Razer Boomslang 2000 in the test: ball mouse with 2000 dpi for gamers
The mouse is probably one of the most used components on the PC. Therefore, its shape has become more and more user-friendly in recent years, it has a mouse wheel and the number of buttons has also increased steadily. So what else should a mouse stand out from the competition? At Razer, everyone agrees: So far, they have not relied on new developments such as force feedback or optical mice, but the Boomslang was specially developed for gamers and is intended to convince them of the Boomslang with its advantages for gamers compared to others. Razer offers 2 versions of Boomslang. The Razer Boomslang 1000 and its successor, the Boomslang 2000, which was available to us during the review. According to Razer, the Boomslang should have 3 main advantages over any other mouse:
- It is more precise and faster than any other mouse
- You need less hand movements to move the mouse and
- The sensitivity of the mouse can be changed 'on-the-fly', ie during operation.
Razer describes the Boomslang 2000 as the ultimate weapon for the gamer, through which he should be able to increase his kills in first-person shooters by three times. The review will show whether Razer can achieve this ambitious goal and whether it is really worth buying the mouse.
Scope of delivery
For $ 99.99 you get the Boomslang 2000 (the Boomslang 1000 now costs $ 69.99), a USB to PS2 adapter so that you can also use the mouse on PCswho do not have a USB port, can also use a small booklet that describes the advantages of the mouse and that contains the driver CD. The mouse comes with a 3 year guarantee. Razer has come up with something special for the packaging. The mouse does not come in a simple plastic cover, but in a box that is more like a cookie jar than a mouse wrapper. The 'cookie jar' is again packed in a cardboard box, the contents of which cannot be seen except through the Razer symbol. In addition to tips on cleaning, which are kept very brief, the leaflet contains little problem-solving help, but offers precise explanations of the setting options in the software. Unfortunately, the manual is entirely in English. Both the software and the manual for the Boomslang will soon be available in 5 languages, including German. At the time of the review, this was not the case. In addition, the driver CD is only supplied in version 1.0, so that the supplied drivers in version 1.2.01 are by no means up-to-date. To be on the safe side, I downloaded the current beta drivers version 2.017 from the official Razer homepage in advance, as they are expressly Windows Me compatible, which was not guaranteed with the included drivers. As it turned out, the Windows 95/98 drivers supplied have no problems with Windows Me. On the outside of the 'cookie jar' you can find a brief overview of the Boomslang 2000's features.
On the next page: The software