Razer DeathAd­der Chroma

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Razer’s sig­na­ture gam­ing mouse is one of the most per­va­sive, iconic pe­riph­er­als of the past decade. It is, for a lot of peo­ple, the gam­ing mouse. The DeathAd­der is the ul­ti­mate no-frills, jack-of-all-trades mouse. It’s a work­horse that would serve 90 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion well, and one you’d be happy to own. There just might be some­thing out there that works bet­ter. Some­thing more niche.

It’s about as bare bones as a gam­ing mouse gets, with just five but­tons: left-, right- and mid­dle mouse/scroll, plus two un­der the thumb. The lat­est Chroma edi­tion is equipped with a braided ca­ble sheathe, 10,000 DPI sen­sor, and the now-stan­dard 1000Hz polling. That’s it. It’s a sim­ple mouse with sim­ple aims, and it’s all the bet­ter for it. If you’re a per­son who wants a gam­ing mouse that just works, the DeathAd­der is your safest bet.

Es­pe­cially be­cause it’s very com­fort­able to use. There’s a rea­son the DeathAd­der, de­spite its seem­ingly sim­ple de­sign, has be­come such an icon: it’s beau­ti­fully sculpted, with some of the most com­fort­able right­hand con­tours on the mar­ket.

(Claw-grip­ping is, how­ever, a dif­fer­ent story. You can claw-grip the DeathAd­der, but it’s not easy. The rear of the mouse is tall enough that it’s hard to get sep­a­ra­tion be­tween your hand and the plas­tic.)

The DeathAd­der is also no­table be­cause ev­ery­thing is over­sized. Al­most com­i­cally so. The scroll wheel is huge and fat, while the left- and right mouse but­tons are wide and flared out­ward at the end, giv­ing your fin­ger­tips even more space. As for the two thumb-but­tons, they are al­most as big as your en­tire thumb.

It’s not that the DeathAd­der is a mas­sive mouse. The form fac­tor is pretty av­er­age. It’s also very light­weight, feel­ing al­most like a toy when you pick it up. But whereas most mice – even most Razer mice – aim for sub­tlety, the DeathAd­der makes ev­ery­thing as big and ob­vi­ous as pos­si­ble.

We think it looks a lit­tle silly, but we can’t deny it’s ef­fec­tive. You’re never in the mid­dle of a fire­fight fran­ti­cally hunt­ing for the thumb but­tons be­cause it’s prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to get your thumb away from them in the first place.

Razer has re­ally gone down the min­i­mal­ist route with the DeathAd­der Chroma’s light­ing. Both the Di­a­mond­back and the Mamba fea­ture stun­ning light­ing ef­fects, with trails on each side that re­ally make use of the RGB light­ing. How­ever, when it comes to the DeathAd­der, the scroll wheel lights up and the logo lights up, and that’s it. In­deed, if you set your new RGB mouse to green it would look pretty much iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous DeathAd­der model.

On the one hand, who cares? It’s a mouse, and light­ing is purely dec­o­ra­tive. But on the other, if you’re go­ing to re­lease an en­tirely new ver­sion of a long-stand­ing prod­uct and mar­ket it on new light­ing, that light­ing bet­ter be pretty spec­tac­u­lar. The DeathAd­der is bor­ing in com­par­i­son to Razer’s other Chroma prod­ucts.

But maybe that was to keep the price down. At around £59 on­line, the DeathAd­der is the cheap­est mouse in the Chroma line, and one of the cheap­est in Razer’s line-up full stop. Or maybe it’s just an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ men­tal­ity. Af­ter all, why tam­per with a de­sign if it’s a proven seller?

Ver­dict

The DeathAd­der is pretty much the same as the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, ex­cept now the lights can change colour and it has a 10,000 DPI sen­sor in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 6400. It’s still just as com­fort­able as ever, and as bare-bones as ever.

The Chroma ver­sion is, how­ever, only right-handed, at the mo­ment. Razer still sells a sep­a­rate left-handed DeathAd­der, but it’s on a par with the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion. No fancy light­ing for the left-han­ders yet.

The DeathAd­der is a work­horse that would serve 90 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion well, and one you’d be happy to own

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