Back in 2007 we first reviewed a Razer Deathadder gaming mouse, one of the companies iconic products. Amazingly that original sample is still going strong and regularly gets use on our main benchmarking build. Since then Razer have revised the design a couple of times, improving the spec with items such as 10k DPI sensor. Recently a new edition was announced with enhanced lighting as part of their Chroma range. Today we write about our experience with it in our Razer Deathadder Chroma Review.
Razer Deathadder Chroma Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Deathadder Chroma arrives in a compact box with a nice clear image of the mouse on the front. There is plenty of detail about the specifications around the various sides and then inside we find some product info along with some stickers.
Razer Deathadder Chroma Review – The Mouse
The Deathadder Chroma sticks to the familiar design which made this one of the most popular gaming mice of all time. It measures 127x70x44mm (LxWxH) and weighs 105g. In this edition we get a matt plastic top surface and on the palm area a LED lit Razer logo. This like the sides of the clickable scroll wheel features lighting which can cycle through 16.8million colours. Our left and right buttons feature Omron switches.
Turning round to the left side of the mouse we find a textured rubber grip area along with two thumb buttons (set to browser back/forward by default). The right side also has a rubber grip.
Turning the mouse over we find that it has three low friction feet and a product information sticker. The key component in this area is of course the sensor and on the Deathadder Chroma it is a 10,000dpi optical part. Razer note specifications of 200ips. 50g acceleration and the presence of 1000Hz polling. The mouse also has lift of distance configuration as well as surface tracking configuration for both Razer and 3rd party surfaces. Finally we have a 7 foot braided cable which ends in a gold plated USB connector.
Razer Deathadder Chroma Review – The Software
Like all other recent Razer hardware the Deathadder Chroma uses their Synapse control panel to manage the device. Upon opening it we find the button configuration, a nice simple screen. Moving through the tabs we find the performance option which allows us to configure DPI, acceleration and polling. As noted above we can also configure the lift off distance or tweak our settings to perform on various surfaces and then there is the Macro screen. This allows us to configure commands which can be shared with other Razer devices.
Key to the Chroma product is of course the lighting and as well as having access to 16.8million colours we can have a mix of cycling through those colours, breathing effect or always on/off.
Finally on the software front we have the Stats panel. This is a fairly new feature for Razer which launches in a pop-out. It gives us tracking of our key presses, button clicks and mouse movements within various notable games. Going further than this it also builds a heat map of our activity so we can understand how we play and improve our style. The latest version of Synapse is available from Razer.
Razer Deathadder Chroma Review – User Experience and Conclusion
As we stated earlier in the review this is not the first Deathadder that we have reviewed. In fact it has been over 7 years since we first saw one…long enough ago that we have actually archived the content! That mouse is still going strong and while the sensor DPI is quite low by today’s standards it is an otherwise excellent mouse which is still supported by Razers Synapse control panel. That says a lot for durability and customer support!
Speaking of durability, that old mouse has one issue. The surface, which was all soft touch at one point, has worn off in places. So while we are a little disappointed that Razer have moved away from that finish in recent products, to the matt plastic and rubber sides found here, we can see why they would do that. The finish here should wear better than the older model.
Razer stick with Omron switches on this model, calling them Hyperesponse, and overall they have a good feel. The activate with minimal force, without being too sensitive, and give a nice tactile click. The thumb buttons are well placed and easy to activate too and really the only thing we would add to the mouse is a new DPI switch. Not to flick through profiles but to activate sniper mode. With 10k DPI available to us it would be good to have a button dedicated to temporarily dropping to a lower level. Speaking of the sensor and DPI. For us, few people if any, will use that 10k setting but it is better to have too many options than too few. We stuck around the 6000dpi mark on our 4k display and at that setting it was responsive, tracked smoothly and was completely accurate at all times.
The software provided by Razer is also of a high standard. We have long been fans of Synapse due to its intuitive and responsive design. That remains the same here and we continue to appreciate the ability to configure multiple Razer devices from within one panel, as well as the fact it auto updates and provides cloud sharing of settings.
Summary: The Razer Deathadder Chroma is competitively priced and brings a high level of performance and style to a proven, durable design.
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