|Razer Lachesis V2 5600 dpi Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 29 October 2010|
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Lachesis 5600 dpi Detailed Features
Let's look a little closer now at the Razer Lachesis' features and also the all important software that unlocks the true potential of the Lachesis gaming mouse.
The USB plug is gold plated for better signal transfer and the Lachesis also features a seven foot braided, lightweight, non-tangle cord to add to the premium quality of this gaming mouse.
Razer always provide a nice bundle with their products, although most of it is not necessarily essential it makes your purchase feel that bit more special, first up you get a certificate of authenticity that welcomes you into the "Cult of Razer" along with a Razer Lachesis definition card - once again explaining why this mouse is called what it is. You get a couple of decals for your case and you also get a full color 'master product guide' that goes into detail about all of the features of the Lachesis gaming mouse, then there is a quick start guide that lets the more impatient user to jump in at the deep end so to speak. Last but not least is a product catalogue containing info and pictures on Razer's latest innovations, just in case you didn't know they don't only do mice :smiley:.
Now onto the all important driver/software for the Razer Lachesis 5600 dpi gaming mouse. First you must download this from the Razer support website (a link is provided in the quick start and user guide materials discussed earlier), install the software and then restart your system. This is the main screen of the configuration software and allows you to map functions to each of the nine buttons (and an extra two for scroll wheel up/down), you are free to choose any of the options from the drop down box as seen above, it is the same for each button, or you may create a macro first and then use this screen to assign that macro to a button of your choice.
The second screen is your center of operations for controlling mouse motion sensitivity, simply adjust the slider to set your ideal sensitivity or simply use the two center buttons of the Lachesis (below the scroll wheel) that are by default set to adjust sensitivity up or down. You also have an option here to set different sensitivities to the X and Y axis of the Lachesis - simply by selecting the enable independent X-Y sensitivity option and then adjust the two sliders that will appear on the bar above. Next you can enable and adjust acceleration properties and also set your preferred polling rate.
Next is the profile management page where you can assign profiles to activate based on a certain application, let's say for example you enjoy dabbling with FPS and RTS and MMO style games and you are also a budding graphics artist, as we all tend to be these days, all of these games and applications benefit from different types of mouse setup, sensitivities and button configurations. Well Razer make it all that more easy and convenient to do all of these tasks within this section. Notice there are options to import or export profiles, this should prove useful for sharing a profile you have created or installing any that you may have got from friends or the internet.
The fourth screen is where you set up your macro's, it is fairly straightforward to do so, simply click new, name your macro, then hit record, perform the required macro (keyboard or mouse buttons), and then hit stop to finalise. Your macro's are stored in the drop down menu and can be selected for viewing to make sure they are correct. If time delay is not important to your macro then you may select the ignore delay between events option, then you may take your time when recording your macro to make sure you get it right, or on the contrary you may insert a delay between events and give that delay a value in milliseconds to your preference. Once again there is the option to import and export macros.
The last screen is my favourite; this is the lighting control screen and also the driver update screen. The Lighting control options are very simple, it would have been nice to see more options here, such as allowing the scroll wheel to pulse (like the logo does) or maybe setting the logo to permanently on like the scroll wheel is, maybe also being able to set the pulse speed, or have an option for the logo and/or scroll wheel to cycle between a set of predefined colors, or maybe Razer could do all of the above. Here's hoping they listen.
As it is the logo pulses and the scroll wheel stays a solid color, you can define different colors to the scroll wheel and the logo either from the drop down box, or by clicking custom (which opens the windows custom color selection chart). The best results as far as color selections go, are gained from selecting the colors towards the middle of the selection box, the first four colors from the top left of the selection box display a color very close to white, when you get to the green/blue shades on the top row the colour gets a lot more accurate. I also found that when selecting any of the last five colors from the bottom right of the selection box to use as the logo color, it doesn't light up any color at all, but I was able to select them as scroll wheel colors.
Next there are two more buttons, one to check for updates - which takes you to the main Razer support page (not the Lachesis 5600 product support page) and then you have the option to clear all of your settings to default and start over from fresh.
In the above image you can get the idea for some of the color configurations that are possible. The Razer Lachesis reproduces a very nice white light and yellow looks very pretty also. My personal favorite combination for now is red and green, either way round doesn't matter, it still looks very good. I could have tried to display all of the colors possible but as Razer says, the Lachesis 5600 features "Adjustable Multi-Color LED's (Up to 16 million colors)", well I think you can get the idea, plus I dont fancy taking 16 million photo's.