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  The best gaming mouse: Logitech G5 vs. Razer Copperhead

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In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback and Razer Viper.  Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you. The contenders: the Logitech G5 and the Razer Copperhead, both considered the companies’ flagship gaming products, both corded mice, and both tracking at an impressive 2000dpi. This is a head-to-head showdown to see which company has the best gaming mouse currently available.

Serious gamers will look for every possible edge over the competition, and a high-quality mouse can result in huge benefits. Both of these products were released in late 2005, and luckily for all of us prices have already gone down a notch from their original retail price, making for a more affordable choice even for those casual gamers still wanting the latest in comfort and precision when needed.

Razer Copperhead

Razer designs, manufactures and markets cutting-edge gaming peripherals, and has been for long one of the leaders in gaming mousing. It has been a long way since their humble beginnings with the original Boomslang, and since then professional gaming has taken off, gaining media attention and making for a more profitable business.

Specs of the Razer Copperhead include (full specs):

  • 2,000 dpi laser engine, Always-On mode

  • 32KB of onboard memory

  • Seven independently programmable buttons

  • High speed motion detection, over 7080 frames per second

  • Size: 5.04" length x 2.5" width x 1.54" height

  • 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord

The Copperhead is available in three different colors: Chaos Green, Anarchy Red and Tempest Blue. As noted on the specs above, it has seven adjustable buttons.  Along with the standard left, right, and clickable wheel button, the Copperhead has four side buttons, two on each side of the mouse.  Each button is programmed by default to switch between four dpi presets on the fly: 400dpi, 800dpi, 1,600dpi, and 2000dpi.  Keep in mind that you can use the Razer software to configure each one of these buttons to your choosing.

This is currently the only mouse available that has onboard memory, which is meant to allow you to save up to five different personal gaming configurations.  As an example, this could allow you to take the mouse to another computer and have the same button configuration available immediately, making for a very convenient feature.

The Always-On feature is certainly worth a mention. Unlike previous generation mouse where the laser/optical sensor would power down after not being in use for several seconds, the Copperhead’s laser is up and running at full speed at all times, supposedly meant to give you “instantaneous response” in any situation.

I guess it wouldn’t be fair to call this a whole new feature when in reality they have removed one (usually useful with cordless mice to save battery). In the other hand, this makes more evident to whom the Copperhead is headed. We never had any problems with our review unit, and after a few months of release we haven’t heard of a case of Copperhead mice dying early, so we are guessing longevity should not be an issue.

The software bundled with the mouse will allow you to configure a lot of settings to your liking, that includes adjusting sensitivity, key and button assignments, dpi resolution, independent x- and y- axis sensitivity, double-click speed, and mouse acceleration levels. Once you have your personal configuration, you can actually save the profile into the mouse internal memory as explained before.



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