Razer Boomer Speed 2100 Mouse ReviewFormer staff writer - January 29, 2004
Most generic mice usually only have about a 400 DPI resolution. What this means is that if mouse software and/or drivers didn't compensate for the movement of the mouse, you would be looking at moving the mouse one inch in order to move the pointer 400 pixels across your screen. That's not really an issue if you are using a 15 inch monitor and 800x600 resolution, but get real, who uses that anymore? Trying to use a 400 DPI mouse on a monitor with 1600x1200 resolution, and you'd be moving the mouse all day. Talk about carpal tunnel.
Mouse acceleration was created to overcome the problem of low DPI mice on higher resolution monitors. The drawback to mouse acceleration is that mouse acceleration causes the pointer to skip pixels, which in turn caused a jerky and less accurate movement.
Obviously no one wants a jerky mouse, so companies had to overcome this by developing higher DPI mice. More DPI means you have to move the mouse less to move the pointer. And there isn't a mouse out there that currently has a higher DPI than the BoomerSpeed. With a mouse that has 2100 DPI, you have to move the mouse very little in order to move the pointer across the screen, even at the highest resolutions. Less moving of the mouse means less fatigue on the arm, shoulder, wrist, mouse pad, and the mouse itself. This causes less fatigue and allows you to play Battlefield 1942, CounterStrike, or whatever you chose that much longer. ;)
Once upon a time mice had two buttons, and that was it. Over time, the scroll nipple and eventually wheel was added, and now it's not uncommon to find mice with 5 or 6 buttons. The Razer BoomerSpeed is no exception. Five programmable buttons, makes life easier, whether you are gaming or just surfing. Or you can use one for 'on the fly sensitivity' adjustments' This comes in extremely handy when sniping, as you can quickly move the scope around with fast sensitivity and then slow it down just in time to make the perfect head shot!
I was disappointed to find out that the 2100 did not support PS/2. Don't get me wrong, it works great with a PS/2 adapter, but you lose the ability to program the buttons and the on the fly sensitivity. The old 2000 included an USB-to-PS/2 adapter, but that's not available with the 2100. Guess times are moving on. Dispite being USB only, the BoomerSpeed does have the 7 foot cord which was one of the nice features of the original Boomslang.