Razer DeathAdder Elite Review - Armchair Empire

Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Durability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Features - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10

Our Rating

Razer DeathAdder Elite Quick Specs
Sensor Optical
Connection Wired
Max DPI 16,000
Max Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Programmable Buttons 7

Razer’s DeathAdder Elite is the most recent iteration of Razer’s DeathAdder gaming mouse line, which debuted in 2006. The Elite was released in 2016 for the DeathAdder’s 10th anniversary, and features a number of respectable upgrades that ensure it upholds the DeathAdder’s stellar reputation.

To put it simply, the Elite is a fantastically well-rounded gaming mouse. It suits just about any hand size and grip type out there, compliments gameplay from any genre, and boasts some of Razer’s signature design components and functionality.


The Elite looks essentially like most other DeathAdder models out there. It measures 5 x 2.76 x 1.73 inches, features extremely natural contouring on both sides, and bears the same textured grips (for your thumb, pinky and ring finger) that many other gaming mice do.

Razer got the general design of their DeathAdder line dead on the first time around, and wisely chose not to alter the basic design aspects of any subsequent iteration all that much. This is definitely a breath of fresh air, as many other peripheral makers seems to think drastic changes from one model to the next = progress. Other than ergonomic upgrade and some hardware additions, mice don’t really need to be changed – so kudos to Razer for keeping the Elite as faithful to their tried and true mouse design as ever.

There is one main upgrade to the Elite, however – the addition of two buttons to the mouse, located just below the scroll wheel on top of the mouse. These new buttons are made with subtle profiles, and don’t disrupt the overall look or feel of the mouse. They’re most useful as DPI quick-change buttons, which comes in quite handy for certain genres of games.

The last minor change we see with Razer’s Elite is the scroll wheel. They turned it into much more of a tactile wheel, complete with textured grip and superb feedback.

RAZER DEATHADDER ELITE: True 16,000 5G Optical Sensor - Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches (Up to 50 Million Clicks) - Ergonomic Form Factor - Esports Gaming Mouse
  • Ergonomic Form Factor - Perfectly designed to fit for a more comfortable gaming experience
  • 16,000 DPI 5G Optical Sensor - Up to 450 IPS with 99.4% resolution accuracy
  • Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches - Durable up to 50 million clicks


Just like most other Razer peripherals, the Elite takes advantage of Razer’s proprietary Synapse 2.0 software. If you’re not familiar with the Synapse software, it’s a superb interface used to manage your programmable buttons, manage button profiles, customize the absurdly expansive (16.8 million color options) RGB lighting, and to handle more functional settings like DPI and calibration.

Honestly, Synapse has always been a big selling point for Razer peripherals. It’s lightyears ahead of the customization software from most other manufacturers in terms of out-of-the-box functionality, and it’s by far the easiest interface to use. It’s clean, straightforward, and functional, much like Razer’s physical products.


Just to reiterate our quick specs table at the top, Razer’s DeathAdder Elite boasts:

  • 16,000 max DPI
  • 450 IPS tracking
  • 4% Resolution Accuracy
  • Razer’s patented Mechanical Mouse switches
  • 7 programmable “Hyperesponse” buttons
  • 1000 Hz polling
  • Gold plated connections
  • On-the-fly DPI adjustment

This thing is well made and ready to rock as your go-to gaming mouse.

We will say that 16,000 DPI number is officially in “marketing gimmick” territory, as it’s just not needed for most gamers. Regardless, the Elite clearly offers up everything a gamer could possible want in an all-around gaming mouse.

Now for the testing! We decided to throw a few different games at the Elite: Overwatch, League of Legends, and – wait for it – Starcraft: Brood War.

The Elite did not disappoint even the tiniest bit, across all 3 games. In Overwatch, I switched back and forth between offense – Reaper – and defense – Hanzo (don’t hate) – with ease. The mouse is just…smooth and precise, no matter what you need it to do. The instant DPI switching is a lot of fun to play around with, and I like to think it improved my critical hit count with Hanzo on more than one occasion. We all know you don’t need to aim as Reaper, but tracking enemies has never been easier than with the DeathAdder Elite in hand.

As for LoL and SC:BW, if you’ve played either you know they require a lot of precise clicking. I’ve always been proud of my micro skills within the Starcraft franchise, but I really took it to the next level with the Elite. If you main Riven or play Terran, you know just how important the efficacy of your clicks actually is – I honestly don’t think I’ve ever clicked as accurately and with such precision in my entire life.

I didn’t make extensive use of the programmable buttons during my testing, other than using them as control groups in Starcraft and binding them to my summoners in LoL. Both use cases went off without a hitch! I have to say, the buttons are perfectly placed on the mouse. If you’ve ever used a cheap gaming mouse, you know how annoying it can be to have to reach juuuuust a little bit to hit that thumb button, so I was thrilled that Razer got the placement down so well (yet again).


You’re not going to come across a better all-around gaming mouse. If you’re an avid gamer across a number of genres, games, and playstyles, then you will not regret investing in a DeathAdder Elite. It has just enough buttons and features to remain competitive in titles that require more mouse functionality, but is also “barebones” enough that nothing gets in your way when you “just” want a solid mouse to use.

If you’re exclusively into MMOs or FPSes you may want to consider opting for a genre-specific mouse, but the Elite is one of the best mice out there for any other type of gamer.

Razer’s DeathAdder line is universally lauded for a reason, and this latest iteration does nothing but bolster that reputation.