Razer’s line-up of user interface devices can be confusing at times. Why are there so many? What are the differences? Why do the prices vary so much? And, of course, which one is right for me? There’s no simple answer, of course, but if you’re looking to up your game with a mid-range product suitable for all standard inputs and daily PC use also, you could do far worse than the Imperator.
As you may be able to tell from the images on this very page, the Imperator isn’t an overly complex mouse. It offers the standardised seven inputs (left and right face buttons, two side mounted and the mouse wheel’s forward, back and click) in addition to the top-mounted mouse speed buttons. Immediately correcting one of the issues with Razer’s DeathAdder, the decision to mount these speed controls on top adds far greater flexibility mid-game or even when working on a complex dual-monitor project. It’s a simple addition, but one which to many will be worth the additional £10 investment that the Imperator calls for over the DeathAdder.
The surface of the Imperator doesn’t feature the same rubberised finish of the DeathAdder, but the grip doesn’t seem to have lessened in quality in any noticeable way. In fact, the option to customise the location of the side mounted buttons does promote an additional degree of comfort to an already commendably ergonomic design. Of course, the Imperator does also feature the braided cable, gold plated USB connection and high quality sensor that we’ve become accustomed to with Razer products.
Despite being a mid-range product, the Imperator doesn’t come cheap. It’s still a high quality product, and as such is designed to appeal to those willing to invest decent amounts of capital into their PC set-up. If you fit into this demographic, the Imperator is an easy and obvious choice for a reliable, comfortable mouse built for use over extended periods.