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Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse - Page 1 of 4

INTRODUCTION

The Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse is the latest mouse built specifically for gamers by Razer USA. As with the past products such as the Viper and Boomslang (see MUYA's review of the Sniper Boomslang 2100), this mouse garners the "powered by kärna precision™" moniker. Razer's parent company, kärna LLC, is at the heart of what makes the high precision of these products unique and advanced above other mice.

The Razer Diamondback comes in two "chassis" options: Chameleon Green and Magma (red) translucent. The Chameleon Green has a type of color-shifting paintjob while the Magma has a smoky clear housing.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICAIONS
  • New Optical Engine Powered by kärna Precision
  • 1600 dpi, twice that of conventional high performance sensors for increased precision accuracy and tracking ability
  • Ultra-High Speed motion detection, up to 40ips and 15g, for either low or high-sensitivity players
  • 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; the Razer Diamondback will be running on an unprecedented and unparalleled 16-bit data pipe
  • 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 all independently programmable
  • Ultra large non-slip mouse buttons, tactile response design, rubberized for sure grip
  • 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
  • 7', ultra-thin, lightweight, non-tangle cord
  • Award winning Razer drivers featuring On-the-Fly sensitivity adjustment and many advanced settings

The technical areas that determine the performance of a mouse are:

1. DPI of the encoder technology in the mouse
2. Speed/baud of communication between mouse and compute
3. Driver features/equations that turn mouse signals into motion
4. DPR of the encoder technology of the scroll wheel
   
1) Encoder DPI
  The encoder DPI/CPI (dots/counts per inch) is the most important factor in determining the smoothness and speed of a mouse. This is described by how many discrete signals are sent to the controller chip when the mouse moves one inch. As the number of signals sent to the chip increases, mouse resolution becomes finer and the resulting motion smoother. The Razer Diamondback and Razer Viper use a patented encoder technology that allows much higher DPI than current mice. Most mechanical mice perform at 400-800 DPI, while the Razer line of mice offers resolutions from 1140 to 1600 DPI.
   
2) Connection speed/baud
  The next critical link to performance is the connection between the mouse and the computer. USB 1.0 has a polling rate fixed at 125 polls/sec and allows for communication to and from the peripheral. See below (HID Drivers) for advanced 16-bit data-rate technology for the Diamondback.
   
3) Driver Software
  The driver software converts the signals or pulses that the mouse sends into actual on-screen movement. This conversion is basically an equation that correlates the number of pulses the mouse sends to the number of pixels on the screen. When the user adjusts the speed/sensitivity of their mouse, they are changing the numbers in the equation. For instance from 1 pulse = 1 pixel to 1 pulse = 2 pixels. This would make the mouse twice as fast.

The Razer line of mice offer smooth and controllable movement at ALL speeds, with speed/sensitivity adjustable "on the fly" by a special key combination. The user can adjust sensitivity settings from application to application, or within game environments, such as land to water or air. No other mouse offers this timesaving function.
   
4) Scroll wheel
  The scroll wheel in the Razer mice is extremely sensitive, providing increased click points per revolution versus the standard scroll wheel. This added capability enhances the current gaming experience and will do so even more as game developers continue to take advantage of advanced scroll wheel technology.

PACKAGE AND CONTENTS
 

Box Front, Back and Contents




Inside you'll find the following: Razer Diamondback, install note, CD (contains the Razer driver software and thorough HTML documentation), and a neat little neoprene case for the mouse. Packaging was well done and the box was sturdy. The mouse case would be great in transit to LAN parties or a nice place to keep your voodoo chicken bones, inhaler, pudding, whatever.

Next Page: Impressions

 


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