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Review of Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE: gamers for lovers of symmetry

Written by Tyler Rondman

Review of Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE: gamers for lovers of symmetry

In the summer, the company Razer is moderately strengthened after the release of updated versions of the old popular models of gaming peripherals. More precisely, the recently introduced mouse for FPS Razer Basilisk (that’s going to be our next focus) as the turn of new gadgets. But for now, let’s have a look at Razer Lancehead and Lancehead Tournament Edition, that came into existence a little earlier. Here we’ll find out how efficient it is.

At first, let’s get familiar with them.

Razer Lancehead and Lancehead Tournament Edition are two regular gaming mice. It features sensors two pairs of programmable additional buttons and Chroma-backlighting. With the maximum resolution of 16,000 DPI, Razer Lancehead also offers wireless option.

 

Why are they interesting?

Apparently, it’s hard to find any difference between Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE (Tournament Edition). But having a minute observation on them, you’ll see that the first one can work both in wired and wireless mode, while the TE version is only for cable. In fact, while comparing both items, you’ll definitely perceive some twist about them. Firstly, the sensors used in them are poles apart. In the Razer Lancehead, a laser Philips Twin Eye PLN2037 with a maximum resolution of 16,000 DPI is used. On the contrary, the “tournament” carries an excellent optical Pixart PMW3389DM-T3QU with the same maximum resolution. Secondly, the materials and color are slightly dissimilar (details are given below) though the shape of the mice is identical. Both of the devices are furnished with Omron switches (capable of enduring 50 million taps). Know that, it was already supported by an updated version of the proprietary software Razer Synapse 3. So, improved performance is guaranteed.  Storing profiles is made easier with built-in memory. On the other hand, Wireless Razer Lancehead is armed with branded technology of adaptive frequency tuning. Undoubtedly, it assures nonstop interaction between the mouse and the receiver.

Wireless Razer Lancehead

 

What’re in the boxes?

Mouse is packaged in conventional black-and-green boxes. On the front side of the boxes, you’ll see images of mice. Information about the most interesting features of models are visible at the opposite side. Lancehead TE comes in a smaller box. Take a peek inside it, there you’ll see only the mouse itself. Besides, the cable is pulled together with a rubber band, papers and stickers:

The multilevel box makes Razer Lancehead look somewhat unusual. At the “second” level, the mouse itself is located. The other accessories reside under this level. Overall, you’re going to own a mouse, instructions, stickers, cable, adapter for the receiver and the receiver itself:

What do Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE look like?

The shape of the mice is virtually similar. They are downright symmetrical and perfect for fit both the lefty and the right-hand users. The outline is even, slightly narrower to the middle and wide from below, closer to the back of the mice. A single piece of plastic is used to made the whole upper part, the buttons are not divided. Wholly black, the Razer Lancehead TE’s entire upper part is made of rough plastic that provides excellent grip on the palm. We’ll be able to calculate the durability of the coating after using it at least for a few months, but in terms of accessibility, it’s an incredible solution:

The top surface of the wireless Razer Lancehead is made of a smoother plastic and dark gray “metal”:

Having a closer look on the scrolling wheel, you’ll perceive a rubberized coating with pimples. Backlighting on the sides has made it more vibrant. Immediately behind it, we see small, thin buttons that are used for switching the DPI modes. Their skillful construction helps to avoid accidental press.

Better grip with the fingers is made simpler by using a large ribbed rubber pad on its right side. The illuminated strip with seven LEDs is individually adjustable to meet your desire. We can’t overlook two additional buttons there. They are rather thin and do not stick out too much beyond the frame. And it seems that the follow-up of the rubberized sidewall. While pressing, you’ll find their location effective too. Moving backward, we get small inserts of glossy plastic.

At the left end, we observe no particular feature that’re absent in the right end.

The Lancehead TE cable is attached in the middle, under the scroll wheel. View on the sides – graceful inserts in the form of grids. Properly secured against bending, and won’t wane gradually being rubbed against the surface during your constant use.

At Razer Lancehead under the wheel there is a special passage with a connector for cable connection:

On the top of the mouse, there’s the Razer logo with backlighting, the rear part is slightly raised.

On the lower part, 3 Teflon pads (2 in front and 1 large at the back) and a Teflon ring (around the sensor) are seen. In the Razer Lancehead TE, near the big leg, a button is placed for switching profiles. Amazingly, the LED indicates the currently active profile.

The lower part of the Razer Lancehead shows a few differences. At the outset, the window of the sensor appears distinctive (which is akin to the laser sensors used in Philips Twin Eye). The included slider appeared next to the profile switch button and a removable cover are other astonishing features of this mouse. Underneath it, a port for USB-receiver is crafted which a lot of user mistakenly consider as a battery container.

