Razer DeathAdder 2013 Unboxing and Review of RZ01-00840100-R3U1
Whether you're a gamer on the professional circuit or just looking for a good gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder fits most budgets and gives you the precision you need for first-person and real-time strategy games. At the end of 2012 Razer released a new version of the DeathAdder, the 2013 version which added additional features that set it apart from last year's version as well as other gaming mice in the $50 category.
History of the Razer DeathAdder:
The original DeathAdder was released in 2006 and since that time has become a favorite for many gamers around the world. In 2009 the 3500 edition was released which nearly doubled the DPI from the DeathAdder released in 2006. Since that time Razer has introduced several more cosmetic changes to the DeathAdder including a Black Version and Transformers versions.
What's the Difference Between the 2013 Razer DeathAdder vs. the older Versions?
The 2013 version has a lot of new features to get excited about. The one I'm most interested in is the improved 4g infrared sensor from the 3.5G optical sensor. Since the goal of a gaming mouse is to improve accuracy, it's good to see that Razer puts this as a priority.
Another small feature that makes a big difference are the improved ergonomic side grips which are now rubberized instead of that shiny plastic that made you slip all over the place after a couple hours of gaming.
In addition, Razer increased the overall DPI of the DeathAdder from 3500 to 6400. While you probably don't need all of this in order to game effectively, it's nice for gamers who have higher resolutions.
What one Verified Owner Had to Say:
"I tried a number of new mice before I finally settled on this one. It's a great mouse with great configuration software. In the 20+ years I've been using mice, this is probably my favorite."
My Unboxing Video of the 2013 Razer DeathAdder
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Additional Technical Details:
- 6400dpi 4G Optical Sensor
- Ergonomic right-handed design with *new textured rubber side grips
- Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling/1ms response
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
- Always-On mode
- 200 inches per second and 50g of acceleration
- Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
- Gold-plated USB connector
- Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
- Approximate size: 5.00"/127mm (Length) x 2.76" / 70mm (Width) x 1.73" / 44mm (Height)
- Approximate weight : 0.23lbs / 105g
What I'd Change
While I really like the DeathAdder as a whole there are still some features missing from it that keep it from being the perfect gaming mouse. If it were up to me, I'd have a weight-tuning option. While playing an FPS match in a game like COD or BF3 I prefer using heavier weights to give me a little bit more accuracy. This isn't something that I use all the time, but it certainly would be nice in a mouse that boasts precision.
Also, the DeathAdder still doesn't have on-board memory. You can expect to use Razer Synapse 2.0 until the next update. In addition, I'd like a feature for leaving that green LED light on all the time. I think it looks great, and don't want to turn it off, but the only options I have are to do that or stay with the constant pulsating effect - which I can't stand.
That being said ultimately I'd prefer the Deathadder's $50 price tag vs. having to pay more. Can Razer do it? I believe they can as there are other company's in the industry who offer these particular features for the same price range.
Overall this is a good buy for gamers on a budget. I took this particular mouse and tested it on Battlefield 3. At first it was difficult to get used to, as I normally use the Logitech G9X and G500, but after a few rounds I felt like I was doing just as well or better than before. In my opinion it worked better after longer hours if that makes sense. It's almost like having the lightweight of the mouse helped me to avoid that performance drop I normally see late into the night.
Even though it's not perfect, I'd still recommend the 2013 DeathAdder in the $50 gaming mouse category. It's hard to pass up the mouse that is the mouse used and well-liked in the industry.
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