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Razer Mamba Elite Wired Mouse Review

Widely considered as the underdog to the Deathadder, the Mamba elite equipped with new Ergonomic design and Optical sensor begins to rival its close neighbour. We sit down with Razers Mamba Elite and put it through WePC’s Vigorous tests. Designed for both gamer’s and everyday users the elite has been equipped with their infamous 5G 16000 DPI sensor for what they like to describe as a new standard of precision and speed. It boasts a handsome 99.4% resolution accuracy to help you stay ahead of the field when it comes to those intense gaming battles but has also been ergonomically designed for comfort and usability in everyday situations. It has Razer’s fantastic RGB setup hosting 20 lighting zones and over 16 million different customizable light settings. Onboard Memory and cloud storage allow users to bind, assign macros and automatically save user profiles to access on any PC. We put the elite through the paces to see if it stands up to the likes of the Deathadder Elite and more.

Sleek and stylish design with a hardcore gaming brain, this mouse truly is for every situation. Of course many are only interested in how it performs within the gaming world and it’s safe to say this mouse excels on a number of different platforms. Great weight for FPS gaming, Ergonomics which eliminate finger drags points and reduced overall hand stress are 2 features that I really appreciated. I’ve used most of the mice in the Razer range now and can safely say the ELITE certainly takes on the task when attempting to break its way into the gaming Universe.

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Pros

Fantastic Ergonomic Design

Powerful Optical Sensor

Excellent 50 Million+ Button Life Span

Beautiful 20 Zone Colouring RGB

Intuitive Synapse 3 User-Friendly Software

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Cons

Limited Buttons

Very Resistant Scroll Wheel

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Mouse Size & Weight

Weight:  96 g

Size: Medium

Length: 12.5 cm / 4.92 in

Width: 6.99cm / 2.75 in

Height: 4.33cm / 1.70 in

Hand orientation: Right-handed

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Mouse Tech

Sensor:  PMW339

Buttons: Omron D2FC-F-7N(10M)

DPI: 100-16000 True DPI

Polling Rate: 125 / 250 / 500 / 1000Hz

Connection: Wired

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What’s in the box

No one will be surprised to find an elegant looking classic matte black case with neon green exterior for the Razer Mamba Elite. Upon opening, you will find the Mamba mouse in its protective plastic housing, with the cable bound with a rubber stopper tied neatly behind. Potentially worth noting is that the cable, being 2.1 metres in length is tied in a small bundle, around 3 inches per loop, meaning once you’ve unboxed you are left with a ‘kinked’ cable.  This however being temporary is still a little off-putting in my opinion. Inside you will, of course, find your welcome note, extensive user manual, and 2 Razer stickers.

Inside we get:

Razer Mamba Elite mouse

Welcome letter

User Guide

Design

Size & Weight

Without sounding biased, I have always been a huge fan of the Razer’s designs and the Mamba Elite has yet again not failed to please my needs when it comes to comfort for short and long term usage. Being a huge gamer I always seek out mice that have been designed with this in mind and feel the Mamba has created a fantastic environment for this very need. Sitting at a slender 96g makes this mouse identical in weight to its neighbour the Deathadder Elite which has the perfect balance between light, quick movements and steady, slow accuracy. The mamba elite is a medium-sized mouse that fits perfectly into my own hand but lends itself to both small and large-handed users, they have really designed this with a wide field of users in mind. With improved ergonomics and state of the art side grips, the Mamba Elite allows for hours of seamless, unstressed gaming. Razer engineers have designed this mouse with reduced palm and finger stress in mind, creating a mouse that boasts complete elimination of finger drag points. Impressive.

Shape & Texture

Buttons & Switches

Mamba designers have created this mouse with gamers in mind and have subsequently armed this with 9 bind-able mouse buttons which are all customizable through Razer’s user-friendly Synapse 3 software. All buttons have been created with a sleek finish and none of the buttons are too pronounced which is exactly what I like. The 2 side buttons are in such a position that promotes usage during gaming. I’m a gamer who loves binding commands to their mice and after a few games, I was extremely pleased with the positioning and ease of which the buttons could be used. Worth a mention is 3 of the buttons are however taken by the mouse wheel, which for me isn’t something I would ever use for binding commands.

Cable

The cable is once again a standard braided cable with excellent durability and when paired with the Razer Mouse bungee makes for an almost wireless feel. We have tested the mamba elite both with and without the bungee, and for most people the cable, although not completed unusable, does become somewhat of an issue. It is, however, an extremely light cable so the mouse isn’t being obstructed by it, but you definitely notice it’s there. Alternatively if wireless is more your idea of a good time I would highly recommend checking out our Mamba Wireless review.

Pro tip – get a bungee.

