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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfort over buttons

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    Nitro
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    Comfort over buttons PROS: COMFORT - the main selling point for me on this is it feels great. The top has a brushed feeling to it and your hand slides around on it gleefully, as well as preventing it from getting too cold either like some plastic does. The side, where your thumb goes, also has a nice ribbed textured area that is great for grasping with your thumb to control the mouse. Aesthetics - The snake inspiration is pretty clear to see in the design, as well as the lights on the top. Green is my favorite color though, so I may be a bit biased, but the green really stands out on the black and looks great I think. If lights aren't your thing though, you can turn them off using Razer's software. DPI - It goes up to 6,400 dpi. If you need more than that, I'm jealous, but I have it currently set at 2,200 and that's plenty for me. Software - This is actually a huge selling point for me. Of all of the computer peripherals' software out there, Razer has my favorite. In the software, you can: change lighting, dpi, acceleration, polling rate, and liftoff range. The buttons can be customized, so if you would rather your left button be your right button, assign a key to the side buttons etc. It even has an area for detecting your mousepad and calibrating to it. Good build - Good, but not great. The cord is tethered (like a shoelace) and fairly long and the mouse doesn't feel cheaply made or awkward or anything. But the left button did start to go out after a couple of years so it's not built like a tank or anything either. Weight - Doesn't weigh very much and is easy to grasp. Not quite so light that you whip it around either. Neutral: Not a ton of buttons. There's the scroll wheel which clicks, and two side buttons. However, this could be a pro if a lot of buttons would get in your way. CON: Doesn't automatically ship with every PC which would drastically drive it's price down. Maybe I'm fanboying here, but I really like this mouse. I "claw" my mouse, and it works pretty well for that. I'm also right handed, which is a big help. If you're a lefty, I wouldn't get this unless you can use your right to control the mouse. In that scenario, I would recommend the Taipan. It's got a lot of the same features that makes the DeathAdder fantastic but isn't geared for right-handed people. Happy shopping

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great mouse for right-handed gamers.

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    Tempest
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    Price Note: At the time of this review the Razer DeathAdder Elite is $69.99 ($66 when price matched with another popular website that has two a's in it's name, one of them being a capital). Driver Note: This mouse functions as a plug and play device and comes ready to use out of the box, Razer Synapse is required for all customization options. I bought the Razer DeathAdder Elite after my previous 2 Roccat Kone XTD mice stopped working within a year. Pros: - Simple, ergonomic and precise. A solid choice for all but the biggest hands; - Provides a plethora of customization options that will fit the needs of most gamers, most notably 8 customizable mouse functions and lighting effects; - Includes a 2 year limited Razer Warranty, which can be activated after purchase (Razer ID account and Razer Synapse are required). Cons: - No on-board memory, user settings are saved in the cloud; - No DPI light indicator; - Feels lighter than most gaming mice, which is barely noticeable after an initial transition period. In conclusion, I believe the Razer DeathAdder Elite will be a valuable tool for many gamers. It's a shame Razer didn't add on-board memory to the new model and that will alienate some laptop gamers. If this is your first time buying a gaming mouse I highly recommend you go in-store to get a general idea of the size and features you'll want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best gaming mouse out there for shooters

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    afluffypanda94
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    I have had this mouse for a year now and it still works perfectly. I bought this to replace my Razer Naga of 3 years and it has delivered on every aspect. It is at a reasonable price (I bought mine on sale for $50 from its original $70 price tag). It is incredibly comfortable. I tend to grip my mouse with a hybrid grip and I can game for 4+ hours before I even start to feel any sort of tiring. The cable has plenty of length, sometimes a little too much, but it's nothing a little zip/bread tie can't fix. The elite also comes with the chroma lighting so you can adjust all the RGB settings on the mouse. As for performance, the mouse delivers incredibly no arguments. The sensor on the deathadder is accurate and with a huge DPI range of 16,000, it will handle whatever settings you prefer with presets you can customize for the games you play. The mouse moves smooth without catching/sticking on the mouse pad. The two thumb buttons are the perfect size; you won't ever have to worry about clicking the wrong thumb button even in fast paced games. The scroll wheel doesn't have a tilt option but I found that it doesn't matter for shooters such as battlefield, COD, Destiny 2, etc. Overall, I would say that this mouse is the perfect package for anyone looking for a comfortable and simple mouse for shooters at a extremely great price range. If you're on the fence about this mouse, I recommend picking it up, because you'll absolutely fall in love with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stay Away

