Reviews Razer Taipan Ambidextrous PC Gaming Mouse - 8200 DPI 4G Laser Sensor

Razer Taipan Ambidextrous PC Gaming Mouse - 8200 DPI 4G Laser Sensor
8200dpi 4G laser sensor|Improved Ambidextrous Ergonomics|Razer Synapse 2.0

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- Ambidextrous
- 9 fully programmable buttons
- rubberized side grips
- Insane DPI if you really needed it that high
- Braided cord for non tangle
- Dual 4G laser
- Very good looking (has metal mesh under right/left click buttons)
- Green LEDs match my Deathstalker (ymmv!)

- Uses Razer Synapse 2.0, which I find to be... meh. If I was someone who was constantly going to different spots and places to play my games and took this mouse with me, I might appreciate it... but then again most of my games I use the same keybinds as the rest, so... maybe not. Either way, it's not so much a con as a "just saying." I've had this mouse for about a month now, and I still can't really come up with a con, it's technically perfect.

Overall I love it (replaced a Razer Orochi I've had for a few years). Being left handed, it's hard to find a decent mouse that has enough buttons but also isn't "ergonomically" designed in that stupid right hand format that's impossible for me to use. Nothing against right handed people, but right handed only peripherals piss me off.

Not sure about the people who said you can't program the 4 side buttons independently, I have all 4 side buttons set to different keystrokes and they all work fine.

If this mouse broke tomorrow I'd buy it again.

The Razer Taipan is an excellent mouse. I owned the original Microsoft Sidewinder for about 5 years before it finally died on me, and after much research looking for a comparable mouse I finally decided on this one. I was a bit worried that it would be an abrupt change from my old mouse, but it really does fit the hand quite well and I adapted to it very quickly. My old mouse had thumb buttons arranged vertically rather than the horizontal placement the Taipan uses, but they're positioned so well that I hardly noticed the difference. I use the side buttons so much for navigating forward and backward in browsers that I now feel lost using a mouse without them.

The Taipan comes with support for Razer's Synapse 2.0 software that allows you to customize your mouse for various games and programs. I haven't played around with it too much, but it seems to work fine. You can adjust whether the mouse wheel and logo glow or not using it (the wheel glows continuously, the logo fades in and out).

The cable has an interesting "braided" texture that is supposed to reduce tangling. It's about 2 meters long but I have it all stretched out so that particular issue hasn't arisen. To me, it feels nicer than the typical rubber cable.

About the only complaint I have with this mouse is that the mouse wheel doesn't "spin" like my old mouse if you give it a good flick, so scrolling through long webpages takes a bit more effort. But I understand the justification for it (games often need precise incremental clicks of the mouse wheel rather than fast spins), and it's not a serious complaint. I'm sure over time I'll adapt to it, and I suppose those scroll bars on the side exist for a reason. The scroll wheel itself has a nice rubberized surface that feels nice and doesn't get slippery, and has little bumps on it to help ensure you scroll just as far as you want and no further.

I bought this mouse in 2013 and just recently replaced it with a Razer Lancehead. I like the Taipan form better, but the Lancehead has some features that I was interested in. Both are nice ambidextrous mice, but the Taipan feels a lot better to use.

The Taipan worked great up to 2016 when cat hair started messing up the middle click very frequently. Cleaning it would only gave me a week or two of normal function before I would need to clean it out again. Other than that it was a wonderful mouse.

The sensor worked on every surface I wanted it to (i.e. couch, wood table, plastic card table, denim jeans, granite, etc.) I really didn't need a mouse mat unless the surface was glass (kind of hit or miss).

I have fairly large hands and I grip mice a claw grip. That is why I love ambidextrous mice. The Taipan was a great size and weight for everything I threw at it.

Again, the middle click clogging up was my only issue with it. The sensor could do with an update too, but it is fine.

Highly recommend to people. Keep shedding cats away.

Great Mouse. No fatigue even after multiple hours of gaming. Wide selection of DPI settings, and a low profile for those of us who prefer fingertip mouse grip mice for precision.

Some things to consider however....

