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Razer DeathAdder 2013 (4G) Gaming Mouse Review

Razer DeathAdder 2013 (4G) Gaming Mouse Review

Sam ChenSeptember 17, 2013

Upgrading a Classic

razer-deathadder-2013-4g-optical-gaming-mouse-custom-pc-review-9When I first used the original Razer DeathAdder many moons ago, I admit it was a purchase solely made because of how cool it looked in the store. At the time I didn’t know anything about sensors or microswitches or acceleration. It was only until I switched over to the first generation Razer Imperator with its host of problems did I realize what a godsend the DeathAdder really was.

Fast forward to today and we now get the Razer DeathAdder 2013 aka Razer DeathAdder 4G, whichever you prefer. The DeathAdder 2013 is now the 3rd generation of the Razer DeathAdder succeeding the Razer DeathAdder 3.5G with a number of small improvements, but still keeping the same design that has made the original DeathAdder the iconic mouse that it is today.

Among the improvements, we get Razer’s all new, never before seen 4G optical sensor which features 6400 DPI sensitivity, 200 IPS and 50G of acceleration. Additionally, we also get several small improvements such as an all matte styled body as well as rubber side grips that have been carried over from some of Razer’s latest and greatest.

Did Razer’s improvements ruin a classic? Or have they made it better than ever? Flip the page to find out!

Razer DeathAdder 2013 Specifications

  • 6400dpi 4G Optical Sensor
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling/1ms response
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • 200 inches per second and 50g of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 5.00”/127mm (Length) x 2.76” / 70mm (Width) x 1.73” / 44mm (Height)
  • Approximate weight : 0.23lbs / 105g
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  • Stephen Lai

    Hi, great review there! Just have a question, for your personal opinion, which would you choose between Razer DeathAdder 2013 and Razer Taipan?

    • My personal preference is the DeathAdder. The sensor is far superior and the ergonomics (at least for right handed palm grip users) is more comfortable. Hope that helps.

      • Stephen Lai

        It helps a lot! Thanks for the advise :)

  • disqus_YY5j48PVBv

    The only thing I don’t like about my deathadder is the weight. I find it to be a little too heavy. I understand most people might not have a problem with this, but I personally find my wrist hurting from the weight of having to quickly move around at 3/400 APM in games like Starcraft 2. I need to find a way to reduce the weight of the deathadder, or purchase a different mouse =.

  • Dylan McBabybuns

    The sens options are not useless!!

    For CSGO, create a profile where mouse4 or mouse5 can be held, changing the dpi to half or more of what it is normally. It’s perfect for sniping or strafing enemies with the AK.

    The scroll button can be made into a dpi switch as well, On-the-fly sensitivity works great when switching from close-range to long range firefights.

  • MiningMarsh

    The mouse definatly has on-board memory, I transfer it between my linux and windows based PC, and on the linux PC it remembers the light and DPI settings despite not having the synapse software.

  • pcunite

    Good to hear. My Deathadder 3.5G failed not long after purchase. It was the left click sensor. This D2FC-F-7N unit is better, no?

    • Not quite sure what type of switch is in the DA 3.5G, but the DA 2013’s D2FC-F-7N (10M) switch has been solid for me for almost the past year. That said, the switches are still China made Omron switches that AFAIK aren’t as high quality as the Japan made Omron switches. However, I haven’t seen anybody make a mainstream mouse with the Japanese Omron switches since they’re more expensive.

      • airpd

        My DA 2013 left switch dies (registering double clicks on a single press) after about 20 months of use. Can i buy Japanese Omron switches for this mouse and install them myself? If yes, where can i find them? Thanks.

  • Diogo Filipe

    And about the Logitech g500 and this Razer DeathAdder, which one did you choose?

    • highteq

      I would definitely go for the Deathadder between the two. The sensor in the G500 suffers from acceleration (Avago 9500). Also, the sensor on the G500 is not centered. The scroll wheel is really hard to press without accidentally side-scrolling, and it is a really wobbly inaccurate thing. Furthermore, the G500 is a very heavy mouse, even without the weight, which is not for everyone (certianly not for me, the lighter the better imo). If you like the shape of the G500, I would just go for the G400 instead.

      • The scrollwheel assembly is used across several logitech products and I find it THE worst scrollwheel ever created. It requires 1 kilogram (2 pounds) of force to depress! Am I exagerrating. Maybe. But not by much. And I come from peasantry!

        Honestly, I’d rather buy a $25 ‘gaming’ mouse rather than Logitech G500 or any of its derivatives.

        *the scrollwheel button microswitch is not really the same microswitch used for buttons. It’s a hefty on-PCB (nonserviceable, nonmoddable) microswitch.

  • Dia White

    The software for t his mouse is pathetic. It only has five sensitivity stages-what the fuck is up with that? Are the devs too stupid to put in maybe ten? Or even just let you adjust sensitivity stages by increasing step by step to the max or min?

  • siddhart shekar

    Hi. What do you mean by minimum mouse weight??? I have a g400s logitech mouse is it the same weight as mx518??? Thanks

  • Is the scrollwheel as hard to press as the Abyssus’ scrollwheel?

    SW placement:
    What’s with that? Why Razer insists on placing SWs as far back? I can’t press it comfortably without going ‘claw’ on it. Same with scrolling.

  • lamer

    Hi ALL,
    I’ve this mice model.
    Some time ago clicks on the middle button (wheel) are not registered.
    I want to replace a switch for the middle button (wheel).
    But I don’t know a model of the switch. It has no any marking.
    Can anybody tell me which switches can I use for replacement?