Razer DeathAdder Review

Razer has introduced many gaming peripherals over time, however one item stands out from all of the rest. The DeathAdder is probably the best gaming mouse developed by Team Razer. I’ve been using the mouse for three years now and I’ll be telling you the yes and no’s of it.
Note that recently Razer replaced the DeathAdder with an upgraded model. Everything is the same except for the higher DPI and the new 3.5G sensor.

Specifications

  • 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor
  • Ergonomic right-handed design
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60-120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 128mm (length) x 70mm (width) x 42.5mm (height)
  • Closer Examination

    The first thing you’ll notice about the DeathAdder is the sheer size and shape. The mouse has an Ergonomic design meaning that it’s designed specifically for right hander users. The mouse is a bit larger when compared to other conventional mice and has a hump in the middle. Most new users might find the hump irritating at first but you’ll get used to it. I’ve also noticed that players with big hands adjust to the mouse quicker than the others, so yes if you’re the owner of a big hand then this is for you. In addition the mouse has good weight and will stay put like a stone for additive stability.

    The mouse contains a total of five buttons: left, right, middle and two thumb buttons. The main body of the mouse extends right up to the left and right buttons. The buttons are really soft and you can actually even click them by pressing the middle half of the mouse. Both the left and right buttons contain a minute depression which is enough for your fingers to settle in, giving you a good grip. While the fourth thumb button is easily accessible, I’ve had problems with reaching the fifth button. This must be really because of how I hold my mouse but anyone who has a good palm grip will be able to reach the fifth thumb button.

    The one thing I really love about the DeathAdder is the material used on the main body. Its a synthesized rubber but it actually feels like velvet. A big advantage of the material is giving you a proper grip even when your hands are sweaty. The material is of grade A quality and it won’t wear out that easily. Mine took at least three years before seeing a couple of worn out spots on the mouse.

    Once you have plugged in your DA, you’ll be blown away by the pulsating razer logo on the back and the glowing scroll wheel. While they look drastically cool, they also emit a good amount of heat. If you’re gaming for long hours in the summer, I’d suggest you to turn off the lights through it’s drivers.

    Performance

    The mouse is extremely comfortable and your hand won’t feel tired even after long hours of gaming. The new sensor gives you a very responsive feel. The 3.5G sensor allows for faster gameplay as the sensor is better equipped to deal with annoying negative acceleration that all gamers hate. This allows you to play at low sensitivities and wave the Death Adder around as fast as you like.

    Up till now the mouse seems like something out of a dream but it does have it’s negatives too. Firstly there is no way of changing your DPI without installing the drivers for your mouse first. This is a big blow because you’re now basically relying on the drivers to help you get that sensitivity you want. Many problems can occur on lan, USB not working, network viruses etc. So basically if you don’t have your drivers then you’re screwed. I countered this by using the mouse without drivers and adjusting to it’s default DPI of 1800. This worked flawlessly for me for the past couple of years until recently I decided to upgrade and bought the new DA. Without drivers the new DA features a default DPI of 3500 and not 1800 as some site reviews say. Adjusting to the new DPI was not an option because the other thing I don’t like about the DA is that it’s useless for me when using a higher dpi or higher sensitivity.

    Regardless of what many people say about the DeathAdder being the ideal mouse for high sensitivity users I beg to differ. The lift off distance is terrible and the higher your sensitivity goes the worse it gets. The sensor of the mouse is very sensitive and will respond to even the slightest of touch. Hence, controlling your recoil and doing calculated shots on the DA on a high sensitivity is difficult unless you’re well adjusted to it. My personal experience and suggestion to the readers is that this mouse performs flawlessly on a low sensitivity. That’s the reason I’m forced to finally use my drivers on the new DA and have switched back to 1800.

    While Razer have done a good job with this mouse there seems to be one hardware fault that seems common. The scroll wheel button might give out after some time. Mine gave out after three years and so I had to have it replaced. The problem I faced was that I had to scroll the wheel once to ensure my button works. Else sometimes at random the button won’t respond. Hence, I developed a habit of scrolling before rounds to ensure its working.

    Value & Conclusion

    The weight of the mouse, a precise sensor with a low sensitivity proves to be a good combination to players adopting all kinds of classes in shooting games.The mouse is priced at $60 and a good buy if you’re into esports.

    • jason

      Don’t buy these mouses, the quality is very low. My mouse broke within a month with no strain or damage done to it on my part. Shouldn’t have expected anything of high quality from China.

    • joe

      what mouse would you suggest then?

    • fares

      It’s made in china but designed and engineered in california

    • gk pista

      dear jason, i wanna ask you as u mentioned tht ur mouse broke in a month, were you put ur mouth in ur a** or u used ur mouse to f**k you????

      cuz as far as i know, mice doesn’t break, were you doing some hardcore bullsh*t with ur mouse???

      tell me exactly what happened???
      and i also want to ask u did any chinese raped you? as u are afraid from chinese quality….

      please explain ur issues…

    • kss

      Love this mouse.. My left clicker is sorry to say very sensitive as i slammed it to my forhead 10 times Pretty darn hard.. Got surprised that the plastic didnt break or so..
      Great mouse.
      DOESNT break easily.