The question of whether a peripheral is good or bad can be determined by many things. One of those things includes total sales. While the relevance of such a metric can be debated, Razer feels it is worth talking about. As such, the company is celebrating a new milestone: 10 million Razer DeathAdder units have been sold, since its 2006 debut.
“Ergonomic” mice used to be all the rave back in the day. Gaming hardware in particular set itself apart by throwing the “Ergonomic” moniker around like free candy on Halloween. The Razer DeathAdder was one such mouse. Forgetting that ergonomics are based on individual preference and bodily needs, people flocked toward it as the go-to gaming mouse for a good number of years. From its initial release, all the way through to present day with the latest iterations of the mouse (the DeathAdder Elite, and DeathAdder Essential), the Razer DeathAdder range has reportedly surpassed 700 000 yearly sales. That is rather astonishing, for a mouse.
With upwards of 10 million sales worldwide, there is no denying that the Razer DeathAdder is a gaming mouse to be reckoned with. It features a sleek black and green design, a few controllable buttons, and yes, that “ergonomic” design that made it famous in the first place. It also helps that the Razer DeathAdder is generally cheap, starting at around R800, and going up to R1 000, depending on the version selected.
It should be noted that the Razer DeathAdder rivals the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse, and Steelseries Rival 310 directly. With that said, it is easy to see why the DeathAdder would come out on top versus these two gaming mice in particular. While it features less software-based features than the aforementioned competitors, it ultimately looks sleeker and a tiny bit more appealing. Razer is also a reliable brand with good support, so there is that fact as well.
The Razer DeathAdder has had 25 different variations over the 14 years that it has been in circulation. These variations include game- and team-branded editions, as well as others that cater budget and accessibility. Razer also sponsors and endorses a few esports teams such as Team Liquid and SKT-1. A Razer representative singled out League of Legends player, Faker, as a proponent of the DeathAdder. They stated that “even before he turned pro” he used the mouse, adding that “he then went on to win 2013, 2015, and 2016 World Championships with the DeathAdder”.
Personally, I have always slanted toward the Logitech brand, but I do appreciate the beauty of Razer’s designs. While the DeathAdder has nothing on their more expensive models, it remains a good looking mouse with great specs and a cool logo on its back. A good mouse, regardless of gaming caliber.