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after deciding to get into PC gaming and having a not-so-great time with the cyborg rat I decided to upgrade to the mouse I initially wanted. although it was more expensive £45 vs the £30 I spend on the rat, I immediate noticed the increase in quality and regretted wasting the money on the cheap rat.
Mice are highly personal devices, and different mice suit different grip styles, and initially I preferred how the rat fitted my hand, the death adder felt too big, uncomfortable and bulky. The small, light rat was well suited to my claw-like grip. After a few days of play I realised my hand naturally fell into the palm grip instead of the 'claw' grip I initially favoured, this quickly made the rat uncomfortable, and when I went back to the shop to try the death adder again it fit my hand like a glove. I could't have predicted this change in opinion, so sometimes you just need to test something out to see if you like it or not.
In terms of sensor and tracking accuracy, I set both to 1600DPI- but the razer felt much more responsive and accurate. I was a much better gamer with the razer mouse.
I'm very glad I bought the razer, it feels like it will last a long time and it was a worthy upgrade over the cyborg rat. There's a reason that all the professional gamers use these, they really are amazing.
The Deathadder mouse is "Designed for gamers, by gamers" it has a slick feel to it. (Unlike some of the other Razor Mice is a distinctive Right hand design, sorry lefties!). The mouse is bundled with the Razor Synapse software which enables the user to fully program the 5 buttons on the mouse. All the buttons have a robust feel. The mouse itself feels grippy and it's always on means that the user never suffers from any input lag after a period of inactivity.
The mouses' DPI settings can be changed from 100 to 3500, meaning almost every user should find something that they are comfortable with. This can also be done on the fly, using the software you can make various profiles so if a game requires you to switch from pinpoint sniping to running wildly through the streets spraying hot death you can.
The mouse has a healthy length of cord which easily fit round the back of my largish desk so you never feel as if you are straining to move around.
The Razer Deathadder mouse was developed for gaming and is marketed at gamers.
The Deathadder is a highly sensitive and responsive piece of equipment that far out competes any £10 mice you can find in PC World. But how does it stand up against other gaming mice?
It boasts 3.5G infrared sensor, meaning there is 4x more precision than a standard 800dpi mouse. This can take some time to become accustomed to, and at first you will struggle to control a wildly moving cursor, but after a while (and you realise you no longer have to move your whole arm but only a light movement in the wrist), ultimate control and accuracy is yours! This is crucial in all 'shoot-em-up' games as it is the difference between you killing your opponent first, or them killing you.
However this level of accuracy and response is standard in just about most gaming mice and personally I find it is the mouse design that makes all the difference:
The Deathadder is covered in a soft touch grip coating that feels comfortable to touch. It has floating mouse buttons, which spring back ultra fast when pressed allowing the user to click as fast as your finger can physically manage, and their spacing apart is very comfortable. The wheel between the buttons has small ridges in it - imagine a cog - it is set in equal intervals and one ridge rotation moves the screen (or gaming control) a set amount, as well as having complete control over small incremental movements the wheel can be 'spun' (but still in control) for larger faster actions. The mouse as a whole is ergonomically shaped. There is a little concave curve for the thumb, that feels both very natural and comfortable and a convex curve mirroring on the opposite side for the 'pinky' and ring finger.
On the thumb side (left side) of the mouse there are two action buttons which can be programmed as set control keys in various games. For example in COD you might want to use one for reload and another for run? In WoW run or a macro keys? They are also preset so that in Internet Explorer they can be used for forwards and backward browsing, which I find very handy.
Overall I find the design very comfortable and intuitive to use although I do sometime feel some friction on the bottom of my hand (no one else I know has this complaint and they all have larger hands than me!) but personally I prefer a mouse with a wider width.
Another major selling point of this particular mouse its 1000Hz UltrapollingTM - which in English means your mouse movements are achieved instantly, 1ms to be exact! Razer claim this to be superior to - I quote: "that of 125Hz / 8ms found in conventional gaming mice". I think Razor use the term 'conventional' here very loosely, as I have owned several different brands of gaming mice all of which had response rate of 1ms and all of which I would of called conventional. So don't buy this mouse for this feature alone as there are lots of different mice out there with the same stat. But aside from their slightly flawed comparison it is a very fast mouse and will always keep up with your movements (as long as your hardware can too) again allowing you to kill your opponent before they kill you, or simply close down that webpage before the wife sees it!
The Deathadder also has a very long cable, seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fibre cable, which means there are no times when you run short and can't move the mouse in the way you want. Also because it is lightweight it isn't going to drag the mouse down the back of the desk! In fact most of the time I don't even notice there is a cable, you have the freedom of wireless with none of the inconvenience of lagging response times or changing batteries.
