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DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I bought it with my own money. However, if Razer wants to give me a keyboard for a review then I would gladly accept it. =)

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While I have been “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop” I have discovered that PC Gamers have it pretty good. For example, check out my “A Developers Review of Cooler Master Storm Laptop Cooler SF-19” article. Did you notice that this was a Gamers product? Developers actually have something in common with hardcore gamers. That is, we use our computers for hours on end and demand our hardware hold up. Gamers need the latest in computer hardware to play their games at the max resolution. We need the latest in computer hardware to compile our application in the shortest amount of time and because we are impatient while *anything* is loading =) Anyways, here is my review:

Plug it in and install the software.

After I got the mouse, I plugged it into my machine and instantly installed the Razer Software. I noticed right off the bat the mouse needed a firmware update. I hit the update button in the software and it send me to a website to download the proper firmware for my device. After I had the proper firmware I launched the software again and noticed how custom everything was.

  • You can adjust sensitivity, scroll speed, on-the-fly sensitivity and double-click speed by the options on the left hand side of the software.
  • You can rearrange the button assignment if needed.
  • You can even turn OFF the glow-logo or scroll button if the LED’s annoy you.

(screenshot of the Razer DeathAdder driver software)

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Why not use a standard or wireless mouse?

Mark my words: I will NEVER use a wireless mouse again.  I’ve had it with low or dead batteries, obstacles in front of my receiver and Bluetooth driver problems. I will be using wired from now for better precision and no more batteries.  I’ve also had several standard wired mice ($10-$15) that feels just plain cheap when you click on the buttons. I’ve also experienced problems with the cables being bent over and over until the device does not function properly. With this device you actually feel like you have a quality product in your hands.

PROS

+ It works flawlessly. No problems getting it setup and you don’t have to use their drivers if you don’t want too.

+ Comes with a long cord that is shielded for extra protection. The USB end is actually gold-plated.

+ Custom profile buttons at the bottom of the mouse allow you to create different profiles through the included software.

+ Comes with the ability to flash the firmware on the mouse to fix issues or add functionality.

+ 2 Year Warranty. – Nice to them stand behind their product.

+ Comes with a few stickers to put on your laptop or desktop.

CONS

- I really think that it should have come with a carrying case as most gamers / developers have to travel.

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO MY FELLOW DEVELOPER? Absolutely, it has made such an impact on my computing experience that I would recommend it and a SSD to any developer.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:21 AM Hardware | Back to top

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