Review: Razer Salmosa

Published: April 7, 2009 11:00 PM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
The Razer Salmosa is a small low-cost mouse for gamers, and it's noticeably inferior to other mice from the manufacturer. 

Like the Death Adder, its bigger brother, the Salmosa has a 1800 dpi 3G infrared sensor, but this mouse is much simpler product, with only two large index buttons and a scroll wheel.  Equally, the blue LEDs that are usually found underneath Razer's mice, or beside the scroll wheels, are abset.  This small black mouse makes the most of its minimalist design.  The ambidextrous shape, making it suitable for left- and right-handed gamers helps it stand out from the competition.

The software utility is, as always with Razer, simple and only includes the features you really need.  You can assign macros the independently programmable buttons. There is no control to change dpi and polling rate on the fly, but you can reprogramme a control to do just that if that's a feature you use a lot.  Doing this, of course, means you have fewer buttons to assign to macros ...

 

Handling
You hold the Salmosa in your hand in the same way as the earlier Copperhead.  In order to experience real comfort with it you have to control it with your fingertips. This is ideal for certain games but for strategy games, office work or for enhancing pictures, you tend to put your palm over the mouse which is less comforable. The Death Adder and Logitech's G5, with their more rounded shape are a better choice if you want a more versatile mouse.

Like on many other gaming mice, you get 1000Hz ultra polling/1ms response time. This will be much appreciated by graphic artists or gamers who are looking for precision. Unfortunately it will set you back in terms of CPU consumption (up to 50 % on our Intel E7300).

The infrared sensor, like that of the Death Adder, cannot be used on a glossy surface.  If you don't believe us, try it on the cover of a magazine and watch it go mad!  Although a laser sensor works better on a wider range of surfaces, Razer is clearly trying to up the resolution foir high-end gamers, so this is a reasonable decision.

Our bottom line is that if you can find a Death Adder for a decent price, go for it, as you'll enjoy more customisability, a more comfortable grip and more versatility.  As long as it doesn't break the bank, then the Death Adder beats this Salmosa.
3/5 Razer Salmosa DigitalVersus 2009-04-08 00:00:00

Pros

  • Universal (suitable for left- and right-handers)
  • Discreet design
  • 1000Hz ultrapolling / 1ms response time

Cons

  • Too small to be comfortable for gaming
  • Not well-suited to other tasks (photo editing, office use, etc)

Conclusion

The Razer Salmosa works for both left- and right-handers, has an understated black design and 1000 Hz ultrapolling. We however prefer the versatility of the Death Adder, whose driver also offers more features.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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