Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

Makaveli - 2007-04-11 12:13:30 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: April 11, 2007
Price: $59.99 USD


    Viscous. Fearsome. Deadly. You’d think those words describe a Marine sniper. But they actually describe Razer’s newest gaming mouse, the DeathAdder.  This new, sleek mouse could be the ultimate gaming mouse that anyone has ever encountered. The DeathAdder is Razer’s first right-handed gaming mouse. Join me, as I look deep into this mouse to see if it ends my journey to find the best gaming mouse.

Razer was founded in 1998 and has since produced some of the most recognized and widely used gaming peripherals.  The company has always kept its slogan, “For Gamers, By Gamers”, in mind when creating gaming products. This is clearly evident in all of their products on the market. Razer continues to strive to meet the needs of today’s astute gamers.

Closer Look:

    I was quite surprised when I saw the packaging for the mouse, because it was much smaller than I expected.  The front of the box loudly broadcasts that the mouse uses a 3G Infra-red sensor and is capable of 1800 DPI.  The back of the box really impressed me because it has the features of the mouse in ten different languages! The right side of the box displays a comparison of the DeathAdder against a standard 400-800 DPI optical mouse. It also shows that the Razer DeathAdder takes 55% less motion to move on the screen versus a standard mouse. On the left side, “RazerGuy” has a two paragraph message for the patrons of the DeathAdder.



The front of the box opens up like a book when you rip the Velcro apart. The mouse is then revealed covered in plastic, but it still captivated me from the second I saw it. On the left side, a message portrays just how much pwnage the gamer is about to experience with this mouse.


Included with the mouse are a quick start guide, driver disc, certificate of authenticity, a master guide and a poster card of the mouse.


Closer Look:

The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped the mouse, was how the right and left buttons do not connect after the scroll wheel, like most mice do. If I had to guess right now, I’d say that it is that way because they don’t want the gamers’ fingers to slip off and click the opposite button by accident. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that during really long and intense gaming sessions. The bottom of the mouse showcases the 3G infra-red sensor and the ultra-slick Teflon feet pads.


From the left side of the mouse, you can see how that side of the mouse is curved up. This is because this mouse is an ergonomic right-handed mouse.  On the right side of the mouse, it isn’t nearly as curved up.  The front of the mouse illustrates the wave-like buttons to comfortably seat the user’s fingers. I also noticed the distance the user has to click down the buttons is rather big.


The mouse feels slick, but it has a little grip on it, almost like the paint coat is a little bit coarse. The sides, however, are completely slick. The buttons are quite loud when they are clicked which might become annoying to others around you. I like the clicks loud, because it gives me another way to know that I clicked.



    Installing the mouse is fairly simple. Just plug in the USB connector to a free USB 2.0 port. When the mouse is installed it looks very nice. The scroll wheel lights up blue and stays lit. The Razer snake logo fades in to a bright light and then fades out slowly. 


Next, insert the Razer driver disc and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. 


    Razer has a great program for the mouse settings. It’s easy to use, has a lot of features, all while being compact and visually appealing. Before we start, be sure you click the “Update” button and ensure that you have the latest firmware and driver versions.


As you can see, the buttons are labelled and have corresponding numbers that have drop down menus to allow you to pick the option for that button.  You can also change the action of the scroll wheel. The screen-shot on the left shows the options for buttons 1-5 and the right screen-shot displays the options for the scroll wheel.


After you change the settings of the buttons, take a look at the bottom of the program. See the options you have to change the DPI, polling rate, and profile? You can change the DPI anywhere from 450 DPI to 1800 DPI. The polling rate (response time) can be turned up as high has 1000Hz (1ms) to make your movements as fluid as possible. The other thing I like, is how you can customize 5 different profiles and load them at any time. Whenever you’re satisfied with the settings, you can save your configuration by clicking “Save/Load Settings” and then clicking “Save Config”.


Advanced functions can be opened by setting any of the 1-5 buttons or the scroll wheel to “Advanced Functions”. Once you set a button or scroll wheel to that, the “Advanced Functions” tab will pop open on the right-hand side. In “Advanced Functions”, you can set macros to buttons, combine On-The-Fly Sensitivity with a macro, use media functions for buttons and use basic commands such as copy, paste, and zoom in, out and so forth.


