Razer Lancehead Gaming Mouse – Is it for you?

Razer Lancehead Wireless and Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse

Launched in 2017, the Razer Lancehead was touted as “the world’s most advanced wireless gaming mouse” according to the press release by Razer.

Two years have passed and it looks like the Lancehead is still growing strong.

Although the Tournament Edition which is the wired gaming mouse version is more sensible as compared to the wireless Lancehead.

Let’s take a quick look at the differences of the two Razer Lancehead versions.

Razer Lancehead Gaming Mouse Wireless Edition

Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse

The wireless gaming mouse version of the Razer Lancehead was in itself a technological advancement in terms of wireless tech. As the problem with wireless mouse is the data transmission speed from the mouse to the PC.

And in most games like first-person shooters, players do quick responses as the game unfolds. And this means that there shouldn’t be any ‘input lag‘ or simply ‘lag‘ from the mouse.

With this in mind, the Razer Lancehead features the proprietary Adaptive Frequency Technology or AFT.

The AFT just simply means that it will ensure a stable and lag free data transmission from the mouse to the user’s gaming PC. It does so by two means, connecting to the strongest disturbance-free frequency from within the 2.4Ghz band, and syncing data between the mouse and PC perfectly.

In essence there shouldn’t be any input lag from the mouse if the wireless environment is free from disturbance. But since most devices right now are connected wirelessly to our gaming PC’s, a disturbance-free wireless environment is out of the question.

To adapt to a noise filled wireless environment, the Lancehead will hop channels or band within that 2.4Ghz band when it is necessary.

16K DPI Laser sensor

Now the Razer Lancehead wireless gaming mouse uses a laser sensor instead of the mostly used optical sensor.

Why? I don’t know. Razer must have thought that lasers are more accurate as compared to an optical sensor.

In theory that is true but making it perfectly work is a big task to undertake, specially using wireless technology.

The laser sensor can track 210 inches-per-second, if we convert that to data transmission then that is a lot of data to send.

And what this does is that you’ll have the AFT component work as hard as it could to achieve lag-free gaming.

But it seems this is not true to all, I’ve read a few user feedback at Amazon that indicates hiccups along the way. Users indicate that after a few minutes of playing the mouse disconnects from the PC for a few seconds.

This problem was also noted by HardwareCanucks in their review of the Razer Lancehead here – Razer Lancehead Gaming Mouse – A Wireless Winner or Waste?

The laser sensor has no problems but the wireless connectivity hampers the Lancehead’s overall performance.

And when it comes to FPS games, you’ll be dead once the mouse reconnects.

Battery life is around 24 hours with RGB lighting turned on.

Razer Lancehead Gaming Mouse Tournament Edition

Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition Wired Gaming Mouse

Now let’s switch over to the Lancehead Tournament Edition. As everything moving forward except for the sensor will be the same as the wireless version.

The Tournament Edition uses an optical sensor that has a tracking speed of 450 IPS, much faster than the laser sensor.

Both sensors have True 16,000 DPI and can battle it out even at accelerations of up to 5G‘s. Your hand should be moving so fast to get 5G’s.

Razer Lancehead features

The Lancehead is designed to be ambidextrous and will have rubber side grips on both sides.

It uses Razer mechanical mouse switches and will have a total of nine programmable buttons.

RGB is done using the Razer Chroma lighting and are customizable.

Both versions weigh around 100 grams excluding the cable. The wireless version is heavier at 111 grams.

Would you buy the Razer Lancehead?

The Razer Lancehead Wireless Gaming Mouse will cost you $139 at the Razer Store.

While the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition will cost you $79.99.

If you’re looking for a wireless mouse then there are a few options.

Like the Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse for $99 or the newer Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse for $149.

If you fancy a much simpler wireless gaming mouse then the Logitech G703 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse for $82.

For the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition, you have a ton of options ranging from $30 to $100++.

To save you the hassle, here’s a price comparison of the Razer Lancehead and our suggested gaming mouse.

MousePrice
Razer Lancehead
(Wireless)
$139 (Razer Store)
Razer Lancehead
Tournament Edition
$79.99 (Razer Store)
Logitech G502
Lightspeed
$149.99 (Logitech Store)
Logitech G903
Lightspeed
$149.99 (Logitech Store)
Logitech G703
Lightspeed
$99.99 (Logitech Store)
Corsair Harpoon RGB$29.99 (Amazon)
Corsair M65 Pro RGB$42.97 (Amazon)
ROCCAT KONE Pure Owl Eye$49 (Amazon)

I hope this helps in your decision in buying a gaming mouse.

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