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Razer Boomslang 2000

Company: Karna
Razer Boomslang 2000 (Mouse)
Street Price: $99.99 + S&H
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2000
Reviewed By: Mark


First Impression

''I'm sure to get the ladies with a mouse like this!'' Once I glanced over on that dusty Best Buy shelf and saw the Razer Boomslang 2000, I knew we were made for one another. I'm a pimp, it's a mouse, we're perfect. So, I use my part-time discount and kill $75 on a getto-mouse. Once I got home, I shed the case and plugged her in. So, what's next? Quake 3 Arena of course! ''What in hell's cabin am I going to do with the five buttons'' you might ask? The two side buttons will be used to trigger macros, the top left to fire, the top right to jump, and the scroll wheel to change weapons and zoom when pressed.

Problems With Sensitivity

After about two days of constant usage, the mouse wheel would randomly change weapons even when not pressed. I could not figure out why it was doing this, so I did some research and found that I had the sensitivity set to maximum in the program included. After I set the scroll wheel sensitivity down to its lowest, the game ran like a dream. That is, until about three days later. She randomly started changing weapons again. Looking for answers, I downloaded the updated drivers off RazerZone.com, and started her back up. Again, she ran like a dream, and has ever since.


Mouse Specifics

Lets get technical. The height of the mouse is (at its highest point,) 35mm! The width is just 81mm! Also take note of the long micro switch buttons; they are large enough for you to get your hand in a comfortable possition quickly. The ambidextrous ergo-design allows both left and right handed gamers to get the most out of their mouse! The scroll wheel on this baby can do 45 dots per rotation! This makes for the best responsiveness available! PS/2 Flex technology lets you adjust the polling rate of the mouse! Communicate from 10 to 200 Hz. How does this mouse compare to ...lets say...Joe Average Mouse? The Razer BoomSlang 2000 can handle 6 mips (million instructions per second,) while Joe Average can only handle 1.5million! Another great feature of the Razer is the 7' cable on the mouse! I no longer have to have my computer sitting a foot away from my mouse to operate! Take a look at the diagram to the right--notice that the ball is in the back of the mouse? Damn right it is! No longer do we have to suffer from terrible play due to dust and other problems of having your mouse ball in the front!



To sum it up, if you are interested in being a pimp-ass gamer, you will need the correct tools. I feel like this mouse is one of those tools. I have played with many mice on many computers with many video games, and I have never, EVER seen one that has the features of the Razer BoomSlang 2000! If you are going mouse shopping sometime in the near future, you may want to give some serious consideration to the Razer. Sure, it costs $99.99, but isn't the blown-off expression of a Q3a character worth the cash? ;) I am, on the other hand, going to have to lower the rating a bit for the complications I had while getting this thing to work correctly.

Rating: 7/10




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