Razer Imperator 4G Review

By on August 23, 2011
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Dual sensors for ultra-precision.

Good: 4G dual sensors are very precise; Comfortable and steady hold; Looks gorgeous; Adjustable side buttons
Bad: Drivers load up all 7 profiles whenever any changes are made
Price: AED 310
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Razer made a very smart move with their new dual 4G sensor system by releasing the tech on two existing and very popular models instead of releasing a completely new mouse. Today I’ll be looking at the updated, 2012 model Imperator mouse with the new 4G dual sensors system.

The new Imperator has a mild redesign from the old version, in that it has beautiful matt grey top with the Razer logo near the center of the palm-rest. This new top surface is smooth to hold, but you won’t lose your grip with swift movements. The sides have a nice black rubber grip, with the thumb area extending out ever so slightly. The side buttons are adjustable, in that you can slide them back or forward depending on how you grip the mouse.

Both the scroll wheel and the Razer logo glow a cool blue color, with the logo pulsating slowly. Both of these lights can be turned off from the drivers, although you can’t change the colors, or change the speed of pulsation of the Razer logo. Still, the matt grey and sharp blue hues complement each other nicely.

The 7 buttons are laid out in a standard format, with the DPI switches laid right below the scroll wheel. While those buttons are inaccessible during fast encounters, I personally didn’t use them much as I usually don’t map extra buttons in games if they’re not easily accessible. Then again, the macro recording function negates this issue to some extent.

I tested the Imperator on my 3 year old, but still gorgeous Destructor mouse pad, whose surface color looked identical to the Imperator. The ‘ultraslick’ feet at the bottom literally glided on the Destructor’s surface and not once did I feel any resistance while moving the Imperator around.

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