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    Ryan
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    Pros- -Well made -Adjustable DPI, 2 side buttons -Mouse clicks feel good Cons- -The terrible software bundle included outweighs the pros so heavily I cannot recommend or continue to use this product. This mouse had potential, until the splash screens and updates starting coming. I would start by saying it seems well made; good weight/feel, button clicks feel nice, and a good length braided cord. Now before I start complaining about their software, I understand if you want fancy lighting and customizable buttons, etc, then there needs to be software and support for it. I only took the basic software installation despite 5-8 add-ons offered during setup and set the DPI stages I wanted. Almost immediately my fullscreen game was interrupted for Razer Central to open, so I turned off all notifications and options to bother me and went back to it. Since then, I've lost track of the times the splash screen has popped up, or I've been asked to update. I've unchecked the box to have it launch on startup and disabled them in task manager/services, yet here it is running 4 processes, taking up 94.3MB of memory (for comparison Spotify streaming hi-quality uses 80.6MB). This is a mouse.... the software should be set it and forget it. Previous mice nor the Wacom drawing tablet I use have once harassed me in this way. Ultimately, I will be switching to another brand in hopes of avoiding this bloated software.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    "OK" mouse, horrid software/driver(s)...

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    SomeGuy
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    The mouse itself is rather nice. Tracking is spot-on and the LED lighting feature is acceptable (not "over-the-top" or "tacky"). At 16,000 DPI your your onscreen mouse cursor will move faster than Superman, so unless you have the reflexes of a ninja don't plan on using that setting. However, at lower DPI settings the mouse comes into its own and has a comfortable ergonomic feel that is not straining to hold for extended periods of time. Regardless of form and function, it does still feel rather over-priced. It's light-weight and seemingly chintzy plastic shell make it feel "cheap" and the more I had used it the more I pondered why I paid as much as I did for it. When held, the weight of the mouse seems uneven leaving me to wonder if they placed a weight inside it just to give it some heft. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you LAN and take your mouse on the go I could not foresee this thing taking the punishment of several unanticipated falls. Yet even with all that stated, it leads me to the next predicament, and one that is the major deal breaker... The Razer Synapse software that is used for this mouse (e.g. to support all its bells and whistles) crashes my computer. Not only does one have to create an account (yeah! an account to manipulate mouse settings) but the mouse and software combination would randomly lock my computer up and force a restart. This situation did not play out for 2 other mice that I've used before and after - Just this one! I have also read of a similar situation online of an individual with the same problem; "Razer Synapse software crashes their computer". Something to be weary of.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Experience

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    Tofu4ever
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    Very nice mouse. It's very good performing, probably the best I have used so far. Tracking is highly accurate. The cable is improved over past mice as it's more flexible and silky to the touch. The left mouse button is in fact better than their previous mice, so they did do something better there. The right mouse button seems like the standard click. The mouse wheel is ok, I think the notches could be more defined to make it a little more crisp. The middle/wheel button is good though. The thumb buttons are not great, I almost always find them to be out of position for how I naturally hold the mouse and this is no exception. They're a little too far forward for my grip style so I don't really use them... Mouse weight is just slightly light and easy to control. I prefer a bit more weight to really have a good feel for the mouse. Mouse glides well enough and is stable but I think if it had more contact surface it would have better feel. I like the look of the mouse versus the standard mouse and it has a pastel lighting scheme which nicely matches the white body. The texture on the mouse is smooth but tactile. Grey rubber inserts on the sides provide nice traction for a claw style grip. Overall I'm satisfied and I feel that I got one of the best mice you can get for the money I spent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good not great

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    blizzgmx
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    I don't like how razer forces you to use their software to change settings instead of providing on-board memory like almost every other major peripheral brand at this price range. The razer software is not reliable. The feel of this mouse is quite nice in hand, but the buttons are a little light to the touch compared to other mice from other brands that I prefer over this one. examples(rival 310, g403, rival 600, g900). The one thing I really like about this mouse is the shape, it is my favorite shape, but the light clicks and software issues trump the shape of the mouse unfortunately for me. Razer cuts costs not putting a board inside their hardware to store settings, they instead use software for this, which means the mouse settings revert to default when you use the mouse on other computers not configured with the razer synapse software, so they should also lower the price of their products in my opinion. If they fixed the button clicks and put on board memory into their expensive mice, then they might be considered a top name brand for more than just their aesthetics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse but with a flaw or two

