Razer Diamondback 3G Gaming Mouse Review

Makaveli - 2007-09-24 09:16:47 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: October 11, 2007
Razer
Razer
Price: $49.99 USD

Introduction:

As time progresses, so does the technology. The technological growth of mice in the last few years has been astronomical. We’ve seen mice go from 800dpi to 4000dpi, optical to infrared, and beige to LED lights within the mouse. In the wake of all this new technology, gamers really have to sift through all the mice to find the technologies that are the best fit for them and their style of play. One of the most successful gaming mice ever created is Razer’s Diamondback mouse. The Diamondback is now “Back in Black” with an all new look and laser technology. Let’s examine this new Razer Diamondback 3G to see if it’s the mouse many gamers have been craving for.

"Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. We reinvented the computer gaming industry by bringing this competitive edge to gamers when professional computer gaming was in its infancy. In the mid 90s, with the advent of networked gaming and competitive first-person-shooter (FPS) games, gamers found that their legacy peripherals were inhibiting rather than enhancing their gameplay."

 

Closer Look:

The black box that the Razer Diamondback 3G is packaged in is extremely slick-looking and displays some of the technologies of the mouse. The back of the box is where you’ll find features listed in multiple languages. On either side of the box you’ll be given examples of just how much better this mouse is than the standard mouse and a letter from Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff.

 

 

 

The box opens up via a flap on the front and when it’s open, you’ll see the mouse you are about to get your hands on! I’ve always liked the clear plastic they use to show off the product inside.

 

Let’s get this mouse out of the box and take a closer look at it!

Closer Look:

The Razer Diamondback 3G gaming mouse really seemed slender to me, especially the underside of the mouse. It’s got the standard Razer logo printed on the top of it and on the underside you can see the feet that help it glide on surfaces. The sides of the mouse have gripping railings on them and either side also has two customizable buttons. The mouse houses a total of seven buttons, so you’ll be able to customize it quite a bit.

 

 

 

 

Initially, I felt like the hump in the mouse was too big. However, it is smaller than the DeathAdder’s hump.

 

 

The mouse is plug-and-play via a gold-plated USB cable. Included with the mouse is a certificate of authenticity, quick start guide, and master guide. The master guide is where you’ll find the software installation CD.

 

 

Installation:

To correctly install the Razer Diamondback 3G gaming mouse, plug in the mouse to an open USB port and insert the software CD. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. While the mouse is installed you’ll notice that the scroll wheel is lit up all the time; exactly like most other Razer mice. The side rails also have a glow to them, but it’s faint. In most Razer products, the logo flashes slowly, but in this mouse the logo doesn’t glow at all.

 

 

Now that the mouse is installed, let’s examine the software used to configure the mouse.

Configuration:

Customizing your Razer Diamondback 3G gaming mouse is very simple, much like other Razer mice. The software for the mouse is specific to the Diamondback 3G so some things are different. When you first open the panel, you’ll be allowed to change the double-click speed of the mouse and the sensitivity of the mouse. If you click “Advanced” under the sensitivity slider, you’ll be given even more sensitivity options to change such as the X and Y axis speed.

 

 

 

The next tab is called “Scroll Wheel” which is the place to go to change just how many lines a page goes up or down when you scroll once on the mouse.

 

The last tab is “Buttons” which is where you can customize each button on the mouse to do whatever you please. This mouse is ambidextrous so you can customize the mouse to suit a left-handed setup. Also, notice just how many options you have to set each button to.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve got a good idea for what’s in the software, let’s test the mouse!

Specifications:

 

Features:

Testing:

This Razer Diamondback 3G gaming mouse will be put to the test against the Razer DeathAdder and the Logitech G9. The Razer DeathAdder in an optical mouse, whereas the Diamondback 3G and Logitech G9 are infrared. I’ll be testing each of the mice’s speed, comfort, precision, and customizability. All mice will be tested on the Razer Mantis Control mouse pad. Counter-Strike: Source, Battlefield 2, and Call of Duty 2 will be the games that I’ll be playing in order to test each mouse.

Testing System:

 

The first test will be of the speed of each mouse being moved across the Razer mouse pad. The test is from 1-10; 10 being lightning fast and 1 being it didn't move the slightest bit.

 

The Logitech G9 has a more slick surface than both of the Razer mice, but the Razer mice both did quite well. Now we'll be testing the comfort of each mouse. The scale is still going to be 1-10; 10 being my hand never wants to leave the mouse and 1 being "Gross!"

 

The hump in the Diamondback 3G is too high for my liking, but it is smaller than the DeathAdder's hump. I really do like the Logitech G9's flat feel to it. The next test will be the precision in games. The scale will still be 1-10; 10 being I'm a dead shot with the mouse and 1 being I can't use this mouse to play the game.

 

The Razer Diamondback 3G really was precise while I used it. I felt it did better than the DeathAdder in this test, but it was about the same as the Logitech G9 (using the slick faceplate).  Now on to customizability, once again with a scalle of 1-10; 10 being extremely customizable and 1 being take it as is.

 

Interchangeable face plates is what really gave the Logitech G9 the upper-hand here. The Diamondback 3G was good because all the buttons are easy to change actions. The DeathAdder works the same way as the Diamondback 3G does, so I gave it the same score.

Conclusion:

The Razer Diamondback 3G was better than the Razer DeathAdder in almost every way. The mouse was comfortable, uses an infrared laser to communicate to the computer, and is ambidextrous; something the DeathAdder is not. The anti-slip grip on the Diamondback 3G really works well. The one thing that I didn’t like was how the buttons on the side rails worked because it was hard to press them, and even finding them was a task. I was surprised that the Razer logo didn’t glow like every other Razer product that I’ve owned, but it does still look good in the dark. The LEDs on the side rails didn’t glow too brightly, making it easy on the eyes at night. Also, the fact that the mouse is ambidextrous and that the software supports that, is really a plus. I was satisfied with the cord’s length; something that lacks in some of today’s mice. Overall, I have to say this mouse is certainly a good gaming mouse and it definitely kept up with some of the best mice on the market. The price is set just about right for this mouse, so if you need a gaming mouse that won’t disappoint, but you want to keep your wallet full, check out the Razer Diamondback 3G gaming mouse.

 

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