Razer Salmosa 3G Gaming Mouse Review


Entry-level gaming mouse

I’ve been trying for the last year to get my girlfriend into gaming.  No dice.  She’s just not that kind of person, I guess.  She likes playing Daxter on her PSP, but that’s about all I can get her to do.  No WoW, no L4D, but I did hook up a gamepad to her computer and get her going with Mario classic.  Sometimes I wonder what I did wrong, but then I’m thankful that she games at all.  Even if it is an old school 2D game with horrible graphics.  The thing is, we all have ways of playing when/if we play.  Some of us want only the best.  The biggest screen.  The fastest CPU.  The most memory and the most expensive mouse and keyboard we can find.  But there are also the gamers who love to game, just not enough to spend $100 on a mouse that doesn’t seem to have an more reaction time than your typical optical mouse.

It’s gamers like these that inspired the Razer Salmosa.  Never mind that it’s name is closer to Salmon than any of us care to acknowledge, because for the low price, anyone can have quality gaming gear that won’t put you in debt with the bank that is probably getting foreclosed by our government.  And

Xoxide was kind enough to hook us up with one to see how it stacks up against other noob-level gaming gear on the market today.  While we contact our lawyers and see how long our own bank will be open before Obama takes it, check out the details on this mouse:

The Razer Salmosa is the quickest entry level gaming-grade mouse armed with the fastest tracking optical sensor in the world. Designed to be one of the lightest and most compact mice of its class, it is the ideal mouse of choice for finger-tip grip gamers who seek both speed and control.

1800dpi 3G

Infrared Sensor

The Razer 3G Infrared sensor is rated as the fastest tracking optical mouse sensor in the world, enabling movement speeds of up to 2.25 times faster than other regular gaming mice.

Ultra-Light Form Factor

The Razer Salmosa features one of the lightest and most compact form factors in its class, delivering optimum freedom of movement for finger-tip grip gamers.

Hardware Toggles for DPI and Polling Rate

The Razer Salmosa comes with additional toggle switches on the bottom of the mouse that enable gamers to make 800/1800dpi and 125/500/1000Hz polling rate adjustments – without the need for any software drivers.


  • 1800dpi Razer Precision™ 3G infrared sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • Mechanical dpi/polling rate switches
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity™ adjustment
  • Always-On™ mode
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60-120 inches per second
  • Three independently programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick™ Teflon feet
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
  • Approximate size: 115mm (length) x 63mm (width) x 37mm (height)


And when they say it’s light, they mean it.  When I got the box I started to pitch a fit because it felt like there was nothing inside it.  And then I opened it to find a mouse not much bigger than those compact mice that come in laptop survival kits.  Aside from the mouse, there was also Razer’s usual package of stuff; a booklet on the mouse itself, a little catalog of their gear, some stickers, as well as the driver disc.  It says there is no need for drivers as the controls are built into the bottom of the mouse, but just for safety’s sake, I’m gonna install those babies anyway.  Just a thought real quick, RazerGuy.  Why do you put your driver disc in the back of a booklet with no real protection?  It could easily be broken or scratched back there.  I’m sure you have your reasons… I just don’t know them.

On the next page we install the tiny mouse…