Accessorise to Survive: Razer DeathAdder

Razer are not the only high quality peripheral manufacturer on the block, but they are more certainly one of the most prolific. The variety of human interface devices that they produce is almost unparalleled, from those specifically aimed at gamers to more universal hardware. The […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageRazer are not the only high quality peripheral manufacturer on the block, but they are more certainly one of the most prolific. The variety of human interface devices that they produce is almost unparalleled, from those specifically aimed at gamers to more universal hardware. The DeathAdder is more certainly the latter, as while it can be good for use in first-person shooters and real-time strategy videogames, it’s comfortable for everyday use also.

The DeathAdder is Razer’s entry-level mouse, if there were such a thing, with only the most basic functionality for a modern design included. A rubberised mouse wheel, two side-mounted buttons and a smooth polymer texture surface that offers more grip than a standard plastic finish. It sells itself with a number of other features that will mean very little to Electronic Theatre Imagemost – large face buttons, ‘zeroslick’ feet and an ‘ultra wide’ data channel, for example – but there other highlights which genuinely do promote the DeathAdder into a higher league than your average user input device.

Top of the list is the sensitivity adjustment option. There are two unique settings for the motion translation, each user customisable and selectable via a button on the base of the mouse. It’s not exactly quick access between profiles, but it’s certainly a step-up from the standard driver-defined sensitivity. Furthermore, the lightweight braided cable that appears to be a standard addition to most Razer devices is far better than a plastic coated cable – both durable and flexible – and the gold coated USB connector is a nice touch, if largely pointless as it’s likely to connect to a standard USB port.

A very likeable mouse, the Razer DeathAdder excels beyond traditional design due to its ergonomics and high quality representation of standardised ideas. The fact that it’s also a lower power consumption device means that it’s ideal for use with tablets or other USB compatible products, promoting true versatility. The Razer DeathAdder is billed as a step-up from the budget devices that most PCs ship with, or can be purchased at a wallet-friendly price, and in that respect it’s marketing couldn’t be any more genuine.

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