Razer are set to cash in on the release of Starcraft II with their lineup of new licensed gaming accessories. There’s the new Marauder keyboard, a headset called the Banshee and this new mouse, The Razer Spectre.
The Spectre is a lightweight, five button mouse with a distinctive design that is inspired by StarCraft II (or Starcraft II:Wings of Liberty, to give it it’s full title).
Its main features are obviously aimed at the RTS market and are heavily biased towards improving actions per minute (APM), which is the speed at which RTS gamers can fire off instructions to their in-game units. Apparently newbies typically generate 40-60 actions per minute, but the best pro-gamers can be running at over 300APM at the most frantic points in the game.
One key aspect to improving APM is the ability to vary the force required to activate the left-click button, allowing the player to tailor the feel between speed (light response) or control (a firmer click) . The affect on APM can then be monitored by the newly developed multi-colour APM Lighting System, which varies its shades depending on the current APM rate.
Underneath the shell of the Spectre is is Razer’s excellent 5,600dpi 3.5G laser sensor with its 1000Hz polling rate (meaning a response time of 1 millisecond).
The Razer Spectre Starcraft II mouse will be retailing for $79.99 when it hits the stores next month.
Razer Spectre Specifications
- Lightweight, Fingertip-Grip 5 Button Mouse
- 5600 DPI Razer Precision 3.5G Laser sensor
- Backlit Mouse with APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System
- Mouse Click Button Force Adjustment
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling/1ms response
- Hardware Configuration Utility