Razer Deathadder Elite review

Razer Deathadder Elite review

Finally it's time for the Razer Deathadder Elite review. Razer has been one of the leading brands in gaming peripherals for a decade now. We have seen loads of great products during this time and for its tenth anniversary Razer does not disappoint. Just the opposite, the Razer fans have been rewarded with the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It still stays the same all-purpose, super comfortable gaming mouse, designed in the same sleek manner, but of course it brings up a few upgrades.

Razer Deathadder Elite review

In the technical specifications below, you will be able to notice that the Razer DeathAdder Elite actually follows the steps of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma, but at the same time comes enhanced with two more programmable buttons and an outstanding DPI and acceleration capability. We will have a detailed look at the new upgrades in our design and features sections of the Razer DeathAdder Elite review.

Technical Specifications

Features

Razer Deathadder Elite

Sensor

16000 DPI optical

Connectivity

Wired

Best for

All purpose

Buttons

5 - 2 on thumb grid

Lighting

Yes, Chroma with 16,8 million colors

Ergonomic form factor

Right handed

Tilt-click scroll wheel

Yes

Ultrapolling

Yes, 1000Hz

Weight

105g/0.23lbs

Dimensions

127mm/5” (Length) x 70mm/2.76” (Width) x 44mm/ 1.73” (Height)

  • True 16,000 DPI optical sensor
  • Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration
  • Razer Mechanical Mouse switches
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
  • 7 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 1000 Hz ultrapolling
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable

Design

True to the design that kind of defines the brand Razer, the Razer DeathAdder Elite feels comfortable under the palm and looks great and sophisticated. If you have owned or used a Razer DeathAdder Chroma than you already know what the Razer DeathAdder Elite would feel like, as it has the same dimensions and weight as the previous Chroma. The Death Adder Elite is of course ergonomically contoured on both sides and has textured grips for the thumb and the two outermost fingers.

Apart from having the same dimensions and weight as the Chroma, the Razer DeathAdder Elite also features the same lightning effects. You are able to chose a static colour from 16.8 million shades, set the lightning to “breathe” mode or set it to spectrum lighting where all colours change following a pattern.

What actually differs the Razer DeathAdder Elite from the Chroma are the seven buttons instead of the usual five. We have the left and right click buttons, a clickable scroll wheel and two programmable thumb buttons, and now the addition of two new buttons located just under the scroll wheel. So far, this two buttons, usually used for DPI switch on the fly, were featured in more expensive Razer gaming mouse models, like the Mamba, but in the case of Razer DeathAdder Elite their presence is a must, as the gaming mouse also comes with a 16.000 DPI optical sensor.

Features

As we have already started talking about the new optical sensor, we need to say that it really makes the Razer DeathAdder Elite one of the fastest and most accurate gaming mice available. It is a 16.000 DPI optical sensor and even if it is clear that you probably wouldn’t use it at it’s highest setting even if you had a 4K monitor, the thought of having such a possibility is appealing. What is more important is that the Razer DeathAdder Elite also features tracking of up to 450 IPS and the combination of the IPS ability, the 50 g acceleration and the great 16.000 DPI sensor gives you a gaming mouse that can get you up in the leaderboards of a range of different genre games.

Another feature that brings the Razer DeathAdder Elite ahead of the competition is not only the great 16.000 DPI optical sensor or the added two new buttons that we have mentioned in the design section, but the fact that the two main buttons have been designed together with Omron. The famous mouse switch manufacturer, in collaboration with Razer have came up with new Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches that provide you with buttons that offer just the right resistance, ready for fast action and speedy clicking.

As the Razer DeathAdder Elite is a wired gaming mouse, the fact that the braided fibre cable that it comes with is seven-foot long is great, as it gives you the freedom of not being on your way. The USB port is gold-plated.

Like the previous DeathAdder models, the Elite also runs on Razer Synapse 2.0 software. If you have already owned a Razer product you would probably know how easy it is to work with the Synapse software, but for those who are now deciding on the Razer DeathAdder Elite, I would like to say that Synapse is one of the most intuitive gaming softwares I have worked with. The interface is great and the possibility of adjustments is enormous. You are able to program buttons, create profiles linked to different games, adjust the DPI or the lighting colours and modes, calibrate the mouse to different surfaces and more and more options to play around with.

Performance

It is not for no reason that the DeathAdder has earned the crown for best “all-purpose” gaming mouse and the Elite makes no exception. It performs great in first-player shooter games, real time strategy games, action-role playing games and even some MMO’s that are a bit mixed up with other genres like Marvel Heroes for instance. We have tried our test unit with all favourite Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty, Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and as I have already mentioned the Marvel Heroes. No matter which genre we were playing, the Razer DeathAdder Elite handled it with ease and accuracy. Whenever fast clicking was needed there was no disruption, and mouse in general is super responsive. We have tested the two new buttons by changing the DPI on the fly in Battlefield 1 and it was all performed fast and accurate as expected. Some heavy MMO fans probably wouldn’t go for this gaming mouse, but on the other hand it is a top performer in every other genre and super comfortable for just browsing around or working with it. In general, the Razer DeathAdder Elite performs as expected from a gaming mouse that is relatively lightweight and packed with great technical features. On the other hand, it even exceeds expectations having in mind the price tag.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we need to say that we are very pleased with the DeathAdder Elite that Razer offered at their tenth birthday. It is a gaming mouse that will serve you well for all sorts of online activities from browsing to heavy gaming sessions. The price is just fair and if you haven’t already tried a Razer product then the Razer DeathAdder Elite would be a great point to start from.

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PC gamer, blogger and marketer from Norway. Favourite games: GTA V, Borderlands series, Fallout 4 and many more.