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Razer Krait 2013 quick review

post #1 of 67
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Ok so I just got this mouse delivered today.
First of all let me say that all opinions presented in this review are my own. I consider my self pretty knowledgeable on mice and mouse performance, and though I try my best to give the best info I can, I cannot guarantee 100% that I don't give any incorrect info in this review. (though i doubt i will).

I've not yet opened this mouse up, but judging from the tests I've done so far everything indicates that it's the same 4g sensor which lives in the new Deathadder.

I got it to track at 4+ M/S on all the pads I had laying around the house, from cloth to steel.

I can't be bothered to upload every printscreen, but if you check out Yihaa's deathadder review, I'd get the same results as he did, same with the acceleration test.

Worth noting is that the LOD seems extremely low! I placed two credit cards on top of eachother on each side of the mouse, and this height alone was enough for the mouse to not register -at all-. One CC on each side and the mouse registered. This leads me to loosely conclude that the LOD is between 1.5-1.7mm (on black QCK.)
The LOD transition was also very smooth. Something that annoyed me quite a bit with the abyssus was that at the point of "lift" the cursor would wobble a tiny bit. NONE of that is present on this little beauty.

The sensor feels absolutely amazing.

Tracking test




Synapse 2.0 Krait



Comparison pics with a Deathadder, MX300 and Abyssus






Shape/feel/quality:

The shape is of course a really subjective thing, but for my personal tastes, the shape is amazing. The more arched shape is extremely pleasant. The abyssus was way too straight and flat for me. The mouse feels very well put together, everything sits tight and feels solid. No flimsy crap parts. The scrollwheel steps remind me of the ones of a deathadder, but easier to click. Almost zero sound, and less feedback from the scroll. However I wouldn't say this lack of feedback is so much that you can't feel it. It's very detectable, just not as defined as a deathadders.

The mouse chord is attatched in the same low-to-pad way as I think the taipan had it attatched. This doesn't bother me at all, but I use a mouse bungee. Maybe to some, if you don't use any sort of chord management, the low attatchment point may be a slight annoyance.

The side panels feel great, the weight is perfect.


Summary:

This mouse has come out of nowhere and totally amazed me. It fills every requirement i put in a mouse, and i'm very confident in saying I'll be using this thing for as long as it will live. After that, i'll buy another one.
The sensor is IMHO the best I've ever seen. Synapse2.0 was initially a concern, but i have not been able to find any problems with it.

For my taste in mice, this thing is just about perfect. The very first game of SC2 I played with it, it felt more natural in my hand, and I felt more capable with it, than with the Abyssus I've used for the past 1.5 yrs. Like I mentioned earlier, I have a very twitchy fast style of playing both RTS and FPS. I've made the abyssus fail on several occasions, at 1800DPI/1000hz, which is no small feat. When playing some pretty intense DM with the krait I turned just about as rapidly as I can, and it didn't feel like I came close to the mouse's breaking point.

If you like a Mx300-ish shape this is the mouse for you. The way I see things, this is the best sensor on the market currently, in one of the best shapes. It's almost too good to be true.


I'll do my best to answer questions if you have any. Sorry for the subjective wall of text, I'll try to elaborate if anything is unclear.
post #2 of 67
If only they put side buttons on this mouse it would be perfect. Good review, it looks awesome regardless.
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post #3 of 67
Great review, the new Krait is promising.
post #4 of 67
Thanks for the review.

Can you tell us whether you can adjust the LoD or not (like you can with the new DA)?
Or are you stuck at the LoD it comes with out-of-the-box?

Thanks.
post #5 of 67
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Originally Posted by dontspamme View Post

Thanks for the review.
Can you tell us whether you can adjust the LoD or not (like you can with the new DA)?
Or are you stuck at the LoD it comes with out-of-the-box?
Thanks.

As far as I've been able to see there is no way to adjust LOD.
post #6 of 67
Are you able to switch off the led on the settings?
post #7 of 67
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Originally Posted by viowastaken View Post

As far as I've been able to see there is no way to adjust LOD.

OK, thanks.

You just saved me $50 (or whatever this mouse costs)
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post #8 of 67
How is the shape compared to zowie am?
post #9 of 67
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Originally Posted by Tazzzz View Post

How is the shape compared to zowie am?

a bit smaller in heigth and length, lighter, much better sensor. kinda similar-ish LOD's. I returned my AM as i found the huanos horrendous, and lack of DPI step adjustments lacking as well. The AM shape was more like a xai in size I think, but thinner. This is sort of the same width as an AM but shorter in height and length, as mentioned.
Edit: and obviously the slight side grooves and lacking side buttons separates the krait from the AM.
post #10 of 67
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Originally Posted by aikYu View Post

Are you able to switch off the led on the settings?

Sorry, missed your question. I'm alt-tabbing out of laddering in sc2 tongue.gif

Yes, the light controls work. You can individually turn off the lights any way you like.
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