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    FormerGamer100
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    I used to do a lot of online gaming, and I needed a good mouse for the task. For close to nine years I used the Razer Death Adder. When it finally cashed in I stepped up to this one, the Razer Death Adder Elite. It has a good feel, large enough for my big hand, smooth screen movement and great response time. My only complaint is with the Razer Synapse software needed to control many of the features of the mouse, specifically the lighting features. I never use them and don't care for them, but the Synapse program is a headache. Every time I log in I need to restart Synapse in order to disable the lighting because it seems to 'forget' that I want it kept off. It's a continual battle that I'm willing to overlook because, other than that, I love this mouse. My old mouse had the lighting, too, but was easily controlled with the software that came with it. Synapse, which was downloaded from the Razer website, is very buggy. This is the only thing stopping this from being a 5-star product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great brand, bad experience

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    RockyJack
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    Purchased this expensive mouse after reading reviews online. Purchased at Best Buy because of its availability in stores locally and because the store prices are actually cheaper than online or on the Razer site. Unfortunately, the mouse stopped working after fifteen minutes. The Razer software was already installed on my Windows 7 system and the mouse was initially recognized by the Razer software. After the mouse stopped working, my system refused to recognize the mouse even after I uninstalled and reinstalled the Razer software. Several attempts to get the mouse recognized by starting and restarting my laptop proved not to help either. Finally, I returned the DeathAdder mouse to Best Buy and exchanged it for the more expensive Mamba TE mouse which has worked without issue for several weeks. I recall that there were a few notes in reviews of Razer mice that did not work out of the box but most of the online reviews are positive. If you're reading this review prior to buying a Razer mouse don't let the tiny possibility of a bad experience discourage you. Overall, Razer products are a great buy for serious gamers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is amazing, current software is buggy

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    Sonic
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    Best gaming mouse I have ever owned. The tracking is incredible, supports multiple right handed grip styles, and the lighting integration with Razer Chroma is really neat. HOWEVER Razer Synapse, the program with which you'll need to adjust sensitivity, use Razer Chroma, remap buttons, and so on, is very buggy at the time of this review. Sometimes my mouse will become completely unresponsive, and I'll have to use my keyboard and hotkeys to navigate to task manager to end all process instances in order to regain control of the mouse. Overall, the hardware is awesome, but for full customization and Chroma support, Synapse, as it is at the time of this review, is very buggy. 4/5 stars for the buggy software; would be 5/5 if the software did not cause issues!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse for large hands and long fingers!

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    Lilricemuncher09
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    I bought 2 Logitech mice (g903 and g502) and love them. My only problem was that my thumb was just too long to hit both side buttons comfortably. I always had to awkwardly flex my thumb in to hit the inside button or use my inside thumb knuckle. Every time I would go to best buy, I would see Razer's Deathadder Elite mouse on display. The side buttons were in the perfect spot for me. I'll be doing an unboxing video of this mouse on my youtube channel "lil rice muncher gaming." If you're interested please check it out. As for right now, I can just say that this mouse fits my hands so much better and I'm glad finally gave razer a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DeathAdder Elite

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    Reviewer
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    I like it, but it reminded me that we competitive gamers have to take mouse size and shape and our grip style into very serious consideration before purchase. I'm 5'8" with average sized hands and the mouse is too large for me to be totally accurate and optimally comfortable. I bought a Zowie FK1 and it's much more manageable and comfortable to me, though in retrospect perhaps I should have gotten the smaller FK2. Personal experience aside, it has a quality build, feels nice, grips well, and the sensor is the best in the market at the moment, as it is a Razer-modified version of the nearly flawless PMW3366. The only flaw that could possibly affect some is that, in order to modify DPI and other settings, you have to be connected to the internet and have the software program open. Do some research and be sure you'll have some wiggle room if you use a claw grip like me, otherwise you as well may prefer a smaller mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent gaming mouse and then some

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    Firegraff
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    i always have enjoyed razer for their gear,and this i can even agree is good even if one doesnt be a hardcore gamer. the controls are simple compared to other mouse in the same styling (not as many extra keys,just two on the thumb guard and two under the scroll wheel), yet you can still optimize all the buttons to aid in any project you use via razer's synapse program. what i feel is really great is where you can precicely set up the DPI speeds to any sensitivity,which is great if you need a little precision with any art programs, or you were playing an FPS shooter and need that added speed to turn around. to be honest,i didnt need the chroma lighting but after messing with it,i do like that one could change its style to give their computer desk a little flair. i wouldnt suggest this to anyone who is heavy with gamepad controls versus keyboard controls but it definately is a decent mouse for anyone who wants a simple gaming mouse,or just a mouse with a bit of customization.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mice

