the taipan is VERY solid. the sides feel very different (in a good way) and the mouse might be of TE quality, in that you can throw it against a wall and it’ll survive,
the wheel is very fast and it looks like it won’t jam over the time. the buttons under the wheel are reachable, even mid fight. per default they change the DPI. speaking of which, the mouse is the most responsive i’ve ever seen. 8200 DPI is a killer - perfect for shooters. tho, it might be TOO fast, so you might need to either use a lower DPI setting or change the mouse speed through windows and/or the game you play. otherwise it’s easy to use a different DPI option for different games and programs. since it uses laser AND infrared it’s usable on both, soft and hard undergrounds. even on reflecting undergrounds (coated shiny table) it works.
it has about the same size like the diamondback. the thumb buttons are better placed in this version and easier to use. my only real gripe (next to the price) is that the normal buttons don’t have the rounded groove the diamondback and deathadder had, making the finger placement not AS comfortable. tho, the mouse looks super slick. the green LED for the back and mousewheel can be disable through the new razer synapse 2.0 software. it’ll also use a cloud save for your config, meaning that you can connect your mouse to another PC and have the same config available that you have on your home pc; if you log into your razer account.