This time around, it’s the Razer DeathAdder that’s begging us to be reviewed. Not wanting to disappoint the rodent, we’ve got it right under our wings ready to be scrutinized. We’ve been spending some good enough time with the Razer accessories adorning our desks since the past few weeks. And might we say time and again, the company seems to hold our attention with its eerily entitled gaming peripherals. Just a few days back, we gave a low-down of the very exciting Abyssus mouse.
If the Abyssus means hell in Latin, the DeathAdder too, we think, shouldn’t disappoint dedicated Razer fans. Screaming death with a name like that, you’d probably think Razer is adding some niceties to the infernal regions. And yes it is! The mouse landed in a packaging that by now we’ve probably got used to. The dapper bundle with picturesque details of what users can expect inside complete with quotes seems to literally say it all. Unboxing the contents revealed the large DeathAdder mouse, a quick user guide, a master guide, a product catalogue and the cool Razer logo stickers.
An outline of the features certainly brought to the fore the gamer in us. Boasting of the 3500 DPI Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor, the Razer DeathAdder sports 1000MHz UltraPolling and a 1Ms response. Adorning five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons, a 16-bit ultra-wide data path and on-the-fly-sensitivity tweaking were also featured among the highlights. With zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon feet, the rodent also incorporates an always-on mode. Phew! That’s a long list and we for one were rather enthused to give all those functions a nice detailing.
We get started with the much talked about fabrication of the mouse. Besides the super large form factor tailored to suit the average gamer’s hand, you will almost instantly notice the braided cloth cable cord that lets you plug the mouse via USB to your computer or laptop. The cord is approximately 7 foot long and includes a gold plated USB connector. As for the mouse, it stands at around 128mm x 70mm x 42.5mm in dimensions. It’s ergonomically designed to fit the needs of right-handed users and its impeccable size is complemented well by the glowing lights. Typically Razer, the mouse flashes a logo of the company that fuses in and out at short intervals.
The Razer DeathAdder sports large left and right click buttons that are not just neatly integrated into its top chassis but also aptly spaced out. The scroll wheel button has 24 click positions and is seated between the two buttons. It is illuminated in a shiny blue color while the left lower edge of the mouse is glossy and incorporates two buttons. The upper portion of the mouse boasts of a matte-like finishing that’s actually anti-slip and ensures gamers a firm grip when engrossed in adrenaline rushing PC games. Turn the mouse over and the underside splashes a lucidly discoverable Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor and the Teflon feet. Here, there’s also a button that lets users change profiles.
Moving over to the functionality, each of the five integrated buttons can be ascribed macros. With the DPI switcher, we could conveniently choose the desired dpi resolution up to a maximum 3500dpi. With that kind of a sensor, the mouse’s accuracy levels were too good to be true. To test its response time, we pitted it against a simultaneously plugged in standard mouse. Well, with the polling rate reaching up to 1000Hz, the 1ms response time sure didn’t disappoint us in gunning down our enemies at point blank range. The mouse seamlessly accommodates five profiles that can be altered courtesy the Profile changer knob at the bottom.
Interestingly, shunting between the profiles was no hassle at all. If you’re not a fan of touching buttons for every functionality, the software interface too should enable you to change profiles. The installed Razer DeathAdder control software should further allow you to configure the mouse settings as you please. Something that we really liked about the mouse was that we could choose to keep its scroll button off while the same could be done to the illumed logo. Yes, if you’re among those who disdain flashy lights on gizmos, just turn it off!
We couldn’t possibly let the mouse off without giving it a hands-on for some exhilarating shooter game. We played Counter Strike and were mighty pleased with its performance. Besides offering effortless movement and easy lifts, the aptly housed button number 5 on the side let us click instantly with our thumb. If you’ve got really large hands, the button right next to 5 namely 4 should satiate your superior gaming needs, not really otherwise. Even the regular right and left click buttons left us yearning for more with their high precision. As far as overall fruition is concerned, the mouse works really well at 1800dpi.
If you’re among those requiring high accuracy with a mouse, this Razer product will surely leave you on a high note.
Besides, gamers will find the mouse to be super comfortable even in prolonged sessions thanks to its ergonomic right-hand fit.
The side buttons are conveniently placed and gamers can assign the 5th one to a function that needs instant response.
It’s effortless to customize the mouse with the software and the Profile changer button too is situated in a good position.
Regular gamers with petite hands might just be overwhelmed with the size of the mouse.
The plain plastic chassis at the side could have been done away with and the top anti-slip rubber-like coating could have been added instead.
The inclusion of the braided cloth cable cord though very thoughtful of Razer, can’t really claim to be completely tangle-free.
Gamers having a penchant of hoarding some serious gaming arsenal can certainly count this one in. The mouse performs with utmost precision in shooter games and can also be customized as per your fancy. If you over look the super large size of the rodent which didn’t go down well with folks at our end having rather small hands, the mouse is pretty good. The DeathAdder gets 9 out of 10 as far as rating is concerned.
The Razer DeathAdder carries a price tag of $59.99 which is not really a bad investment if serious gaming features high up on your list of routine tasks.