Razer Deathadder Elite and Gigantus Mousepad Review
It's lazy journalism to call something "X on Steroids", but in the case of the Deathadder Elite that old cliché holds true. When we reviewed the Chroma it was an upgrade to the old Deathadder 3.5G, beefing it up with a 10000 DPI sensor. The Elite goes another step forwards from the Chroma by including two buttons behind the scroll wheel and further enhancing the sensor until it busts out a frankly incredible 16000 DPI.
We know that the point of high DPIs is to then lower the in-game setting to improve your accuracy. But we do have to confess that we felt 10000 DPI to be way more than our not-inconsiderable gaming skills required, and so to take it even higher into the stratosphere with 16000 DPI... I mean who is left? We're really good, but not professionals. Even professionals, on triple 4K screens, will be able to move from one side to the other with enough speed to be competitive at a mere 10000 DPI, so what on earth is the point of 16000 DPI? It might not be a popular viewpoint to cry 'enough is enough' but the insane sensor arms race has to stop somewhere and we think that 16000 DPI is Crossing the Rubicon. This is absolutely not a fault of Razer or of the Deathadder Elite, and we know that all the major players are producing mice with this sensor in it, we're just saying that for the vast majority of people it's a great "mine is bigger than yours" Top Trumps winner, but not actually necessary for a quality gaming experience.
Stepping down from our soapbox, the Deathadder Elite is - thanks to its enhancement of an already successful formula - a joy to use. It's light without feeling flimsy. The large feet help it glide across even the roughest of surfaces. All of the buttons have a glorious tactile click to them. As we said earlier we're used to side buttons not having the crispness of the main ones, but with the Deathadder Elite that's not an issue at all as every button feels the same beneath your fingertips. Add to that a gently textured top and high grip rubber sides and it's a fantastic experience. The lighting is fantastic with richly saturated main colours and even the subtler shades reproduced well. Sometimes with full spectrum lighting you're limited to just the major shades, but the Elite is as happy to do lilac or buttermilk as it is to do traffic light red and green.
There is no doubt that the Deathadder Elite is an uncompromising take upon the gaming mouse, with a specification sheet and price tag to match. If you require the very specific set of features that it offers then there is little else on the market to touch it, and so it wins our OC3D Performance Award. For mere mortals we'd stick to the regular Deathadder Chroma or something a little more affordable.
As for the Gigantus it's a far simpler proposition. It's an excellent quality cloth mat that is absolutely enormous. If you often find your mouse dropping off the edge of your mouse mat, and you have the space to use it, then nothing else will do. Assuming that you require a mouse that's a foot and a half square then the only slight negative is that, like all cloth mats, it takes a while for the "I was rolled up into a tube for packaging" curvature to flatten out. Perhaps longer than normal given its gigantic (heh) size. But it's still a high quality item and wins our OC3D Gamers Choice.
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