The “Advanced Settings” and “Sensitivity” tabs are located on the upper left-hand corner and can be changed at any time.  Basically, “Advanced Settings” allow you to change the X and Y sensitivity, so that you can move faster vertically than horizontally or however you’d like.  This is also the place that you can choose how fast you want your pointer to move and what the acceleration for it should be. For me, a pointer speed of 4 and an acceleration of 1 turned out to be perfect.  Changing your sensitivity is pretty self-explanatory, but what really caught my eye is the “Double-Click Speed”. I’ve never had the option to change that. Basically, you change the double-click speed and then double-click the glass below it and it shatters. The screen-shot below demonstrates the glass shattering.

After you’ve customized all of your settings and sensitivities, you can change up to 4 other profiles to your needs. I let 3 other friends of mine create their own profiles so that they can game to their best.  Once everything is complete, you’ll have to click “Apply” at the bottom and then “OK”.  If you change the polling rate, you’ll have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.


    I constantly hear people wanting to compare Logitech and Razer mice because they are torn between the two companies.  I’ll grant your wish by comparing the DeathAdder, Logitech New G5 (OCC Review Here), and the Logitech MX518. All three mice were engineered for gaming.

1600 dpi
2000 dpi
 1800 dpi
Image Processing
5.8 MP/s
6.4 MP/s
Max. Acceleration
Max. Speed
45-60 inches/sec
USB Data Format
16 bits/axis
16 bits/axis
 16 bits/axis
USB Report Rate
125 reports/sec
1000 reports/sec
 1000 reports/sec
Sleep Mode
Dynamic Coefficient of Friction - Mu (k)
Static Coefficient of Friction - Mu (s)
Tuning Weight
Up to 36 grams
Buttons (left/right)
8 million clicks
250 kilometers

Clearly, the new G5 is technologically superior to the other mice. Now let’s get an idea of what these mice look like next to each other.


Before we draw any conclusions, let’s test out all three mice.


Testing System:

    To test the Razer DeathAdder, Logitech New G5, and the Logitech MX518, I’m going to be testing for speed, comfort, and precision.  You may notice that I did these tests already for the MX518 and the new G5, but these tests will be different because I’m using the Razer Mantis “Control” Mouse Pad.  This test is not used in conjunction with any games; just me moving them on the mouse pad in different directions and speeds. All of the tests are out of 10; 10 being perfect and 1 being terrible.

Both the DeathAdder and the new G5 slide really well on this mouse pad and are extremely graceful.  The MX518 feels like it’s getting caught on the mouse pad when you slide it. The DeathAdder is lighter than my G5 and moves slightly faster.

The Logitech mice are the same shape, so they feel the same. The only reason that I marked the Razer down one point, was because the hump on the left-side of the mouse (ergonomic) is a little bit higher than I thought, but we’ll see if that benefits during hours of intense gaming.  I also think the scroll wheel on the DeathAdder is much smoother and faster than the new G5 and MX518. The buttons are perfectly shaped to hold my fingers comfortably.

Now we’re going to test precision out with my favorite games: Counter-Strike: Source and Battlefield: 2.



All the mice were used for at least one hour for each game.

Wow, I am completely impressed with the DeathAdder. I felt like I could do any really extreme movements with it and then easily find the center again. My hand felt good on the DeathAdder the whole time. I never slipped once on this mouse. My kill to death ratio soared in both games because I sincerely felt like I had perfect aim.


    There is no question in my mind that the DeathAdder is going to be my main mouse from here on out.  The buttons that are shaped to hold your fingers are completely perfect.  The scroll wheel moves very smoothly and is attractively lit all the time.  I haven’t encountered any problems with this mouse and it still hasn’t faulted me in any gaming sessions.  All my friends that I play with online were asking if I was hacking because I was doing so well.  I just told them that the mouse I was using gave me the best precision and control while I was playing. If you need the best gaming mouse on the market, don’t overlook the Razer DeathAdder. Teamed up with the Mantis “Control” mouse pad, this deadly combo is sure to improve your game.