Performance

Being an FPS gamer primarily, and a huge fan of both the Deathadder and Basilisk its safe to say that using the Mamba Elite was a great experience. Firstly we need to talk about the design, Razer engineers have classified the design optimization as Advanced Ergonomics, which means the most natural position of the hand no matter the type of grip. In short, Regardless of your hand size/shape/grip, you are going to find this mouse extremely comfortable. It feels very natural when in the palm of your hand which creates very accurate tracking when in any long-range FPS situation. I experienced no lag and very accurate crosshair positioning when practicing largely aggressive movements which are ideal for games such as CSGO. It is worth mentioning that day to day tasks were equally as enjoyable as you would imagine with such a great design. Unlike other mice in the Razer range, the ME doesn’t come with a clutch button but with its perfectly positioned side buttons, you could easily bind the sensitivity change to those. In conclusion, the mouse performed extremely well under all of our strict tests and came out with very similar results to the Deathadder Elite, which as we all know is regarded as one of the greats.

Features

Software

The Mamba elite, like the DE, comes pre-programmed to DPI level 800, handy as this is on average the most popular setting for gamers. However, if you want full customization then you will have to download and install Razer’s latest version of Synapse 3 which allows total control over your mouse setting. Over the years Synapse has been slated for not being as user-friendly as it could be, but with today’s current market you will find a much better package at your disposal. Drivers can automatically be updated through the software.

Our Verdict

Having sat down and used the Mamba Elite for almost a week and putting it through the pace of a highly active gamer I can safely say this fits right into Razer’s elusive list of top quality gaming mice. With the shadow of the mighty Deathadder Elite looming large, it was always going to be difficult to create something similar yet different that was going to have its own unique audience but I feel the Razer engineers have achieved this very feet. This is a brilliant mouse that withstood all the WePC tests and is recommended if you want something that is both ready for battle and easy to use on a regular day to day basis. Ultimately the greatest feature of this mouse is its ergonomic design which creates an ‘at one’ feel with the mouse. As we all know practice makes perfect and with the Mamba Elite you can really rack up the hours with the absolute minimum amount of stress on the hand.

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Steelseries Rival 710 Mouse Review

SteelSeries Rival 710 Mouse Review

The Big Daddy. A uniquely featured mouse from SteelSeries has all the performance you want under the shell with some new and very interesting features to go with it!

The upgraded Rival 710 is a modular mouse like its predecessor and I can’t say if Steelseries have nailed the gaming mouse on the head here but I like the fact they are trying new things. Going forward being able to create more custom mice could be a really cool way to go. The 710 has some weight to it and its noticeable in games where your head is on a swivel (CSGO) but overall a very comfortable mouse due to its ergonomic shape and soft-touch finish. The performance was excellent thanks to the upgrade to the TrueMove3+ sensor and was quite nice to use for both gaming and in the office.

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Pros

Attractive Design – Looks like a gaming mouse.

Comfortable – Ergonomic shape.

Great Tracking – New TrueMove3+ sensor is incredible.

High Quality – Well built and high-quality materials used.

Modular – Customisation options.

Tactile Alerts –  In-game vibration/RGB alerts.

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Cons

Weight – Could be considered too heavy for some.

Thumb button –  Extra inaccessible button seems pointless.

Price – Extra features come at a price.

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Mouse Size & Weight

Weight: 136g

Size: Medium

Length: 12.4cm -4.9 inches

Width: 7.2cm – 2.8 inches

Height: 4.2cm – 1.6 inches

Hand Orientation: Right

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Mouse Tech

Sensor: TrueMove3

Buttons: SteelSeries mechanical (60m)

DPI: 200-12000

Polling Rate: 125 / 250 / 500 / 1000Hz

Connection: Wired

Cable: Braided

Cable Length: 2m

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What’s in the box

Nothing new from the box, SteelSeries packaging is quite simple but packs enough style to make you double look. It features the product on the front along with some mouse specifications.

What you get:

Rival 710 mouse

USB braided cable (2m)

USB PVC cable (1m)

Product information guide

Size & Weight

The Rival 710 is a medium-sized mouse that weighs in like a large mouse. Its 12.4 cm long which is the same as the Logitech G603/703. It strangely feels longer than the Logitech mice due to the slightly steeper hump in the middle (4.2 cm) and its chunkier body width (7.2 cm). Despite its size and weight, the mouse is surprisingly easy to use in all grip styles but it can be tiring. It’s worth noting the shape of this mouse makes it appear and feel much bigger than it is and I’m not sure why SteelSeries would want this.

Shape & Texture

The overall shape of the Rival 710 is exactly the same as the Rival 700 and not far from the 310 for its design. It’s a chunky mouse almost all over with defined edges and modular sections playing a big part in the design. It has quite a high profile curve and slopes gently to the front buttons while the slope aggressively disappears towards the back. The left side is excellent and the slight groove houses my thumb very comfortably while also providing extra grip from the rubber textured panel. The right of the mouse is very ergonomic and slopes outward like on the Rival 310 giving you a nice resting place for your ring finger and pinky. I wasn’t a fan of the shape at the back of the mouse as I found the defined edge where my thumb knuckle sits was obstructing my grip a bit and compromised the comfort as it was digging into my hand (bottom left corner at the rear of the mouse). This issue could be down to my palm grip while in the office or palm/claw combination while playing but still the Rival 310 had a more rounded ergonomic edge and didn’t have this problem.

