Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Razer DeathAdder Elite Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office/Multimedia
4.7
Travel
7.8
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
7.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a very good gaming mouse that follows the DeathAdder design from previous years. It's great for right-handed people who are looking for a mouse with amazing performance and setting options. It has a sleek gaming design, without overdoing it, and fits almost every hand size and grip. Unfortunately, people with smaller hands might have an awkward hand posture when using the claw or fingertip grip. Nevertheless, this wired mouse has low latency, which is great for gamers but the cable is quite rigid.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. This mouse is designed for gaming, but it can also be a good option to use at the office as well. Its ergonomics are great, although people with small hands might feel it's a bit hard to grab when using the claw or fingertip grip. On the upside, its performance is amazing and it's very customizable, making it easy to set it up to your preference.

Pros
  • Very good for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Very well-built design.
  • Almost universal for all hand sizes and grips.
Cons
  • Not recommended for smaller hands, unless using palm grip.
  • Rigid cable.
  • Not suitable for traveling due to wired-only use and size.
7.4 Office/Multimedia

Good to use as an office mouse. It has a nice ergonomic shape for right-handed people and offers a few customizable buttons. It might not be ideal for smaller hands if you use claw or fingertip grip, but it'll be fine for palm grip. This mouse is also wired-only, so you'll have to route its cable so it doesn't bother you on your desk.

4.7 Travel

Not recommended for traveling. It's quite bulky and wired-only. This won't be great for using on the train or a plane with a laptop.

7.8 Video Games (FPS)

Very good for video games like FPS. It has amazing performance and can be customized to suit your preferences, but it isn't the lightest option. On the upside, its click latency is decently low and the mouse feels responsive. It also has a few programmable buttons, which is good. It's also suitable for most hand sizes, although people with small hands might feel like their hand posture is awkward when using the claw or fingertip grip.

7.9 Video Games (MMO)

Very good for MMO games. It has a few programmable buttons, but not as many as MMO mice with a side panel filled with extra buttons. It might also be too big for small hands if you're using the claw or fingertip grip, but otherwise, this mouse is pretty universal for most right-handed people. Its wired design allows very low latency, which is good for gaming.

7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

Decent for ultra-light gaming. This mouse's performance is excellent, but it's just under 100g if you elevate the cable with a bungee. This is noticeably higher than ultra-lightweight gaming mice, but isn't too heavy. The wired latency is low and the mouse is suitable for almost any hand size and grip, other than smaller hands with a claw or fingertip grip.

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.7 Travel
  • 7.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer DeathAdder Elite looks like a gaming mouse, but without having a futuristic look. It's fairly simple and sleek, with the Razer logo on the back. It has RGB lighting on both the logo and on each side of the mouse wheel. It has a slight downward slant on the right side, too. There are also some Overwatch, Destiny 2, and SKT T1 special editions.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
131 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
99 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
99 g

There isn't any weight optimization with this mouse. It still feels decently light, but isn't as light as some ultra-lightweight gaming mice. If you want a lighter mouse, look into the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse.

5.4
Design
Portability
Length 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Volume
23.49 Cu. Inch (385 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its wired design and slightly bulky body, the Razer DeathAdder Elite isn't the best option for traveling. However, people looking for a gaming mouse for their desk setup won't be bothered by this.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a very well-built gaming mouse. It's made of solid plastic and there are no wobbling parts. The mouse feels a bit less loose than the Mamba Elite since the DeathAdder doesn't have the ability to tilt its mouse wheel, but this is a very minor difference. Its feet are fairly good and glide well.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
65 mm

This mouse's ergonomics are very good for right-handed people. There are latex grips on the side to help grab the mouse firmly and it's quite easy to reach all the buttons, too. It's a fairly long mouse, so it's more suitable for palm and claw grip, but you can also use the fingertip grip if you don't have smaller hands. For a true ambidextrous design with side buttons on both side, check out the wired Corsair M55 RGB Pro, although its performance isn't as great. If you want a non-slanted design with a lower back hump, check out the Razer Viper.

Note: There isn't a left-handed version of this mouse, but there is one for the regular DeathAdder.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is suitable for all hand sizes when using the palm grip. It's easy to reach all the buttons and have nice control over the mouse.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Unfortunately, small hands won't be great for using the claw grip on the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The mouse feels a bit too long and the hand posture is a bit awkward.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Unfortunately, small hands won't be great for using the fingertip grip on the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The mouse feels a bit too long and the hand posture is a bit awkward.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a wired-only mouse. If you want a wireless mouse that still performs great, check out the Razer Mamba Wireless.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The DeathAdder Elite has a typical braided Razer cable. Just like the Naga Trinity's, this mouse's cable is rigid and not very flexible. The cable maintains a lot of kinks, which can be bothersome when using the mouse. If you want something with a much better cable, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2, as it uses Razer's new cable which is much less rigid and stiff.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms

The Razer DeathAdder Elite's wired click latency is good, and most people will be satisfied with it. You won't notice any delay when gaming with it.

