Diamondback. The Copperhead is the only mouse in the Razer lineup powered by a Laser tracking engine, and performs very well because of it.


Razer Copperhead on the right, Razer Diamondback on the left (view large image)

Technical Specs

The Razer Copperhead is one of the highest DPI mice available, and one of the only gaming mice to feature a Laser engine. Following are the full specs for this mouse:

  • 2000 DPI Laser Engine Powered by Razer Precision
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling with 1 ms response time as compared with 125Hz/8 ms response time used by other conventional gaming mice
  • 32KB Onboard Memory Powered by Razer Synapse
  • 7 independently programmable buttons optimized with Razer’s Hyperesponse technology for ultra tactile button feedback and maximum actions-per-minute (APM) gameplay
  • Zero-Acoustic Ultraslick Teflon feet
  • 16 bit data path, as compared to 8 bit and 12 bit data paths used by other conventional mice
  • High speed motion detection, up to 45ips and 20g / Over 7080 frames per second
  • Always-On mode pioneered by Razer – the laser engine sensor never powers down to provide instantaneous response at all times during gameplay
  • Award winning Razer drivers featuring On-the-Fly Sensitivity DPI adjustment pioneered by Razer
  • Size: 5.04" length x 2.5" width x 1.54" height
  • GlowPipe non-slip side rails
  • Ergonomic ambidextrous design
  • Ultra large non-slip rubber coated mouse buttons
  • Gold plated USB connector for maximum conductivity
  • 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord


Razer Copperhead on the right, Razer Diamondback on the left (view large image)

Reasons for Buying

My brother recently got a very nice gaming computer, and I was looking for a mouse that could keep up with his rig. I have had quite a bit of experience with Razer, owning a Diamondback myself, so that was the first place I looked. After taking him to the store to view various mice such as the Logitech MX518 and Logitech G5, he finally chose the Copperhead. It competed with or beat out every other mouse in terms of performance, and happened to be the one that was most comfortable to him.

Where and How Purchased


Razer Copperhead packaging (view large image)

I attempted to purchase the mouse on NewEgg.com, but for some reason my order didn’t go through. I happened to be at Best Buy the next day, and saw the mouse on sale there for slightly cheaper than the price I saw at newegg. I snagged the last one at a very nice price of $49.99.

Design


(view large image)

One of the biggest things Razer is known for, is their visually appealing mice with glowing LEDs and their ergonomic, symmetrical design. The mouse that I purchased was the Plasma Blue edition, but Razer also offers Anarchy Red, and Chaos Green. The shell of the mouse as well as the main buttons, is coated with rubber, offering an amazing amount of grip during even the most intense of firefights. The side rails and scroll wheel glow with whatever color you buy, and stand out well. There is also the Razer logo on the bottom of the palm rest that is illuminated the same color as the side rails and scroll wheel. This mouse looks phenomenal in the dark. The Copperhead also comes with a large number of buttons. There are 7 in all, 2 on each side of the mouse, 2 main buttons, and the clickable scroll wheel.

Performance and Extra Features

The Razer Copperhead is ahead of the game with its 2000 DPI laser tracking engine, programmable buttons, and On the Fly Sensitivity adjustment. Each buttons is programmable to whatever you desire, and can even be assigned macros, an extremely useful feature for gaming and even office work. By default the right side buttons are set to sensitivity control. Clicking the up button will raise the sensitivity, and clicking the down will lower it, so no matter what kind of weapon you are using, or whatever document you are working on, it can be fine tuned to your personal likings. Another thing that stands out over other mice is the length of the cord. Razer was kind enough to give us 7 feet of cord to work with, so no matter how your desk it setup, you will always be able to have your mouse where you want. One thing that is rarely seen with any peripheral but is offered with the Razer products, is the gold plated USB connector. I don’t know how this affects performance, but I do know that no matter how many quick twitches and 360 degree turns I pull in-game, the mouse never lets me down, and seems to just beg for more.

Conclusion

Razer did a great job and actually designed a mouse that beat out their legendary Diamondback. The Copperhead improves on almost every aspect and has a laser engine to boot.

Pros

  • High DPI Laser tracking engine, with Always On mode
  • Symmetrical Design
  • Choice of LED colors
  • Very Affordable
  • 7 programmable buttons
  • Ability to fine tune every aspect to your play style

Cons

  • Design takes some getting used to
  • Wired
  • Right side buttons are hard to use


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