Last updated on August 31, 2017
If you’ve never heard of Razer, you must have been sleeping under a rock for the last two decades. Known for their affordable, solid, and long-lasting gaming equipment, Razer makes some of the best budget gaming keyboards, mouse pads, headphones, and other accessories for gamers. The mouse I will be reviewing today is the DeathAdder Chroma, a deceptively simple gaming mouse with some really fabulous features.
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My First Impressions
The first impressions for the DeathAdder Chroma right out of the box are really good. The mouse is small and light. It feels pretty good in your hands. It is ergonomic and curves inward ever so slightly to give the best fit to your hand. I have pretty small hands, and this mouse feels absolutely perfect. However, if your hands are on the larger side, you may not find it as comfortable.
The Razer look is really distinctive, and I’ve always been a fan. I love the matte black, curvy body that’s emblazoned with the Razer logo and dotted with the signature Razer green. It’s kind of an electric green that is incredibly recognizable and really pretty. Also, one of the first things I noticed opening this box up is that the Razer DeathAdder Chroma has a braided wire to protect it and make it more durable. The mouse is fun, colorful, comfortable, durable looking, and just a great looking mouse so far.
The install was as simple as it could be on a Windows machine. I hear it’s a little harder to get it to work properly with a Mac, so you may want to look for a more compatible one if you like Apple products. This plug-and-play device is really easy and really intuitive to use. Anyone who can plug in a device into a USB port can get this thing up and running. It makes getting to play with your new toy all that much faster!
The Top Features
The top features of the DeathAdder Chroma are hard to pick out. So much of this mouse is great! However, if I had to pick a top feature, I would have to say that I really loved the sensitive, 10,000 DPI optical sensor and the speed and precision the DeathAdder Chroma was capable of. It’s really hard not to love. It makes gaming feel easier, like my mouse is suddenly a thousand times lighter on its feet.
Another great feature of the Chroma is the lights. It’s really neat to have more than just a few options to choose from for colors; the smart, Chroma lighting really can display every color you can see (and some you probably can’t even properly distinguish). It claims to have the choice between over 16.8 million colors, and I believe it. Bring on the rainbow!
The DeathAdder Chroma, like all Razer products, is compatible with all other Razer products. You can get matching lights and a real complete experience with a lighted hard pad, headset, and keyboard. It’s so cool to have all of them light up the same color. It adds something special to your rig that if difficult to find elsewhere.
What Comes With the DeathAdder Chroma?
Along with the DeathAdder Chroma, you’ll get:
- A welcome letter thanking you for purchasing from Razer.
- A huge booklet that includes the manual, safety instruction, warranty information, and everything you need to get started.
- A sleek gaming mouse that looks ready for nearly anything. It is equipped with some sweet stuff, including the 10,000dpi optical sensor. It allows for some incredible speeds, accurate button pushing, and awesome gaming experiences. And it’s lightweight!
- The 16 million colors you can program into your Razer, compatible with all of your other Razer stuff to give you a matching light show that will make your setup really shine.
- A braided cord ready to hold up against any adversary. This braided cord is seriously tough.
- Razer stickers that are foily and shiny! Who doesn’t love stickers?
User Experience and Performance
As I’ve said a hundred times already, it feels awesome in your hands. The lights look cool, the ergonomics, feel good, and the mouse in comfortable a curved. The optical sensors are great at picking up even the smallest movement. They’ll even read through glass table tops!
The buttons are rather loud, but not distractingly so. They feel good when you press them; the buttons have a bit of gravity to them that lets you know when you are hitting one. But everything else about the mouse is lightweight. The wheel is grippy and easy, making scrolling as easy as pie. I really love the feel of Razers and the DeathAdder Chroma in particular.
Getting the mouse to work with your PC is really simple, too. I love the plug-and-play nature of the Razer mice. All you need to do is plug it into the USB port. It will ask you to install drivers and the software. Hit yes and you are off to the races. It’s so simple, I think anyone could do it.
Although the mouse is usable on nearly any surface, I think it really shines when you have a nice, soft mousepad underneath. I tried it on the table, on a hard pad, on a textbook, and on a soft, Grumpy Cat mousepad I have, and the mousepad won out by a lot. It just flows better when you swipe it around and the little bit of give feels good under your clicks. This just might be my personal preference, but I would suggest at least trying it before you knock it!
Pretty much every single Razer product comes with the same one-year warranty. It covers manufacturing defects, defects in the materials, dead on arrival units, and little else. The warranty will not cover damage from improper use, modifications, fires, liquids, “acts of God,” and loads of other things. It also doesn’t cover the software, which is a bummer. But at least you know you’ll get a new or refurbished one if your mouse doesn’t work out of the box. But be prepared to pay the shipping to get it fixed or replaced.
The Pros of the DeathAdder Chroma
- The sensors are really cool. 10,000 DPI optical sensors can read all your moves and keep up with no problems. This mouse also claims that it “is capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration.” That sounds incredibly quick and really, really high-tech.
- Razer mice come with software that helps to track your clicks, allowing you to build heatmaps of your clicking habits. It’s entirely optional but is really cool to check out if you are interested in keeping track of your peripherals.
- The mouse in incredibly comfortable, ergonomic, and feels really good in your hand. It’s curved just right to fit the contours of your hand, and I love the grip on it.
The Cons of the DeathAdder Chroma
- Like most Razer mice, expect this one to last only about one to two years with hard use. Most gamers click a lot harder and a lot more often than other people, so it’s no wonder this mouse wears out. However, with proper cleaning and care, you can get about three years out of it. And by then, Razer will have come out with something cool you will want to replace it with anyway!
- The DeathAdder Chroma is a very small mouse and might not be suitable for gamers with larger hands. If you have big hands, you might want to look for a bigger one.
Variations on the DeathAdder Chroma
The DeathAdder series actually has a lot of variations to choose from. Here are the four other models you can take a look at:
Elite: The Elite sports a 16,000 DPI optical sensor instead of 10k. It also has mechanical switches and a few extra, programmable buttons for a really amazing gaming experience. The mechanical switches are loud, but from what I hear, there is really something special about this mouse.
Overwatch Chroma: This one is exactly like the DeathAdder Chroma, only that is is orange and decorated with the Overwatch logo. It’s pretty sweet if you like Overwatch, but I prefer the Razer nuclear green instead.
Essential: The Essential is a cheaper, slightly stripped version of the Chroma and it doesn’t come with all of those cool color choices. It’s optical mouse read at 6400 DPI instead of 10k, but it’s still really accurate and precise. If you need a good gaming mouse but have a small budget, this one might be for you.
Left-Handed Chroma: Ahh! Most gaming companies just assume you use the mouse with your right hand (which most of us do), but it’s great to know someone out there has the lefties in mind. If you don’t (or can’t) use your right hand, this is a great boon for you!
My Final Thoughts on the DeathAdder Chroma
The DeathAdder Chroma is sensible, cheaper, pretty, comfortable, high-tech, sensitive, colorful, precise, and overall just an awesome piece of tech. We’d recommend this to any gamer who wants a great experience running their favorite game. Razer is known for great pieces that really speak to gamers, and the DeathAdder Chroma is no exception to that rule. I think any gamer would be happy to receive this as a gift, too!
I love my DeathAdder Chroma; I plan to use it until it breaks. Let’s raid!
- 10,000 DPI optical sensors
- Movement speeds of up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration
- Average 2 years of lifespan