Razer DeathAdder Chroma Review: The Best Games Mouse for You
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Razer DeathAdder Chroma Review: The Best Games Mouse for You

In this article, we review the Razer DeathAdder Chroma mouse for Windows PC, to help you decide whether it is the right mouse for you.

DeathAdder Chroma is the first gaming mouse to offer a full set of mechanical switches. These are the same switches that are found in keyboards, but they have been re-engineered for use with mice. This allows you to customize your mouse’s response to suit your preferences and play style and color options provide an excellent alternative for gamers who want more tactile feedback from their peripherals. In this review, we will go over the DeathAdder Chroma’s design, the layout of its switches, and added features.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma
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While per-key illumination is a great feature to firmware has on mice (especially as it improves your gaming experience), many gamers prefer having LED or laser diode lighting for multiple keys at once like function and media controls. Razer works with Logitech on the Krait keyboards that provide this kind of extremely useful perk, and it integrates the feature into Chroma mice as well. You can see the side-by-side with its patent images below, where Razer is labeled at the top left and Logitech in blue coats facing away from us on the bottom right: Moving forward to mouse configuration software – you will find a full set of customizable profiles for your DeathAdder Chroma that is categorically laid out so they’re easy to recognize by type. On the per-profiles, you will find extra choices for mouse and keyboard functions.

DeathAdder Design and Software

When it comes to design, the DeathAdder Chroma draws inspiration often reminiscent of Razer’s Snakehead mice. One side has small comfortable mouse buttons and a scroll wheel in place as typical for its family line; where the other is mostly adorned by what amount to kidney bean-sized pointers (the selectable mouse functions). All this awesomeness lives inside your grip – making use of two body types: The first is smooth top-shelf surfaces, like that of the DeathAdder Chroma’s body (which are razer synapse software provided by various carbon fiber weave materials) and its Cordura nylon-smooth. These surfaces feel great to hold thumb buttons in your hand as well – which is a huge plus when combined with Razer’s ergonomic mouse design as they extend beyond just your grip via a buttress where you can rest either arm on while using it.

The second is slightly angled under the DeathAdder Chroma’s wings, which have a tactile feeling buffed out of them. This design is reminiscent of – and may take reference from – previous Razer shooters like the Diamondback that you can see in its odd angular grinder houses to sense movement when Windows or other peripherals are running AutoHotKey scripts designed for it: The side buttons themselves benefit from chromium button overlays with blue LEDs written on across razer synapse their entirety, which is controlled fully by Razer’s 2nd and 3rd mouse buttons.

The left three-button (top) profile is given a different task altogether – acting as the DeathAdder Chroma’s feature set selector. By pressing every single key on it you can program up to seven profiles per profile; each in their own type of drop-down submenu that indicates that they’re ready for you to use with right-mouse clicks on the left three button. If you’re on the DeathAdder Chroma’s first ‘official’ setup profile then pressing it will set things up and activate all of those six keystrokes that are part of your selected ‘profiles’ (which I’ll cover in store under Mode Settings below) – obviously, into Starcraft 2 or another application if they weren’t already configured here by default.

DeathAdder Design and Software
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More to each profile that gives forward controls by design: Razer has implemented RGB lighting on DeathAdder Chroma. While this is not a feature among common mice (they were designed for maximum compatibility with other peripherals), it still greatly improves performance in gaming—as well as using it all around your home or office workstation! As an added bonus for dedicated Hexers, it is ridiculously easy to program! There are some edge cases where this feature doesn’t work with other peripherals; however, you can always just opt in and out of lighting settings. On the mouse side we have our profile selection overlay that briefly gives an overview:

While Razer Chroma Razer ergonomic design logo aside from what I mentioned about its joystick (Krait) keyboard integration has already covered up mice above 4 buttons like scroll wheels, it’s still a helpful and exciting feature for gamers who don’t seek to implement the full keyboard. While you may be more interested in gaming on an operating system like Mac or Linux, Razer products are far from limiting themselves to just that platform – they work across VMs as well! This ensures compatibility with PC games while extending your peripherals towards new possibilities rather than running into obstacles that might come along when using other products.

Performance

I said earlier that the DeathAdder Chroma gets about 83% of its performance for PC’ing from your keyboard, and it does maintain this—yet is not limited to just a single input device. For most average configurations (which I’ll cover below), you get ~9-10 hours on a full charge; The only other gripes I have with this mouse is that the default keyboard layout software on Windows has a general preference for the middle button in gaming – but all you need to do is change it from “j” to either 1 or 9, and there’s your alternative.



This is in contrast with what you have to do on a Mac from Razer – or any graphics mouse for that matter. On the off optical sensor acceleration dpi chance you tried using one of those before, here’s what your interface will look like when trying to switch it out: But oh ho, wait! You customization the polling rate and can also run Linux alongside Windows at all times by “flipping” the mode toggle inside Chrome OS itself and launching Synapse. This is regardless of whether you have the device connected to a wireless connection! For some who don’t necessarily like Razer, or care about gaming on it, this is definitely helpful for those interested in getting their work done with Synapse.  

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