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    JohnLeerson
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    I previously owned the Razer Deathadder Black which, at first, lead me to not wanting another one and wanting to try something new. But due to no stock on other mice at my local Best Buy, I was pretty much forced to buy this new version of the Deathadder which wasn't as bad as I first thought it would be. The Deathadder Elite has way better tracking than the Deathadder Black, as well as a more satisfying click for all the buttons the mouse has to offer. The lighting is also a nice touch with the scroll wheel and base of the mouse being aluminated which looks very nice since it also RGB, meaning you can set it to any color you could think of. My only complaint about the mouse are the rubber grips on the side. If you hands aren't clean and you have some oil on it, you'll have a hard time trying to grip on it will feel very slippery to use. So far, great mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing gaming mouse!

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    MikeSF88
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    I love the Razer DeathAdder's grip and size. I am upgrading from a DeathAdder 2013, and the additional side grips and full RGB customization is a great improvement. The sensor provides an insane amount of precision. The biggest downside of this mouse is the necessity to have the Razer drivers running in the background. This is no problem if you are using Windows or MacOS as Razer provides drivers for these operating systems. If you, like me, are running a Linux based OS, you are out of luck. There are some good open source alternatives, but they are not as good as Razer's driver. What this means is you get no customization of button macros or operations. I wanted to use the top button to switch profiles which is supported by Razer's drivers. The Linux alternative drivers do not provide this functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Gaming Mouse at its price !

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    Vince
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    This Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse will not disappoint. What I mean is that the performance, price, comfort-ability, and style is what stands out to me about this product. I usually spend a lot of time on my desk using my mouse whether its for gaming or anything in general. In the previous gaming mouse that I own (another company that I will not mention) I feel that the mouse itself is not build very well at its price point and you can tell when using it. However with this mouse, on the hand it fits perfectly and feels amazing to use even for a long period of time. The customizable RGB lighting is also a plus. The clicks on the mouse is very responsive and the dpi settings are top notch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and easily brakes

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    SamIam

    The cord ripped apart very easily, even with the extreme care I put into my electronics. First the cord's outer covering began, seemingly, shredding apart. Then, the mouse would not work unless plugged into the USB port at certain angles. After, the cord began ripping out of the mouse and it seemed like the wiring inside may have become detached. I do regret having the mouse, which was $70 at the time. I now have been using a travel/airplane mouse for gaming, I have had no problems with it, and it cost a 1/10 of this, at the time. This may however be an anomaly, but it is sad that the pinacle company of the gaming accessories industry could let something like the mouse I had get off the production line and charge $70 for it. They should put some of that towards their quality assurance department.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Falls short

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    nm11
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    Basically the deathadder elite is another deathadder is the lineup. It's not much better than prior versions and honestly is actually a big let down. The mouse is not capable of saving custom DPI steps unless the synapse software is running. Literally even closing the software makes you lose your custom DPI step. The mouse shape is 'ok' the mouse main buttons are pretty meh, side buttons, and scroll wheel are all good.. same for the mouse skates On the downside it has a braided cable and weighs a lot. I find the mouse to just be more 'meh' than anything else and really inferior to competitors. The sensor feels just like any 3360 and is no better or worse. I'd personally pass up on this product and just give razer a wake-up that making their only gaming mouse sub-par just really isn't up to standard. Not to mention forcing people onto synapse is just junk

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I came back to it again!

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    Robert
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    I bought my first DeathAdder about 10 years ago and have gone through a couple of other mice in the past year or two. I keep hoping that I'll find a great wireless mouse that works both for office and game use, but I keep finding that I'm wrong. The DeathAdder has a horrible name, but the mouse is so comfortable, I just keep coming back to it. I would hope that the scroll wheel was a little bit faster, but it's worked well enough for office purposes. For gaming purposes, of course, there is a reason why Razer has made these mice for so long. They just work great. They are very responsive and last me forever. I've found that the DeathAdder works well on both fabric and metal mouse pads. I highly recommend the DeathAdder!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse overall

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    MysteryTech
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    This is my first razer. Overall I would highlight the looks of the mouse on the table are aesthetically outstanding. However after some weeks trying it my hand does not find it very comfortable to manage. My hand size is medium and using the natural shape of the mouse my fingers reach well to the front, but despite of this, in some cases I was experiencing unintended clicks and missed clicks. Also in my case my palm seems not to follow well the mouse shape, and I was feeling some discomfort. This is just me, does not necessarily apply to anyone else. I think that bigger hands would probably be ok with this mouse, but I recommend to try it out first to see if it fits your grip comfortably.

    I would recommend this to a friend