There are no tuning weights like other mice, so this feels like it's going to fly off the mat. My previous mouse, a Logitech G9X didn't have the DPI or features that this does, but it was like 2mm thinner, more flat (for those of us with wide hands) and had the capacity for 28g of weight. It really makes a difference when it comes to gaming precision.

Lastly, the Synapse 2.0 software was... less than awesome when plugging it into Windows 8.1 pro. Windows tried to fetch the software automatically and it caused havoc. I manually installed the updated software after uninstalling and it cause my Dragon Age Inquisitions ans Spore to crash with an error in the event log pointing to Synapse. After one final uninstall and registry clean, and reinstallation of the Synapse 2.0 software (without Windows software fetch) it seems stable. I took one star off for Synapse software being... wonky, but computer savvy folks should be able to resolve this.

Again, it's of great note that this does not have tuning weights. They're important, I can assure you. I should have researched this before getting the mouse, but just wanted something quick, gaming quality and by a respected name. There are cheaper mice out there, but you will get what you pay for. Stick with Razer, and once Synapse is less buggy, you'll be very happy.

When I first looked into this mouse, I admit that I was skeptical. I had been using a Razer Copperhead for over 6 years and there was nothing I wanted more than to get another identical mouse once it wore out. I was crushed when I found out that the Copper head was no longer in production. I begrudgingly set out to find as similar of a replacement as possible, and my search led me to the Taipan. The look and feel of the mouse are very similar to the Copperhead, but it is not as "small" in your hand. In truth, this makes the Taipan even more comfortable to use over long periods of timer. Any style of grip used on the Copperhead can similarly be applied to the Taipan, and the traction pads on the sides help with grip in the same way that the silicone ridges on the sides of the Copperhead did. The click and scroll action are very smooth and responsive, so no worries there.

The sensitivity seems exceptional. I don't really notice a difference over my old Copperhead (2000 dpi); at this resolution you really can't tell whether the device is 2000, 4000, or 6000 dpi. Then again, my Copperhead was the best thing since sliced bread, and I held that opinion right up until it died. The point it, the sensitivity is as good as you're going to see. I don't buy into any of these "dual sensor" gimmicks, and the Taipan performs well enough that I don't see any reason to shell out twice the price for any of the "higher end" devices. For surfaces, I primarily use the same Mantis Control mouse pad that I bought with my original Copperhead and it works well with the Taipan as well. The Taipan does not track at all on glass (I have an Ikea glass desk), but there are very few mice out there that can track glass at all and those that do seem to have spotty performance.

My only real disappointment by comparison comes from the side buttons - I find that the ones on the Taipan are slightly harder to "find" than those on the Copperhead. They simply don't seem to be placed as intuitively. This is simply a result of the design - having these buttons in the same location as the Copperhead's would put them in the middle of the rubber grip zone. This would be impractical, so I can't knock Razer for making this choice. Overall, the design is good. It is simply an adjustment that I have been having to make. I am also unhappy with the decision to sleeve the cord in a braid (I detest them as they do nothing in my experience but cause kinks and fray out), but this is the direction that all enthusiast mice manufacturers are going for some reason. Again, I can't blame Razer for simply keeping up with changing industry standards.

Overall, the Taipan is a great mouse. Everyone has different needs when it comes to mice, so making sweeping recommendations would be foolish. What I can tell you though, is that if you had a Copperhead before, this is the mouse to get to replace it. You'll be very glad you did.

I have been an MS mouse user for years pretty much using Intellimouse Explorer, wired and wireless. After 8 years it finally died when I beat it against the table because it kept losing signal/battery contact problem. So they do not make anything close to it anymore and I decided to try something different. I wanted a mouse with a few extra buttons but not a complicated gaming mouse. This one fits the bill for that with a few exceptions. I like to be able to program the side buttons for back and forward web browser functionality, that is not an option. Has preset assigned functions and those are not choices. Can probably program as a macro but I have not looked into that yet. The sensitivity is extreme and it moves very quickly, I had to slow it down a bit. It is comfortable in your hand, I have larger hands and usually smaller mice are not as comfortable, this one is a happy medium for me. I am not a southpaw so do not have an opinion on that. The cord is good quality and should last, it is nice and limber too so there are no kinks/bends to get caught up on the back of your keyboard tray. All in all I am happy, seems to work on a variety of surfaces, I have a 3M gel wrist rest style mouse pad and it operates flawlessly on that surface. Operates good on black desktop surface too, but not as good as on the mouse pad. The only reason it does not get a five star from me is the button assignment function I stated previously. I would recommend this to a friend. Happy mousing!