Both models received a cable in a fabric braid. Quality components are used to engineer this lightweight kit.

RGB-backlit are equipped with logos, side strips and a wheel of mice. They’re customizable and a bunch of effects are available.

After passing a few times with it, we realize that it preserves an unquestionable quality of the assembly and materials. Its stylish look comprises recognizable Razer style, captivating shape and shiny RGB-backlight.

How convenient are they?

Regular shape of the mouse and versatility have made it easy to use. But if you prefer right-handed ones, that’s totally alright. Whereas other symmetrical mice models provide less comfort in gripping, dealing with Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE are much more convenient, thanks to the accurate balancing and successful bends. Having the ruts under the fingers with rubberized surfaces, the mouse feels comfortable to use.

Resting your palm on it to achieve a better grip is also possible, and the side rubberized surfaces offers secure grasp on the mouse by your fingers:

Omron switches are used in the main buttons. They perform well with 50 million keystrokes capacity. Noticeable tactile response and the self-adjustment features don’t let the buttons to

hang out. Scrolling wheel on this mouse is a fun thing. Firm surface with pimples and literally quiet strokes make it one of the popular brands. The slanting buttons are small and located successfully nearly on a level position matching the body. Functionable on the regular as well as playing surfaces.


What they can do?

Razer names Razer Lancehead’s laser sensor, 5G. It’s identical to the Philips Twin Eye PLN2037 sensor with a maximum resolution of 16,000 DPI. If you can remember, we’ve already met it in the updated Diamondback. The minimum value is 100 DPI. Tracking speed is up to 450 inches per second with the acceleration of 50 g. The stock resolution is made keeping multi-monitor configuration in mind. The sensor works great for amateur gamers (like me). Counting the drawback- due to Z-Axis bug, the cursor keeps moving diagonally when the mouse is raised. However, its sensor is a perfect match for playing games.

In wireless mode of Razer Lancehead, there’s no reason to experience interrupted communication until the receiver is not very remote. Up to 24 hours of wireless operation is ensured depending on some factors. For example, with the RGB-illuminated in the wave mode, my mouse functioned comparatively fewer, vaguely about 20 hours.

Razer Lancehead TE features an exceptional optical Pixart PMW3389DM-T3QU (Evolution 3360 for Razer) that works 100% without making any shake or jump. Its widespread use covers home and other competitive purposes. Both mice were safely used in Star Wars: Battlefront, DOOM, CS: GO, Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Division, GTAV, Watch Dogs, For Honor, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dark Souls 3, Witcher 3, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, XCOM 2 and so on.

The updated version 3.0 of company software Razer Synapse works with both Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE. It’s fully redesigned both functionally and visually. Bright colors with a corporate green are used in it. you can view the notifications and connected devices through the Razer Central window projected in the tab.

Final words

Razer releases not only old bestsellers with new sensors, but also makes absolutely new models, like the heroes of today’s review of Razer Lancehead and Lancehead Tournament Edition. Both models win a lot of hearts including the left-handers. Certainly, they fail to attack everyone, but progress is definitely there. Decorated with excellent switches of the main buttons and a comfortable wheel, it has a different appeal in the users’ mind. Other features include Chroma-backlighting, built-in memory (finally!) and the updated functional software. Lancehead TE brags an excellent optical sensor that won’t fail in the tournament. While having it on your desk you’ll feel confident, you shan’t forget that Razer’s reliable service never comes with a modest price tag. As expected, Lancehead was no exception, so it’s a good idea to give up your interest if you’re on a tight budget.

5 reasons to buy Razer Lancehead or Lancehead TE: 

Practical form and design of symmetric gaming mice;

Handy buttons and scroll wheel;

Built-in memory for storing settings and profiles and updated functional software;

Elegant appearance;

Precise optical sensor – Pixart PMW3389DM-T3QU (Razer Lancehead TE);

Invariable wireless operation (Razer Lancehead).

2 reasons not to buy Razer Lancehead and Lancehead TE:

Structure does not suit all users;

Hefty Price tag.

Characteristics

Razer Lancehead

Razer Lancehead TE

Sensor Resolution

16,000 DPI

16,000 DPI

Sensor type

laser, Philips Twin Eye PLN2037

optical, Pixart PMW3389DM-T3QU

Maximum acceleration

50G

50G

Maximum speed

450 IPS

450 IPS

Polling frequency

1000 Hz

1000 Hz

Reaction time

1 ms

1 ms

Connectivity

wired, wireless

wire

Cable

2.1 m in fabric braiding

2.1 m in fabric braiding

Dimensions

117x71x38 mm

117x71x38 mm

The weight

111 grams

104 grams

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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