Mouse Sampling Rate: Razer brings it to 8,000 Hz on more products

Razer has announced the activation of the 8,000 Hz sampling rate on a larger number of mice, through thefirmware update of the devices. So far, yes standard by and mouse can also be used in the field gaming it was 1,000 Hz: with an important announcement, however, Razer seems determined to change what had now become a point of reference.

Leading company in the hardware and software sector for gamers, Razer was founded in 2005 by Min-Liang Tan and Robert Krakoff. It has become famous for designing and manufacturing high-performance gaming peripherals, such as mice, keyboards, headsets, mouse pads, and controllers. On Amazon Europe there are countless examples of peripherals produced and marketed by Razer.

What is sampling rate or polling rate

The sampling rate with reference to mice it is the frequency with which the device sends signals to the computer. Indicates how many times per second the mouse communicates its position and movements to the system to which it is connected.

The value is measured in Hertz (Hz) and represents the number of times per second the mouse sends data. A mouse with polling rate of 1,000 Hz transfers information to the computer 1,000 times per second. A higher value obviously means that the update frequency is higher: this contributes to greater reactivity and precision in movements.

The downside is that a higher sample rate means a higher processing capacity PC side. Furthermore, the actual perception of improvement also depends on other factors, such as sensor resolution of the mouse, the surface on which the device is placed and, indeed, the hardware configuration of the system in use.

The introduction of 8,000 Hz as a sampling frequency

It is certainly not the first time that Razer has taken a step towards 8,000 Hz. In 2021 the company proposed its Viper 8 KHz wired mouse; at the beginning of 2023 Razer launched DeathAdder V3, presented as the more precise mouse on the market.

In the case of mouse wirelessto which the polling highest ever is now extended, a question arises spontaneously: how much will the 8 KHz in terms of sampling frequency affect the battery life?

According to the company, the impact is different depending on the specific Razer mouse model: “Battery life details can be found on the respective product pages“, it is added.

The mice that are now compatible with 8 KHz are the following: Viper V2 Pro, DeathAdder V3 Pro, Cobra Pro, Basilisk V3 Pro, Viper V3 HyperSpeed , HyperPolling Dongle e Mouse Dock Pro. After the firmware update, you will be able to access the settings of the polling rate higher via software Razer Synapse.

How useful is it really to increase your mouse’s sampling rate?

Razer notes that increasing the mouse sampling rate is proving increasingly useful and recommended, especially for gaming enthusiasts gaming. I monitor reach increasingly higher refresh rates and any phenomena of microstuttering they are more evident precisely when the operating frequency of the display increases.

Micro stuttering mouse

Il microstuttering refers to small, brief delays or stutters in the output of your mouse or other input peripherals when using them, making the experience less smooth and responsive. With a 60 Hz monitor the polling of the mouse at 1,000 Hz was the norm. Suffice it to say, however, that the monitors used in eSports even reach 500 Hz refresh rate.

However, it’s a good idea to increase your mouse’s sampling rate only when you actually need it. Bearing in mind that the CPU would have to handle 4 to 8 times the amount of data that a normal mouse typically sends.

The images published in the article are taken from Razer’s press release.


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