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Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse Review

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Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts

Aside from a few small things, I have mostly positive thoughts about the 2013 entry in DeathAdder series. Firstly, it is a little disappointing that the device has such a complete macro creation console and only two additional programmable buttons. I would’ve liked to see a mechanical DPI switch like the one on the Abyssus, leaving users with the choice of assigning quick switch DPI functions or macros to the programmable buttons. A clear warning that the device will not work on all surfaces before calibration would’ve also been welcomed. This qualms are insignificant however, as the DeathAdder tightly fits its description of an “Essential Ergonomic Gaming Mouse”.

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While it doesn’t have customizable lighting, interchangeable grips or other features that may be found on mice with a similar price tag, it delivers in the area that matters most. It is the mouse for users who are serious about dominating the battlefield, and nothing else. The DeathAdder is certainly one of the best mice that I’ve used and will definitely go down on my list of favorites.

DeathAdder 2013 Conclusion

The DeathAdder 2013 will not disappoint it’s user in terms of performance. It is uncannily precise and will almost certainly improve the experience of even the best gamers. The product performs exceptionally well in FPS environments where accuracy is a mandatory prerequisite of success.

Unlike many new gaming mice from Saitek, Corsair and others, Razer has maintained their overall minimalistic theme with the DeathAdder 2013. The mouse sports a full black, matte finish with the exception of the cool green lights. The device looks good from all angles and avoids smudges and fingerprints.

Although this is one of the most lightweight mice that I’ve used, The DeathAdder does have a premium, durable look and feel: a long braided cable, a gold plated USB connector, and rubber side grips. It is also very pleasing to the hold and the simple, unibody design adds to its robust feel.

Most of the DeathAdder’s functionality is embedded within the Synapse 2.0 console. It offers macro creation, button programming, DPI modification, surface optimization, and lift-off detection options. While the DeathAdder lacks many of the features seen on today’s gaming mice, it makes up for it with solid performance.

The DeathAdder is widely considered the best gaming mouse off all time and with good reason. It is definitely worth it’s price judging by it’s performance alone. As of May 2013 the Razer DeathAdder 2013 gaming mouse was available online for $54.99 (Amazon /Newegg), quite a steal in my opinion.

I would readily recommend the DeathAdder 2013 to any player looking to up his/her game, especially those of the FPS genre. Using, the DeathAdder for a few days will convince anyone of it’s prowess and I feel it will be a top contender for years to come.

Pros:
Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Simplistic, good looking device
+ Performs superbly in games, especially shooters
+ Premium, durable look and feel
+ Software is straight-forward and simple to use
+ Very comfortable and ergonomic

Cons:

- Similarly priced devices include many more features than the DA.
– Could’ve used a couple more programmable buttons
– Lacks on-board storage

Ratings:

  • Performance: 10.0
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.45 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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