Just like the shape the texture is like the Rival 700 and features the soft touch feel material I liked from the Rival 600. The soft-touch finish is all over and is a mouse material I’ve come to enjoy much more than plain matte plastic or the slippier smooth plastic. The soft-touch finish is great but it can pick up dirt a lot easier than its harder plastic counterparts but nothing you can’t handle. If soft touch isn’t for you and you gain a better grip from a harder plastic then the modular nature of this mouse comes into play. You can swap out the palm cover to this mouse for a matte/glossy black replacement at an extra cost of course.

Buttons

Just behind the wheel is a DPI button which will allow you to change between two preset DPI options which you can change in the SteelSeries Engine software. There are also three thumb buttons on the 710 which feel sturdy and reliable. The thumb buttons have a sort of beveled edge making it easier for you to slide your thumb up and actuate them. There is a thumb button that sits out of reach even for people with similar hands to salad fingers and I don’t quite see the point in it but it’s an extra button.

Cable

The Mouse comes with a braided 2-metre long cable attached. The wire is slightly thicker than the one on the Razer Deathadder Elite and has a rougher texture to the braiding. The wire sat nicely in most bungees I tried but did slip through the smoother budget one which I have come to expect. The wire is easily detachable if you need to pack away or change it out for the PVC cable that comes in the box. The rubber cable is shorter (1 metre) and they have given customers the option of both to accommodate for different setups. The shorter PVC cable is the same but without the braiding so naturally is thinner but it still sat in my Zowie Camade with minimal movement.

Sensor & Performance

The latest sensor from SteelSeries is at the heart of the Rival 710 and its a flawless one. The TrueMove3+ sensor features in the Rival 310 and 600 and now comes as a modular piece of kit but I’m not sure why you’d change it for the older laser sensor the Rival 700 had. It’s similar to the PMW3360 and offers 12,000 CPI, IPS speed of 350 but with improved raw tracking from 2000 to 3500. This sensor gives you the benefit of 1 to 1 precise tracking without gaining extra latency or losing jitter reduction. Using the software you can alter the CPI and have it set from 100 to 12,000 going up in increments of 100.

The Rival 710 features something a bit different from its competitors as it has an OLED screen on the side and the mouse has the power to give tactile responses physically and visually. These features have been brought over from the Rival 700 and are powered by ‘SteelSeries GameSense’. The OLED is a bit of a gimmick but its kind of cool, You can personalise the display to anything that has been hand-drawn which is amusing (I’m not childish I promise). There are also some custom images you can download straight from SteelSeries or ones created by other Rival 710 owners. The OLED can be used in-game to show stats such as health or average damage per round (ADR) which you won’t be looking at in-game but I enjoyed seeing my KDR on the mouse at the end of a competitive match.

Another visual alert the mouse is capable of is through its RGB lighting. The lights even have a default setting which I was unaware of but the light in my scroll wheel would show me my health while playing CSGO and flash when it hit 10%. It’s not a feature that I looked at very often but I quite like it, the colour of the logo would change to reflect how much money I had but the logo sits under my palm so not sure on the point but you can customise all of this through the software.

Visual alerts aside there is another interesting feature to this mouse and that is its tactile alerts. The tactile alerts work similarly to the lighting and you can use them across a multitude of games. Again I first noticed this in CSGO when at the start of the round the mouse would vibrate in my hand, Funnily enough, I assumed this was a bit of grit under the mouse so I kept cleaning my mouse pad until I realised it did this. Once I knew what was going on I didn’t mind this feature but its something much better suited to games with cooldowns such as Dota or Overwatch as it can give you an instant indication that an ability is ready to be activated again. It’s not to say it’s useless in CSGO as there is a feature where you can set it to buzz alerting you to low ammunition and prompting a reload. To see the full range of customisation with this feature please see out software guide here.

Mouse Software

In SteelSeries Engine 3 you can change your DPI settings, remap buttons and fiddle with the RGB lighting effects. Interestingly the software lets you alter the LOD detection and you can change the amount of angle snapping your cursor has, which may benefit you if you draw but it certainly won’t in-game. Don’t forget you can also completely personalise your tactile alerts in the software for a variety of games or even discord!

