Design and Ergonomics
After a detailed description of the Razer DeathAdder above there is little I can add about the Habu because the two mice are identical in terms of ergonomics. By the way, the specification and photograph of the device are enough to realize the contribution of each company to the end product: it is in fact a Razer Copperhead in the case of the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.
The Habu designed is closer to the classic mouse design from both manufacturers mixed up in equal measure: the buttons and sides from Razer and the overall case shape from Microsoft’s IntelliMouse Explorer. The Microsoft logo is even placed in the same way.
The side inserts are made of translucent rubber and serve not only aesthetic (blue LED-based highlighting is visible through them) but also utilitarian purposes, providing an anti-slippery support for your fingers when you lift the mouse up. This makes the Habu more convenient in this respect than the DeathAdder, especially as the case plastic of the Microsoft mouse is rougher and less slippery.
The main buttons are large and coated with the same material as is used on the DeathAdder (but fortunately, the most part the Habu case is free from that impractical coating). The buttons differ from the DeathAdder’s in characteristics. They have a sharper click, a longer depression distance, and a higher pressure effort.
The wheel is similar to the DeathAdder’s but smaller in diameter. It is shifted a little forward so as to leave room for two small round buttons. It is not convenient to use them during active play as you have to grasp the mouse in a different way or bend your fingers too much. On the other hand, these buttons will be helpful if you assign them some infrequently activated functions which you still want to have a means to control quickly or use them to switch between the mouse’s resolution modes, for example.
The side buttons are implemented in a very exciting way. An additional block of buttons is included with the mouse, where they are placed and shaped differently.
One block will suit people who have large palms or long fingers while the other (where the buttons are shifted closer to the rear) is for people with short fingers or who prefer to hold the mouse with fingers only.