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To be fair, the Diamondback is a good height, but it’s just too narrow, especially since its waist is tapered exactly where I need to grip it. If I place my thumb and ring finger over the side buttons it’s not too bad, but I constantly end up clicking the buttons using it this way.
Of course a mouse is a very personal thing, and Benny completely disagrees with me as far as the Diamondback goes. He thinks that this is one of the best mice he’s used, especially for gaming – but there is a very good reason for this, he’s left handed. As excellent as the Logitech MX518 is, it’s clearly a weapon created for the right handed majority, whereas the Diamondback is an ambidextrous rodent. So, while Benny usually has to make do with a mouse that’s completely alien to his left hand, the Diamondback fits his hand like a glove – or is it that his hand fits the Diamondback like a glove?
Razer obviously expects you to take your Diamondback with you to LAN parties and gaming tournaments as you also get a carrying pouch for safely transporting your mouse around with you.
The Diamondback Plasma is a limited edition and as such you’re going to have to pay a bit more for it. CCL who supplied us with the mouse is charging £34.99, while the non limited edition Chameleon red version only costs £29.99. As far as I can tell, both mice are the same, so it depends if you prefer blue over red and whether you’re willing to pay extra for it. It’s also worth remembering that the Logitech MX518 is similarly priced at £33.99, and that’s where my money would go.
The Razer Diamondback is definitely a high-class product, but it’s just not one that gels too well with my style of usage. The narrow waistline makes it difficult for me to hold, and results in an aching hand after prolonged use. That said, others obviously find comfortable, and if you’re left handed you’ll appreciate not having to adapt to an obviously right-hand biased design.