9.8
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
1 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-1.3 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Razer DeathAdder Elite's performance is astonishing. It has a very wide DPI range, and you can customize your mouse sensitivity by increments of 1 to be sure to get the perfect performance for you. The high polling rate also results in a smooth and fluid cursor movement.

8.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Programmable Inputs
9
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Razer DeathAdder Elite doesn't have as many programmable buttons as MMO mice, but still has enough for most gamers. You can also reprogram pretty much any button, including scroll up and down.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Razer DeathAdder Elite has a pretty typical incremented mouse wheel, with RGB lighting. There are notches on the wheel, giving it a rugged feeling.

Operating System And Software
6.5
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Razer Synapse 3 is fairly good software, but the options with the DeathAdder Elite are quite sub-par. The mouse doesn't have onboard memory, so you won't be able to use it with multiple computers, but this might not be an issue for most gamers that only have a single setup. Unfortunately, you can't save multiple profiles and switch between them. There are also a few more features if you do create an account, like saving your settings and lighting patterns for all Razer products.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Excellent compatibility. Although the Razer Synapse 3 software isn't available on macOS, you can still use the Razer DeathAdder Elite on both Windows and macOS. You won't be able to customize your settings on macOS, but other than that, all the default buttons and settings work with it. Check out the similar SteelSeries Rival 710 if you need full macOS compatibility.

Compared to other mice

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a very good gaming mouse. It's a popular model that's also available for left-handed people, although it's the regular DeathAdder and not the Elite version. It has a very good build quality, amazing performance, and is amazing with a palm grip. Unfortunately, its cable is similar to most Razer mice, which is quite stiff and annoying. See our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best mouse. If you're interested in Razer products, also check out the best Razer mice.

Razer Mamba Elite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite and Razer DeathAdder Elite are very similar wired gaming mice. They're both right-handed mice that are good for all hand sizes with palm grip, and all hand sizes except small for both claw and fingertip grip. The DeathAdder Elite's CPI is adjustable by increments of 1, which is outstanding and helps you precisely fine-tune its performance for your preference. On the other hand, the Mamba Elite has two more programmable buttons, as well as on-board memory so you can maintain your settings if you switch PCs.

Glorious Model O
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Glorious Model O are both great wired gaming mice. The Glorious Model O is quite a bit lighter and has a much better cable than the Razer. However, the mouse is a bit bigger and may not be well-suited for people with smaller hands. Both mice have low latency and a customizable CPI, though the Razer has a wider range of CPI options, and can be set with increments of 1, which is great.

Razer DeathAdder V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It's lighter, has a much less stiff and rigid cable, a better sensor, and on-board memory so you can save your customization settings to the mouse and keep them if you switch PCs. On the other hand, the DeathAdder Elite can often be found much cheaper.

Razer Viper
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Viper is a better mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite as it's noticeably lighter. However, some people may prefer the DeathAdder shape, especially if you're a claw grip user. The click latency is lower on the Viper, although most people won't notice the difference.

Razer Mamba Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Razer Mamba Wireless are both very good gaming mice. The Mamba wireless doesn't require a cable but still has lower click latency than the DeathAdder Elite, even when used with its USB receiver. The Mamba Wireless also has on-board memory to save your settings to the mouse. Both mice perform very similarly, but the DeathAdder Elite's CPI can be adjusted by increments of 1, allowing you to better fine-tune the mouse to your personal preferences. 

Logitech G502 HERO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G502 HERO is a larger gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite and will be tougher for people with small hands to grip comfortably. While both mice are wired-only, the Logitech has a better cable that feels less rigid and kink-filled. The Logitech also has more programmable buttons, a much better scroll wheel with L/R tilt, and an unlock button for infinite scroll.

Razer Basilisk
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Basilisk is slightly heavier than the Razer DeathAdder Elite and has a different shape. While they're both designed for right-handed use, the Basilisk has a thumb rest on its left side. They both are suitable for every hand size in every grip type, except small hands for claw or fingertip. The latency of both mice is very low, though the Basilisk is a little lower. The Basilisk also has one more programmable button than the DeathAdder Elite and on-board memory so you can maintain your customization settings if you switch PCs.

SteelSeries Rival 3
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 3 and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great better wired gaming mice. The Rival 3 is lighter, has a slightly lower click latency, and its software is compatible with both Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the DeathAdder Elite has a wider adjustable CPI range, a lower lift off distance, and larger and more pronounced side buttons. While the Rival 3 is suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip, the DeathAdder Elite is best for all sizes of hands when used with a palm grip.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED are both very good gaming mice. The G305 is wireless, while the Razer is wired. Both have similar weight and have two programmable side buttons. Due to its less bulky size, the Logitech may be easier for people with small hands to use comfortably, especially in claw or fingertip grip. On the other hand, some may prefer the more ergonomic, slanted shape of the Razer.