To personalise the alerts for specific games you can do this by selecting the APP tab in the software. Here you can configure the mouse for different applications and it gets quite detailed. If for example, you play CSGO you can add illumination or tactile alerts to:

Illumination

Health

Ammo

Round Kills

Flashbang Blindness

Money

Match Kills

Armour

Helmet

Tactile

Health

Ammo

Round Kills

Flashbang Blindness

Holding Grenade

Death

Reloading

Bomb Dropped/Picked Up

Weapon Switch

Our Verdict

Overall the quality is there from SteelSeries but at around £100/$100 it’s at the top end of the range for gaming mice. Its got some very interesting features and the design is stylish. The shape is comfortable but there are some far better ergonomic shapes out there for right-handed gamers and most of them cheaper than the Rival 710. I think the price and weight can be an off-putting factor for some, if you think it’s too heavy then I’d consider the Rival 600 as it features the same great sensor, switches and soft-touch finish. If the price is a factor then the Deathadder Elite costs nearly half as much with a slightly inferior sensor but with balanced weight distribution and a comfier ergonomic shape. The mouse does have the added benefit of unique features. If you like the idea of personalising your mouse with a little image or gif on the display then you can with the 710. Maybe you like the idea of the tactile responses the mouse gives from different applications but the important thing to know is if the weight doesn’t bother you this is high performing mouse that won’t let you down and has to be considered.

Oclean X Pro Elite Smart Electric Toothbrush Review

Pros

Excellent battery life

Magnetic wall mount & USB charger

Well designed brush head

Cons

No pressure sensor

App sometimes unpairs

Mouth quadrant visual a bit off

Our Verdict

Slim and sleek with great battery life, the Oclean X Pro Elite is a terrific sonic toothbrush at a very reasonable price. However, the software isn’t as impressive as the hardware and the brush’s smart features can be hit and miss.

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Price

$99.99

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Oclean is a sub-brand of Xiaomi, a company best known for its phones. But it also makes a number of other smart health and beauty products, including smart scales.

There are several models of Oclean electric toothbrush. The X Pro Elite, which we’re reviewing, is at the pricier end of the range but still excellent value considering its features.

Brush design and battery life

Battery life of over a month

3.5 hour USB fast charge

Slim, waterproof design

In the box, there’s one brush handle, one brush head, a wireless USB charger, a magnetic wall mount and a user manual. There’s no travel case, but you can buy one separately. 

The 16cm toothbrush is limestone grey with a non-gloss surface for extra grip. With a diameter of 2cm, it’s smaller and slimmer than rival brushes and fits nicely into the hand.

It’s IPX7 waterproof, which means you can keep it one meter deep in water for almost 30 minutes. That’s more than enough waterproofing to allow you to take it into the shower, if that’s your thing.

Oclean expects you to keep the toothbrush on the provided magnetic wall mount. It’s an absolutely genius idea because it keeps the toothbrush off your wet sink or bathroom surface, and you can place the toothbrush just where you need it, at a height that’s convenient. It’s a cleaner, tidier solution. 

Keeping it in the mount and not on a charger is made feasible by the brush’s long battery life. As you’ll only need to charge it once a month, you can keep the wireless base in a drawer until it’s needed again, reducing bathroom clutter. Plus, as it charges via USB, you’re not reliant on a shaving power socket or a shaver plug adapter, and you can use the same adapter that you use for your smart phone or laptop.   

The brush handle holds an 88mAH battery, which charges in about 3.5 hours. After 26 days of use twice a day for two minutes each, the toothbrush still had 27% left, meaning you lose roughly 1-2% of battery life every time you brush your teeth for two minutes.

Oclean says that the toothbrush is compatible with multiple wireless chargers, although we weren’t able to test this feature.

Touchscreen control

Colour touchscreen

Four brushing modes

Over 30 brushing settings 

The toothbrush is controlled via a colour touchscreen on the front and a single button that switches it on and off and selects menu options.

Swiping the touchscreen down launches the menu, which displays model information, the brushing duration options of 2, 2.5 and 3 minutes, brushing intensity levels and four brushing modes: clean, sensitive, massage and white. 

Between the modes and intensities (which range from extremely gentle to a more powerful vibration), Oclean claims that the brush has 32 different brushing settings. There’s even a profile quiz in the app to help you find the right one.

But in everyday use, it’s just a question of pressing the button once to switch it on and pressing it again to start the brush going.

During a brushing cycle, the display counts down and shows your mouth quadrant coverage. However, there’s a slight problem in that you can’t see the display while brushing and sometimes the mouth quadrant graphic, which Oclean says is an 8-zone blind spot monitoring display, didn’t entirely chime with where you’d brushed.

The biggest issue with the X Pro Elite, however, is the lack of a pressure sensor. People often brush too hard as a substitute for brushing well and most high quality electric toothbrushes feature a pressure sensor, which will help them to protect their gums and tooth enamel.

If you find that your toothbrush bristles part in the middle like a palm tree after some use, it’s a sign that you’re brushing too hard and should opt for a brush with a pressure sensor to help change this habit. 

Using the Oclean X Pro Elite

Quiet performance

30 second alerts

2 minute countdown timer

One of this toothbrush’s best features is its quiet performance. Oclean claims an operating volume of less than 45dB, but we think it’s even quieter. It is not going to wake anyone up, and the 30 second reminder to change the brushing quadrant of your mouth is just a quick pause in the cycle, rather than an audible tone.

We also loved the Oclean’s design, with its notably slim brush head and long neck. Only 5mm in width, this slimness means it is far easier to reach the sides of your back molars and get better brushing coverage. Our teeth felt clean after using the Oclean and looked noticeably better after two weeks of use.

