Although Razer has become one of the well known gaming computer companies, they got their start with gaming mice, and today Razer is launching their next iteration of the best selling gaming mouse of all time, the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The DeathAdder series was first introduced in 2006.

As an iterative update, there could just be some new lights, or what not, but this update brings about a new Razer 5G Optical Sensor, rated for up to 16,000 DPI, which is the highest yet. It can also track at 450 inches per second, which is yet another new standard, and supports up to 50 g of acceleration. Razer is also announcing the DeathAdder Elite has the highest measured resolution accuracy in a gaming mouse at 99.4 percent. If high speed and precision is required, this mouse appears to have that sewn up.

The more interesting bit though is that Razer has also upped their game on the switches. Razer has co-designed and produced new mechanical switches with Omron, which are “optimized for the fastest response times” and more importantly to me, an increased durability rating of 50 million clicks.

Razer has also included an improved tactile scroll wheel design. I’ve used the DeathAdder in the past, and one of the things that made me abandon it was the scroll wheel, which gave plenty of grip, but would actually wear through the skin on my finger due to the sharp nubs on the wheel. Hopefully the new version is improved in this regard. For fast gaming, the extra grip is likely a nice bonus, but for everyday use I found it uncomfortable.

The overall design hasn’t changed, which is a good thing, since it was a pretty comfortable and ergonomic gaming mouse. It also keeps the Razer Chroma RGB LED lighting system as well, so you can customize away. The mouse has seven programmable buttons, 1000 Hz polling, and a 2.1 m / 7 ft braided USB cable. It weighs in at 105 grams.

The mouse is available for pre-order starting today for $69.99 USD, with worldwide shipments starting in October.

Source: Razer

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  • damianrobertjones - Monday, October 3, 2016 - link

    Basically most mice will do but, as usual, the marketing convinces YOU that you need x or you. There's no way in heck that ANY mouse is worth $69.99. Once a load of people buy this one they'll just put the price up. History moves forward and the story is such.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Sounds pretty cool, hopefully it supercedes Logitech's G502 Proteus Core's Pixart PMW 3366 sensor in terms of accuracy.

    I was never a fan of the lightning, logo, but the sculpture was always good and Razer mice are relatively light in comparison to some other brands. I like using basic looking, but well performing mice, like the Zowie FK1. If this Razer lives up to the claims presented in the article, I'd really like to have that performance in a Zowie shell.

    It's nice to see that mice manufacturers are caring increasingly more about the baseline performance of their products, rather than issuing out differently designed plastic shells with the same internals as they did for about 2 decades. I suppose we can thank e-sports publicity also raising awareness that the market does want better performing and more accurate PC peripherals.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Yeah now if only they would make Razer mice more reliable and with less crappy software.
  • snowmyr - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    I find the DeathAdder to be the most ergonomic and comfortable mouse for me. I'm using the 'black' edition because I don't like glowy mice. The side button's switches are wearing out so I hope the new switches are improved.
    Hate the Razer software though.
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    You can spend $& on a bunch of 20M omron switches (chinese sites like aliexpress), and have spare parts for you mice literally for life.
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Yes, razer software is sh*t, specially their dependance on being internet connected, wtf?=
  • fanofanand - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    I 3rd this, Razer software is absolute trash and destroys the experience of using their products.
  • Dug - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Is their software needed to get all the benefits? I'm assuming so.
  • fanofanand - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    I will never purchase another Razer product after my experience with the Tarantula keyboard, but my deathadder has been the greatest mouse I have ever used. "Gaming" is a term thrown around an awful lot and is typically an excuse to charge more for the same, but their line of mice truly is exceptional.
  • bJammin - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Never been a fan of Razer's mice, they always seemed gaudy to me, but the mouse that came with my Asus finally started giving out after 6 years, not registering some clicks so I needed a new one.

    I ended up having to decide between the Razer Abyssus v2 and the Logitech g303 because I wanted decent performance but don't need a ton of extra buttons. That's what keyboards are for.

    Went with the Logitech, because it seemed a better deal, and I think I made the right choice. Software wise, I installed it, setup the mouse the way I like, (no lights, 2 sensitivities) then uninstalled it, the mouse retained all the settings so there's no need to deal with the software anymore. Do Razor mice do that too?

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