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Razer updates DeathAdder mouse with more durable switches, "world's most accurate" optical sensor

By Jos
Sep 27, 2016
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  1. The Razer DeathAdder is consistently mentioned by reviewers and gamers alike as one of the top gaming mice around — in fact, it was the best overall pick in our Best Mice of 2015 guide. Today the venerable rodent is getting a new iteration, keeping the same comfortable and ergonomic design that we know and love, but with some under the hood improvements.

    The DeathAdder Elite introduces an all-new “5G Optical Sensor” that's capable of tracking up to 16,000 dots per inch (DPI) at 450 inches per second (IPS) and supports 50G acceleration. As impressive as that may sound, gamers will rarely ever use a mouse at its peak sensitivity, so what really matters is tracking accuracy. Well, Razer claims the DeathAdder Elite has the highest resolution accuracy ever recorded in a gaming mouse at 99.4%.

    Razer also co-designed and produced new mechanical switches with Omron for the Elite. According to the company, they are optimized for the fastest response times, and more importantly, come with an increased durability rating of 50 million clicks.

    As great as the DeathAdder line is, there have been multiple reports of units that suffer from a defective left click button which starts erratically registering clicks after just a few months of use. I was able to experience this first hand with a DeathAdder Chroma, and truth be told, it’s a consideration we’ll keep in mind when time comes for an update to our mice guide, but hopefully the new Omron switches make this a thing of the past.

    Finally, Razer has also included an improved tactile scroll wheel design, and the DeathAdder Elite mouse now has DPI buttons for quick sensitivity switching while gaming.

    The overall design hasn’t changed and that’s a good thing, with rubber side grips and a matte black plastic body. It also keeps the Razer Chroma RGB LED lighting system.

    The Razer DeathAdder Elite is available for preorder through Razer’s store as of today for the same $69.99 list price the Chroma launched at. It’s slated to start shipping sometime next month with retail availability at Best Buy on October 2.

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    I would trade my Proteus Core for this!
     
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 750   +270

    As long as the middle scroll wheel (more specifically the click) is super durable, I might consider it after this one dies.
    The middle click has been the first thing to go on my last few mice, and I'd rather not have to worry about it.
     
  4. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 225   +84

    50 million clicks is really impressive, my last Roccat Kone Pure's left click switch went belly up after a little over 6 million (about 3.5 years).

    Razer was a bad experience, my Copperhead only lasted a little over 2 years and my DeathAdder didn't last 6 months. I might give Razer another go for my next mouse, 50 million sounds really good.
     
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +683

    Are they making a left handed version? They have done before but they haven't updated it in years...
     
  6. zavrix

    zavrix TS Rookie Posts: 21   +7

    The Deathadder has served me very well, onto my second one now but I've been using them since Cod 4 and love them. I use to play comp n cod 4 so you can imagine the hours I've used these things for. Very keen to get one of the new ones but I'll wait till price drops a little.
     
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    I'm very wary of Razer products atm. The reliability/build quality of their laptops is very poor. Their Synapze software is very poor.

    How does the Deathadder go in practice? A one off review is one thing but someone using it for years with many games is another.
     
  8. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +12

    I am using my second deathadder, I am pretty satisfied. I like how it perfectly fits my hand.
     
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  9. loading

    loading TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +13

    The old Death Adders were awesome. I liked it so much when it finally wore out I picked up a Chroma DA. Biggest pile of crap I've ever purchased.

    I hope this is a throwback to the old school mice and some QA goes into them.

    Edit: "As great as the DeathAdder line is, there have been multiple reports of units that suffer from a defective left click button which starts erratically registering clicks after just a few months of use."

    Ah, there it is...
     
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  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    I can't trust anything Razer anymore, after being my go-to peripheral supplier for years and years (dates back to the 1600 DPI Diamondback) the last few devices I have had from them have been terribly built, mice especially. Tried the Imperator when it came out, stopped being detected just outside of the warranty, figures, got a Taipan because of the similarity to the Diamondback, it started having major tracking issues and randomly disconnecting during use. My Blackwidow ultimate is slowly strangling it's own cord, the headphone and USB pass through have stopped working, thankfully the only good wire is for the keyboard itself and it seems to be holding on, however just recently my S keys LED has started to die on me but comes back after a while. Don't get me started on software support, it's atrocious at best...
     
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  11. anselhelm

    anselhelm TS Rookie

    I had several DeathAdder mice and the LMB was always the first to go. It's a common issue with gaming mice and occurred similarly with Logitech for me. I used to burn through them in under a year when I used to game daily.

    I've since switched to an Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 though. Once you get used to it, flat mice just seem wrong, especially as I've found no loss of precision or control. Expensive mouse, but worth every penny.
     
  12. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 202   +118

    I've only ever had two razer products, the old deathadder mouse and the lycosa keyboard and neither of them lasted a year. The mouse had the left button issue and the keyboard kept registering random key presses and dead keys. The software for both really sucked as well, which is why I will never buy Razer again... Currently using a roccate kone xtd.
     
  13. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    My Razer DeathAdder lasted 5+ years, best mouse I have ever owned.
    I even like it better then my current Proteus Core G502.
     

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