The back of the brush also has a rubberised tongue cleaner. But you should note that the compact brush head and slim design is common to all Oclean brushes: you don’t have to opt for the priciest model to get them. 

Oclean app

Pre-set brushing programmes

In-app quiz to tailor brushing

Must re-pair every time you open the app

To use the smart functionality, you’ll need to download the free to use Oclean app, which requires Android 4.4 or IOS 8.0 with Bluetooth 4.0. We couldn’t get the QR code in the manual to navigate to the right page, so we downloaded the Oclean app from Play store.

You’ll need to register, which might put off the more data conscious user, but you then set up your profile through a set of profile quiz questions that cover your age, whether you smoke or wear braces, and whether you drink coffee, tea or wine. The app then suggests a brushing profile for you and asks whether you want to try it.

You then pair your toothbrush to your phone app through Bluetooth, and the brushing profile exports to your phone, ready to go when you next start brushing. The app also gives you pictorial directions on how and where to brush according to the preset programme.

There are twelve app pre-set programmes: from strong cleaning for those with periodontal disease to newbie whitening and braces cleaning, and you also get an update to your main screen when your session has finished and a calendar that records your sessions.

One thing to mention is that the toothbrush needs to be powered on to pair with the app, and you tend to need to re-pair every time you open the app, which can be a little annoying. 

That said, the toothbrush operates just fine without the app. That means you can set it up, get the benefit of the tailored brushing programme, and ignore the app for day-to-day use.

Price and availability

The Oclean X Pro Elite brush is available in the US and internationally. Its US price represents excellent value for its feature set. In the UK, it’s currently available on Amazon, but its price jumps around, so you’ll need to buy at the right time.

If you like the idea of the Oclean’s shape and long battery life, but aren’t set on this model, you can browse options on Amazon, if you’re in the UK and on the Oclean site from the US. 

Verdict

What makes a good electric toothbrush? Well, that really depends. If you want a sonic toothbrush with 42,000rpm cleaning power, a battery that lasts over a month from one full charge and is quiet, pleasant to use, and has great reach, you should consider the Oclean X Pro Elite.

Its standout feature is its long battery life and quick USB charging. There’s no need to have charging stands in your bathroom, nor do you risk getting caught out on a trip with a dead battery.

We think that the smart features are a good add-on at this price point, particularly the tailored programmes, but the brushing feedback is not nearly as accurate or effective as the Oral-B iO9.

For more electric toothbrush options, have a look at our round-up of the best electric toothbrushes and the best cheap electric toothbrushes we’ve tested.

Specs Oclean X Pro Elite: Specs

42,000 RPM

Colour touchscreen

35 days of battery life

Wireless quick charging

Wall-Mounted Holder

IPX7 Waterproof

Razer Kraken V3 Pro Hypersense Gaming Headset Review

High-performance haptics, muffled microphone

Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Driver diameter

50 mm

Connectivity

3.5mm, 2.4Ghz

Weight

372 g / 0.82 lbs

Battery life

Up to 44 hours (haptics and lighting off), Up to 11 hours (haptics and lighting on)

What’s in the box and setup

Razer Kraken V3 Pro

Wireless USB dongle

USB Type-C to Type-A charging cable

Detachable mic

3.5mm audio cable

Product manual

Letter from the CEO

The exterior of the box deviates very little from what we’ve seen from Razer in the past. It exhibits the trademark black and green color scheme and is covered in the customary logos and product imagery, with a list of features on the back, and the boring legal stuff on the bottom.

Design

Surrounding the RGB is a pleasingly symmetrical pattern of small holes to allow air in and out, while these aren’t really open-back headphones, the increased airflow helps keep the bass powerful and the soundstage reasonably open, the sound stage is how ‘wide’ or ‘3D’ the audio feels.

There is still a little too much branding than we’d like, the aforementioned triple snake logo stays entirely visible even when the lighting is turned off, which can be a dealbreaker for those of you who like the stealthy brand-neutral look. The headband is less-egregious with a minimal and barely noticeable ‘RAZER’ brand name embossed into the faux leather. Additionally, there is a ‘HYPERSENSE’ logo pressed into the plastic housing above each earcup. However, given that it took us two days to actually notice this, it probably won’t be a make-or-break design choice for most people.

The mic is unfortunately utilitarian in design, nothing bad about it, but nothing particularly striking in design either. It does use a standard 3.5mm connection, but the port is inset into an unusually shaped hole, so replaceability might become an issue down the line when the mic eventually kicks the dust.

Build quality

The headband was essentially impervious to warping, even when we yanked and stretched it far past any reasonable extent it would be expected to endure during normal use. The mic is impressively adjustable and holds its position impressively sturdily. To conclude, the build quality is good, but not $200-good.

