Razer Armadillo
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 20 May 2006. Page 1 of 1. Add A Comment

With spending a great deal of time preparing for the new Computex launches and coverage to come next week, we have been a bit busy around here but managed to spend some time with Razer's Armadillo. While the Armadillo is not nearly as fascinating as the Razer Copperhead, Krait, or Tarantula, it certainly is an interesting little piece of hardware. The Razer Armadillo serves as a cable management system for any computer mouse -- simply not Razer products. Compared against other cable management solutions, the Armadillo is relatively simple and efficient for preventing unwanted mouse movements by long wires.

Some of the features for the Razer Armadillo include a low center of gravity, optimal cable height, high-speed machined base, and heavy-duty construction. For maximum stability with the Armadillo, the center of gravity is 15mm from the base to allow maximum stability and a smaller size footprint. The cable height is also raised to allow for friction-free cord movements. Finally, the Armadillo base is designed to swivel a full 360 degrees on the desk without moving around. To prevent the cable solution from being rendered useless, the device is 300 grams of carbon coated steel. As far as the dimensions go for the product, the top cap is 10mm, the base is 25mm in height, and the cable slot is 10mm, while the total footprint size on the desk is 35.25 x 43.88 mm.

The Razer Armadillo is universal throughout all current computer mice; however, the maximum cable diameter is 3.5mm. For our tests, we had used the Razer Armadillo in combination with the Razer Copperhead. Having used the cable management solution for over a week now, we have been satisfied with its abilities to present unwanted mouse movements by limiting the excess cable. The construction of the device is certainly heavy-duty, and can fit almost anywhere on a desk and simply do its job of managing the single mouse cable. While this is Razer's first attempt at creating a line of gaming accessories, the mouse does perform as stated, but depending upon your mouse and specific setup, it may or may not be useful to all. At approximately $20 USD, it is not a bad deal to accompany a Razer Copperhead or Krait.

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