Razer Boomer Speed 2100 Mouse Review
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: January 29, 2004
Price: $59.99 USD (Special Price)
Razer is back! They have a new web site and a new product line with a rebirth of the Boomslang mouse. In April 2001 we took a look at the Razer BoomSlang 2000, a mouse that had no comparison at the time, and truthfully still doesn't. That is of course, unless you happen to take a look at the latest creation from Razer, the BoomerSpeed. The new "Boomer" product line has two models. The first one is called the Boomer Control which is 1400 DPI (for the control freaks) and the other is the Boomer Speed which is 2100 DPI. We'll be taking a look at the Boomer Speed today.
Despite having an awesome mouse, Razer has been through hell. In 2000 Razer manufacturing was suspended because their partner ran out of cash and went out of business. Later that year, Razer got a new partner and started spitting out mice again. Even later in 2000 Razer was once again in trouble when Razer's sales partner was acquired by a larger company and was told to ditch the slang.
By late 2001, fans of the Razer had started selling the BoomSlang 2000 on eBay, with auctions going well over $200.00 USD. I was lucky enough to get one when it was around $120.00. Synergy Media took note and sought out the Razer Founders. A month later BoomSlangs were being shipped out in limited quantities. Soon after that problems again arose for Razer, and the relations ship with Synergy was ended.
Fall 2002 saw life again renewed for Razer, and production was moved to China, and the first big orders came from TerraTec, in Germany. This gave birth to the 'TerraTec Mystify Razer Boomslang 2100.'
About a year later, Razer returned to the US (Thank god!), relaunched their website, and announced two new products. In-Depth Look
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.
Speaking of the differences in the 2000 and the 2100, the old 2000 came in a cool Razer tin, and the new 2100 mouse comes in a little LAN-pak.
The shape of the BoomerSpeed is identical to the BoomSlang. For those who have never used this mouse, it is very uncomfortable and awkward (at least to me) at first, but with time I've managed to get use to it.
The BoomerSpeed has two huge primary buttons (button 1 and 2) that make up well over 1/3 of the mouse's body. The scroll wheel, as with 99% of the other mice out there splits buttons 1 and 2, and serves as mouse button 3. Located on each side of the mouse are the secondary buttons (buttons 4 and 5). Any of the 5 buttons can be programed for whatever you need, be it double kilick, or a keyboard macro.
The Software and drivers have been upgraded to 3.0.03 but really aren't any differences from the 2.0.12 that came with the BoomSlang.
If you look closely, the PS2 Flex tab is still there, but it has been disabled.
Despite the setbacks and problems that Razer has had, they have still managed to come out with one hell of a mouse. Having the fastest, most responsive mouse on the market will surely help you out in any BattleField or CS tournament. For those of you who don't want a ball mouse, you might want to take a look at the newest mouse that Razer has just announced, the Razer Viper 1000. A 1000 dpi optical mouse. It'll be out in March and of course we will be bring that review to you next month.
- 7 foot cord
- Configurable buttons
- Large buttons
- Uncomfortable at first
- USB only
- Still a corded mouse, when cordless are raising in popularity
- Ball mouse has moving parts that will wear out faster than optical mouse
- Ball mice must be cleaned regularly