Razer Deathadder Elite vs Chroma

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Our Verdict

If you already have the Razer Deathadder Elite, it won’t be necessary for you to buy the new Deathadder Elite (except if you are trying to become a pro). If you are looking for a new mouse to your gaming rig, the Razer Deathadder Elite will be the best deal for you. Find out why we think the Razer Deathadder Elite is the best deal in our detailed Test report below!

DeathAdder Elite Score: 9.5 / 10


  • High precision
  • Suitable for gamers
  • Excellent quality


  • RGB not a great feature
  • Relatively high price

DeathAdder Chroma Score: 9.2 / 10


  • Very good price performance
  • Great Surface
  • Durable buttons


  • RGB not a great feature
  • Not for left-handers

Review: Razer Deathadder Elite and Chroma

The Razer Deathadder is one of the world’s favorites around the gaming peripherals. In the current new edition of this classic, the optically scanning USB mouse offers a high-quality sensor that reaches up to 6,400 dpi.

The Razer Deathadder is available in stores as well as online in various versions, including a World of Tanks edition. I have tested the classic version for you, which has RGB lighting in the typical Razer green tone. This is the third generation of the Deathadder series.

When it comes to helping players improve their performance through advanced technology, the Razer name comes first. For almost 20 years now, the Californian company has been producing gaming accessories of the highest quality. Recently, the latest product from Razer has become available. The DeathAdder Elite mouse, a slightly improved remake of the DeathAdder Chroma. But what can this mouse really do? We took the test and we will answer all your questions.

Facts and figures about the Razer DeathAdder Elite/Chroma

The infrared sensor has a sampling rate of 16,000 Dpi. This should be an actual 16,000, which is not embellished by interpolation or other small tricks. This results in a speed of 450 inches per second. This allows the Razer Deathadder Elite to easily stand out from comparable products of the competition. Practically the values are hardly meaningful, as this speed is rarely or never reached anyway.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Much more important, however, is the precision of the mouse. Here Razer states a resolution accuracy of 99.4 percent. A proud value, which shows a lot of self-confidence, but first has to be proven in the test.

Seven programmable keys and a raster mouse wheel provide the input options that meet the most essential requirements. The DeathAdder Elite from Razer doesn’t shine with a mass of buttons, but with a practical design. The two buttons below the mouse wheel are pre-programmed with the change of the Dpi values, so that the settings can also be quickly changed in the game.

The mouse weighs a light 105 grams. As is unfortunately usually the case with Razer products, this cannot be changed.

The USB frequency is preset at 500 Hz, but can be adjusted. The maximum value is now at 1,000 Hz, which is standard in the trade.

We Put the Razer DeathAdder Elite to the test

In total, Razer has evolved during this period in terms of laser sensor performance from the original 1,800 dpi Deathadder to 3,500 dpi and up to the 6,400 dpi maximum performance of the current model. In the test I take a closer look at the current Razer Deathadder gaming mouse and subject it to a series of tests. Can the popular Gamestar deliver what it promises?

Like all models in our gaming mouse test, the DeathAdder Elite has to prove itself in practice. The mouse is put through its paces. It is tested how it performs in different genres, if the handling matches the promised data but also if and with which small problems the mouse has to struggle.

The first impression

The Razer DeathAdder has a matt black finish, with only the logo for illumination (together with the mouse wheel) left out, making it look simple and timeless. For a gaming mouse a surprisingly elegant and simple design, which is in line with our preferences.

The mouse fits perfectly in the hand. Unfortunately, this mouse is also designed for use in the right hand. However, Razer is known for making their mice available for left-handed users if they are successful and there is a demand for them. It’s probably only a matter of time until the DeathAdder Elite, like the original version of DeathAdder, will be available as a left-handed model.

The material is of high quality and the USB cable is covered with textile as is now common practice. Also the teflon feet for better gliding look very professional. These are designed as larger surfaces, which minimizes wear and tear and optimizes the gliding characteristics. All in all, we don’t see any obvious weakness in the Razer DeathAdder Elite.

Quality: Excellent

The Razer Deathadder arrives in a plain black cardboard box, which is richly labeled and illustrated. The front shows me a bird’s eye view of the mouse. A poisonous green artwork embeds the mouse optically. The logo and the lettering of the gaming peripheral manufacturer as well as the mouse itself also decorate the front. The essential features are also mentioned here: The 6,400 dpi sensor, the improved ergonomics and Razer Synapse 2.0, the current hardware configurator from Razer. In addition to these three features I also find a more detailed and illustrated version on the right side of the cardboard box.

The back side offers me a side view of the Razer Deathadder. Here the advantages of the mouse are systematically advertised. Under the picture I find again all important data and characteristics in the overview. The explanations are listed here in six different languages. In the right, lower corner I find still information about the system requirements and compatibility.

On the left side of the packaging I have the opportunity to hear direct player comments about the Razer gaming mouse. Here are statements of four players from different ESports teams. Razer often has his hands in the game when it comes to pro gaming and ESports events. With the quotes I can get an idea of the pro-grade of the gaming mouse. With the Deathadder you can obviously play many different types of games professionally.

The Optic of the Razer Deathadder Elite

Razer Deathadder Elite

Razer stands for quality with its name. As you would expect from the Californian gaming company, the Deathadder has a flawless finish. Both sides are rubberized and offer a comfortable grip.

The mouse has a visually appealing design and focuses on simplicity with a touch of futurism. Toxic green RGB lighting envelops the Razer snake logo on the mouse surface as well as the mouse wheel. In the test, both buttons and scroll wheel function perfectly and testify to excellent manufacturer quality. The cordless is fabric-covered, proves to be stable and well protected from daily stress. Overall, the mouse impresses with a very good manufacturing quality.

