Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse - Page 2 of 4
Review By Clay Angelly - January 10, 2005
As a long time (and very satisfied) user of the Logitech MX700 and now the
MX1000, my first impression was that the Razer Diamondback has a very different
feel in more ways than one:
First of all, the Razer Diamondback follows an ambidextrous (symmetric)
design while the Logitech mice are strictly for right-hand use. Symmetry of
the Diamondback takes some getting used to and it does feel a bit odd
compared to right-handed mice. I did get used to it pretty quickly though
and liked the feel, albeit different.
The Razer Diamondback's two main buttons have a rubber coating which
offers a better feel than slick plastic or metal. These buttons are also
contoured in a concave fashion so your fingers rest in the with a very
Some folks like to have an area "rim" near the buttons of a mouse where
they can rest their fingers (instead of resting them on the buttons
themselves). There is a rim area on the Diamondback but it is smaller than
the area around the buttons of the MX700. So, if you're the type that likes
this resting area it's there but just barely.
Overall, the feel of the Diamondback in my hand did feel smaller than my
previous mice. This is mostly due to the fact that there is a fairly
distinct difference in height (or thickness I suppose) with the Diamondback
being not quite as "tall". This wasn't a big deal to me though and I quickly
got used to it. It weighs roughly 25% less than the MX700 which is 175 grams
The scroll wheel on the Diamondback is the best that I've used. The
wheel is wider, longer and less tapered than any I've used. By "less
tapered" I mean that it doesn't come to a slight peak as most do. The
Diamondback's wheel has more surface area because it is flatter (not
tapered). Also, the movement of the wheel makes little to no noise yet it
still has the tactile "bump" feedback.
The side buttons are this mouse's Achilles heel as they just don't feel
good in terms of placement, size, and feel when pressed. The left side
button isn't too bad regarding placement, though it could stand to be moved
further towards the front. The right side button is all but useless. I can't
even pick my nose with my pinky finger, much less press a skinny little
button while fragging away in a first person shooter.
This thing is smoooooth. The 1600dpi and 16-bit data path appear
to be much more than marketing-speak (although some more detailed tests
suggest the effective DPI to be more like 1496). At first use it actually
felt a bit too smooth but you have an amazing amount of control to
tune this to your liking via the Razer driver software. The Teflon feet were
a nice (albeit standard) touch as well.
Once I actually spent a few hours gaming with the Diamondback I was sold
on its smoothness and precision. I could make headshots (at a good distance
at that) in Doom 3 and Half Life 2 with an uncanny ease that I could not
My wife uses my PC at times to print. She's probably the typical wife of
a geek in that she's rarely impressed with any of my geek-a-licious booty.
However, after a minute or so she said to me, "Wow, this mouse is
smooth...like it's gliding on air." That may not sound like much, but coming
from her it was huge.
I never thought I'd go back to a wired mouse. After extended use with
the Diamondback, though, I thought wrong.
Below are some comparison shots between the Razer Diamondback and a Logitech
MX700 for your reference. They are almost exactly the same length but the Razer
Diamondback is both a bit narrower and not quite as tall as the MX700. There are
some concave contours (shown best in the third image below) along both sides of
the Diamondback so it somewhat retains that kind of feel from the MX700.
Below are some additional images of the Razer Diamondback that focus on the main
mouse buttons, side buttons, scroll wheel and bottom.
As you can probably see, the bottom and sides of the mouse are a slick, shiny
plastic. I would have preferred that the sides had the same rubber coating as
the two main buttons. That kind of tweak is easy enough to make on your own just
to your liking anyway with various textured tapes or rubberized aerosols.