Today we met with the Razer Guy himself and president of the company, Mr. Robert Krakoff
, who showed bit-tech
the new mouse due in Q3: The Razer Salmosa.
At only 90g it’s the lightest in its class - that is the 30 Euro/$40 budget - yet it still features all the gubbins from a DeathAdder and more – 1,800dpi 3G IR sensor, the same firmware, 1KHz Ultrapolling with an ultra low USB response time, 16-bit data depth, on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and 60-120 inch per second movement detection. We were told the cost of the components to make this has been brought down quite considerably since the introduction of the DeathAdder – as the mouse has been so popular the economies of scale have risen quite dramatically.
The design is catered for those new to gaming as well as those with a low budget – likely the teenage generation. While it features no lights like other Razer products – the complete black mock up felt just as good as any other Razer mouse I’ve tried, and the Teflon feet just add to the better feeling. It’s quite like the shape of the older Viper, but also the Copperhead in some respects as well – it’s certainly far less chunky than the DeathAdder.
It’s also designed to be totally plug and play – no faffing with drivers as most customers will likely find precision tweaking outside their comfort zone. It’s ambidextrous too, which is perfect for us lefties (be quiet, we’re awesome) and the switches on the bottom allow easy changing of the settings, without the need for extra software.
While you do get what you pay for in some respects, as a Razer product and one of only two companies (Logitech are the other) who design and build completely in house (even Microsoft out sources or has bundled Razer products in the past) you just know you’re getting good value and a tried and tested product. Sure, 30 Euro isn’t super cheap; but it is still relatively economical knowing that it’ll last, and be more accessible for those who are casual gamers too.
On another topic - the Mako's are already shipping and Razer simply can't make them fast enough, even though they are a premium product. Having now seen them in the flesh we can honestly see why they are going like hot cakes - the quality is phenomenal and with such complex technology inside they've proven extremely hard to build. In the States, Amazon alone had a pre-order of 80 units before launch - don't expect the price to drop anytime soon with demand like that!
Razer certainly seems to be broadening its base, and with exponential company growth and plenty of cool stuff in the pipe for this coming year - it's certainly a company to keep an eye on!
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