A Microsoft rep once told us that there was a generally cold reception for aftermarket mice that offered no new innovation or gadgetry. Logitech pioneered the "gaming mouse," and the Razer Boomslang confidently marches down that path, with a custom-designed product that boasts being more than just a repackaged version of a discontinued rodent. Can it live up to its lofty goal of pleasing the treacherous swarms of "hardcore," "elite," and even "professional" players? Perhaps it can, if for one, users can overcome aversion to its wild and unorthodox shape. While claims of enhanced precision may or may not be noticed (our office was split on this point, but many agreed that smoother rolling could account for the feel), and that depends greatly on how acutely you measure mouse performance.
The Razer Boomslang 1000 and 2000 should become available as you read this preview, and all of us at FiringSquad are eager to get our hands on a production model to test out the changes that have been incorporated in the retail version. In its current form, the Razer Boomslang holds promise, but also has a number of challenges to overcome in becoming a reference product.