Talking Tech with Thomas: Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse

Whether you're a hardcore gamer or a causal one, we all understand how difficult choosing the right mouse can be. We've been taught that a mouse is an extension of our hand. Today, we are taking a look at Razer's latest revision of the DeathAdder series, known as the DeathAdder 2013.

The DeathAdder 2013 features a 4G optical sensor that can go up to 6400 dpi, an ergonomic right-handed design with rubber side grips, two thumb buttons and support for 125/500/1000 polling rates. For me, the most important aspect of any mouse is how it feels. The DeathAdder 2013 has been specially designed for right-handed players in mind, meaning the mouse itself is curved for your hand, as well as sporting two rubber side grips that really help keep control of the mouse.The first grip is located on the left-hand side below the thumb buttons and the second is located where your ring finger rests when palming the mouse.

Speaking of palming versus the claw grip. I'm happy to inform you that both styles are easily usable while playing MMOs, FPS, RTS, MOBAs or even chilling with solitaire! Additionally the DeathAdder 2013 utilizes a high quality plastic finish, that negates any sweating during those intense moments.

Razer DeathAdder Box-Art

The approximate weight is 0.23lbs, however as usual its impossible to really understand what that means without holding it yourself. I found the DeathAddder 2013 to be very a lightweight mouse, in addition to its "zero-acoustic ultraslick" feet that overall makes the mouse feel very smooth on almost any surface. To further illustrate how lightweight this mouse is, my usual 2000 dpi setting was too much, and I had to bump the setting down to 1700/1800 dpi because it just felt too sensitive, hehe!

Now one very important part of the DeathAdder 2013 that needs mentioning, would be the lift-off distance. It's default value appears to be set very high, so if you are prone to lifting your mouse for re-centering purposes then you may be in for a little shock, however if you love to play while hovering your mouse, then the DeathAdder 2013 will make you very happy! Other then that, I've found the overall shape, size and features of the DeathAdder 2013 to be very satisfying. Below you can see an image of me drawing lines and circles to show its precision and tracking through some of it's dpi levels. Also take note that I've managed to constantly hit my average score of 160,00 within Disk Dash.

Razer DeathAdder 2013 DPI Tracking   

So lets have a little talk about the controversial Razer Synapse. My Windows 7 build is around 10 months old, meaning I've had tons of random things installed and uninstalled. With that said, I went to Razer's website and downloaded the latest version of Synapse, It installed perfectly fine and recognized my DeathAdder 2013 instantly. Before I was able to play around with any settings, I was told to install the latest firmware from which it did automatically! Afterwards was able to change the dpi, lighting, macros, calibration of my mouse mat and set up any specific dpi/macro profiles for certain applications.

Overall I've had zero problems with Razer's Synapse program, previously I mentioned that the DeathAdder 2013 has quite a high liftoff range. Now it's fully customizable via Synapse, however sadly the slider that ranges from 1 – 10 does not actually effect this mouse at all. Now this may be a bug or maybe the mouse does not support this feature?

Razer Synapse

At the end of the day, Razers DeathAdder 2013 is a logical step forward within its series, by keeping things simple without adding too much. The only real problem I found with this mouse would be its high liftoff range that can annoy players who are used to something lower. With that said, its hard to find any other problems with such a well built mouse that is also reasonably priced amongst other mice for around $64.99!

Technical Specifications

  • 6400dpi 4G Optical Sensor
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled 1000Hz Ultrapolling/1ms response
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • 200 inches per second and 50g of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 5.00”/127mm (Length) x 2.76” / 70mm (Width) x 1.73” / 44mm (Height)
  • Approximate weight : 0.23lbs / 105g

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