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Razer Diamondback Optical Mouse Review

Former staff writer    -   October 4, 2004
Category: Input Devices
Price: $59.99


Introduction
Six months ago Razer released their first ever optical mouse, the Viper. They are back this time around with another intimidating mouse, the Diamondback. The Razer Diamondback was made to add more features that all gamers want that the Viper didn't have, buttons! The new Diamondback has a total of 7 physical buttons which can be independently programmed via the Razer software. If that isn�t enough, the Diamondback has a 1600 dpi optical sensor, 16-bit data path, and of course the on-the-fly sensitive adjustment.

The new mouse also comes with all new colors, chameleon green and translucent flaming Magma/salamander red. As the name suggests, the chameleon green changes colors when you look at it from different angles! Let's take a closer look at the new Diamondback and see if there is any performance advantage over the Viper!


Specifications
  • Optical engine powered by k�rna precision
  • 1600 dpi, twice that of conventional high performance sensors
  • High speed motion detection, up to 40ips and 15g
  • Frame rate over 6400 frames per second (5.8 megapixels per second)
  • 16 bit data path, as compared to 8 bit and 12 bit data paths used by other conventional mice
  • Always On Mode � the optical sensor never powers down - provides instantaneous response at all times during gameplay
  • Buttons � 7 physical buttons optimized for gaming response and independently programmable
  • Ultra large non-slip mouse buttons, tactile response design
  • 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
  • Award winning Razer drivers featuring On-the-Fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Chameleon Green and Magma (red) translucent chassis options available
  • Comes with custom designed Razer Diamondback Lan-Pack for storage and transport.



What's Included
We received a very early sample of the Diamondback and the only thing we received was the mouse itself. However, like with other Razer mice bought through the Razer store, you will receive a LAN Party Bag and a CD that contains the drivers and software. Like always, I was able to get a picture of what the packing will look like once the Diamondback is shipping.


Razer is offering a choice of two different retail packaging boxes for the Diamondback. One box will have a custom paint that changes color based on how light hits it. The other packaging, seen above, is for the smoked clear case mouse or otherwise known asl "Red Magma" which comes in a similar box as the Viper comes in.



  1. Introduction & Whats included
  2. In-Depth Look
  3. Software
  4. Testing & Conclusion
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