Review – Razer DeathAdder Chroma

deathadderchromaThe Razer DeathAdder Chroma is Razer’s entry level gaming mouse, offering a variety of impressive features and modes that will suit both casual gamers and the more seasoned hard-core veterans.

Available to buy at a $69.99 US price point, the DeathAdder Chroma is a solid gaming mouse whose sleek and ergonomic design makes it perfect for those long gaming sessions. The mouse itself is black and features a rotating display of vibrant light colours on the front and wheel of the mouse, which, according to the specifications, can be customised a whopping 16.8 million ways. I opted to stick with the continuous cycling of colours, however the fact that the option is there to customise the colour of the lighting featured on the mouse is a feature I especially appreciated. It’s nice to know you aren’t locked in to seeing one colour for the entirety that you have the product, and even nicer to know that you can change up your colours as the mood takes you.

Included with the DeathAdder Chroma (and also bundled with any next generation Razer device) is Razer Synapse – a cloud-based storage platform that stores all your personalised settings and allows you to access these settings from any computer, anytime and anywhere. To access the Synapse initially requires a registration and a working internet connection, however once you have activated the Synapse, full features are available in optional offline mode. It’s a nice way to reward loyal customers of the brand who may purchase a whole range of Razer products, and the fact that you do not have to register for the synapse if you don’t want to is also something I particularly appreciated.

Installation and setup of the mouse is super easy – you simply connect the mouse via a USB port, install the Razer Synapse and then register for a RazerID if you want to enjoy all of the features the mouse has to offer. Whilst the Razer Synapse is required to fully customise your mouse, it is not necessary in order to use the mouse itself or enjoy the basic features. Without creating a RazerID I was able to use the mouse on its basic settings and functionality. If you want to use the mouse as a generic mouse that offers an excellent ergonomic design whilst you type up word documents or search the internet, you won’t need to register for an account. However, if you’re a gamer who wants to utilise the DeathAdder Chroma for your gaming sessions, you’ll definitely need to sign up for a RazerID if you don’t already have one.

From a performance perspective, I found the ergonomic shape of the DeathAdder Chroma perfectly suited my palm, and the feel of the mouse itself was amazing – the DeathAdder Chroma is the most comfortable mouse I have used in a very long time. The inclusion of the rubber side grips complimented the design of the DeathAdder Chroma, and I found their inclusion elevated the mouse from great to fantastic. I admit that I don’t spend much time PC gaming, as I’ve never previously been able to spend hours at a time gaming due to uncomfortable and/or unresponsive mice. When gaming with the DeathAdder Chroma, neither unresponsibility or discomfort was a problem – I was able to spend hours playing games without needing to stop and stretch a cramp out of my hand. There were a few times when a squeak from the mouse wheel crept in during especially strenuous use of the mouse, however these squeaks were more a minor annoyance than a continuous irritation.

The DeathAdder Chroma features a 10,000dpi optional sensor, which, according to the product specifications is capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration. To the technical minded, I’m sure this is very impressive, but for someone like me that statement in practice boils down to the following: the mouse is responsive and does what you tell it to do. This makes gaming sessions a lot more fun, but also means navigating through word documents or searching the internet is easy and error-free.

If you’re in the market for a comfortable, exceptionally performing, impressive looking and customisable mouse, the DeathAdder Chroma ticks all those boxes. It’s intuitve design and impressive performance marks it as a mouse that’s equally adept when used as part of gaming sessions and when browsing documents or searching the internet. If you’ve become disillusioned with PC mice in the past and are after something to impress you, I’d recommend trying the DeathAdder Chroma.

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma scores a 9 out of 10.

9

out of 10

Excellent

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  • Ability to customise colours is a great inclusion
  • The mouse fits well around your palm
  • The side contours of the mouse are great for long gaming sessions
  • Mouse wheel squeaks occassionally
  • Larger hands may not find the mouse comfortable

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    Tash is a self-diagnosed gaming fanatic with a doctorate in Psychology. She's also a self-confessed Mass Effect fangirl and will likely talk your ears off if you ever get her started on the subject. A lover of all things RPG and adventure, she has more gamer related action figures and memorabilia than any 20 something year old professional has a right to own, and has spent more time than she’d like to admit to daydreaming about exactly what she would do should the Zombie Apocalypse actually happen.