Review: Razer Taipan White

Razer peripherals usually come in black, with occasional alternatives and re-releases with new or updated hardware. While the renowned peripheral company doesn't normally re-release models in different colors, the Razer Taipan White is one of three departures from Razer's traditional black adornment.

The result is what you might expect, the same mouse with the same hardware veiled under a new touch of paint. The only distinguishable factors that separate the Razer Taipan White from its black predecessor are color and price; the white finish is $10 more expensive at $80.

Features

Running down the stats sheet for the Taipan, the mouse comes equipped with Razer's 4G Dual Sensor System, a 32-bit processor, nine customizable buttons, and a maximum DPI of 8,200. Though a short list, it is certainly an impressive one which is complemented by the software suite that offers a few more features.

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As a member of the Synapse 2.0 generation of peripherals, the Taipan's features are fully accessible through the cloud-based software. In the program you can do a few interesting things to the mouse. The X and Y sensitivity values may be adjusted independently, you can set sensitivity stages for the dedicated DPI buttons, and you may also enable a feature called Surface Calibration which combines the two sensors' strengths for precise tracking horizontally with an adjustable lift-off height.

Though an interesting feature, Surface Calibration in Synapse 2.0 didn't work well with precision maneuvers. When activated, the cursor noticeably stuttered during small movements and produced a slight lag in drag response. It's an issue raised by NewEgg users as well, including Blake R. who called the phenomena "negative acceleration."

Blake R. Taipan - Surface Calibration Issues

The flawed Surface Calibration isn't a deal breaker, and the mouse works perfectly when the feature isdisabled.

Razer's 4GF Dual Sensor System pairs an optical sensor with a laser sensor into a single mouse. Outfitted with an ARM 32-bit processor to handle your mouse inputs, the 8,200 DPI is one of the fastest gaming mice on the market.

Design

The Taipan is engineered to be both fast and versatile. Although gamers will be able to change DPI settings, they will also have access to a symmetrically designed ambidextrous mouse.

The sleek design features long and curved left and right click buttons that extend to the back of the mouse. The other buttons are neatly tucked away within the body of the mouse, all of which are easily accessible by your fingers and thumbs where they naturally come to rest.

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Ornamented with a Razer logo, the white gloss polished finish is an appealing alternative to Razer's traditional color schemes. White diodes illuminate the scroll wheel and logo with black rubber grips lining the concave sides and wheel.

The classic black and white contrast is a refreshing palette for products typically tailored with a black finish and blue or green LEDs.

Though not a compact design, the Taipan is smaller than its counterparts. With a long gradual slope to the body leading into the left and right click buttons, this mouse demands a palm grip. As the palm folds seamlessly into the apex of the mouse, the fingers extend and drape over the buttons naturally coming to rest in a palm grip. You can use a claw grip, and those with larger hands probably will, but the mouse is not bulbous enough for most to accommodate for a claw grip.

Comfort

Initially the symmetry felt ergonomically awkward. The opposing thumb buttons in reach of my ring and pinky fingers led to misclicks which led me to curl those fingers around the buttons. Once I began to retract those particular fingers I stopped hitting the side buttons by accident.

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Overall I enjoyed the touch of the glossy finish and rubber grips. Ergonomically the mouse suited my hand well as my palm grip. Though the mouse may prove difficult to use for those with larger hands, the size of the Taipan seated my hand well.

The light weight frame offered no noticeable resistance when sliding the Taipan across my mouse pad as the slick feet glided over the cloth surface effortlessly.

Performance

With Surface Calibration off, the Razer Taipan flat-out performed impressively every way I tested it.

In-game, the mouse performed well. Putting the powers of a dual sensor setup to use, I tossed the Taipan and myself into the ring with Red Orchestra 2, Insurgency, Arma 3, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and Wargame: Red Dragon.

The Taipan worked without error for these games that require immense precision in mouse control. There’s seldom anything more rage-inducing than misclicking because of hardware or software glitches. The stutter I experienced was removed once I turned off Surface Calibration.

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The 4G sensor pair also proved to be an impressive performer. They tracked on every surface I used with ease: Plastic bottle? Check. Monitor? Check. Drinking glass? Check. Textured cloth headset case? Check. Wall stucco? Check.

The Taipan is also fast.  In fact it is quite obscenely fast. With a DPI rating of 8,200 there isn't many mice that are more sensitive on the market, but you don't even need 8,000 to begin with. The benefit is that gamers are afforded with the versatility to finely tune the DPI to their liking which NewEgg user Peter C. agreed with.

Peter C. Taipan - High DPI Customization

Designed for ambidextrous use and engineered with fast precision sensors, the Razer Taipan White offers versatility few other gaming mice can compete with it. However, it is a part of the Synapse 2.0 generation which comes with the baggage of software-assisted operation. Fortunately the Taipan works well without Synapse 2.0, but in the absence of cloud-syncing software the device ends up having wasted potential.

My View

Features: 7/10

The Taipan White is equipped with the same hardware as the original model (and other Razer mice). Its distinguishing features like Surface Calibration are accessed through Synapse 2.0, but it doesn't work well for everyone.

Design: 9/10

The Taipan looks great, but the low profile mouse demands a palm grip as the symmetrical design feels awkward when held with a claw grip.

Comfort: 8/10

I felt like a pitcher again learning how to grip the ball.  Once I learned to correctly position my ring and pinky fingers into the rubber grip, I could comfortably grip the mouse without accidentally hitting the side buttons.

Performance: 9/10

It's as fast as you need it to be and tracks over many different surfaces. It even tracked across wall stucco.

Overall: 8.25/10

The Razer Taipan is a sleek and comfortable mouse for palm grippers with a refreshing white and black contrast for a Razer device. Although the mouse performed well in every game and surface environment, the Synapse 2.0 software failed to delivery as flawlessly as the mouse.

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