Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • 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 / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

Xiaomi Announces $16 Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Watch

The fitness market is booming as people try to lose weight through calorie controlled diets, and rigorous exercise. Technological advancements have allowed consumers to better understand their eating habits and even track sleep deprivation through fitness monitors. One popular example is the Fitbit Flex, which acts a pedometer and whole host of other features to put you on the right track when trying to lose body fat.

At $99, it can seem like an expensive proposition, but this is the norm for any innovative fitness equipment. However, Xiaomi has devised an incredibly cheap, heart rate monitor for a mere $16.  According to Xiaomi’s forum, the device will feature a 45mAh battery and strong strap material to prevent the watch from breaking during intense workouts.

The fitness band, entitled, Mi Band Pulse is set to become extraordinarily popular in the Chinese market and could be a great choice for people trying to lose weight on a budget. I doubt it’s going to match the seamless user-experience of the Fitbit, but this is expected given the low price point.

Fitness trackers, are replacing traditional watches for many consumers, as mobile phones become the standard to view the time. Personally, I prefer to wear a mechanical watch, but devices like the Mi Band Pulse have widespread appeal and provides information to help us all live a better lifestyle.

Do you use a fitness band?

Early Screenshots of Microsoft Office 16 Leaked

Microsoft isn’t just busy with the new Windows 9 and its technical preview that is scheduled to launch later this month, they’re also working on a new Office version. Sources have revealed that Microsoft has started to distribute copies of the future Office to partners and testers. Whenever that happens, we know the leaks aren’t far behind, and as such we get the first glimpses at the new Microsoft Office.

The new version of Office will bring back the helper gadget, but before you start to scream and throw things around, it is not Clippy. Instead we get the Tell Me helper that’s already found in the Office Online apps. Tell Me sits at the top of the documents as a help and search tool.

It provides a quick way to discover features and ask questions without digging into the enormous help documentation that Microsoft Office has. You could for example ask it “how do I insert a table” or “how do I print” and it would show your the relevant features to perform just that action.

There are no major changes to the design in the new version, it still looks like the current version with the Office Ribbons, a thing I personally would like to see changed again. They have however included a new black theme, as it was the number one feature request for Office 2013. The testers were also asked to give feedback on where it could be improved further.

The new black theme is a very unusual look for Office, but it’s said to cause less stress for your eyes and be easier to work with for long periods of time. It isn’t the default theme, it’s just an option. The old light grey, dark grey, and white themes are also still available.

The majority of improvements, in what only is known as Office 16 so far, are only fairly minor changes, but it plays well with Microsoft’s promise for more frequent updates and fixes for it’s Office 365 subscribers, and it looks like they’re taking that direction to the desktop users as well making it a welcome change.

One of the new features mentioned by the source, was automatic image rotation based on the metadata the camera has stored in the file. A minor, but useful function to automatic position images correctly when inserted into Office documents. There is of course still a function to manually rotate the image afterwards.

Microsoft is also improving its Outlook email client with more sync options. The new version is capable of just downloading 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, or 14 days of email. In the existing version of Outlook you can only download a minimum of one-month of email. This was another highly requested feature from users of laptops and tablets with limited storage and data plans. It’s great to see Microsoft listening to the feedback they’re getting and implementing these much needed changes.

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

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