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REVIEW / Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse

With a new 6400 dpi optical sensor

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Alexandre Botella Published on June 21, 2013
Translated by Michelle Zanni


  • Sensor Optical
  • Wired? / Docking Station? yes / no
  • Battery
  • Maximum Resolution 6400 dpi
  • Reporting Frequency 1000 Hz


Like many computer mice, the Razer DeathAdder, which came out in 2007, is getting a much needed face-lift to keep it up to date. The DeathAdder 2013 will hopefully be able to count on its 6400 dpi optical sensor to impress in our tests. Read on to find out ow it shapes up.


The DeathAdder 2013 is made for right-handers. The casing is fairly hard and a bit rough, but the advantage of this type of body is that it'll keep your hand from sweating. That's a definite plus for those who spend a lot of time on the computer.

Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - right
Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - left

To further improve handling, there are two textured rubber side grips exactly where the thumb and ring fingers fall on the sides of the mouse.

Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - in the hand

At  12.7 cm long, this mouse fits nicely in your hand, but it's not quite long enough for users looking for more wrist support.

Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - from above

The DeathAdder 2013 has a sober and elegant design, and it isn't decked out in a load of LED lights. Only the Razer logo and the sides of the scroll wheel are illuminated.
Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - sensor

The feet keep glide smooth and silent, and the optical sensor works pretty well on a range of surfaces. You'd need to put the DeathAdder 2013 on an extremely shiny surface (on a tablet screen, for example) for the sensor to stop working. 

Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - from the front

However, the buttons aren't quite as impressive. There are five in all: left and right buttons, a notched scroll wheel and two thumb buttons. If we add the "scroll up" and "scroll down" functions, then there are seven controls, all of which can be customised using the software supplied. Note that the thumb buttons are easily accessible but quite noisy when pressed.

The DeathAdder 2013's driver allows you to independently configure the buttons with different functions, actions or macros (sequences of actions). You can also change the sensitivity level from 100 to 6400 dpi. However, seeing as there are no specific buttons for sensitivity on the mouse's casing, you'll have to assign the increase/decrease dpi functions to the two thumb buttons if you want to change sensitivity on the fly. That's a bit of a shame.


With a maximum polling rate of 1000 Hz, the DeathAdder 2013 will satisfy most day-to-day users (office computing, web browsing, etc.) as well as those looking to work with greater precision (gamers, graphic designers, etc.).

Review: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse - speed
A gaming mouse needs to track movements
of at least three metres per second. The DeathAdder 2013 can track movements up to 3.7 m/s.


The DeathAdder 2013 effectively reports its position to the computer every millisecond. Still, you'll need a powerful computer that can handle the extra work imposed on the processor (CPU use is between 12% and 40% depending on the type of movement). When using a computer that has a limited amount of processing power (like a netbook, or a low-power CPU), it's better to set the polling rate to 500 Hz in the driver for a more comfortable experience.
Preferences Backed-Up Online
Configuring the buttons is always a bit of a chore. The thought of having to set up the controls every time you change your PC or OS can be quite off-putting. However, with Razer's handy driver, you won't have to worry about that!

After downloading the driver from Razer's website, you have to create an account where the driver can store all of your settings online. These can be retrieved as and when necessary (settings, profiles, macros ... everything!) each time you need to re-install the OS or switch to a different computer.


  • Sensor tracks movement up to 3.7 metres per second
  • Sober design
  • Two thumb buttons
  • Glides smoothly


  • For right-handers only
  • Notched scroll wheel only
  • Less comprehensive driver than with some other Razer mice
  • Noisy thumb buttons


The DeathAdder 2013 is missing some buttons and a more comprehensive driver to compete with higher-end models. Plus, it might have trouble rivalling the Roccat Lua—a more or less equivalent model that's considerably less expensive.
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