From the first outlook you can tell the mouse would be suitable for both left and right handed users as its layout would allow for either consumer to be able to use the product. The actual design provides you with six buttons with two on each side, and two located on the middle of the mouse which is always a nice feature for anyone playing games to a high standard. As for the weight I do actually like the feel of it, its light in your hand and easily manoeuvrable because you do not have to pick up a heavy mouse when you turn to face an enemy.
A key feature and perhaps a unique one on this mouse was the scroll wheel and personally at first glance I didn’t like its look, but when I actually used the mouse I realised that it had a really nice texture which allowed me to maintain complete control of how far I scrolled through weapons and also for more common use on internet pages. The fact it has the dimples on the wheel meant that you could effectively scroll down and feel each tiny scroll clicking through as you went and make sure you didn’t scroll too far or too less which was a real bonus when with some mice you cannot even tell how far its scrolled. The fact the scroll wheel lights up was a neat trick which I wasn’t expecting, but I think the effect was pulled off nicely.
The so called ‘feet’ of the mouse are much like the DeathAdder in design, and as a result I can’t see any problems with their actual design as they work extremely well on this particular mouse, as on the DeathAdder which I've used before. The difference of course is that the Razer Taipan has more square shaped feet which I can’t foresee being a major problem and the mouse glides very well. The more the mouse glides over the mousemat and smoother its movement I find gamers (especially FPS based ones) prefer their mice to be.
The addition of the rubber side pads to improve the grip on the mouse was also a positive addition as it allows players to have a much more relaxed grip on the mouse because their hand does not just slide off the mouse if they hold it softly.
The general handling of the mouse is extremely good, and in fact when compared to other mice on the market it really does create a unique impression because of the industrial design which I don’t think there is another mouse on the market with its features. The grip when I hold the mouse feels comfortable and just because it could be used for left or a right handed user does not detract from the mouse and cause you any great alarm.
As a result I really think for particularly a first person shooter the mouse, the design, handling and overall feel is incredibly suitable.
The Razer Taipan will be available July 2012 at www.razerzone.com/taipan