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Razer Diamondback High Precision Gaming Mouse
By Zachary Chan
Category : Input Devices
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 24th November, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Razer exploded into the scene with the Razer Boomslang gaming mouse back in 1999. The Boomslang was an opto-mechanical ball mouse dedicated for the hardcore gamer and boasted extreme resolutions at then unheard of rates of up to 2000dpi. With a futuristic design seemingly right out of Star Trek, the mouse instantly garnered rave reviews and was soon the de facto device at professional gaming events such as the CPL. While Razer rocketed off to a great start, the targeted audience then was small. The Boomslang did not gain popularity among general users mainly due to its outlandish design. The mouse was too large for most and didn't fit well for regular usage. The mouse also came at a premium price, paying USD$100 for a mouse was too much to ask from the general populace. At the time, optical technology was beginning to emerge as an alternative to ball mice and the Boomslang faded from the mainstream, though it still retained cult status among the gaming elite.

As the rumor mill spins, a successor to the Boomslang was supposedly in development. Before long, the public was able to get a glimpse of a prototype model at various tech and gaming fairs in 2000. The Razer Mamba (as it was called) deviated entirely from the Boomslang design. It seemed to be a bid by Razer to attract regular users with a more friendly form factor. This mouse sadly never materialized and Razer seemingly went underground due to lack of funding.

Today, the story is a little different. The gaming scene has grown tremendously with professional and amateur gaming leagues. International events and tournaments like CPL and WCG have taken spotlight in the media, proving that competitive electronic gaming is here to stay. The modest mouse is now seen as the tool of the trade for the gamer and focus on this diminutive device has been exceptional. There are now specialized mice, mouse pads, mouse feet, gaming gloves and even wrist/arm rests, all designed for better comfort, precision and smoother movement.

In late 2003, Razer came back with a vengeance. The original Boomslang models were tweaked with over 200 engineering improvements. The Boomer Speed (2100) and Boomer Control (1400) was the outcome, offering 2100dpi and 1400dpi respectively. These two mice were still opto-mechanical ball devices based on the original Boomslang. However, the release of the Boomer mouse was an appetizer of things to come as Razer finally unveiled a new model, the Razer Viper in early 2004. The Viper was the first optical mouse from Razer and heralded new levels of performance with a 1000dpi optical sensor.

Within a year, Razer upped the ante again by launching the Razer Diamondback during the 2004 World Cyber Games finals in San Francisco. The Razer Diamondback is a stunning 1600dpi optical mouse designed and developed right here in Singapore. Join us as we delve into the snake under the hood.

The Razer Diamondback High Precision Gaming Mouse

Within the package we find the following items:-

  • 1 x Razer Diamondback mouse
  • Custom designed Lan-Pack
  • Driver CD

    Let's take a look at the specifications of this baby:

    Razer Diamondback Technical Specifications
    • kärna precision optical engine
    • 1600 dpi resolution
    • 5.8 megapixel/s frame rate (6400 frames per second)
    • 16-bit data path
    • High speed motion detection up to 15g
    • Always On mode
    • 7 programmable buttons with scroll wheel
    • Ultra large, non-slip design
    • USB (Gold plated connector)
    • Zero acoustic Teflon feet
    • 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
    • 5.04(L) x 2.5(W) x 1.54(H) in
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