Razer Deathadder Elite Review

Sleek and minimalistic, the Razer Deathadder Elite is the epitome of ”function over form”.

April 5, 2019

The Deathadder series has been around for over 10 years, and so far it has never disappointed. Sleek, simple and minimalistic, the Razer Deathadder Elite follows the company’s well-established formula of function over form. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a closer look at the Razer Deathadder Elite.

What we played: Battlefield V, Apex and Darkest Dungeon

*This item was not provided by Razer. It was purchased by Unleash The Gamer for review purposes only.

COMFORT

My hand is somewhere in between large and kind of big. The mouse measures 7 cm x 12.7 cm x 4.5 cm. It fits perfectly in my hand. If your hands are a bit smaller than the average, I wouldn’t recommend this piece of gear as you will struggle with it.

I’ve gamed for 5 hours nonstop (not counting bath breaks and liquid refueling), took a 15-minute break then went on for 1 more hour. No signs of finger or wrist pain, only sweat. Take into account that last year I had some carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms but since they went away and have not come back even after multiple hour-long sessions.

DESIGN

razer deathadder elite imageMinimalistic and ergonomic design is what the Razer DeathAdder Elite uses to hide the beast that lays within. If it weren’t for Razer’s Chroma tech that lights up the mouse you could have mistaken this mouse for a regular office mouse. Its shape is simple, compared to other futuristic-looking mice.

razer deathadder elite imageIts pragmatic look might come as a disappointment to people who like their peripherals to have more extravagant designs, but in my opinion, this is exactly what sets the Deathadder apart from other mice. Its design is almost deceptive, and to reiterate a previous point, were it not for the RGB options, one could easily mistake it for a regular office mouse. Razer is the type of company that praises function over everything else, and the Deathadder is the culmination of that philosophy.

COMPACTNESS

Having an ergonomic design, this mouse is really pretty to look at, fits great in almost any palm that is bigger than medium and it doesn’t look like Batman’s car. Big plus if you ask me. I would call it medium-sized. Its exact measurements are 6.1 cm x 11 cm x 4.1 cm. This makes it easy to swing it around even if your desk is tiny.

It has a total of 7 buttons. The two on the side can be accidentally clicked when grabbing the mouse and the two DPI dedicated buttons on top can also be accidentally clicked. Thank god for Synapse. Enter Synapse and make these buttons useless. Problem solved!

BUILD

The Deathadder’s design and build share mostly the same characteristics. It’s clear from the get-go that the build and structure of the mouse were designed with intuitiveness and ease-of-use in mind. Although it might look like (and I can’t stress this enough) like a cheap office mouse, it certainly doesn’t feel so.

The Deathadder has a slightly weighty feel to it, the kind you would get only from a high-quality product. While the slight upwards curvature might encourage claw gripping, I’m happy to report that I had no problems palm-gripping it. Another thing worth mentioning is the arrangement of the buttons which is, for a lack of a better word, clever.

CUSTOMIZATION

The Razer DeathAdder Elite sports Razer’s in-house lighting technology called Razer Chroma which lights the scroll wheel and the Razer logo to brilliant full spectrum RGB colors – 16.8 million colors.

It features two dedicated DPI buttons which are placed on top of the mouse, behind the scroll wheel. Depending on which holding technique you have, you may accidentally touch the DPI buttons. If that is your concern, then proceed to download the Razer Synapse software. Through it, you can remap or stop altogether the two DPI buttons.

The Razer Synapse software is able to reprogram any of the buttons, change DPI (from 100 to 16000!) and create macros. Burst fire is a very good thing to have in your arsenal.

NOISE

Buttons are not silent, but you will not wake anybody up. Clicking for long period of times shouldn’t be bothersome for you or people around you. The scroll wheel feels good to use, the bumps on it provide some grip for dire situations.

CONCLUSION

5/5
Comfort
5/5
Design
4/5
Compactness
5/5
Build
4/5
Customization
5/5
Noise

The Razer Deathadder elite is, without a doubt, part of gaming royalty. Its downplayed and unassuming design hides a powerful mouse capable of going hand-to-hand with other top-tier products. Its sleek and ergonomic design, intuitive software and overall gaming performance makes the Deathadder an absolute must-buy for gamers who prefer function over form.

The Good The Bad
Sleek, unassuming design Some people might have issues with the excessive DPI
High-quality build
Good button distribution
Supports both palm and craw gripping

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions 127mm x 70mm x 44mm
Cable length 2 m
System Requirements USB Port
Weight 105 g

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Connective Technology Wired
Interface USB
Movement Detection Technology Infrared
Movement Resolution 16000 DPI
Performance 1 ms response time, 6400 fps
Buttons Qty 5
Cable Length 2 m / 6.5 ft
Orientation Right-Handed
Performance 50 G maximum acceleration, polling rate: 1000 Hz
Marco Giuliani

Marco Giuliani

Lead Editor

I can reproduce every scene from The Sopranos word by word. I also like to talk endlessly about weirdly specific game mechanics and tropes. But I guess that's par for the course, right?

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