Razer's Transformers: Dark of the Moon DeathAdder Ergonomic Gaming Mouse Unboxing For this review, I took a look at the Shockwave version of the DeathAdder mouse. The first thing I noticed is that the box is beautifully designed. The front of the package features a large shot of the mouse against a space backdrop, the Transformers logo as well as Razer's various logos. The back and sides feature various info on the mouse. The front of the box opens to reveal the mouse itself, sitting in the packaging. The inside flap features a gorgeous render of Shockwave alongside his namesake gaming mouse. The box opens from the top, with a single piece of round tape sealing the package. The plastic tray slides out easily enough. The back holds a small package with the user manual, a catalog, the warranty and Razer themed stickers. The plastic protector slides off with no tape holding it in place. The mouse is sitting snugly on the plastic tray. Thankfully no twist ties, rubber bands or tape are in the way, and the mouse comes of the tray with no effort needed. A single twist tie holds the wrapped USB cord. The Design Specifications: • 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor • Ergonomic right-handed design • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment • Always-On mode • 16-bit ultra-wide data path • 60–120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet • Gold-plated USB connector • Seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable • Approximate size: 128mm (length) x 70mm (width) x 42.5mm (height) Please keep in mind this mouse is strictly for right-handed mouse users. Lefties are, unfortunately, out of luck here. That said, the mouse features a beautifully curved, ergonomic design. It's very comfortable to hold and the hand rests naturally on it. It features the standard 2-button/scroll wheel PC mouse design most will be familiar with. It also features two button on the left hand side of the mouse, accessible easily via your thumb. The mouse is made from a shiny, durable plastic. It features a two tone color design, with the "character" color on top (in this case, purple for Shockwave) and black on the bottom half. Between the two buttons is the clickable scroll wheel. On the palm rest of the mouse there is a translucent faction symbol (a Decepticon symbol here) as well as the Transformers movie logo in black. Both the scroll wheel and the faction symbol feature colored (purple) LED lights. The scroll wheel stays constantly lit while in use, while the faction symbol fades smoothly from off to on. In Action For this review, I tested the mouse on a few different PC games, web browsing as well as some general computer use. The first thing I noticed, compared to my standard mouse, is that the on screen movement is smoother. It's definitely less "herky-jerky" than the mouse that came with my PC. The first thing I tested on was some gaming. I whipped out a copy of one of my favorite PC games, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Normally, I would use an USB controller for games of this nature. I immediately noticed that the mouse was super sensitive. It tracked movements almost too quickly, so it took some getting use to. I unplugged the mouse and plugged my old one in just to see if there was a noticeable difference. There was. The camera definitely was smoother moving and more accurate. So I plugged the DeathAdder back in and after just minutes, I got used to the speed in which this was moving. I noticed no lag at all. The extra buttons made the transition from controller to mouse smooth. Next I tried out a FPS, in this case, the demo for Duke Nukem Forever. First I played for a few minutes with my regular mouse. That worked fine. Then I tried it out with the DeathAdder. This was even more noticeable than on Batman. Aiming was a bit easier, and as before, the movements were smooth and I found myself not having to constantly lift and recenter the mouse, since the smoother motion allowed for broader sweeps with a smaller area of movement. Bottom Line The smoother movements were welcome, but the difference may be negligible to some. For me, the best part of this, is that it's comfortable to hold. My hand rested well and the curved design felt natural. My thumbs didn't feel strained or cramped when trying to hit the two thumb buttons and it looks great. If there is one down side, and I know it will be a turn off for some people, is that the mouse isn't wireless. The cord is long enough for my liking, so it didn't bother me personally. The price (MSRP $59.99) may seem steep to casual gamers and PC users, but serious PC gamers will know that many gaming mice can cost upwards of $100, so this can prove an excellent alternative. If your a Transformers collector who specializes in non-toy items, keeping this displayed in the box will look nice on a shelf or look good on your desk, especially with this next item... Razer Transformers: Dark of the Moon Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat Unboxing The Vespula gaming mat comes in a large, board game-like box. It has a half window display on the right side, showing a portion of the mat. The left side has a photo showing the Optimus Prime portion of the mat. The back and sides show off the mat as well as specifications and details. The box has two easy to open tabs with light adhesive tape keeping it sealed. The plastic holding tray slides out, with the mat, instructions and other paperwork all situated neatly. No tape, twist ties or rubber bands are used, so you can pop it right out of the tray and onto your desk within seconds, without any hassle. The Mat The mat itself comes in two pieces; A non-slip gel wrist rest (that acts as a frame) and the two-sided gaming mat. Each side of the mat offers a different tactile feeling, tat differs greatly depending on what you are using it for. The Optimus Prime side offers a very smooth "speed" surface. The Megatron side offers a rougher "precision" surface. There are no tabs holding it down. you can flip it over in a second, but it holds nicely in place thanks to the non-slip wrist rest. The art is large and clear as well. It features great renders of Optimus and Megatron. It's also noticeably larger than a standard mouse pad. Review Your personal preference on feel will play a role in which side you use the most. With the Optimus Prime side, my hand glided along swiftly and smoothly and quickly, though it was a bit harder to keep dead aim steady in shooters. Plus with it being so smooth, I could feel a bit of slipping in frantic battles and firefights while gaming. The Megatron side definitely offered a different experience. It's great for small precise motions. My hand never felt like it was slipping, and the extra friction allowed for a steadier cursor. While working in design programs, I found this side a bit easier to work with. As I said before, the mat area is quite large. I usually forgo any mouse pads as I hate continually hitting the edge of the pad and having to recenter the mouse every few minutes. With the gaming mat, I found that I really don't hit the edges of the pad now. It's really nice and wide, so using it with an HD monitor (as I did with this review) felt natural. The wrist rest is comfortable, and a good height. It's probably designed for use, mainly, with the DeathAdder mice, as the wrist rest height matched up near perfectly with how my hand fell on the mouse. Bottom Line Yes, this is basically a souped up mouse pad. But it's nice design, and the different sides proved to be a pleasant surprise. It looks great on the desk, especially with the DeathAdder mice. I personally found myself using the rougher, Megatron, side. As a Transformers fan, if you're buying it just to add a cool, non-toy item to your collection, it might be best to open it and display it loose. The art looks great and it's mostly hidden in the box. Mouse and Mat Together It is clear, though, that both the DeathAdder mouse and the Vespula gaming mat are meant to be used together. The smooth bottom surface of the mouse glides nicely across the smooth side of the mat, and has just the right grip on the rough side. Like I said earlier, they're both great looking computer accessories, function well and they incorporate the Transformers license well. Check out Razer's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Mini Site for more info. You can also sign up for the Razer Newsletter to receive new on upcoming Razer products.