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The overview

Razer is a franchise that produces electronic products that are focused on gaming. It was
founded by Min-liang tan in 1998. One product that razer produces in the markets is the
electronic mouse. It is used for online gaming in many different genres of games. Razer
creates different types of mice to please different peoples preferences in gaming. These
include regular mouse uses, for MOBAs, RTSs, and MMOs. This entry is to provide
information about different mice created by Razer and how they differ from each other in
ways of use for different games.
Razer is company that revolves around the gaming community. Their merchandise range
from keyboards, laptops, headsets, gaming mouse pads, as gaming mice. All the
merchandise created is meant for gaming, other than the wearable products such as
sweaters. What Razer is most known for is their gaming mice and how it is used for
competitive levels of gaming and used by professionals in this profession. [5]

Table of contents

1. Configurations
2. Brief History
3. List of Razer Mice
3.3 Specs for each mice
4. Razer Synapse 2.0
5. Use in Games
5.1 Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
5.2 Massive Multiplayer Online
6. Grips for Gaming Mice
7. References

There are significant differences between a regular mouse and a gaming mouse. One
major difference is the number of buttons on a gaming mouse. On gaming mice these
buttons are used for games and can even be preset to preferred functions of the user.
Another major difference is the DPI (Dots per inch). The DPI on gaming mice is
tremendously greater than regular mice so that they can have a higher performance with
movement and precision. Gaming mice also come with software that install into the
computer so that it can be customized for its settings such as DPI.[3]

Brief History
The inkling of the idea of the mice came from Ralph Benjamin. Benjamin is the person
who actually created prototypes that had the idea of the mouse behind it but was not
credited for its invention. Doug Engelbart was credited with the invention of the mouse
when he started to work on designing a mouse in 1961 in Stanford California. [1]These
two did not converse with each other about the topic. The mouse was not the first gadget
that Benjamin tried to make. He had tried to create a joystick, a knee operated pointer,
and a foot operated pointer. He soon came along to build a wooden boxy shell with two
wheels. This design was then made into a mouse.
At the same time, he also came up with this idea when working on using a radar with the
navy during world war II. Benjamin came up with the program called Comprehensive
display system. This system can monitor aircrafts within its range. How he
implemented the idea of the mouse is that he created a cursor that could move on the
screen with a instrument very much like a mouse.
This was used on a x and y axis. This device became to be known as a ball tracker,
which was similar to a mouse but closer to a trackball.[1]

List of Razer Mice

All of the following Specs and information about the upcoming mice are all taken from
the Razer Website. [5]

Abyssus V2

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The Abyssus V2 is an ambidextrous mouse that can be used by both left and right handed
people. It is good for any kind of grip the user prefers.
o Ambidextrous form factor
o True 5,000 DPI optical sensor
o In-mould rubber side grips
o DPI cycling button
o 3-color lighting
o 4 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
o 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
o 100 IPS / 30 g
o Product dimensions:
o Length: 117 mm / 4.6 in
o Width: 64 mm / 2.5 in
o Height: 38 mm / 1.5 in
o Product weight: 80 g / 0.175 lbs without cable, 111 g / 0.24 lbs with cable

Deathadder Elite

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The Deathadder elite has the fastest sensor for a gaming mouse. It is only for Right
handed people.
o True 16,000 DPI optical sensor
o Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration
o Razer Mechanical Mouse switches
o Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
o Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
o 7 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
o Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
o Razer Synapse enabled
o 1000 Hz ultrapolling
o On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
o Gold-plated USB connector
o Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
o Approximate size: 127 mm / 5 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 (Width) x 44
mm / 1.73 in (Height)
o Approximate weight: 105 g / 0.23 lbs [5]
Naga Chroma

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The Naga has the most buttons on a mouse. It is only used for right hand people. This
specific mouse is used mainly for MMO (massive multiplayer online) games since they
require a lot of buttons for specific slots.
12 button mechanical thumb grid
Total of 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
Tilt-click scroll wheel
True 16,000 DPI 5G Laser Sensor, with 0 interpolation
Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
Inter-device color synchronization
Razer Synapse enabled
Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in (Width) x 43
mm / 1.69 in (Height)
Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs with cable [5]
Naga Hex V2

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Naga Hex V2 is a mouse that is used for MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games
since they require less button use that MMOs. It is only for right handed people. It is sold
in almost every store for $80. [7]
o 7 button mechanical thumb wheel
o Total of 14 MOBA optimized programmable buttons
o Rubberized thumb grip
o True 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
o Tilt click scroll wheel
o Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
o Inter-device color synchronization
Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
1000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
Razer Synapse enabled
Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in (Width) x 43
mm / 1.69 in (Height)
Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs with cable [5]

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The mamba is the most accurate out of all the Razer mice. It is only for Right handed
o 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
o Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
o Adjustable Click Force Technology
o Dual gaming grade wired/wireless technology
o 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time*
o On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
o Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
o Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
o Inter-device color synchronization
o Nine independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
o Charging dock
o Razer Synapse enabled
o 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
o Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in (Width) x 42.5 mm
/ 1.67 in (Height)
o Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs
o Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)** [5]


