Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse (RZ01-00151400-R3)
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The Razer DeathAdder is the weapon of choice for gamers seeking a combination of comfort and unbridled gaming precision. Enjoy extended gaming sessions in comfort with its right-handed ergonomic form factor crafted for the world of competitive gaming. When the difference between victory and defeat is determined in between heartbeats, the 3500dpi (dots per inch) Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor translates your every movement into frags with pinpoint accuracy.
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Lovely design, very comfortable. Classic mouse.
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Let me start this review with a bit of history. I bought the original death adder back in 2007. After putting my hand on this mouse at the local brick and mortar, I fell in love. I am a palm mouser, and I wear large/xlarge gloves. So my hands are on the larger size. This mouse is probably the most comfortable mouse I've EVER tried...and trust me, I've tried a TON of mice. The shape steals a lot from the intellimouse from microsoft, but it is somehow a lot more comfortable. So given how much I loved how this mouse felt in my hand, I never thought that razer would fail me in the quality control department. After a couple of weeks, the original Death Adder started squeaking. So much so that it was unbearable. After about 1 month of moderate use, the mouse completely failed me. It stopped working. I took it apart thinking it may be something simple. Nope, it just stopped working. Needless to say, I was heartbroken. This amazing piece of ergonomic supremacy was just a broken shell of a product. The innards were shoddy. Since then, having vowed to never get another razer product, I've tried hundreds of mice. Well, not quite hundreds, but quite a few. And all along, I was longing for the comfort of resting my hands on the death adder. Okay, I'm being a little bit melodramatic, but truly...there is no other mouse in the market that quite feels as good as the death adder, PERIOD. Whether you use the claw technique or the palm technique, the death adder is the perfect intersection of comfort, shape, weight and performance.
So this is why I have been so hesitant to review this product. I've never had issues with how good this product felt in my hand, or how well this mouse performs with pinpoint accuracy. My only problem was its durability. When I heard that Razer was creating a remix version of the original adder, I broke my vow to never buy anything razer again and bought the 3500dpi version.
I have now owned this version of the mouse for going on close to a year. The mouse wheel has yet to squeak. The mouse is still working. So if you had a similar experience with either the HABU(the microsoft version) or the original Death Adder as I, then I can safely tell you to throw that trepidation out the window. Buy this mouse. I will never get back the $80 or so I paid for this mouse's predecessor, but I can safely say they fixed all the quality/durability issues. This is still the most comfortable mouse you'll ever hold. Its ergonomics is unrivaled. The appearance is GORGEOUS, if you are into that. The new and improved 3500 dpi is fantastic. And I do not regret taking the plunge into a 2nd generation Death Adder.
I waited a long time to review this product because I didn't want to steer you into purchasing a product with shoddy durability. Because I waited, I can safely tell you that this product appears to be built to last. The product after close to a year is still working like the first day I got it. My hand has never ached using it, and I am very happy to give it the FULL five stars. Enjoy this fantastic product with its improved durability!!! I know you will be very happy with this mouse; I know I am!!!
The arc of the mouse is by far the most comfortable I've ever used, in that it actually follows the curve of one's hand how it instinctively would grab a mouse. It is also a right handed mouse, sorry southpaws, which adds to the comfort and control of the mouse. I can't say I know what the mouse grip is made out of, but it is completely slip resistant and oil resistant/absorbent. The sides of the mouse are a hard plastic and between the teflon feet and light weight of the mouse there is almost no resistance to movement.
I upgraded from a Logitech Revolution wireless mouse and wireless mice, while convenient, can't compete with the accuracy and precision that a wired mouse provides. My old wireless mouse would lag and skip across the screen and often when closing a program it would accidentally close the window behind it as well, which I never quite figured out why it did that (I'm guessing radio interference?). With the DeathAdder, I have not had that problem once and every click I make is exactly where I expect it to be.
I played with a Logitech G9 and MX518 as well as the Razer Salmosa, which all felt like solid and accurate mice, but they lacked the feel the DeathAdder has. The technical specs are important, but it doesn't really matter how accurate a mouse is if it still isn't comfortable to use. In short, I'm pretty happy I went this way. However, the Razer Salmosa was a close second, but it just seemed like a simple version of the original 3G DeathAdder.
