I do love gaming, MMORGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) being my favourite genre, and spend probably more time than is healthy at my PC! Having said that, I am definitely not what you could call a "tech-geek"; whilst I love the gaming and social aspects of computing, I really have very little interest in the system and peripherals itself, preferring to leave all those types of decisions to my other half, who loves all the technical gubbins! I thought, however, it may be useful to have an opinion on a fairly high specification (spec) bit of kit from someone who isn't really much of a gadget freak, so here goes!
Whilst other reviewers may tell you about the specs of this mouse, and what this does to its performance, whilst I can copy and paste this information for those that understand this sort of thing (see below), I am really trying to evaluate this from a bit more of a "novice" perspective. To be honest, I do think in some cases the hype to have "the latest gadget" and the top specs, along with the price these things attract, is often over-rated. I do think in some cases companies cash in on the desirability and that new products don't always give good value for money, as the noticeable effect of the newer technology isn't always very great. It is for this reason really that I am often reluctant to spend my cash on "upgrading", particularly things like mice. I inherited this mouse from my partner when he got a newer Razer mouse for Christmas, and in this case even if I had've gone out and bought it myself, I would have thought it money well spent.
The first thing worth mentioning is the design of the mouse. It really is, as far as bits of PC kit can be, a beautiful thing. It has a sleek design, and "sexy" blue lights along its sides as well as a blue light under the mouse wheel. But for me, what is even more important is how comfortable it feels in the hand. The design of the mouse is very clever in that it seems, almost miraculously, to be perfectly shaped for a range of sizes of hands (my 6yr old daughter as well as my dad can use it with as much comfort and ease as I can), and is equally suited to left and right handed people. The buttons are a nice size; big enough to be easy to find with the fingers, but not so big that misclicks occur in times of stress on a gaming battlefield!
The mouse runs incredibly smoothly, so much so that I had to lower my mouse sensitivity to keep up with the little beauty! As I said earlier, I game a fair bit so it is unusual for me to find a mouse that I have to lower the spec for to keep up! I think this shows just how smooth and sensitive this mouse is. I would find it hard to believe that anyone could want anything faster! It is very reliable and has never had a tendency to stick or jar.
The mouse comes with a very long cable, which is great if you have a larger desk, but equally not really a problem if you have a smaller desk such as mine; I just tuck any excess down the back behing my base unit.
One thing I have definitely come to associate with the Razer brand is quality, and this mouse does not disappoint on this front either. My partner used it everyday for over 2 years before passing it to me, and it is still just as good as the day it was purchased. It is easy to clean with a soft cloth and the finish etc. has not become in any way marked or disfigured even after all this considerable use!
When I think of the money I have wasted on cheaper mice in the past, which always had problems with sticking or buttons popping off etc., I cringe! I really wish I had invested in one of these mice sooner, as although they are by no means the cheapest around, their quality, performance and durability definitely make them a good value for money buy.
I would recommend this mouse not only for gamers/digital artists who want a really good performance from their mouse, but for anyone who uses a mouse on a regular basis and wants something comfortable to use which is reliable and will last the distance!
(Taken from http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.169416400)
*1800dpi 3G Infrared Sensor*
The 3G infrared sensor in the Razer Diamondback 3G enables movement speeds at 2.25 times faster when compared to a standard 800dpi optical sensor. Before the enemy sees you, he's been fragged.
*Seven Programmable Hyperesponse Buttons*
The Razer Diamondback 3G allows gamers to program button functions while Razers Hyperesponse technology reduces latency for optimum gameplay.
With On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment, you can switch sensitivity settings right in the midst of a fierce battle!
I'm quite a keen gamer and for years I'd been using Razer's excellent Diamondback Chameleon mouse. However, years of abusive gameplay took their toll and a minor failure appeared, the left mouse button had become partially broken. I felt it was time to get a new mouse...
The Razer Diamondback 3G was the perfect choice. Although it doesn't come with the metallic finish that was the distinguishing feature of the chameleon, it does come in a three primary colours... red, green and blue.
I opted for the 'Frost Blue' version as it matches other lights around my desk. My monitor, keyboard and computer case all sport blue LEDs, so I figured it was best to get a colour that matched! The clour itself emits from the mouse wheel and the slightly translucent panels on either side of the mouse.
Just like it's predecessor, the Diamondback 3G is the perfect gaming mouse. It has a perfect slimline shape suitable for both left and right handed use. It has a multitude (seven to be precise) of buttons that can be configured. It has a long cable, perfect if your computer is a distance from where you have your mouse. It's also incredibly precise.
In fact, the only real difference between the 3G and the old Diamondback is the internal sensor. They've replaced the old Diamondback sensor with one from one of Razer's other mice, the Copperhead. The new sensor is 1800dpi as opposed to the 1600dpi of the old Diamondback.
I can not honestly say I could notice the difference in precision. The 1600dpi sensor was so powerful and precise that it's hard to notice an added extra 200dpi! However if you're after a good high precision mouse the 3G is definitely worthwhile.