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Razer Lancehead review: The world’s most advanced wireless mouse lives up to the hype

by Brandon Russell | October 15, 2017October 15, 2017 8:00 am PDT

Razer has sold mice even before the singularities formed into Infinity Stones (and well before it dreamed of a laptop with three screens). Up until now, however, the company has shied away from the wireless market because, well, making a reliable wireless gaming mouse is tricky business.

When you’re embroiled in a heated match of Overwatch, the last thing you want is for your wireless mouse to have a sketchy connection. Razer’s Lancehead, “the world’s most advanced wireless gaming mouse,” promises that dropped connections are a thing of the past.

Equipped with Adaptive Frequency Technology (AFT), Razer claims the Lancehead will provide users with “tournament-grade wireless gaming performance,” which is a hard sell for those who prefer the reliability of a wired mouse.

I can’t say if pro gamers will feel comfortable using the Lancehead as their primary option, but I can tell you that I won a few chicken dinners in PUBG while using it. Coincidence?

What sets the Lancehead apart is its AFT wireless technology, which promises 100-percent transmission stability by adaptively hopping to the strongest interference-free connection between the mouse and your machine. The technology scans frequency channels in millisecond internals, ensuring a lag-free experience.

Additionally, the Lancehead features Razer’s 5G laser sensor, which supports up to 16,000 DPI, 210 Inches per Second (IPS) tracking, 50 G acceleration, and 1000GHz Ultrapolling for precise handling. In other words, the Lancehead is more than capable of handling the hectic nature of Rocket League.

The video below sums up what the Lancehead’s proprietary technology is all about. Truly impressive stuff.

All of this technology is placed inside of an elegant and comfortable design, complemented perfectly by Razer’s new gunmetal color. It looks sophisticated and understated, a little more classy than Razer’s typical black/neon green color scheme.

What’s great is the Lancehead is suited for both righties and lefties, making it an accessible option for everyone. The mouse’s support for ambidexterity can’t be understated; I’m a righty, but I can understand how frustrating it must be when mice—looking at you, Logitech MX Master—aren’t lefty friendly.

Because it’s ambidextrous, it’ll work the same no matter which hand you use. There are two buttons on each side, along with two buttons down the center beneath the scroll wheel. There’s also Razer’s patented snake logo that supports Chroma lighting (because of course).

With both righties and lefties in mind, the Lancehead’s design manages to be very comfortable, offering all the adjustments and tweaks you need through Razer’s Synapse software. (A simple flick of a switch will toggle between left and right-handed modes.)

The Lancehead also features the ability to save your settings directly onto the mouse as well as the cloud. This feature, however, can only be activated through Razer’s Synapse 3 software, which the company says will arrive soon in beta.

The only knock against the Lancehead’s minimal design is the placement of the micro USB port, which requires a dongle. Being that this is a wireless mouse, needing to charge it is crucial. So, if you take the Lancehead on the go but forget the braided cable that comes with it, you can forget about charging it.

Luckily, the battery will easily get you through a few days of heavy use, so you can take it on a weekend escape without worrying about it running out of juice.

For a while I’ve used the Razer Taipan, which has offered a durable and enjoyable experience. But now that I’ve used the Lancehead, I’m a wireless believer.

It’s worth noting, however, that others have taken issue with the Lancehead’s laser sensor, which the gaming community argues is inferior to an optical one. Razer does offer a wired Lancehead that features an optical sensor, which YouTuber Rocket Jump Ninja argues is much more precise and suited for gaming.

I’m a pretty casual gamer and found the wireless Lancehead to be more than adequate—again, enough to get me the mythical chicken dinner in PUBG. If someone like me can’t tell the difference between a laser sensor and optical sensor, then you probably can’t either.

The Lancehead’s strength lies in its AFT technology, which provides a reliable connection (with included 2.4GHz dongle) that won’t drop—even it’s you and one more player vying for a chicken dinner.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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