Setup and Drivers
In We Go
There were no problems with installing or removing the Boomslang. Heck, I even had two mice connected at one point, and everything ran just fine. I had somehow expected two arrow pointers but instead found that both mice controlled the lone cursor. I was about to plug in a third mouse and refrained, realizing that I was being plain silly. We do have the option of using the mouse as a PS2 or a USB mouse. The USB method gives a fixed sampling of 125Hz. The PS2 connection allows the refresh to range from 10-200Hz
The current drivers run quite nicely and we didn't encounter any stability issues. Along with a spiffy looking interface, the settings are highly functional. There are settings that allow you to adjust the mouse wheel, refresh rates and button allocation. Nineteen different sensitivity settings allow for quite a varied pace, accommodating the slowpoke and twitch happy alike.
One very nice feature is on-the-fly sensitivity. Depending on what you are doing in a given game, the mouse will adjust. If you happen to be in a situation where you need to snipe, then simply lower sensitivity a few notches by holding down the thumb button and scrolling the wheel. Should you see someone coming towards you pump it back up to normal levels in an instant and you are good to go. Quite handy, I have to give Razer props for that one.
You Are One of Us!
Razer has released updates to their drivers, and will continue to do so. The next release should, if on schedule, occur in early April. The newer driver includes settings for the following: acceleration, fifth button support, independent X and Y-axis sensitivity settings, and other assorted fixes. Currently the mouse works at full speed all the time, and at this sensitivity, requires a considerable amount of control.
The acceleration options should hopefully tame this little speed demon. An added bonus will be the addition of fifth button support. If you look at the mouse, notice that it has an ambidextrous design. Depending on what hand is used, one of the side buttons would be disabled, as there can only be one thumb button. With this new driver, the spare button will now become a pinky button for those closet piano players.