Review: Razer Death Adder mouse

It’s the final review of Mouse Review Week! Are you freaking out? I know I am! Because I’m finally reviewing this Razer mouse I’ve been too busy using for the last month or so. You guys have to watch the video because I took extra care on the ending. Not so much on the screencast portion (wtf@encoder). Click below for a few words and pictures if you haven’t had enough after the epic mouse journey above.

What can I say? This is the best mouse of the bunch. The other mice had their strengths, and I’m not saying this is the only mouse you should consider, but I do think it’s the best. Why? I’ll tell you.

First, this mouse is comfortable as all hell. My hand conforms to it naturally and I don’t feel that any fingers are hanging free or gripping in any weird places. There are no misplaced buttons to hit. The material is good. Everything is big enough but not too big. It’s subtly designed for a right hand (lefties won’t work at all) and feels natural at it. It works on Windows and OS X (since the latest revision).

The software is pretty much what you expect: all the usual configuration options. It doesn’t have an easy DPI switch button like the Ikari or Sidewinder, but its On-the-fly sensitivity is so easy to use that you don’t really need it. One extra button under the scroll wheel might not have been unwelcome, but who can say?

The motion and tracking are absolutely flawless in this mouse. It’s still as a rock at rest, goes in a straight line when it needs to, but doesn’t interfere with any movements at all. It’s as good as the Logitech G9 there and possibly better. One thing it doesn’t have on the G9 is the scroll wheel. The Death Adder’s scroll wheel is just fine, but Logitech’s frictionless wheels are just so nice, I feel like every mouse company in the world should be tripping over each other to try to copy it. Nope! Ah well. Fortunately nothing stops me from switching back and forth whenever I want.

Really, this is one of the best mice I’ve ever used. It’s replaced my G9 when I never thought that would happen, and it weathered the attacks of all these newcomers as well. There isn’t anything seriously wrong with it and I think its shape will be comfortable to all but the biggest or smallest hands. If you win this thing in the contest, consider yourself lucky. That said, the Death Adder only costs $50 if you look around. I highly recommend you check this sucker out if you’re at all thinking of upgrading or replacing. And if you don’t have the cash to spend, I’m telling you: contest!