Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Mouse Review

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Mouse Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Mouse is a gaming mouse that has everything you would want and more. This mouse is not only built to be lightweight, comfortable, and ergonomic, but it is also designed to be your weapon of choice for FPS games, MOBA, and MMOs.

What is the Razer DeathAdder Chroma?

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is an RGB gaming mouse that has a 16,000 DPI laser sensor. This mouse also has a 16,000 DPI switch that allows you to switch between DPI settings. In addition, this mouse also has RGB lighting that can be changed using the Razer Synapse 2.0 software.

This mouse has a wide array of buttons and switches that include the G-Laser, Hyperesponse buttons, and a Razer Naga button. The G-Laser and Hyperesponse buttons are located on the left side of the mouse and the Naga button is located on the right side.

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is a wired mouse that can be used with any Windows or Mac operating system. The mouse also has a total of 6 programmable buttons.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Mouse: Design

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Mouse Review

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma has the same dimensions as the regular Razer DeathAdder – 5 x 2.76 x 1.73 inches (L x W x H). You won’t have any issues slipping with this mouse, as it has a nice textured hard plastic body and rubberized sides.

In addition to the standard left- and right-click buttons, the mouse has a scroll wheel that functions as a third button and two customizable buttons on the left side of the device. In addition to feeling great, these extra buttons are designed to have the same actuation force as the left and right-click buttons.

With a concave, natural ‘W’ shape on the front of the mouse, it gives you perfect finger space while supporting your palm without tiring your wrist.

In addition, the IR optical sensor offers a great 10,000 dpi.

Software and customization


Though Razer’s mouse itself is great, it’s software (while easy to use) can be sluggish, and the use of cloud computing instead of native memory for the mouse is an odd choice. However, you will need the proprietary Razer drivers to customize the mouse. The mouse does not necessarily require these drivers to work. Moreover, finding the drivers on Razer’s website is confusing and could be made easier with an auto-detect feature.

Synapse’s customization capabilities are fairly robust. This mouse features Razer’s typical design structure and allows multiple users to create their own profiles, which is handy for users who share a computer. Additionally, Razer utilizes the cloud, so users can access their settings from any computer. It seems a bit intrusive to require users to install Synapse on every machine they plan on using DeathAdder Chroma on if they want to keep their custom settings at all times; built-in memory would’ve worked better.

With Synapse, users can customize their sensor sensitivity, pointer acceleration, and polling rate, as well as the mouse lighting. With Spectrum Cycling, each LED can be controlled individually or together with a set of hues and colors, or a single shade that can pulse or remain steady or synced to other Razer Chroma devices for uniformity.

The mouse’s optical sensor can also be calibrated to be optimized for a particular surface, including a Razer mouse pad or another surface, a feature we first saw on the Logitech G502. The Synaptic software can also be used to set macros that can include any combination of keys or mouse clicks and can be assigned to one of two customizable side keys.

Pros Cons
Affordable Nothing revolutionary
Chroma UI is neat Frustrating drivers
Great ergonomics

Final verdict

Despite not being a huge improvement, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is a great barebones gaming mouse for those who want quality, comfort, and accuracy without all the flash.

For the most part, the software is nice and unobtrusive, but there are some speed issues. Depending on the user’s preferences and usage, the cloud features could be viewed as a pro or as a con – though, in all honesty, onboard storage would’ve made more sense. People who only use their mouse on one computer won’t notice, but those who use multiple computers or games may find having to re-download and install Synapse cumbersome.

In the end, the DeathAdder Chroma is a great gaming mouse for the price ($69.99, about £40, AU$80) and is suitable for those who are just getting started with PC gaming or do not want to deal with the glitz and possible headache that comes along with more expensive gaming mice.