Razer is known for their excellent gaming mice, and the DeathAdder just might be their most popular line. After several revisions, Razer is back with the new DeathAdder Elite, following up the Chroma mouse which was released in 2014. Can the DeathAdder Elite surpass the Chroma, and does it cement Razer as one of the best gaming mice companies in history?
You can pick up the Razer DeathAdder Elite for $70 on Newegg.
Design and Comfort
The DeathAdder Elite’s dimension’s are 127 mm long, 70 mm wide, and 44 mm high. The subtle curved shape and big body is extremely comfortable, you plenty of room to rest your palm, especially for those with large hands. The mouse buttons themselves have slight finger grooves in them, providing a nice, ergonomic experience. I love the rubber grip on the side – it cushioned my thumb but didn’t impend it from reaching the side buttons comfortably.
The side buttons themselves also have a distinct texture, meaning you can clearly feel where each button is, which prevents accidental clicks. The scroll wheel is also textured, with tiny little nubs on it that provide excellent tactile feedback.
Overall, the ergonomics of the DeathAdder Elite are top of the line, and using the mouse was an absolute joy. It’s a little light for my tastes, though – at just 0.23 pounds, I wish it had just a bit more heft to it.
Design-wise, Razer has chosen to go with very simple, elegant approach. This isn’t one of those garish gamer mouses – you could put the DeathAdder Elite on your office desk and have it blend right in. Even the RGB lighting is tasteful and understated, with just a small amount emanating from only the scroll wheel the logo at the base of the mouse. For those of you looking for something flashier, you may be disappointed, but mouse traditionalists will be more than pleased with the DeathAdder Elite’s aesthetics.
Features and Performance
The DeathAdder Elite boasts a brand new 5G Optical Sensor that Razer claims has true 16,000 DPI and 450 IPS (inches per second tracking), along with a 99.4% resolution accuracy. This all creates a silky smooth experience, with no perceivable stuttering or jagged movement. While I can’t imagine playing a game at 16,000 DPI, it’s a nice feature to have.
The glide on the DeathAdder Elite is phenomenal –it soared across my desk smoothly and effortlessly. It was tough to go back to my old mouse after using the DeathAdder Elite for a day – it felt so clunky and slow in comparison. The DeathAdder Elite also uses Omron switches, which are known for their fantastic performance. These are responsive switches with a satisfying and distinct clickfeel.The DeathAdder Elite has 7 buttons total, including 2 side buttons, two top buttons, and the mouse wheel. The two top buttons are defaulted to increasing and decreasing the DPI. I liked having them, but I’d love for them to be a little bit easier to hit while I’m in the middle of a game and need to quickly change my DPI.
Speaking of changing the DPI, you can adjust that setting and more with Razer’s Synapse software. I love this software. It’s easy to use, fast, and packed with features. You can customize the RGB lighting and macros, but most importantly, you can adjust the DPI stages, and save different profiles for different games. A lot of other gaming mice lock you into their preset incremental DPI adjustments, and being able to tweak this is both useful and welcome. Also, all your settings are saved to the cloud, provided you create an account with Razer.
If you’re looking for a new gaming mouse, you should have already purchased the DeathAdder Elite a few paragraphs ago. You’re simply not going to find another mouse in its class.