Razer Naga Trinity
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Naga Trinity and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great gaming mice, but for different purposes. The Naga Trinity has three optional side panels to give you your choice of a more standard two-button layout, a more MMO-centric layout with 12 more buttons, or a circular 6-button layout. They're both designed for right-handed use, though the DeathAdder will be better in palm grip for small or very large hands as the Naga is quite a bit wider, and has a palm rest on the right side.

SteelSeries Rival 310
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great wired FPS gaming mice. The Razer has a wider CPI range that can be fine-tuned by increments of 1, which is excellent. It also has a lower CPI error and lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Rival 310 has a slightly lower click latency, and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the Razer is only partially compatible with macOS.

Glorious Model D
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Glorious Model D is a better gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It's noticeably lighter and has one of the best cables we've tested so far. The DeathAdder Elite feels a bit better built, but the cable can keep a lot of kinks from packaging and creates drag when moving the mouse.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a bit better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The Razer can be used by most grip types and hand sizes, except small hands with a claw or fingertip grip. It has a significantly better sensor with a much wider CPI range and you can adjust the CPI by increments of one. It also has more programmable inputs. However, the Corsair's dedicated software is also available on macOS, and the mouse is lighter.

SteelSeries Rival 600
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great wired gaming mice. They feel equally well-made and are both designed for right-handed use. The Razer is better for people with small hands, as it can be used comfortably in palm grip with any hand size. On the other hand, the SteelSeries will be difficult to get a comfortable hold of with any grip for people with small hands. The Razer's CPI can also be adjusted in increments of 1, which is outstanding, whereas the SteelSeries uses increments of 100.

Logitech G203 Prodigy
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G203 Prodigy and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great wired gaming mice. While the Logitech is ambidextrous, the Razer is designed for right-handed use. The Logitech is also better for smaller hands for all grip types, though larger hands will be able to get a more comfortable grip with the Razer. They both have low latency, and a wide range of customizable CPIs, but the Razer has more programmable buttons.

Corsair M55 RGB Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Corsair M55 RGB Pro are very similar mice, but the DeathAdder has better overall performance due to the M55's inconsistent sensor sensitivity. The DeathAdder shape and size is also better suited for a wider variety of hand sizes and grips, due to its right-slanted design. Its lift-off distance is also noticeably lower. On the other hand, the M55 will be a better option if you want to use your mouse left-handed, and it has more inputs thanks to two side buttons on each side of the mouse.

Razer Viper Ultimate
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. Its wireless design gets rid of the clutter of a cable and it's also noticeably lighter. Its click latency is also lower, and when used wired, its cable is lighter and better built than the DeathAdder's. On the other hand, the DeathAdder has a right-slanted design and is slightly better for people with larger hands.

Logitech G Pro Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a more versatile gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite as it can be used both wired or wireless, with very low latency either way. The G Pro is also a bit lighter weight than the DeathAdder Elite and is more suitable for small hands when using claw grip. However, some people may prefer the more slanted shape of the DeathAdder Elite instead of the more typical and straight design of the G Pro.

Alienware AW610M
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Alienware AW610M. It feels better built, can be used in all grip types with all but small hands, and has much lower latency. On the other hand, the AW610M can be used wired or wireless and has more RGB lighting.

SteelSeries Rival 710
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a better wired mouse for FPS gaming than the SteelSeries Rival 710. The Razer is much lighter and is better suited for people with small hands. Its CPI range is also more consistent and easier to fine-tune as it can be adjusted by increments of 1. On the other hand, the Rival 710 feels a bit more comfortable, and its companion software is fully compatible with macOS and Windows, as opposed to Razer's Synapse 3 which is only compatible with Windows.

Corsair GLAIVE PRO
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Corsair GLAIVE PRO are both great wired gaming mice. The Razer weighs less, has more programmable buttons, and a lower lift off distance. On the other hand, the Corsair has a wider CPI range, a lower click latency, and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. The Corsair is better suited for claw grip for all hand sizes, while the Razer is best for all hand sizes with palm grip.

Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is designed for MMOs thanks to its plethora of programmable side buttons. On the other hand, the Razer DeathAdder Elite is more of an FPS mouse as it's much lighter weight, has lower latency, and two side buttons. Both mice aren't recommended for small hands if using fingertip grip, and the DeathAdder Elite may not be great for small hands in the claw grip as well.

Logitech M510
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a better performing mouse than the Logitech M510, but the Logitech is wireless, which might be better for people looking for a straightforward wireless mouse for the office. The DeathAdder is more geared towards gaming and features full RGB lighting and an excellent sensor performance. 

ROCCAT Tyon
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a better wired gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Tyon. The Razer is much lighter, and its slightly smaller body is better suited for small hands if you use palm grip. It also has a much wider adjustable CPI range. On the other hand, the Tyon has way more programmable buttons.

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