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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  • Eden-K121D - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Cool. I'm a noob. Can anyone explain the fuss about Gaming Mice? Reply
  • Inteli - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    High DPI and RBG lights mean more 12 year olds are attracted to it.

    Really, few people use more than 3200 DPI, and any sensor is not at its best at its highest DPI. The numbers that really matter are the max perfect tracking speed and and whether it has speed-induced tracking variance.

    Gamung mice generally do have better performing sensors, but that doesn't necessarily mean gaming mice are always inherently better than office mice.
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  • Murloc - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    braided extralong cables and as many extra keys as you need for your gaming are non-useless things that may not be available on office mouses.
    Also office mouses may focus more on ergonomy rather than gameplay, there are those that give you a more vertical hand position.
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  • Inteli - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    I personally think braided cables are between useless and detrimental to the quality of the mouse, because they're less flexible than regular rubber mice. I also don't use extra buttons, but, unlike braided cables, I can see how extra buttons could be useful. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Guess you never used the extra buttons for things like copy-paste, open an specific programa, macro your favorite url, etc. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Braided cables are more resistant that rubber sheaths at preventing the cable from fraying. Yes, the cable sheath isn't as bendy, but this does make the cable more durable at potentially being severed when an office chair wheel catches it or rolls over it, or when moving your PC and accidentally setting down the tower in such a way that the case edge is over the mouse cable. Reply
  • yhselp - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - link

    Gotta love your user name - it complements your spot-on comments about computer mice nicely. I hope more people got that. People should pay more attention to braided cables on mice - the sooner they realize it's a bad thing, the sooner companies stop making them. On top of being less flexible as you've mentioned, braided cables are also heavier and make using the mouse harder in many situations. It's funny how Razer set to iterate on the "best mouse ever" and ended up slapping a braided cable on it. Reply
  • Tylanner - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - link

    Premium gaming mice come down to DPI, Ergonomics and Reliability.

    Ergonomics are important in gaming situations as typically players develop their preferred hand position (palm vs. claw) early in their career. It is crucial that if you change mice that you maintain a similar hand position.

    This design is most likely a derivative of the Microsoft Explorer 3.0 which was a pioneering "optical" mouse used widely in gaming circles back in the day.
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  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - link

    One feature I use on my razer mouse all the time is the on the fly DPI changing. Being able to this greatly increases my gaming performance in games where I go from fast paced action, to needing high accuracy (like sniping in Battlefield). Just push a button and I can switch it on the fly. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - link

    Oh, the dual sensors also makes it incredibly accurate. Reply

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