On the bottom of the mouse there are three "Zero-acoustic UltraslickTM Teflon feet". I have never found these to 'drag' the mouse and just allow it to glide with control on any smooth surface. Although I seriously recommend using a mouse mat, as this increases performance.
Visually the Deathadder is second to none. It the glowing Razer symbol in the centre and the wheel also lights up. It isn't a glaring light it just colours if that makes sense. Also the Razer symbol light fades and then brightens when not in use. You can get them with differing light colours, blue, red and green I think.
I seem to have written an awful lot about a mouse, however when spending near £50 you need to know there is a vast improvement on something you could pick up at PC World for ten quid. There certainly is, and whenever I use a 'standard' mouse now, even for just simple every day internet browsing I quickly get frustrated at the clunky response time and vast arm movement I have to do achieve anything. In comparison to other gaming mice it competes very well, however it is not my favourite as I prefer a wider width and more weight. This is definitely a step up from a standard mouse and will please almost every one whether you want to use it for gaming or simple computer use. :)
The Razer DeathAdder uses a '3G infrared sensor' which basically means it is using state of the art sensor, that is what is behind the sleek exterior. This sensor increases the precision of the mouse over other technologies immensely, basically by increasing the DPI (dots per inch). Think of the sensor as a webcam, that takes images over and over again. Each image is then analyzed in order, working out where you have moved to by seeing where the previous dot pictured once was.
So basically, this mouse is seriously fast and seriously accurate, no matter how skilled you are, this mouse will always be ready for more.
The external build quality is beautiful, the soft and smooth rubbery skin takes a bit of getting use to, but once your there you realise just how important it is. The grip that this mouse has while still feeling soft and smooth comes down to this rubbery membrane, it really is quite simple yet effective.
The mouse wheel is junky and slotted, so it doesn't just spin freely when you move it. It doesn't seem to click but it definitely has some sort of hidden slot mechanism. The left and right mouse buttons are very similar on this mouse to many of the other Razer mice, they float. Or at least they seem to float, until you press them. The response is immediate and the panel quickly jerks back ready for another click.
There are also two additional thumb buttons on the left side of this mouse which can be customised to what you require in the included software. Now, the Razer software is amazing, it has more options, tools, settings than you can imagine. It truly makes their mice the Swiss Army knives of the gaming world.
You have options like on-the-fly sensitivity, so you can change the sensitivity immediately if you require a slower response. You can bind any and all keys to whatever you want, copy and paste, cut and delete, whatever you want, wherever you want.
My mouse unfortunately had a breakdown. The left mouse button started acting strangely whereby it would click on its own. It was almost as if it was just too sensitive for me. So I contacted Razer online support, using their simple ticket system. They replied to me and confirmed the suspected problem and then sent me the details of where I should return the mouse.
I had lost everything else the mouse came with, the box, instructions and so on, so I merely returned the mouse in some bubble wrap. Three days later I had a brand new DeathAdder, boxed, with manual and driver disc, plugged back into my PC working as normal.
Truly an amazing mouse with an amazing customer support team.
First Gaming mouse i have ever bought and simply WOW.
When i first considered buying one i thought to myself who in their right mind would spend £40 on a gaming mouse, it cant make much difference but how this mouse proved me wrong.
For those who play Unreal Tournament, Rainbow 6, Quake Wars this mouse is a must.
The design on this mouse is perfect, it fits smuggly within your hand and for the average person this mouse isnt too small that your having to really grip the mouse and its neither to big making it hard to move.
The actual mouse is made out of a sort of smooth yet rubbery surface, so it allows for movement so your hand will grip where its comforatble but it has a bit of grip on it.
All the buttons are nicely laid out, with 2 on the top and then the scroll and scroll button in the middle which is handy. Also there are two buttons on the left of the mouse, each easy to reach and perfect if your assiging them to different weopons on a game.
The design also includes illuminating symbols, there is the Razer symbol which lights up and fades away which is really cool and the blue light just makes your computer look awesome. The scroll button also has a permanant blue light on. However for those who dont like it, dno who that would be, it can be switched off via the drivers.
The drivers have everything you need, with sensitivity and DPI settings. The DPI of this mouse if 1800 which is more that sufficent and those mouses over this amount is just OTT as its physically not possible to be that accurate due to human error.
The drivers although simple can be problamatic and have caused the dreaded blue screen of death at times.
OVerall the mouse is fantastic and i would recomend Razer to anyone after a gaming mouse.