As any soldier will tell you, a reliable weapon is paramount to a successful campaign. The same is true in the world of virtual warfare, where every millisecond and pixel matters – a world where fast and accurate targeting can be the difference between life and death. I realised just how much difference a high resolution gaming mouse could make when I reviewed the Logitech MX518 a little while ago, and now I have what’s widely considered to be the Daddy of gaming mice sitting on my mat – the Razer Diamondback.
Actually the Razer Diamondback has been around for a while, and it was the first 1,600dpi mouse to hit the streets, but after I reviewed the Logitech and Benny looked at the Saitek PC Gaming Mouse, we felt that we had to also assess the Razer. In fact it’s clear that this mouse has been available for a while, since there are quotes from previous reviews plastered on the box. However, whoever it was that chose those quotes really should consider a career outside of marketing. Why? Well, this is what Tom’s Hardware had to say according to the Razer box – “… The mouse’s accuracy is really diabolical…”. Hardly what I’d consider to be a choice quote to sell your product, but each to his own.
Anyway, amusingly inappropriate quotes aside, let’s take a look at the Diamondback. The version I have in front of me is the limited edition Plasma version, which has a very cool blue light that illuminates the scroll wheel. It has to be said that the Diamondback looks great, even better than the Logitech MX518, which I quite frankly adore. The casing has a smoked black finish, but it’s still translucent enough to see the workings and, of course, the blue light inside.