As for gaming I haven't had a whole lot of chances to test it out yet. I've played a bit of Left for Dead with it and after some getting used to and tweaking the settings (independent X and Y sensitivity, button assignemnt, acceleration, etc.) it is way easier to shoot hoards of zombies in the head. I also have played a bit of Fallout, and while the mouse is definately smoother, I can't say it has affected gameplay all that much. I've tried this mouse on my desktop and laptop (Vista and 7 respectively) and both operating systems seem to run the Razer software perfectly fine. Windows recognized the mouse immediately and it works fine with the windows drivers, but I highly recommend downloading the latest Razer drivers for maximum performance. The level of adjustment this mouse offers is wasted otherwise.
The blue lights on the mouse wheel and the glowing DeathAdder logo are pretty cool. I can see them becoming annoying after a while, but they are easy enough to turn off in the settings.
The DPI and Polling rates can be lowered from the 3500DPI and 1000ms if desired, but I only notice a decrease in accuracy and performance so I'm not sure why you would.
My only real complaint is the "On-The-Fly" sensitivity switch is on the bottom of the mouse. I'm not sure how on the fly that is if I'm playing a game, which is the only time I would need to use that feature. Ultimately, it's not that big of a deal, but it is kind of false advertising in my opinion.
I can't stress enough how form fitting this mouse is, not to mention that is looks pretty cool at the same time. Something about it just feels "right." Granted it took me a couple days to get used to it, but now I don't think I could go back. If you already have a Logitech G9 (or something similar) I can't say I'd tell you to go replace it right now, but if you are looking for an upgrade this is the way to go.
I am giving the mouse an overall rating of one star. But first, let me explain my attribute ratings. The mouse is very comfortable to my hand and the low-friction design is very smooth. Sensitivity and speed are excellent, but it doesn't provide a lot of additional functionality over any other mouse: only two extra side buttons.
I am only giving one star for price vs quality because I have had two mice fail in the first hour of use. For the price, I would expect a less volatile piece of hardware.
I received my first Deathadder about a week ago. I loaded the current drivers (v3.01) and played my favorite MMOG for about 45 minutes. The performance was EXCELLENT, and I was very pleased. I went to customize the settings. Had no problem with sensitivity settings or changes in DPI settings. However, when I changed the polling rate, the mouse died...completely! I did everything reasonable: removed the mouse from the computer's hardware device settings, removed and reloaded drivers, etc. No help, the thing was toast.
I read forums that suggested updating the firmware. So, when I got my replacement today, I loaded the appropriate drivers and ran the firmware update (v2.41). The mouse immediately died...again! I'm very disappointed that a precision device like this should be so prone to failure. I'm sure that Razer is aware of this, but I'm not expecting any help from them, as the mouse was not purchased directly from them.
Unfortunately, Amazon will replace, but not refund, opened products. I don't fault their policies at all. But, I hope they will honor my request for ANOTHER replacement. Otherwise, I have purchased a $47 paperweight.
My suggestion to all is, "buyer beware!" This is a GREAT mouse when it works, but don't change any of the default settings and DON'T update the firmware!!!!
I suspect the mouse has an inherently flawed design because the first two mice failed in exactly the same way. I was able to kill the mouse by unplugging and plugging it into a usb port repeatedly. The mouse eventually pops up an error in Windows: USB Device Not Recognized. This means the mouse is just completely dead with no chance of recovery, though it's not clear to me whether the firmware or hardware is hosed. I've read enough posts on the web stating similar experiences and spanning years of time to suspect this is just a design flaw Razer is unwilling to fix.
Since I'm a firmware engineer myself, Razer gets points for allowing in-field firmware upgrade. They lose all the points and then some for using a mouse-in-a-box solution (Cypress part) and writing poor quality firmware. The firmware should not need to be updated frequently if it was designed well, and reading the release notes, I find the reason for some of the firmware updates suspicious, because the functionality should probably be controlled by the driver.
I've also found the mouse/driver does not deal with standby properly. If you turn off the blue glow via the control panel, there's a good chance it won't work at all once you come back out of standby.
Don't expect support from Razer. So far I have only been able to get 100% canned responses from them. Don't expect to expedite the process by sending all the information they want in your first request, they will just ignore it and ask for it again later. And responses are generally slow. They can take several business days to respond. They do not pay for return shipping, require an invoice for proof of purchase and do not send your replacement until they receive the old mouse at their processing center in California. So if you're on the east coast, expect a couples weeks wait from the time your mouse dies.
You should definitely buy this mouse if you're willing to risk the problems mentioned above. But don't buy it if you're looking for a mouse that will just keep working until it breaks down mechanically over the years.