Comfort

Sound quality

The haptics

OK, we’ve reached the unique selling point of the Kraken V3 Pro, the haptic feedback. Razer has teamed up with the veteran mobile haptic feedback experts over at Lofelt to bring this concept to life. You may be familiar with the traditional vibration feedback found on controllers for decades now. It works by simply spinning an unbalanced weight to shake the housing. This is functional but lacks fidelity, so it’s nice to see it superseded in favor of a more immersive solution here. So, how do they work? It’s a very creative solution that manages to circumvent the primary issue that tends to plague haptics.

So, Razer’s solution to this limitation was to make the Kraken V3 Pro natively compatible, meaning that it needs no additional effort on the part of game developers to function. In short, Razer detects the sub-bass of any incoming audio, and depending on the specific frequency and volume, converts it to vibration in real-time.

Sub-bass is the name generally given to frequencies between 20-200Hz. This is so low that not everyone can hear it auditorially, meaning that the vibration doesn’t take the place of the sound, but adds a tactile level to a usually inaudible experience. There are a few caveats to this explanation, especially if you get into the nitty-gritty of audio science, but this is the core concept and baseline of knowledge needed to understand Razer’s Hypersense technology.

Surprising quite literally everyone in the office, it’s awesome. Low thuds and deep, booming explosions are enhanced by the physical feedback, especially if paired with a force-feedback controller as it creates a level of immersion we didn’t realize we were missing until now. Those of you who classify yourselves as bassline junkies will find the vibration invaluable, everyone else will probably find it neither hear nor there for general music listening.

PC gaming experience

Similarly, the echo of an RPG explosion in the distance growled as it rolled back towards the squad, with the haptics increasing in intensity as the sound found it’s way back to our position. The heightened sensation of bass reminded us strongly of the Nommo Pro speakers, albeit at a more affordable price point.

The audio and haptics combination for PC gaming is fantastic. We suspected that the lack of feedback from a mouse and keyboard might leave the experience feeling insular and one-dimensional. We were very happy to be proven wrong, as the lack of feedback from the controls didn’t affect the immersion whatsoever. For a single-player PC gaming audio upgrade, we can fully recommend the Kraken V3 Pro.

You might have noticed that we’re avoiding the subject of the mic, that’s because it was woefully disappointing. We mentioned the glitchy software experience earlier and turns out that was only the beginning. Over a few hours of gameplay connection drops were frequent and the vocal quality was sub-par according to teammates. We suspect it might be a firmware issue as a brief recording test in windows revealed that the mic picks up sound with no issues, even when the haptic feedback is going wild.

Software

Razer’s Synapse 3 has never been the most intuitive of software packages, and that really comes to light with its buggy, reluctant acceptance of the V3 Pro. As alluded to earlier, we experienced a few crashes, lock-ups, and drops in connection.

Final verdict

The online multiplayer experience, however, is not good as the inconsistent mic quality and reliability can cause you to become a liability to your teammates, additionally, the software bugs shouldn’t be present given the price. We can only hope that the above issues are software/firmware-based and that Razer fixes them promptly.

Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Driver diameter

50 mm

Connectivity

3.5mm, 2.4Ghz

Weight

372 g / 0.82 lbs

Battery life

Up to 44 hours (haptics and lighting off), Up to 11 hours (haptics and lighting on)

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Corsair Katar Elite Wireless Review: The New Ambidextrous King?

Corsair Katar Elite wireless review: The new ambidextrous king?

The Corsair Katar Elite takes a stab at the big boys

Historically speaking, Corsair hasn’t always done that well with their mice, but the Corsair Katar Elite seems like it might change that, so, let’s find out in our Corsair Katar Elite review.

Don’t get us wrong, Corsair doesn’t make bad gaming mice, but they never managed to compete against the big hitters like the Logitech G Pro X Superlight and Razer Deathadder V3 Pro, mostly because the price-to-performance ratio was always slightly off.

However, the Corsair Katar Elite Wireless retails for a very reasonable $79.99/£69.99/€79.99. If the Katar Elite can hold up to our testing, it might win a spot on the best gaming mouse page.

Corsair Katar Elite specs

Corsair Katar Elite Wireless gaming mouse

Sensor

Corsair Marksman

Max DPI

26,000

Weight

69g (nice)/2.4lbs

Buttons

6

Switches

OMRON mechanical

Pros

Excellent comfort for fingertip grip users

Lightweight

Accurate and reliable sensor

Cons

Uncomfortable for palm or claw grip users

Scroll wheel isn’t tactile enough and the texture is slippery

Tech Specs

Sensor

Corsair Marksman

Max DPI

26,000

Weight

69g (nice)/2.4lbs

Buttons

6

Switches

OMRON mechanical

Handedness

Ambidextrous, right hand only thumb buttons

Battery Life

60 hours (lighting on), 110 hours, lighting off

Skates

100% PTFE

Max IPS

650

Connectivity

2.4GHz/USB Type-C/Bluetooth 4.2

What’s in the box & setup

Corsair Katar Elite wireless gaming mouse

2.4 GHz USB dongle

USB Type-A to Type-C cable

Warranty guide

Safety information

For the last couple of gaming mouse reviews, we’ve grown tired of the same unboxing experience as brands like Razer and Logitech have settled into an identical design, which was so secure and utilitarian that we’ve been consistently and painfully bored.

