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Reviewed: Razer Boomslang Speed, Razer Viper
Producer: Karna LLC
Required System: PC with USB connection
Overall Rating: /
Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: June 24th, 2004

In November of 1999, gamers around the world were shocked by a small company bringing forth a product called the Razer Boomslang. Unlike most high-profile gaming products, the Razer Boomslang was a mouse, something that most gamers at the time were overlooking as a prime caming product in favor of high-performance joysticks. When people did think about the performance of mice, their eyes were turning towards the new "optical" mice, mice that didn't use a ball, didn't require cleaning, and were offering better-than-normal resolution.

The Razer Boomslang caused a dramatic shift in the market - all of a sudden, mice weren't something that gamers overlooked, and the performance of a mouse when playing games (especially FPS games like the Quake and Unreal series) began to be taken into account. The reason was that Razer put quality into its mice - a high-resolution tracking system for the mouse ball's movement, four buttons, high-dpi scroll wheel. The result was a mouse perfectly suited for twitch gaming.

Then came the fall of the dot-com era, and financial troubles. Razer has survived, and has recently relaunched their product line; two new and improved Boomslang models, the Boomslang Control (a 1400 dpi equivalent to the old Boomslang 1000 model) and the Boomslang Speed (a 2100 dpi, improved version of the original Boomslang 2000). They've also added a new, optical version called the Razer Viper.

I had the chance to try out the Boomslang Speed (actually its european variant, the Boomslang 2100) and the Viper, and they're both sweet.

Added:  Sunday, June 27, 2004
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 1/3

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