The keys/buttons

DeathAdder Chroma/Elite

Besides the usual left and right mouse button and the clickable mouse wheel, DeathAdder Elite has two buttons below the mouse wheel and two buttons on the left side. The buttons below the mouse wheel are programmed by default for in-game sensitivity changes. They can be freely programmed in the driver software, just like the other buttons. The side buttons impress with a pleasant size and thus good accessibility. You don’t have to adjust the hand position to the buttons, but can operate the buttons perfectly, no matter how you hold the mouse in your hand.

The mouse wheel has small knobs on the surface to make it easier to use. The dots of the grid are quite high, as is the click resistance of the mouse wheel. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but it meets our expectations, which correspond to those of the majority of professional gamers.

Sensitivity: Precision at the highest level with native 6,400 dpi

The cable mouse is equipped with an optical sensor located at the bottom of the mouse and reaches up to 6,400 native dpi. This is the highest native DPI resolution offered by current gaming mice. Thus the Deathadadder offers precision at the highest level.

The movements are transmitted fluently, the mouse supports ultrapolling at 1000 Hz and offers you a reaction time of 1 MS. In combination with the high-quality sensor, mouse movements of up to 200 inches per second with 50 g acceleration are possible. The mouse reacts precisely and smoothly to all commands during the test. The sensor of the mouse also performs a tracking analysis, which gives you insight into data and stats.

The handling: The perfect grip for gamers

The Razer Deathadder lays comfortably in your hand and offers a comfortable grip even after hours of gaming. The mouse’s ergonomics are aimed at right-handers. The middle part of the Deathadder is strongly curved, so the ergonomic shape fits well with the Claw Grip, but the mouse can also be handled efficiently with other grip types.

The sides of the mouse are rubberized and offer a comfortable grip even when playing for hours. Also the light but well chosen weight is only pleasantly noticeable. The Razer Deathadder is also suitable for normal office tasks on the PC and can therefore not only be used specifically for gaming. Of course, it nevertheless offers the greatest advantages when gaming.

The driver software of the Razer Deathadder Elite/Chroma

The driver software can be conveniently downloaded from the Internet. The so-called Razer Synapse software is used to easily create macros and save them in different profiles for different games. Of course, the RGB illumination of the mouse wheel and logo can also be controlled by the software.

Also different options like the pointer speed or the DPI rate can be adapted in the software.

The Razer DeathAdder Elite has no internal memory. Instead, all settings are stored in the Razer cloud. However, this requires the creation of a free online account with Razer. We don’t think it’s necessary to create an account for every single piece of software, which is unfortunately a widespread custom these days, and so is forced to once again withhold extensive information about yourself on the Internet.

The features: The Deathadder focuses on speed and precision

Razer limits the features of the mouse to the essential. Here you have five buttons at your disposal, which you can freely assign. In total you can create five user profiles on the mouse’s internal memory. The gaming mouse comes with a driver that allows custom settings. So you can easily customize the functionality to your gaming preferences.

The Razer DeathAdder Elite/Chroma in everyday use and gaming

Razer Deathadder Elite/Chroma

DeathAdder is perfectly suited for surfing the Internet or doing little work in various office applications. The mouse is perfectly adapted to the hand and offers a first-class ergonomic hold. As there are only a few additional buttons, there is also no distraction.

The same reasons make the DeathAdder Elite from Razer especially convincing for shooters and MOBA games. The fast reaction time and the, as promised, high precision make fast action games a real pleasure. Friends of MMOs or RTS games on the other hand will be a little unhappy and unsatisfied with only seven buttons in total. But Razer does not want to satisfy and serve all players with this model. But they have numerous other products on the market, which can better meet the special needs.

Even though the DeathAdder had no problems maintaining sample rate and precision on any surface, we felt most comfortable on hard surfaces. On these the advantages of the mouse can be played out perfectly.

The price-performance ratio: High standard at a pleasant price

The Razer Deathadder offers high class performance at a good price. The current edition of the Razer Deathadder shines with outstanding quality, an excellent reputation, cool looks, good haptics and many features. The mouse is available for around 85 USD from Amazon. Categorically, the gaming mouse can be classified in the high class of gaming mice, but in terms of price it is below the 100 USD mark. With the Deathadder you get a high-quality and professional gaming mouse and at a pleasant price. The Razer Pro-Gaming-Mouse is good value for money.

Conclusion of the Razer Deathadder Elite/Chroma

The Razer DeathAdder is one of the best gaming mice on the market, whether you’re a Chroma or Elite. Currently available for a great price (permanently reduced) it is perfect for anyone looking for a great barebones mouse.

A gaming mouse without frills, with very high quality, comfort and accuracy for gaming.

All in all, the DeathAdder is a fantastic mid-range gaming mouse with great value for money and everything you need. If you are looking for a mouse with lots of extra buttons for MMOs, this is of course not the best choice for you.

After the test I can understand why this mouse is so often used by pro gamers. Teams like SKT, Team Liquid, CLG and others swear by the Deathadadder in professional matches. Razer is at the forefront here with the optical sensor, which can achieve the highest possible native DPI number and is technically well equipped. The workmanship is excellent and promises high durability. The mouse is ideal for MMO, action and shooter games

World of Warcraft or Call of Duty, for example, are ideal for gaming with the mouse. During the game you can quickly switch between the required commands. The software is also pleasant to use.

Razer remains true to its line and brings high-quality products on the market, which are, as usual, in the higher price segment. Putting down a little over 80 USD for a simple mouse, which is especially suitable for one or two genres, is not for everyone.

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