Razer’s new gaming peripherals perfectly match your Apple style


Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Apple’s EarPods aren’t too bad for gaming, what with their in-line microphone capabilities, but they’re really not the best for long game sessions; honestly, they just end up hurting the inside of my ears.

And as far as gaming mice are concerned, you really do need one with a second button at the very least.

While you’re at it, of course, you want your gaming peripherals to match your Apple style. Razer’s Taipan ambidextrous gaming mouse and matching Kraken-pro headset are exactly that – quality peripherals that make your gaming life easier and your style just that much more put together.

Ultimately, this is a set of quality peripherals that will have you gaming in style like the true Apple gamer you are.

The wired Taipan mouse fits perfectly in my rather large hand, and looks fantastic sitting on my desk next to all the other Apple gear I have sitting there. I love that a lefty could use this thing as easily and perfectly as I can, letting all my left-handed gaming pals borrow it when they need a mouse (not that I’d give it up that easily).

It’s all futuristic and spacey, like something you’d find running ops on Battlestar Galactica. The ergonomics of the thing are really just great; the rubbery sides let you keep a good grip without much effort, letting you shoot, dodge, and plan your attack with ease and less chance of injury over time.

You’ll get six discrete buttons, plus a clickable scroll wheel, all of which can be programmed for your gaming convenience. The freely downloadable software makes doing so a snap, too.

There’s a crazy-accurate laser sensor in the bottom of the mouse for pro-gaming level accuracy. Dots per inch (dpi) defines the number of measurable movements a mouse can sense in one inch. The higher the number, the better the mouse. While the Taipan’s 8200dpi laser sensor is way more precise than I’ll ever need, it’s bound to be an attractive number for those in the pro-gaming set.

The Kraken Pro headset is optimized for comfort. They’re light, feel comfortable on your head, and block enough ambient sound that you’ll stay in the game, even when someone might be calling you for dinner. The ear cups are made of a soft, memory-foam-like material covered in a soft, slightly glossy plastic fabric. They really just conform to your head and stay there.

There’s a fully retractible microphone for those team games, and it works just as well on your Mac as well as on your iPhone or iPad. This is one set of headphones you won’t be embarrassed about wearing; it looks a lot like any other pair of Beats you might see hanging around the neck of most people today.

The sound quality is pretty fantastic, too, with a frequency response specification that matches all the sound most human ears can hear, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. They’ve got a solid 50 mW of power to drive even the quietest gaming sounds, with big 40 mm speaker drivers to make everything sound lifelike.

The microphone seems as sensitive as the one in my EarPods or on my MacBook Pro, and I never got any complaints when chatting with folks online. It’s a nice thing to have, and an even nicer thing to be able to retract into the body of the right ear cup for when I don’t need to chat with anyone.

Ultimately, this is a set of quality peripherals that will have you gaming in style like the true Apple gamer you are. Of course, you can use these with other PCs and mobile devices, but why would you want to?

headphonesTaipan mouse and Kraken Pro headset by Razer ($79.99 each)

The good: White color fits with Apple style, works with Mac, iOS, PC, Android, super ergonomic and comfortable to use for long gaming sessions.

The bad: None here; for the price, these are great.

The verdict: For $80 each, you can’t get a better pro-level gaming mouse and headset. Be sure to grab one of these (they come in black and Razer green, as well) for your next gaming session.

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