Razer Death Adder Gaming Mouse Review – 2020

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Gamers need a mouse that provides accuracy, speed and the ability to customize so they can play at their best. The Razer DeathAdder has all these features and more, making it the perfect choice for discriminating gamers. Ask any professional gamer which mouse combines sensitivity, accuracy and affordability, and the answer invariably returns: the Razer DeathAdder. With a maximum DPI of 6400 and zero interpolation, that’s geek-speak for the mouse trying to outsmart the user, the Razer DeathAdder is the true gamer’s first choice. Its ergonomic design leaves nothing to be desired.

Built for true gamers, the Razer DeathAdder is insanely customizable. Button assignments, polling rate and dots per inch (DPI) are all fully adjustable. In addition to the standard right and left buttons and a scroll wheel, the Razer DeathAdder is also equipped with two customizable side-buttons.

One of the few downsides to the Razer DeathAdder is that is doesn’t have a quick-button to adjust sensitivity on-the-fly. On the bright side, though, this saves gamers from accidentally changing the sensitivity setting in the middle of a game. If you’re playing an FPS, a sudden, accidental shift in sensitivity can spell the difference between life and death.

The lack of a dedicated sensitivity switch is more than made up for by the DeathAdder’s ability to set and save profiles with different DPI settings and polling rates. Gamers can “dope” the settings they need for particular games or playing styles, then switch between them using a button on the DeathAdder’s underside.

The DeathAdder’s maximum polling rate is 1,000Hz, which is twice as high as its leading competitor, the Logitech G5. The polling rate of a mouse is simply how often the mouse sends movement data to the computer. Polling rates are measured in Hertz: a polling rate of 250Hz means the mouse sends data to the computer once every 4 milliseconds. That doesn’t sound like a long time, but in a fast-paced game 4 milliseconds is an eternity. Set to the maximum, the DeathAdder sends data to the rig once every millisecond, compared to once every 2 milliseconds for the Logitech G5. A high polling rate is essential for nearly all games, but especially FPSs and MMOs.

Setting up this mouse is as easy as plug-and-play, but there’s a driver CD included just in case. Left-handed gamers should know that Razer offers a version of the DeathAdder especially for southpaws.

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