Razer DeathAdder Elite Optical Mouse Review

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Today, it is no time of those one-dimensional gaming graphics and characters with a toy-looking joystick. Now we have stimulator games which allow us to experience the ‘reality’ in a virtual world and it is not possible with low quality accessories at all. It is safe to say that game developers have taken a quantum leap, and brought an ear-to-ear smile for the gamers. Now the gamers really feel the heat of the game.

The enthusiast gamers are always in search of top quality gaming accessories and it is quite necessary since, today, games make an almost real ambience, posing the hardest challenges to the gamers, which they gladly accept if they have gaming accessories they can rely on and the gaming mouse is one such accessory. Here we will talk about one of the most reliable and a blast from the past gaming mouse, Razer DeathAdder Elite.

Razer DeathAdder Elite is an easy to use and comfortable, for stay-at-home gaming adventurers as well as tournament’s jockeys alike.

Razer Death Adder was first launched in year 2006 and Razer gave this old serpent a refresh touch in 2016, and the updated version appeared as DeathAdder Elite.

It is an all-purpose gaming mouse that retains the ergonomic, sleek design as well as RGB lighting of its predecessors with an addition of 2 small buttons below and improved scrolling wheel. This version isn’t significant than mice which inspired it, however, it is still an easy to use and comfortable option for any tournament jockey or stay-at-home adventurers alike.


Technical Specifications

  • Sensor: Optical
  • DPI Levels: up to 16000
  • Max. acceleration: 50G
  • Max. speed: up to 450 inches/sec
  • Polling Rate: 1000Hz
  • Weight: 96 g / 0.21 lbs
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Grip: Palm & Claw grip

Other Features:

  • Razer Mechanical Swithces
  • Gaming-grade Tactile Scroll Wheel
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Ergonomic design with textured rubber side grips
  • 7 ft Braided fiber cable
  • 7 programmable buttons
  • Game Genres: MOBA, RTS, and FPS

 

Design and Ergonomics

When it is about design, Razer DeathAdder Elite is as same as its predecessor DeathAdder Chroma. Peripheral is yet 5.00 inches x 2.76 inches x 1.73 inches in size and it is ergonomically contoured on each side, and it still gives textured grips for both the outermost 2 fingers and the thumb.

As soon as you grip this in your hand, you will fall in love. Its rubberized texture on left and right side keeps it from slipping and you feel it comfortable on your fingers. Other mice generate slight discomfort on extended use. Hand Size Guide: Roughly measurements are

  • Claw – 18 to 22cm or 7.1 to 8.7 inches
  • Palm – 18 to 20cm or 7.1 to 7.9 inches
  • Fingertip – 18.5 to 22cm or 7.3 to 8.7 inches

 

Mouse Buttons

The only difference is that it has 7 buttons instead of 5;
• 2 left/right buttons
• 2 Thumb buttons
• 2 buttons below scrolling wheel
• 1 clickable scroll wheel

2 buttons on mouse face are new. These were previously consigned to expensive Razer mice like Mamba TE. Although these 2 buttons are not much usable, they are unobtrusive as well as comfortable and specifically useful for those need to alter DPI sensitivity on the fly.

Its scroll wheel has picked up few coarse nubs that gave me better grip than I had on its predecessor. With more responsive and tactile feel, scroll wheel revamp was another helpful extra, however, not sorely required.

Software

Just like its predecessors, DeathAdder Elite runs on Razer Synapse 2.0 Software which is a navigable, clean interface that lets you create profiles, program buttons and link them with the games, alter RGB lighting, calibrate mouse for diverse surfaces, tinker with all types of setting and adjust your DPI sensitivity up to 16,000.

Its software is intuitive and easy to use, particularly for those who have used Razer products before, particularly, the RGB lighting that handles yellow, purple and pink with incredible fidelity. Few RGB mice have problems displaying such colors, rather making them to look like dim red and blues, however, each one came through clearly here.

Performance

It is one of the few all-purpose mice which really deserve distinction. It is equally adept with StarCraft II, Overwatch, The Withcer 3, Nova Coverts Ops, Marvel Heroes and Wild Hunt.

It is best for real time strategy gamers, and its newer version will never disappoint for StarCraftII. You will never face any problem assigning your warriors to control groups as well as accessing them at touch of thumb button. Be it you need them to target particular enemies or obliterate each thing on their way. Marvel Heroes, a MMO Role Playing game which also needs the same level of furious clicking, also handled perfectly. Playing as Captain America, you will easily clear Venom and a host of Symbiotes out of the police station, and this mouse will help you find every target without any delay.

The Witcher 3 and Overwatch were equally fine experiences, be it I needed to plant myself as Bastion in former or in defensive spot or guide Geralt through dark dungeon on perilous quest in the latter. DeathAdder Elite is a versatile mouse, you can use bunch of extra buttons or none, it is perfectly comfortable, and it exhibits same strengths for single player and competitive adventures.

Precision, Sensitivity and DPI

At the bottom, there are 2 large Teflon feet below and above its all new 5G optical sensor that boasts DPI range which expanses from 100 to 16000 in a100 DPI boosts and 99.4 % resolution accuracy and 450 inch/second tracking speeds.

Although I do not have technical kit to test these numbers, it delivers consistent responsiveness at all speeds and exceptional tracking accuracy. There is no rare jitter, no skipping and no angle snapping.

It slides fine and is comparatively lighter for its size which is around 105g, much lighter as compared to 145g Logitech’s G502 Proteus Core and same as Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum.

Cable Size

Its braided wire is around 7 ft. long and it ends with gold plated USB connector. It does not get on way as well as feels more flexible and softer as compared to its previous version. This ensures that you would not get snagged as well as you can enjoy the smooth sessions during gaming.

PROS

  • Great software
  • Comfortable grip
  • Versatile performance
  • Pretty illumination
  • Best-in-class ergonomics.
  • On-the-fly DPI switching.
  • Buttons are large and accessible.
  • New mechanical switches.
  • Chroma lighting looks great, is customizable.

CONS

  • Most if not all the features are as same as previous model.
  • Nothing there to set it apart for its counterparts.
  • No on-board memory
  • No DPI light indicator
  • Synapse software requires user log in.
  • Small hand may find trouble.

Bottom Line

The only bad point about Razer DeathAdder is that adding only 2 extra buttons in whole year is a mild update. Otherwise, there is nothing to be fixed. It is easy to understand and it performs perfectly across wide array of games genres. Unlike other mice like Razer Mamba TE, Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum which are some superior mice that cost around $90, Razer DeathAdder is yet a strong contender at only $70. It is worth checking Razer DeathAdder among expensive mice as well as some cheaper ones like Roccat Kove that costs only $50, however, DeathAdder Elite is yet another well-made iteration of famous mouse.

Razer DeathAdder Elite Optical Mouse

Featuring the world's most advanced optical sensor offering DPI upto 16000, Razor's DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse is the best you can get. With gaming optimized mouse swithces and scrolling wheel, DeathAdder Elite gives the best gaming exeprience under this budget.

 

 

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