Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse - Page
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Review By Clay Angelly - January 10, 2005
The Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse has elbowed its way into my primary
mouse at home for gaming, web browsing, and general computing. I do some graphic
design on occasion at work. So, I'm strongly considering on using this mouse for
that too as the single pixel precision needs would be met very well with this
mouse. There's a lot about this mouse and it's accompanying software that
You may have noticed that the back of the box carries the "Agilent
enabled" logo. This is because
Agilent makes the sensors for many optical mice,
including Logitech. The particular sensor for this mouse is the A3070.
Agilent has yet to release a datasheet on this sensor though, so the finer
details are unknown at this time. Razer used a standard Agilent sensor (ADNS-2051)
and controller for their previous Viper mouse which offered less
precision and fewer buttons than this more advanced A3070.
Below is a chart comparing some of the most important aspects
between the Razer Diamondback's closest competition in terms of technical specs, the Logitech MX 510.
The 1ms response time (lag) of the Razer Diamondback is impressive. I never
noticed any lag whatsoever with this mouse.
Mice are probably the most particular piece of hardware we
own. I hope that I've been able to give you enough of my impressions to make an
informed decision on whether this is the next mouse for you or not.
I didn't get into the potential for increasing your USB polling
rate in Windows (the USB spec is 125Hz) as you can really damage your system if
you're not careful/lucky. You can force your polling rate up to 500Hz and even
1,000Hz for even more precision and overall perforance.
That's about it. Again, I was (and still am) a huge fan of the
MX700 and MX1000 but the Razer Diamondback had what it took to rise above the
High build quality
Nice illumination through sides and scroll wheel
Gold plated USB connection
Works equally well with USB 1.0/2.0
Rubberized, contoured buttons
Larger, wider, quiet, and precise scroll wheel
7' USB cable
USB cable is thinner/lighter than most
Side button placement/feel
Some brief adjustment period when coming from previous
asymmetric mouse use