So, we were overcome with ironic delight when we received the Corsair Katar Elite because it was packaged really quite badly, finally giving us something new to talk about.

In contrast to the foam-padded, fully-immobilized packaging we’re used to, the Corsair Katar Elite comes in a thin box, kept still in a sort of origami-esque cardboard insert.

Still, by the way, is a strong word as you can feel and hear the mouse rattling around when the box is shaken, however, ours arrived in perfect condition, but it’s worth mentioning regardless.

This all sounds pretty negative, but to our understanding, the quality of the packaging can have a significant effect on the end cost of a product, which the consumer will have to shoulder.

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So, Corsair has put the money where it counts? Allocating the budget to the product itself instead of mostly superficial presentation? Spoiler Alert: They have. Mostly.

The setup process was identical to all the other wireless mice for the last couple of years: Plug the dongle in, turn the mouse on, and download annoying peripheral software if you want.

Design

Coming up with a unique design has always been tricky when it comes to gaming mice, mostly because you can only get so creative while retaining a comfortable shape.

This unfortunately and inevitably means that there are only a handful of successful mouse shapes, copied from brand to brand with just enough differences to make sure no one gets their ass litigated.

This means that the shape of the Corsair Katar Elite is something we’ve seen many times before, with an ambidextrous sort of diamond/egg-shaped profile.

Nice weight. Note that we occasionally got readings ± 2g, however, this is probably due to the scale and not the short half-life of a mouse

The most popular example of this shape is probably the Logitech G305, followed by the Razer Orochi, and of course, the Katar Elite’s predecessor, the Corsair Katar Pro.

Despite the aforementioned limitation, Corsair has done very well, implementing just enough little flairs here and there to keep the design fresh, most of these are all well and good, but one of them actually results in the primary downfall of this mouse.

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For a while now, Corsair has been adding clusters of small tessellated triangles on their peripherals, which was most noticeable on the Corsair K70 Pro Mini Wireless gaming keyboard.

Corsair has used these triangles to design the grippy sections on each side of the Katar Elite, which works delightfully well, adding some well-need traction on a crucial contact surface of this mouse.

Unfortunately, they’ve also used triangles to make the texture on the scroll wheel, and this texture isn’t nearly deep enough to provide enough grip, especially if you use the scroll wheel to cycle weapons in FPS games.

Given the obvious competitive FPS players that the Katar Elite is aimed at, making the scroll wheel unideal for switching weapons seem like a design misstep.

Additionally, the scroll increments have very little tactility, which made it woefully easy to scroll too far, again, causing annoyance switching weapons in FPS games.

Moving onto more positive aspects, we find the inevitable ‘// KATAR‘ on the left mouse button, a hallmark of recent Corsair peripheral that we really like. Behind this, on the palm section of the mouse, we find the sails logo, illuminated with glorious RGB colors. Pleasingly, we’ve yet to see the return of Corsair’s tramp tamp logo, thank god.

It’s worth noting here, that while the design is excellent for fingertip grip users and adequate for claw grip types, those with a predilection to palm grip should steer well clear. If you accidentally palm this mouse you’ll notice it digging annoyingly into the center of your palm.

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As with all egg-shaped gaming mice, the top surface is wider than the footprint of the mouse, meaning that your fingers will have to curve around and under to grip the sides, and this profile is a little more aggressive than the G305 and Orochi. Some could find this too aggressive, but it was plenty comfortable for our testing.

Build quality

The mouse feels great, especially the textured sides, as they feel super premium, and we are confident that they won’t wear away too quickly.

Unfortunately, the top shell doesn’t feel as hard-wearing, and we suspect that it’ll shine quickly, similar to ABS keycaps. Aside from this, all is well in terms of build quality, with no rattles and only the occasional creak, and only when squeezed with the might of Zeus.

Unfortunately, the included USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable feels super bog-standard, with no fanciful braiding, it’s perfectly functional, however, and we think this is another example of Corsair saving money to make this mouse more accessible in price.

The same goes for the dongle itself, which is again, super standard. Additionally, it only protrudes a couple of millimeters from the USB port, making it, and the 69g/2.4lbs Corsair Katar Elite one of the best laptop mice around.

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Additionally, like many of the lightest gaming mice, you can store the dongle inside the mouse itself via a little flap on the bottom, situated between the 100% PTFE feet, again improving portability.

Performance

Battery life seems to match what Corsair promises too, we aren’t sure of the exact numbers, but it’s more than enough, so you won’t have to plug it in multiple times a day.

This performance is especially impressive when you remember the $79.99 price tag. As long as egg-shaped gaming mice suit you, this can go toe-to-toe with the big boys without issue.

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Corsair Katar Elite Wireless mouse review: Final verdict

Corsair has done very well with the Katar Elite wireless, producing a high-performance, low-weight mouse that can perform far above its price tag.

