Review: Razer Diamondback Chroma
If you have been around for a while, you remember a time before the Naga, the Mamba and the Deathadder. That was the era of the Diamondback, a 1,600 DPI gaming mouse in a world where gaming mouse just didn’t have the weight and meaning that it has today.
Now it is back, with a 16,000 DPI laser sensor and some pretty lights. The Diamondback sticks out thanks to its tubular design. Seriously, this thing looks like a disco-version of a torpedo. The elongated shape works well for both palm and claw users, though it feels more like it forces a hybrid of both. Because it is so narrow, your index and pinky finger need to hang onto the side grip of the mouse, which is oddly comfortable for me. However I am a lefty so most people think I have devil hands, so what would I know about that?
Normally when I see something advertising the lights as a big feature I roll my eyes a bit. The Diamondback’s lighting is really well done. Colours are vibrant and warm, without being so bright that having the lights on will make you feel like you need to find an underground rave. I prefer devices that don’t shout like this, but I could see how someone would enjoy to have a peripheral that draws attention.
Speaking of drawing attention, the scroll wheel is rather noisy, but only on the up-scroll, which makes a racket. The large buttons also make a lot of noise, not great for a quiet environment. Everyone in the house will know if you loaded up Cookie clicker, for example.
For FPS titles the mouse is nice and sensitive. It responds well to twitchy movements and its horizontal glide is so smooth, probably because there is such a tiny footprint.
Ambidextrous form factor
16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
Chroma customizable lighting
Inter-device color synchronization
7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
Razer Synapse enabled
2.1 m braided fiber cable
Approximate size: 125 mm (Length) x 60 mm (Width) x 30 mm (Height)
Approximate weight: 89 g (without cable)
In the end, it comes down to whether having an ambidextrous mouse with easy horizontal tracking is that important to you. For a southpaw with limited options, your heart strings might be tugged on by this mouse. This is a mouse you need to hold first to see if your hand is comfortable with the smaller shape.