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Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse - still good in 2023?

Our consumer review of the Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse after couple of years of use - is is still good enough today?

Razer DeathAdder Essential consumer opinion
Our first review of the corded mouse Razer DeathAdder Essential was back in 2021 and we had some very positive impressions after using it for a while.

Now it has been almost 2 years of testing and using the DeathAdder Essential on one of our workstations and it is time for our long term review and overall consumer opinion. 
To start with, let us remind you the most important about this budget Razer mouse:

DeathAdder Essential key features

mouse features

  • High-precision 6,400 DPI optical sensor: The DeathAdder Essential is equipped with a high-precision 6,400 DPI optical sensor that offers accurate tracking and excellent control, making it ideal for gaming and other precision tasks.
  • Ergonomic design: The mouse has a comfortable, ergonomic design that is optimized for right-handed use. It features contoured sides and a textured rubber grip, which makes it comfortable to use for extended gaming sessions.
  • Five programmable buttons: The DeathAdder Essential has five programmable buttons that can be customized using Razer's Synapse software. These buttons can be used to assign macros and other functions, giving gamers complete control over their mouse.
  • Chroma RGB lighting: The mouse features Razer's Chroma RGB lighting system, which allows users to customize the lighting on the mouse to match their gaming setup. The lighting can be set to a wide range of colors and effects, making it easy to create a personalized look.
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment: The DeathAdder Essential allows users to adjust the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly, making it easy to switch between different DPI settings depending on the task at hand.
  • Durable construction: The mouse is built to last, with a durable design that can withstand the wear and tear of regular use. It features high-quality switches and a braided cable that is designed to resist tangling and kinking.
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DeathAdder Essential - our opinion after two years

One of the most important things we should mention about the DeathAdder Essential is that it is big and quite comfortable. For us that is essential since we are working with this mouse for a full working day. 
The other key thing is that after almost two years of use the mouse is still looking and working almost as new.
To be honest, we don't like changing our equipment too often just for the sake of having the very latest model of something, so durability is as important as comfort is.
Something that is not so important are the looks - DeathAdder Essential looks pretty good for a mouse that was initially bought for under $30.
As for the programable buttons, we don't use them very often, mostly the two main keys and the scroll.

Razer DeathAdder Essential - product specifications

  • Sensor:
6,400 DPI optical sensor
220 inches per second (IPS) tracking speed
30 G acceleration
  • Buttons:
5 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches with a lifespan of up to 10 million clicks
  • Scroll Wheel:
Scroll wheel with tactile bumps
Programmable middle click
  • Design:
Ergonomic right-handed design
Textured rubber side grips
Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
Razer Synapse 3 enabled
1.8 m / 6 ft durable braided cable
  • Dimensions:
Length: 127 mm / 5 in
Width: 73 mm / 2.9 in
Height: 43 mm / 1.7 in
Weight: 96 g / 0.21 lbs


Using the Razer DeathAdder Essential in 2023 - conclusion

To answer the initial question - the Razer DeathAdder Essential is a pretty good mouse that does the job that is intended for. If you manage to find it brand new - go ahead and buy it, there isn't really anything to risk or consider with this purchase.

Our initial review of the Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse

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