We got hold of a Razer DeathAdder mouse to review, this particular model comes from the Razer Chroma series.

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The design is very sleek and quite simple. My first thought when unboxing the DeathAdder was that this is some very restrained design by the guys at Razer. It is a very comfortable size and fits in the hand exceptionally well. The longer I used the DeathAdder the more fond I became of the ergonomics – it fits my hand perfectly and is easily one of the most comfortable mice that I have ever used.

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The rubber pads on each side ensure that you have a good grip and the button locations are easily accessible. The only negative is the weight, it feels a bit light for my tastes and could have been improved with another 20-30 grams.

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While the device appears fairly standard in the box, once you plug it in you get the awesome colours featured in this Chroma product series. The Razer logo on the body and the sides of the mouse wheel, glow  with beautiful lighting effects that you can adjust and create using the Razer Synapse 2.0 software.

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With more than 16.8 million colour combinations you can be sure there is a colour for you (this is in fact entirely overboard but still cool nonetheless). You have the option of static, rotating or even “breathing” settings to play with (breathing is a slow pulsing effect). I particularly like theming my Chroma products with the wallpaper on my PC to give a neat themed effect – but that may just be me.

The performance of the DeathAdder is great, which is hardly surprising as it is one of the world’s most popular gaming mice. With the original DeathAdder launching in 2006 (yes, it’s older than the iPhone) you know you have a tried and trusted winner.

  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • 10,000dpi optical sensor
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • 200 inches per second, 50g acceleration
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size (L x W x H): 5 x 2.76 x 1.73″ (127 x 70 x 44mm)
  • Approximate weight: 0.23lbs (105g)

It held up well in all manner of games and its 10,000 DPI resolution provided very good accuracy. It also handled itself well in the desktop environment while editing in Lightroom etc giving good control and accuracy. I was initially disappointed with the fact that there was no sensitivity button on the mouse to flick between DPI settings, however I soon discovered that you can setup this functionality through the Razer Synapse software (either by using the mouse wheel to switch between presets or by binding custom presets to a Razer keyboard), a great example of good software rounding off a great product.

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma retails for around R899 in SA and you will be hard pressed to find a better gaming mouse at this price range. We loved the comfort and design of the mouse and would happily recommend it.