The newest game in the Battlefield franchise has become a call to arms for most PC gamers. Many liken it to when Crysis was first released, with gamers scrambling to create monster rigs to be able to play the game in ridiculously high resolutions. Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has come out with a line of Battlefield 3 branded devices, which are basically hi-end models swathed in BF3 livery. But since we haven’t reviewed these products yet, we’ll be diving into them just the same. First up, the Razer Imperator 4G and Scarab BF3 edition.
Like Razer’s previous offerings, the Imperator 4G comes with its own software suite that allows you to fully customize your experience with it, from the sensitivity down to the color of the LED light. Your settings are also coded into the device itself, so your settings remain even if you take the Imperator 4G with you and plug it in into a PC without the software suite.
The Scarab is absolutely swathed in BF3 livery, with the picture of the iconic soldier dominating the whole mat. What makes the Scarab better than your standard hard gaming mouse mat is Razer’s Fractal 2.0 Textured Surface which the company says helps tremendously in tracking.
We primarily used the Imperator 4G with the Scarab, though we did spend some time with a generic mouse pad for comparison and unsurprisingly, the Imperator 4G tracked better on it. The Scarab also comes in a nice carrying case, if you ever feel the need to take it to a LAN party.
Aside from the obvious Battlefield 3 branding, the Imperator and the Scarab also contains exclusive codes to unlock Razer’s virtual snake dogtag for use in BF3. While the dogtag doesn’t really give you an innate advantage over your opponents, it’s still a nice extra nonetheless, and we’re pretty sure not everyone will be walking around with it.
We’re a firm believer in skill over equipment here at Gadgets, but to be honest, we did notice the advantage when we started using the Imperator 4G and the Scarab. We had better control over shots and our character, and the effortless glide of the Imperator 4G over the Scarab meant that we only hade to make small movements to turn around and shoot enemies. In fact, we had to dial down the sensitivity of the Scarab 4G because it felt to jumpy with the default settings.
Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition
Comfortable to hold and use
Adjustable thumb buttons
Dual sensor system
Gloss black side finish may be an issue for sweaty palms
Razer Scarab Battlefield 3 Edition
Mice tracks well on surface
Great visual design
A bit expensive for a mouse mat
The Battlefield 3 editions of Razer’s Imperator 4G and Scarab are the peripherals to pick up for the die-hard BF3 fan.