I owned a Razer Diamondback from Jan 2005 through Jan 2015. It gave me a solid 10 year run before I wore out the left mouse button and needed a new mouse. I definitely had trouble finding a comparable mouse and tried several, but this was as close as I got.

THINGS I DISLIKE: Overall size and fit it is extremely similar. The one thing I don't like about the shape is the flare outs by the palm of the hand. The Diamondback came to a nice V shape by the palm. It isn't dramatic and I got used to it, but every once in awhile when I'm trying to wrist turn my mouse I feel the flare outs bump into the palm of my hand. The other thing I don't like about this mouse is its reliance on the Razer Synapse software which requires registration to use. I hate having to register and sign in just to use my custom mouse settings. I wouldn't bother with it, but some of the buttons default to "on-the-fly sensitivity" changes, so when I bump those buttons my sensitivity changes. Nothing worse than having your sensitivity magically change on you.

THINGS I LIKE: The ambidextrous design and overall size is very similar to the Diamondback. I think the side mouse buttons with their defined break are easier to identify with your finger than on the Diamondback where the two buttons were joined together. I like the comfort grips on the sides. They help with the grip. The scroll wheel has more defined clicks than the Diamondback without extra resistance. Some mouse with those nice defined clicks on the mouse wheel have too much resistance, but this mouse has similar resistance to the Diamondback's scroll wheel while still provide a nice tactile response when you scroll. The mouse 1 and 2 buttons have nicer tactile response to being clicked as well. I love the look of the mouse as well. It looks real sharp.

THINGS I'M INDIFFERENT ON: To the left and right of the mouse 1 and 2 buttons is hard plastic ledge. I thought I would be annoyed by this when I first bought, but I got used to it and I have no issues pressing mouse 1 and 2. I never accidentally press the plastic instead of the mouse. In fact at times of rest sometimes I rest my finger on that plastic, so I don't accidentally press a mouse button inadvertently. The mouse 1 and 2 buttons also kind of stick out off the front of the mouse a little more than the Diamondback, but this doesn't seem to affect anything all from my usage. It is nowhere near as dramatic as it is on other Razer mice such as the Lachesis.

It's perfect. Very cool! I like it!

As much as we love making fun of Razer for how overpriced their stuff are but hey, I got razer abyssus many years ago used and now the finish on it really wearing off and it STILL works and same goes for this Taipan I purchased used. Don't bother with trying to save on chinese knockoff brand gaming mice, just get a proper branded gaming mouse used, I don't care if it's Razer, Logitech, Steel Series, or w/e, just no to chinese knockoff brands. All that being said though, yeah, razer is overpriced so buy used.

Coming from the Razer Copperhead, I have tried a bunch of different mice trying to find a similar feel to what was my favorite mouse ever: the Razer Copperhead. I tried Logitech MX mouses, Steelseries, etc, and none felt the same (the Steelseries actually gave me hand cramps).

I tried the Taipan and while it is not the same, the claw grip is slightly lower than it was on the Copperhead, it is the closest to it.

I found I had to disable the right side mouse buttons (being right handed) as I would sometimes hit them by mistake (the wider the mouse is the more likely this is to happen to claw grip users). This is actually a problem with all current mice, which have the side buttons above the grip, so it cannot really be helped.

The software is good, and the fact that it auto updates is nice (some might not like having to sign up for an account to use the software, but meh) and the macro feature comes in handy in some games. Overall the software is fairly standard, but I really wished there was an option to have the Razer logo be always on (it can be pulsating or off only).

Again, a mouse feel is something very personal, I have found a great mouse that is very precise and have a grip that does not kill my hand as many competitor mice did, so I love it.

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