|Razer Imperator Laser Gaming Mouse RZ01-0035|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 28 December 2009|
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Imperator Software Features
The software for the Imperator RZ01-0035 model should look very familiar to users of other Razer software. It is essentially the same GUI. Why they insist on using a non-traditional window is beyond me, but I guess it adds to the flair of their products. The nice thing about this mouse is that the settings are store on the mouse itself, so there is no need to import/export saved profiles to a USB stick when you want to game on a different computer. You should just be able to fire this software up, and your settings will be wherever your mouse is.
This is the main screen of the Razer Imperator Configuration software. This is an overview of the buttons and their functions. This is also where you can map each of the 7 individual buttons and two mouse wheel scrolling directions to whatever function you choose from a pre-defined list of functions specific to the mouse. Some of these functions include clicks, sensitivity, profiles, macros, etc.
The image below illustrates the options for adjusting the DPI sensitivity, Acceleration level, and Polling Rate. This is also where you find the settings for different DPI profiles, as shown in the next image.
This screen is where you would make adjustments to the different profiles for your DPI settings. These can be used to switch your mouse settings, for example, in a FPS from frantic fast paced fire fight, to a precise sniper scenario. It is nice to be able to change profiles with a quick push of a button.
The screen below is the application profile manager. It is used to set up different profiles for each application or game you wish to customize. You can save different key maps, DPI settings, etc for each game. You would most likely not want the same mouse button mappings used for both a FPS like Left 4 Dead 2 and a MMO like Lord of the Rings: Online.
This section is for creating and editing macros. If you are unaware of what macros are, they are a series of keystrokes put in a certain order and timed in a specific way. Macros are designed to allow someone to, for example, press the middle mouse button, and have a complex action take place, such as "hold W for ten seconds, then wait 5 seconds, then press SPACE, etc. This allows someone to create events such as "cast spell 1, then wait 5 seconds, cast spell 2, wait 2 seconds, use a potion". You get the idea. This screen is where you create the macros you will use in your applications. The macros also support advanced pre-defined actions such as copy, paste, save, switching windows, running a program, etc. The possibilities are virtually unlimited.
And finally, the screen I was looking for, the one where you can turn the lights on and off! It also allows you to check for updates, and restore everything to default settings.
Using a Razer mouse like the Imperator in tandem with a keyboard like the Razer Arctosa could very easily yield some amazing combinations of macros, shortcuts, and hotkeys. It would be very interesting to see Razer create a way to manage their devices together to create some kind of cross-macro support so the mouse could activate macros you create with the keyboard software, and vice versa.