In the eSports world, there are many companies competing with one another to be the “king” of gaming peripherals. While the overall victor is a toss-up, most will agree with the statement that the Razer Deathadder is the best overall gaming mouse on the market. Does the Deathadder live up to the hype? Let’s find out.
I’m using a Deathadder Chroma for this review, which is the newest version and characterized by RGB lighting.
Let’s start with the design. Razer hit this one out of the ballpark. The Deathadder is beautifully curved, and Razer’s standard black aesthetic makes it look like a starship. The scroll wheel and Razer logo are lit by LEDs, and their colors can be changed in the Razer Synapse software (more on that later).
Ok, so we know the mouse is pretty, but now it’s time for the important things.
The Deathadder is an absolute beauty to hold. Though I wasn’t used to its curve and ergonomic feel at first, I quickly acclimatized. There are rubber grips on both sides, so I had no problem moving the mouse around, and it was easy to find space for my pinky.
The Deathadder has an optical sensor capable of 1000Hz Ultrapolling and a whopping 10,000 DPI. 10,000 DPI is, admittedly, complete overkill, but it is cool that the mouse can track accurately at such a high sensitivity. After playing a few games of League of Legends with the Deathadder, I felt as if my movements in game were more precise.
The Deathadder has a fairly normal button layout. It has two mouse buttons with a scroll wheel in between them, and two mechanical side buttons on the left side. The mouse buttons as well as the side buttons feel fantastic, but the scroll wheel is disappointing. It feels nice, and clicks down easily (without being at risk for accidental clicking) but is missing a feature that I find very useful: A tilting scroll wheel. Unlike Razer’s other leading mice as well as Logitech’s, the Deathadder’s scroll wheel won’t tilt to the side, and therefore does not allow for sideways scrolling or extra command binding.
The Deathadder Chroma does have some interesting (albeit unnecessary) features, the most notable of which is the RGB lighting. The scroll wheel and Razer logo can light in any color.
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as well as cycle through a spectrum of colors. The spectrum function is very smooth, though it is not something I use. The Razer logo can also “breathe” by fading in and out.
One of the most contentious issues in the world of peripherals is Razer controversial Synapse 2.0 software. Syapse 2.0 is the software used to configure all Razer products, including this one. In the software, you find several tabs.
The customize tab is for changing what the various buttons can do. The only button that cannot be programmed is the left mouse button.
The performance tab allows the user to change settings such as DPI, polling rate, and sensitivity stages.
The lighting tab is for changing the color of the lights on the mouse as well as brightness. The color customization is rather limited, for although any color can be chosen, the mouse can’t cycle through two or three colors, only the full spectrum.
The calibration tool allows the user to calibrate the mouse for a specific surface. I tried using it for a desk and a piece of paper. On both surfaces, the tracking was accurate.
So what is wrong with Synapse?
Well, a few things. First of all, at least for first-time use, your computer has to be connected to the internet to change the mouse settings. Second of all, the mouse has no built in memory, so you have to have the software installed on every computer on which you wish to use the device. For me, that isn’t a problem, though it might be for some.
What are the good things about Synapse?
Cloud storage. Cloud storage. Cloud storage. It saves your settings profiles to the cloud, which is very nice when changing computers or upgrading to new devices. It made short work of importing my settings from my Razer Naga, which allowed me to jump right in. Another advantage to the software is usability. The software is straightforward, and anyone can use it without practice.
So far, I’m really enjoying using the Deathadder. Will it replace my Naga? Maybe. What I think makes the Deathadder so special is not that it excels in any particular area (except for tracking), but that it has no real faults. It’s a comfortable mouse with a pretty design that works well. So, does the Deathadder live up to the hype? Yes, yes it does.