Razer DeathAdder 2013 review

Razer Deathadder 2013 edition
The Razer DeathAdder 2013 edition

  • PC/MAC
  • Max DPI: 6400
  • 5 programmable buttons
  • 1000hz polling rate
  • 200 inch/s speed
  • 50g acceleration
  • seven-foot cable

Want to compare the Deathadder to other gaming mice?
The Razer DeathAdder 2013 (also referred to as the Razer DeathAdder 4G) is without a doubt one of the most recognizable gaming mice ever made. Why is this particular gaming mouse so revered? First of all know that this line of gaming mouse has been around for a while.

The current iteration builds upon its predecessors. While still keeping the basic design and ergonomics of the original DeathAdder, they have added an improved optical sensor with 6400 DPI, rubber side grips and a rubberized scroll wheel. Alongside the two default buttons and scroll wheel, you will find two large buttons on the left side for a total of five programmable buttons. It has no on-board memory, meaning you’ll have to download the software from their website if you wish to change your settings.

Synapse 2.0

Synapse 2.0 (the software) is well-made and straightforward. The layout is divided into four tabs. The first one is the Customize tab, which is where you’ll change your macros and create profiles. In the Performance tab you’ll be able to adjust 5 DPI options, mouse acceleration, independent X-Y sensitivity and lift-off distance.

The Lighting tab allows you to turn the Razer logo light and the glowing scroll wheel on or off. Note that the only color available is green, you cannot adjust the color or frequency. The last tab is all about the calibration where you can optimize your mouse for different surfaces. If you already own a Razer mousepad you can just select a preset setting, if you don’t have one you can make a custom calibration.

Ergonomics and editions

Razer DeathAdder left hand edition
The Razer DeathAdder left hand edition.

The Razer DeathAdder 2013 edition comes in five different versions. First of all they have a separate left hand edition for the DeathAdder, which is excellent as left handed gaming mice are far and few between. Then there is the Razer DeathAdder Black Edition which doesn’t come with any of the green lights, neither in the scroll wheel in the logo. Lastly they also still sell the Razer DeathAdder 3.5g edition (also referred to as the Razer DeathAdder 3500) which has the older 3500 DPI sensor and lacks the rubberized side grips. All of these editions have the same basic design and amount of buttons, but keep in mind that only the 2013 edition has the upgrade 4G sensor.

Now let’s talk more about the newest version. The position of the five buttons hasn’t changed, besides the two main buttons and scroll wheel there are two side buttons to the left (or right depending on the version) all of which are programmable and easily accessible. The mouse itself is quite large, but despite its size still remains lightweight. The mouse has a full mate finish, a braided cable and the aforementioned rubber side grips. In general the DeathAdder definitely has a premium look and feel. In the end it’s safe to say that the ergonomics are definitely one of its strong points.


Recommended for those who are looking for an overall excellent gaming mouse with a great sensor and don’t need more than five buttons. If however you’re looking for a lot more buttons, look into the Razer Naga 2012.

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