Razer DeathAdder Review

The Razer DeathAdder is one of the few peripherals that lives up to, and surpasses, the hype.

When it comes to peripherals, I have been infamously known for (embarrassingly) wielding the cheapest and most easily accessible option. 

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However, once I started getting into games that relied heavily on reaction time and aiming, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, etc., I realized that these $10 headphones and mice from my local Wal-Mart wouldn’t exactly do me justice. 

I knew I possessed a burning vengeance against wireless mice, so that category was immediately eliminated. I have relatively small hands and originally found the Razer Naga to be a perfect fit for me. 

The Naga, unfortunately, met its untimely demise within the year which, unbeknownst to me, marked one of the greatest improvements to my gameplay, and I didn’t even know what I was missing. 

Unboxing 

The box was lighter than I originally thought it would be, considering this mouse was considerably larger than I was used to. 

Opening the rest of the box, I was nervous when there was no software included, only the mouse itself. That was when I realized the mouse was compatible with Razer Synape 2.0, a game settings cloud application. 

Personally, I loved this feature, as it eliminated the need for the clunky, physical CD installation process. All of your mouse settings are contained to one program, which also allows you to customize any other piece of Razer gear you’ve acquired. 

Features and Customization

The Razer DeathAdder comes equipped with a sleek and futuristic design, a green LED on the scroll wheel and base, and 2 customizable side buttons. The scroll wheel can also be pressed down making the total amount of 5 clickable objects.

This is perfect for me, because too many side buttons confuse me and usually end up with me attempting to perform some incredulous feat in-game and failing miserably. 

The aesthetics are simply beautiful, with the left and right mouse buttons flattening out at the end to ensure maximum accuracy and timing. The button sensitivity was also perfect for me, without having to change anything out of the box.

Rubber grips on both sides are a trend many mice are following these days, and the DeathAdder is no exception. These add a significant amount of comfort, especially on those unavoidable days of grinding. 

The compatibility with Razer Synapse 2.0, which I mentioned earlier, makes customization easier than ever before. 

The only thing that I can say negatively about the mouse from the first few uses is how massive and heavy it is. Being so used to my tiny Naga, the transition was painful at first. Despite being put off by the size, the mouse became noticeably comfortable after my hand got used to the form.

Performance

When I claim that my gameplay improved substantially in almost every game I tried, I am understating. The Razer website affirms that this mouse has the perfect amount of “bounce back” to keep users clicking as fast as humanly possible. 

Not only are you able to click at the drop of a hat, which is vital in games such as League of Legends, but the accuracy is unparalleled to any other mouse I’ve experienced before. Not only are my skill shots prominently more precise; I’ve even been complimented that my skill level in most games has notably improved. 

Although I spent a bit of time adjusting the sensitivity settings on Razer Synapse 2.0, I decided that the default settings were fine just the way they were. 

Overall

It’s safe to say that I am overly pleased with the Razer DeathAdder. Not only does the mouse have remarkable accuracy and sensitivity, you’ll see an overall improvement in your general gameplay as well. 

I would wholeheartedly recommend this mouse to others, with the only downfall being the size. If the mouse were just a bit smaller, I would have given it a 10.

The heaviness is actually a plus, considering the weight keeps your hand in place during even the most intense moments of gameplay. 

Some basic specs include:

  • 3500DPI Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response
  • 6400dpi 4G Optical Sensor
  • 200 inches per second and 50g of acceleration
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 5.00”/127mm (Length) x 2.76” / 70mm (Width) x 1.73” / 44mm (Height) 
  • Approximate weight : 0.23lbs / 105g

The DeathAdder is available on the Razer website for $70, and even compensates those who are left-handed with a version made specifically for them

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Razer DeathAdder Review
The Razer DeathAdder is one of the few peripherals that lives up to, and surpasses, the hype.

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