Making the most out of your gaming experience has never been of a bigger priority for many than it is in modern times. From specialised gaming chairs to stereoscopic 3D headmounts, optimising immersion has never been seen as a more important factor than in the era of high-definition (HD). However, it seems that the most direct contact between gamer and videogame is often forgotten. Taking that into account, Electronic Theatre will be looking at some of the best gaming control systems on the market in this new feature series, Accessorise to Survive, beginning with the Razer Taipan.
Razer has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality videogame peripherals in recent times, with some of the most widely respected pro gamers keenly using their products. However, the personal preference of someone who just happens to be pretty good at a specific title or genre doesn’t hold too much weight when you’re looking for a new input device for everyday use, and so the Razer line-up must undergo some more rigorous testing to be considered suitable for the average gamer. Thankfully, the Razer Taipan is exactly that: an input device designed for gaming, but with everyday use in mind.
The design of the Razer Taipan is that of a typical ergonomic optical mouse, with sloped sides for thumb and finger placements and a bulky rear for comfortable palm grip. The thumb and finger grooves are rubberised, as is the centre of the mouse wheel, adding to both the comfort and grip: clearly these are the two features considered most important when designing the Razer Taipan.
Razer suggest that the Taipan features ‘nine programmable Hyperesponse buttons,’ however this includes the two standard inputs and the mouse wheel. What we are left with are the two increasingly common side mounted buttons, easily accessible with thumb, which are also replicated on the other side for a press with the ring finger. Finally, there are two buttons behind the mouse wheel, easily assigned to mid-level functions such as preset speech commands or quick turns in action titles.
The precision of the Razer Taipan is second-to-none, as would be expected from such a high quality product, and has a welcome weight to it making it ideal for a general use mouse as opposed to being reserved for gaming alone. Internet browsing, office programs and video editing all adapt perfectly well to the Razer Taipan, from its precision tracking to the macro options for its buttons. This is a mouse that is perfect for the everyday PC user, working during the day and proving themselves a master of the battlefield at night.