Razer Deathadder Chroma 10000DPI Gaming Mouse Review
Published: 24th August 2015 | Source: Razer | Price: £64.99 @ OCUK |
One of the hardest things to do is review a product that we're fairly certain everyone knows about already. Regardless of your personal preferences there is no doubt that Razer are amongst the most famous peripheral manufacturers around. The products they are most famous for are their mice, and of those mice it's a toss-up between the Boomslang and the Deathadder. Such has been the longevity of the Deathadder you can make the argument that this is the most famous Gaming Mouse on Earth. So you all know about the design, but we still have to review it as if you don't, because some of you don't. It's like describing bread or jeans.
The Deathadder Chroma is an updated version of the Deathadder 2013, which was itself and upgrade on the 3.5G, that an upgrade of the 3G and finally the OG, the Deathadder released in 2006. Such has been the solidity of the design that the main changes since its inception have been to the sensor. The looks are a subtle right handed design with a pair of thumb buttons, a hard coating and rubberised sides for extra grip. LMB and RMB have a nice swoop which feels good beneath your fingers, with tactile buttons providing a crisp click every time. Even the back/forward buttons aren't too squishy, although not quite as instantaneous as we might have liked. The scroll wheel falls definitively on the notched side of things which is perfect for gaming, albeit slightly annoying when making your way to the bottom of giant documents.
The Deathadder Chroma ups the arms race of high DPI sensors with its Avago 3989 sensor supporting 10000DPI natively. We've been gaming for longer than many of you have been alive and have used a mouse for so long that our fingers are twisted into a claw, but the 10000DPI setting is way beyond anything that our meagre talents would call usable. Maybe if you have three 4K screens side-by-side and the response time of a teenager then you might love it but for us it's too twitchy. However, by virtue of the scalability of the sensor and its optical nature, once tamed to a more manageable 6000-odd it's extremely good with little discernible smoothing of your inputs. Not as raw and untamed as some, but still extremely handy in a fight. The software is up to the usual high standards of the Synapse 2.0, albeit lacking a complete set of macro features for those of you who demand the most customisation. The lighting is a highlight though. Not only can it replicate the major colours that most people will gravitate towards, but the more subtle shades still come through beautifully. Even lilac, a colour which has a tendency to wash towards pink or white on most devices, came through strongly.
All in all the Razer Deathadder Chroma is a continuation of the successful and endlessly refined Deathadder range. Maybe the sensor is complete overkill, but there is no kill like overkill and we know many of you will be swayed by that enormous 10000 DPI figure. Even at more sane speeds the mouse is comfortable, responsive, and has some really eye-popping colours and at a shade over £60 it has to win our OC3D Gold Award.