The Death Adder
The Death Adder was packed in the usual Razer style box, with the opening door showing off the Death Adder behind a plastic window.
Inside you find the Death Adder itself, a booklet containing the vital statistics of the mouse and the driver CD, a certificate of authenticity and a short ‘how to install’ guide. The ‘how to install’ guide is simple and visual providing you with the key points of how to install the mouse quickly.
Other Razer products have been symmetrical in their shape, allowing both right and left handed gamers to use them. The Death Adder changes all of this and is ergonomically designed to fit the right handed player only. This should make usage more comfortable as the mouse fits your hand more readily.
Due to the change in shape, the Death Adder looks a lot like a Microsoft mouse as it curves inwards slightly to accommodate your thumb. This overcomes the downsides of Razer’s previous mice which sacrifice comfort for ambidextrous gaming. Razer have obviously listened to their customer feedback. As the mouse is curved, it has meant the mouse has had to be wider and looks a lot different from the other Razer mice. In fact, I would describe the Death Adder as the chunky brother to the Krait.
The buttons of the mouse are made of the material that is used for the Krait and Copperhead mice. Its rubbery and provides grip even for the sweatiest player. The top of the mouse is all one piece, allowing for a simpler design. The bottom half of the mouse is the usual shiny black plastic.
The top two mouse buttons splay outwards and are slightly concave allowing for your fingers to naturally rest in the grooves. Sited between the two buttons is the larger-than-average scroll wheel which has small oval projections to grip to your finger.
The 2 extra buttons that were pioneered on the Copperhead are present on the Death Adder but they are larger and are more prominent.
On the underside of the ‘Adder you can see the 3 Telfon pads and the ‘3G’ sensor. The 3G sensor allows for several improvements over the usual red LED optical design. A higher resolution can be obtained when using the infra red sensor allowing the optical resolution to be 1800dpi which was previously difficult for technology (hence why lasers became popular). The ‘lift-off’ distance has also been shortened (no, the Death Adder can’t fly…). Lift-off is where a gamer has to lift the mouse, move and put the mouse back down. Usually the action of lifting your mouse would move the cursor, this results in inaccuracy, and inaccuracy is Razor’s pet hate. As the lift-off is shorter, it means that less movement is detected in the lift, hovering movement and drop phases resulting in a much more stable cursor position.
The 3G sensor also allows for faster gameplay as the sensor is better equipped to deal with annoying negative acceleration that all gamers hate. This allows you to play at low sensitivities and wave the Death Adder around as fast as you like.
Also on the underside of the ‘Adder is the profile change button that can also be used to reset the mouse should anything go awry. The ability to change your profile on the fly is useful when you change your game genre (e.g. RTS, FPS or RPG) and you don’t want to go back to the driver page.
As with all of the products that Razer make, the USB connector is gold plated ensuring optimum conductivity and longevity. Gold connectors to me have always seemed to be a gimic, but apparently they are key to having worry free connection for years, instead of nickel which wears off with regular connection/disconnection.