We are taking a look at Razer’s new Krait mouse aimed specifically at gamers who focus on real time strategy and massive multiplayer online games. Their approach is a simple one. Gamers who play RTSs and MMOGs don’t need a ton of buttons, just a set few.
I have compared this mouse many times to the Copperhead. I reviewed the Copperhead back in November and I thought that since I had it on hand, I would take some comparison shots of the mice back to back. I also included the Logitech MX518 for comparison as well.
As you can see, the Krait is a bit smaller, in every dimension, than its bigger (literally) brother, the Copperhead. The layout of the Krait is the same as the Copperhead, minus the side buttons.
To test this mouse out, I am using Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends as well as Command and Conquer: Generals. Screen shots will not do any justice, positive or negative, to this review so there will be none included.
My overall experience with this mouse is a bit mixed. Is there a need for an exclusive RTS/MMOG mouse? I dont know as I believe that is a question only you, the reader and end user can answer. I was happy with the response of this mouse in gaming situations but thats about it. The high DPI was a bit higher than what I would have liked for a Windows desktop environment but it was easily adjusted down.
This is a good mouse, there is no denying that. The Krait can be found online in the 40 dollar (US) range as well so the price is much lower than other gaming mice. Does this enhance my RoN or C&C gaming experience, not really.
Like I said earlier, this is a good mouse for gaming. I gave this a go in CS:S as well and it worked fine for me. I dont do a lot of adjusting anyway in games so one DPI setting will work well for those who do not mess around with adjusting those settings while playing. If orange is you color then get this mouse. I personally use this mouse now with my notebook as I enjoy its smaller design. This games just as good on my notebook too. For my money though, I would pay a bit more for Razers Diamondback or Copperhead. Those are full sized mice with more buttons. I only recommend this because I am somewhat of a button whore. I enjoy programming them to do what I want and in the Krait, I miss having those buttons.
In conclusion, I am giving the Krait a 7 out of 10. This is a respectable score for a good mouse but for me, it is trying to fill a niche that really doesnt need to be filled as of yet. The main selling factor in this mouse is the price. It is priced to sell and anyone who picks the Krait up, you wont be let down but for me, I am keeping the Copperhead.
I would like to thank Razer for allowing this review to happen. The support they give to the gaming community is something that cannot be paid back, ever. They stand behind sites like ours and push the industry to new heights.
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