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The driver hasn’t got worse :). The new look of the control panel is as effective as before. And of course, all the exclusive functions are here, including “On-the-Fly Sensitivity” (you can adjust the mouse’s sensitivity in real time in any applications, also in games, with a press of one button). You can assign actions to all seven buttons and even create macro-combinations.

Well, some users don’t like to install exclusive drivers for the mouse, but stick to Windows’ generic driver instead. In this case the Diamondback is identified as a normal HID-compliant mouse and works quite well, even the additional buttons perform as they should, but of course you won’t have the extended functionality with the standard driver. So we advise you to install the driver enclosed with the mouse anyway.

Working and Gaming Experience

As mentioned above, Razer recommends to the users of its products to work with a high sensitivity parameter. Such are also my personal preferences shaped up during the three years of using a Razer Boomslang 2000 (by the way, that mouse is still alive and works well – a sign of the product’s quality). Some time ago, after testing several mice, I chose a Logitech MX900. The reason was simple – the mouse came in the DiNovo Media Desktop kit which I bought. But before the purchase I made sure the MX900 was close in feel to the wired MX500 and could be used to play games comfortably. After a day with the Diamondback, however, I realized clearly the drawbacks of the Logitech MX900. Well, I actually have no complaints about the MX900 proper – if you don’t compare the MX500/700/900 series with the Diamondback! The slight improvement of the positioning accuracy and sensitivity which you used to feel on a transition to the Razer Viper is now simply gigantic! Razer’s engineers have done a good job – they managed to better the feel from a modern optical mouse, although it seemed like the limit was reached and a further development was impossible.

The sensitivity of this mouse is twice that of ordinary 800dpi devices, so prepare for some weird impressions in the first few hours of play. There are two ways you can go: reduce the sensitivity parameter in double or try to adjust yourself to the Diamondback. The first way is simpler, but I recommend that you go the second and work with the mouse as its developers had intended you to do.

Wielding a Diamondback and having spent some time to get used to the new improved conditions, an experienced player will shoot without a miss as this is an ideal gaming device. Of course, professional users will also appreciate the improved characteristics: processing small details is not a hard job anymore. Short hand movements become as precise as you could never achieve with an ordinary mouse. I think Razer’s “professional” website Razer Resolution will soon be added with the information about the Diamondback, too.

As for the behavior of the optics, the sensor keeps track of your quickest movements without problems – remember the fact about those 7 milliseconds of acceleration to a hundred kilometers per hour?

I repeat once again that you should spend some time getting used to this mouse. Particularly, you should hold the Diamondback with your fingers, not with the palm. If you’re accustomed to laying your palm of the mouse’s surface, you won’t be able to make movements with the precision this device could afford.

I don’t have any complaints about the ergonomic qualities of this manipulator, excepting the above-mentioned inconvenience of using the two side buttons. Thanks to a special coating and a well-designed profile of the main buttons the hand feels very comfortable. The legs need mentioning, too. Besides sliding well on any surface they are practically noiseless even on glass pads. The low weight (90 grams) of the device means your hand will hurt less after many hours of network battles or work. The low weight also reduces the inertia of the device (you spend less effort to begin and end a movement), which improves the precision of your movements, too.

Summary

So, the Razer Diamondback is the best mouse we’ve ever had in our test lab. We’ve been watching intently after Razer’s products since the Boomslang 2000, and the company has never disappointed us. The performance of the Diamondback in games as well as in professional applications is excellent. The price policy is surprisingly humane, too. This manipulator is selling in retail for 50 euros in average, which is quite a common price for quality mice.

Highs:

  • All the above-mentioned pros of the Razer Viper apply here, too;
  • An incredible precision and smoothness of motion;
  • Seven buttons;
  • A sheath is enclosed as an accessory.

Lows:

  • The two side buttons aren’t handy.

Thus, we think that the Razer Diamondback is the best choice for demanding gamers and progamer as well as for professionals who need an ideal precision of the movements and a highest accuracy of the positioning of the mouse.

 
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