The Corsair Katar Elite is comfortable, reliable, and looks great. While the unboxing experience is certainly on the budget end and the accessories are functional, but unimpressive.

It seems what corsair has done is save money in the right places, to deliver a great FPS gaming mouse that’s uncharacteristically affordable when compared to Corsair’s normal offerings, and we really like it.

Corsair Katar Elite Wireless gaming mouse

Sensor

Corsair Marksman

Max DPI

26,000

Weight

69g (nice)/2.4lbs

Buttons

6

Switches

OMRON mechanical

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Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 Review: Same Old Keyboard, With Comfy New Wrist Rest

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$129.99

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When I reviewed Razer’s faux-mechanical rubber-dome Ornata keyboard a few months back, I mostly found myself admiring its wrist rest. Yes, wrist rest. Usually a pack-in wrist rest means a cheap piece of hard plastic or, if you’re lucky, rubbery plastic that snaps into place and works just well enough that you’re loathe to throw it out and replace it with something nicer.

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High time then that the same wrist rest makes its way to Razer’s actual mechanical keyboards, such as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 I’m reviewing here—which happens to offer a new Razer Yellow switch, too.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Same but different

Aside from the wrist rest, not much has changed about the Razer BlackWidow Chroma’s design. This is essentially the same keyboard I reviewed nearly three years ago. At some point Razer swapped the old blocky typeface on each key with a slim sans-serif, but otherwise the two are almost identical—same jet-black rectangular slab, almost 2001: A Space Odyssey monolithic.

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It’s sleek. Even if you’re not a fan of Razer’s design language, I think the BlackWidow Chroma is one of Razer’s best. To some extent that’s because it’s so inoffensive—no-frills, and dressed in that most reliable of colors: black. But still, there’s an art to minimalism and I think the BlackWidow Chroma executes perfectly.

Or almost perfectly. There are some baffling omissions, or rather one very baffling omission: dedicated media keys.

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Why Razer continues to double up media controls on the Function row, especially on its flagship keyboard, is beyond me. A huge issue? Absolutely not, but with the keyboard market both increasingly crowded and increasingly granular, an omission of that size is a notable delineation between Razer and practically all the competition. I’m a big fan of volume rollers, but even just dedicated volume keys would be handy—a fact I’ve really come to appreciate while playing Divinity: Original Sin II, where I need my Function keys to actually work like Function keys in the context of the game.

But that wrist rest.

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Lighting on the BlackWidow Chroma V2 is also great. I think Logitech gets top marks thanks to the centralized LED in the Romer-G switch, and Corsair’s K95 is a decadent lighting feast, but the original BlackWidow Chroma was a beauty back in 2014 and the Chroma V2 remains stellar. Again, the problem is more that the competition got fiercer in this department.

Speedy fingers

Razer’s new Yellow switch keeps with the times, though. I spent quite a bit of my Corsair K95 review praising its new Cherry MX Speed (Silver, to third parties) switches—a linear switch with very low resistance. Think “Cherry Red with a hair trigger.” Even resting your finger on a key too heavily can be enough to trigger an actuation. 

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And while that can be a pain sometimes when typing, it’s a godsend while gaming—as long as your muscle memory is precise. Quick reactions, double taps, the Cherry MX Speed makes it easy.

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To my fingers, too. Past Razer switches have always taken liberties with Cherry designs—Greens, for instance, are essentially MX Blues, but with a slightly shorter actuation point and a somewhat stiffer action. And you could sense it. Maybe not the layperson, and in day-to-day use the differences wouldn’t amount to much, but a well-trained typist who knows what to feel for could distinguish between the two, even when blindfolded. How do I know? Because I did it.

I’m not confident I could tell Razer Yellow and MX Speed switches apart. I’ve A/B tested them for a couple weeks now and the two are indistinguishable to me.

That’s good for Razer. In the past, Razer’s switches have suffered the same stigma as other “knock-off” Cherry switches, and to be fair there are other factors that are harder to test for—durability, for instance. But as far as first impressions go? Yellows might as well be true Cherry MX switches. Even though they’re not.

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Bottom line

It’s a good keyboard. Stellar lighting, supple wrist rest, and Razer’s new Yellow switches make this probably the best Cherry MX clone I’ve ever used. The BlackWidow Chroma V2 is a solid choice.

But it does feel somewhat like Razer’s falling behind the competition, or rather that the competition’s caught up. In 2014 the BlackWidow Chroma was our best-rated RGB keyboard, but now it’s an also-ran in a field that keeps getting more and more crowded, where prices keep falling, and where gimmick features are the sole way to really stand out. Is a sweet wrist rest enough to stave off the pack when third-party wrist rests abound? Hard to say. If you’re not interested in the wrist rest, or prefer to bring your own, you can probably dock another half-star off the score here.

In any case, I hope Razer’s next flagship aims a little higher. At heart this is the same keyboard I reviewed three years ago, and in peripherals terms that’s ancient. Media keys would be a good start. It’s the little things, you know?

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