How does Razer’s Stormtrooper-themed keyboard, mouse, and mat hold up? We ask Dave, Imperial Finance Officer.
Fᴏʀ tʜᴇ dɪscernɪɴg Imperial ᴏꜰfɪᴄᴇ jocᴋᴇʏ ᴡʜᴏ wᴀɴts ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ shᴏʀt wᴏʀk ᴏꜰ clerical duᴛɪᴇs, ᴘᴀʏʀᴏʟʟ ᴀɴd video ɢᴀᴍᴇs, Razer’s ɴᴇᴡ rᴀɴge ᴏꜰ Star Wars gᴇᴀʀ ɪs tʜᴇ perfect ꜰɪᴛ. Dave ꜰʀᴏᴍ Fɪɴᴀɴce ɪs a greᴀᴛ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ. Hɪs wᴏʀk sᴘᴀᴄᴇ ᴏɴ tʜᴇ Deᴀᴛh Star ɪs built exclᴜsively ꜰʀᴏᴍ ʙʟᴀᴄᴋ glᴀss, wrought ᴍᴇtal, ᴀɴd sadness, sᴏ tʜɪs sᴇᴛ ᴏꜰfers a ᴡᴇlᴄᴏᴍᴇ pop ᴏꜰ ᴄᴏʟᴏʀ via thᴀᴛ crɪsp moɴᴏchroᴍᴇ ᴅᴇsɪɢɴ. Soᴍᴇ ᴍᴀʏ sᴀʏ thᴀᴛ tʜᴇ Stᴏʀmtrooper prɪɴts ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɪᴛ tacky, ʙᴜᴛ thᴀᴛ persᴏɴ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ a Reʙᴇl ᴀɴd Traɪᴛᴏʀ. Anyᴡᴀʏ, Dave’s ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ. Tʜɪs ᴍᴀᴋᴇs ɪᴛ ᴄʟᴇᴀʀ wʜᴇre ʜɪs loyalᴛɪᴇs ʟɪᴇ. It ᴀʟsᴏ remɪɴds ʜɪᴍ ᴏꜰ a happier tiᴍᴇ wʜᴇn ʜɪs fᴀᴛʜᴇr wᴏʀked ᴏɴ ᴀɴ Imperial recruɪᴛᴍᴇnt stᴀᴛiᴏɴ. Hᴀs ᴀɴyᴏɴe tᴏʟᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ tʜᴇ Stᴏʀmtrooper pensiᴏɴ plᴀɴ? It’s simply ᴛᴏ ᴅɪᴇ ꜰᴏʀ.
Similarly, the Imperial crest on his BlackWidow Lite’s escape key is a nice touch that sets this deck apart (Dave would have liked to see more references elsewhere, but it’s probably best not to look a Tauntaun in the mouth). What’s more, the gray rubber sidegrips of the wireless Atheris mouse give it an unexpected sense of class. Which is undermined by the cheap-looking Stormtrooper face printed across the top, admittedly, but Dave supposes that budget cuts are necessary if they also have to fund the stamping out of the Rebel Alliance. Interstellar death rays won’t pay for themselves, after all.
Luckily, the Goliathus mat isn’t subject to such limitations. A band of the Empire’s finest take pride of place in its centre, and they’re accompanied by a striking font that looks like it was cribbed from a propaganda poster. Happily, it’s also big enough to cover what Dave suspects may be bloodstains from the desk’s last occupant.
In terms of performance, the Goliathus results in smooth, accurate movement from the Atheris mouse with no resistance to speak of. Although the Atheris itself may be a little small for a Stormtrooper, it is tremendously responsive with 7200 DPI and boasts an impressive battery life of up to 300 hours (allegedly). Adaptive frequency technology means that other wireless devices (like passing Gonk droids or the Emperor’s Twitch streaming gear) won’t interfere with the mouse’s performance either.
The BlackWidow Lite may be the best of the bunch, though. Compact and subtler than its companion pieces, Dave appreciates such portability in spite of it lacking pass-through (although he does miss a ten-key numpad on the right-hand side). He’s also a fan of the Razer Orange Mechanical Switches included with this plank. Besides offering a satisfying bump to each keypress, their mild-but-still-notable ‘clack’ drowns out the sound of screaming from that torture chamber across the hall. Noise-dampening O rings are included should he wish to quieten things down for his colleagues, too; as Razer points out, this ensures that “the only thing you’ll be hearing is victory”. Oh, and Steve from reception having his toenails pulled out because he got Lord Vader’s coffee order wrong. He just wants a decaf soy latte with a shot of low-fat caramel, Steve. It’s not that hard to remember.©Razer, Lucasfilm
Finally, Dave was pleased that he didn’t have to pay much more than normal for these unique designs. The Atheris mouse is available for $60/£60, while the BlackWidow Lite goes for a fairly reasonable $100/£100. Likewise, the Goliathus can be snapped up for $35/£35.
All in all, then, it’s not too expensive for quality kit. Dave’s wife says that it makes him look “ridiculous”, but at least it means his allegiance is clear. He hears you’re 98% less likely to be Force-choked by Darth Vader that way. Who’s got the last laugh now, Susan?
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