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From: Tempus

Subject: Razor Mouse Review

When I was first asked to write this review, I tried to weasel out of it. You might wonder why? Well, Iíve read just about every review that has come out on this mouse, plus I am rather biased about this mouse, so you can imagine my dilemma.

Tempus (assisted by Gnirps-shown here)
As I sit here with my cordless headphones on listening to Orbital, I have to wonder what I, the gadget boy of the 90ís, should talk about. Should I mention that the razor mice have an enhanced decoder that allows the razer mice to have a higher DPI? Such a higher DPI that I did not think it was true at first. Most normal mice have a DPI of 400-450. The Razer Boomslang 1000/2000 has very high DPIís. 1000/2000 dpi depending upon which mouse you get. Of course I could also talk about the vantage of having a high controller speed and MIPS? (Millions of instructions per seconds) Most mice have a MIPS of 1.5 where the Razer mice have a MIPS of 6. Of course there is also the speed of the connection to the computer. Most PS/2 mice have a speed or baud of 30-40 polls a second, in Win 95, and slightly higher in NT. The Razor mice are USB and have a speed of 125 polls a second. Mighty quick. With the Razor driver, the PS/2 can go to 200 polls a second, but it takes away from the CPU power to do this, and as most gamers know this is bad and evil.

No, I shall not talk about the technological advances of this great gaming mouse rather; I will talk about my testing experience with it.

The pre-production models I received filled my heart with joy. Infact, with every shipment of mice I received you could see me running through the hallways of work like a kid let loose in a toy store. Unfortunately the fun stopped there. Not all of the mice worked. Infact one of the mice caused my system lock up and reboot several times. I decided to stress test that mouse. It ended up being slung onto the ground and fracturing. That mouse now resides in a hangmanís noose in my lab. I sent e-mail off to Robert Krakoff, General Manager of Karna LLC, and he responded saying that my first run of mice had come to the end of their testing life and promptly sent me two of the Boomslang 1000 miceís. So I tested these mice and found that like with the earlier production mice the really improved my game. I felt that the scroll wheel was a bit stiff, and didnít care for either of the thumb buttons. But I did like was the butt of the mouse fit into the palm of my hand. I found the 1000 to be a very comfortable and responsive mouse. I saw my frags go up, and found that I could smack people out of the sky with a rail gun. After I got used to my Boomslang 1000 I received my Boomslang 2000. Can we say wow!

I really didnít think that an extra 1000 dpi would really matter that much. Little did I know that I would have to relearn how to use a mouse. The 2000 is much more sensitive than the 1000, and I ended up loosing a few games when I switched over. As I got used to the mouse I started improving my scores again and managed to surpass my abilities and move onto a new playing field.

Another fascinating thing about the razor mice is their driver. It allows you to set the sensitivity of the mouse. There is also an option called "on the fly sensitivity" that allows you to adjust the mouse sensitivity mid game with out leaving the game! You are allowed to adjust double click speed also.

Another fascinating thing about this mouse is that you can adjust the speed of the scroll. I have yet to see a mouse, and believe you me I have tested plenty of them, that lets you adjust the speed of the scroll. The final and most wonderful thing about this mouse is the fact that you can configure each and every mouse button. You can set them up with macros for each game you play. I will admit that I have yet to play with this function, but think of what you can do! Feasibly you could click the right button and grapple with the rocket launcher, or have it do anything else your little heart desires.

Even though the mice are not for the wallet challenged I feel that the price of these mice is well justified and a worthwhile investment. This could be the last mouse you ever by.

The Boomslang is available at Razerzone .

From: Zoomer

Subject: Vchache

Hi, a couple of comments about your Streamlining Windows for more gaming power! article.

1. The quicker fixer upper Use of cacheman would be even better.
2. Virtual Memory: Set it to the same size for min and max. Store it in your fastest drive. Use norton disk doctor to move your cache file to the front of the drive. While you're at it, moving the game folders to the front of the drive gives faster map loads....so you can get all the weaponds first. :)

 

You can download a copy of Cacheman at Tiklsoft




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