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Review: Razer Diamondback

, posted: 25-Mar-2007 10:40

I have recently purchased (no freebies here) a Razer Diamondback gaming mouse.

it's absolutely fantastic, but before going into the details, lets look at the specs:

  • Razer Precision™ Optical Engine
  • 1600 DPI
  • Ultra - large non slip mouse buttons (at least the two main buttons)
  • Razer drivers - "Featuring on-the-fly" sensitivity™" (windows only)
  • 5.8 megapixels per second - frame rate over 6400fps
  • 16 bit data path.
  • Always-On™ Mode
  • High speed motion detection, up to 40ips and 15g
  • Buttons – 7 physical buttons optimized for gaming response and independently programmable
  • Non-slip side rails and new ergonomic ambidextrous design
  • Zero acoustic Teflon feet for smooth motion over any surface
  • Gold plated USB connector for maximum conductivity
  • Size: 5.04" length x 2.5" width x 1.54" height
  • 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord

So thats the specs according to Razer, now for the real truth.

"Zero acoustic Teflon feet..." - never before have I used a mouse which flows so freely, and yet, with so little inertia, its great when gaming as it flows so smoothly, but stops immediately as well.

Always-On™ Mode - I didn't think that this would make that much difference, but you really notice it.
especially when gaming in say "war based" FPS's (say Wolfenstein:ET, DoD, CS (+/- source), Battlefield  X, etc) in a position such as a sniper,

Without "always-on"
".... you have your spot, your carefully picked your position, and are sniping off the enemy, all of a sudden you here footsteps behind you, there is no team member on your HUD radar. you go from crouch to prone, then try to spin around, but you seem to lag for a split second, and never notice the knife blade slip between your shoulders..."

With "always-on"
".... you have your spot, your carefully picked your position, and are
sniping off the enemy, all of a sudden you here footsteps behind you,
there is no team member on your HUD radar. you go from crouch to prone,
then  spin around, finding an enemy with a knife about to stab you, quickly raising your gun, you squeeze your finger on the trigger, firing a single high power long range rifle round, right between his eyes at point blank range...."

ok, so they are fairly graphic examples, but still I think they demonstrate my point.

the sensitivity, and response took quite a bit to get used to, but once I did, it was great.

now I know of people who play games with rediculously high sensitivity, however this mouse perfects, what they were aiming for, its so incredibly responsive, but not over-sensitive.

I remember the huge difference it made when I first got an optical mouse for gaming (Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer) that was close to a decade ago now, and this razer mouse is at least that degree again of an improvement.

its absolutely fantastic.


* It's really aimed at guys with smaller hands than me, especially the side buttons. the 4th and 5th buttons are aimed at use for the thumb, but I can really only hit the 4th one with any sort of ease.

* the ambidextrous design is going to get applause from lefties all over, as its the same on either side, but I just can't use the  6th and seventh buttons next to my fingers.

* no official driver support in Linux (still works great though)

all in all I would give the mouse 9/10. its responsive, and really great.


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