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o Dual wired/wireless Bluetooth 4.0 technology
o 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling (Wired) / 125 Hz Ultrapolling (Wireless)
o 1 ms response time (Wired) / 8 ms response time (Wireless)
o 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor
o 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
o Battery life: Approximately 60 hrs (continuous gaming) or 7
months (normal usage)
o Ambidextrous form factor with textured rubber side grips
o Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
o Inter-device color synchronization
o Seven independently programmable buttons
o Razer Synapse enabled
o 1 m / 3.28 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
o Approximate size: 99 mm / 3.90 in (Length) x 67 mm / 2.64 in
(Width) x 35 mm / 1.38 in (Height)
o 2 x AA batteries [5]

Razer Synapse 2.0

The razer synapse is a configuration system software that allows one to rebind
controls or assign macros to any of the Razer products. [5] This system is only available
to those who purchase a Razer product and not any other mouse. More specifically for
the mouse, one can customize the buttons of the Razer mouse to their personal
preferences. The razer mouse can function like a regular plug in mouse. However, after
plugging in the mouse, the Razer Synapse 2.0 will pop up and ask to the user to register
and login. After logging in, the user will have access to change multiple settings of the
mouse they are using such as DPI (dots per second), acceleration, and sensitivity. [6]
To access Razer Synapse 2.0, an internet connection and a Razer product is
required. The Razer Synapse works like a cloud, meaning that everything that the user
configured will save both to the mouse as well as the Razer Synapse. This allows users
to synchronize their settings to any new computer that the user decides to plug into. All
they need is to plug in their Razer mouse and to log in to their Razer Synapse. This does
not work on older generation computers. The mouse will work like any other regular
plug in mouse without the customized preferences. [6]
Use in Games
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Razer developed a mouse specifically for Massive Multiplayer Online
Battle Arena (MOBAs). Another known way to express MOBAs is Action Real-Time
Strategy. The mouse that Razer has created for this specific genre of gaming is the Razer
Naga Hex V2. This mouse has not too many buttons like the Razer Naga but also just
enough to play a MOBA game.[7] Popular major MOBA games include League of
Legends and Defense of The Ancients (DOTA). With seven buttons on the right side of
the mouse, one is able to press the buttons corresponding to an item use in the game with
ease. This mouse has a total of fourteen buttons. In a MOBA game, seven buttons is all
one needs to access and have the most optimal experience for MOBA gaming. Razer
states that the Razer Naga Hex V2 is the mouse optimized for Moba players. [7]
Another product that can be used is the Razer Naga. The difference
between the Razer Naga and the Razer Naga Hex V2 is that the Razer Naga contains
twelve buttons on the side. MOBA gamers can use the the Razer Naga the same way as
the Naga Hex V2 but they will be wasting five buttons which could be used for space.[8]
Massive Multiplayer Online
Razer developed a mouse specific for Massive Multiplayer Online(MMOs). The
razer mouse that has been created for MMOs is the Razer Naga or Razer Naga Chroma.
The difference between the two is the ability to customize the color that is emitted from
the mouse. This mouse is similar to the Razer Naga Hex V2 where in contains many
buttons but it contains five to six more buttons in total. Unlike the Razer Naga Hex V2
which only contains seven buttons on the side, The Razer Naga contains 12 buttons.
Having 12 buttons is optimal for MMO gaming because MMO games simply need that
many buttons to be able to press every skill that is available. Some MMO games might
even require even more buttons fully acces every skill. This mouse is unlike any other
mouse sold in different brands because none have been made to contain this many
buttons. It contains a total of nine-teen buttons. The Naga Epic Chroma is comfortable
enough, but its design makes it ideal for high-level MMO play and relatively unsuited for
any other genre. [8]
The Naga Hex may be the most optimal and efficient choice for MMOs, but the
Razer Naga Hex V2 is viable as well. Using the Razer Synapse 2.0 software, with the
touch of a button, the Razer Naga Hex V2 is able to switch its configurations. It is able
to switch the keys that it is currently bound to a whole other key set. For example, the
mouse is currently set so that the seven buttons on the side are set to keys 1, 2, 3, 4 6, 7.
By holding down another button below the mouse wheel, the keys can be changed to be
bound to 8. 9. 0. Q, W, E, R. [7] This is a way for users to be able to play both MMOs
and MOBAs. This makes the Razer Naga a more optimal and efficient choice to use for
MMO gaming.

Grips for gaming mice

There are different kind of grips that people use when using a gaming mouse.
The grips are used to preference of the user and each style could be more comfortable or
allow better gameplay for certain users. The three kinds of grips that are used on a mouse
are the palm grip, the claw grip, and the fingertip grip.[2]
Palm grip; the most basic and common style of grip. It is the most comfortable
and natural for most people who use a mouse. The fingers are laid flat on the
buttons while the palm is rested on the base of the mouse. The middle palm rests
on the top of the mouse. [2]
Claw grip; Only the fingertips are touching the buttons. Similar to the palm grip
but only the fingertips touch. [2]
Fingertip grip: Only your fingers touch the mouse and not the palm. Used for
precision gaming. [2]
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