Razer Deathadder 3500 – The Ultimate Photo Editing Mouse?

by Mike on August 17, 2011

I love my new iMac’s Magic Trackpad for general web browsing, but for photo editing, I prefer a precise, high-quality mouse.

I’ve been a very loyal Logitech user for about the past 7 years, having owned top-shelf products like the MX510 (replaced by the MX518) and the VX Revolution.

This time around, I decided to attach a Razer DeathAdder 3500 to¬†my new iMac, primarily because Logitech’s website lists no Mac-compatible wired gaming mouse. The DeathAdder is both Windows and Mac compatible, and I found that it works perfectly with Apple’s new Lion operating system.

I prefer gaming mice to standard models because of their higher build quality, programmability, and incredibly smooth action.

The DeathAdder surpassed my expectations across the board. It’s a freaking fantastic mouse for photo editing, gaming, and general computing use.

I was concerned that the DeathAdder wouldn’t work properly with Apple’s new Lion operating system, but my fears were unfounded. As soon as I plugged the mouse in, it lit right up and functioned perfectly, and I was able to tweak the sensitivity settings within Lion without any problem.

Right off the bat, the DeathAdder felt great. It is incredibly smooth and accurate, and it feels pretty tough. The scroll wheel on top also has clear indentations, which is especially nice for first-person shooters. I tested it with Aperture 3 and Photoshop, as well as with the game Team Fortress 2. Literally a 10/10 for sheer performance, responsiveness, and comfort in my hand.

However, the Razer really shined once I installed its drivers.

The installation process was very easy. It took less than three minutes to download the driver, install it, and restart my computer. And again, I was quite happy to see that there were no Lion-related hiccups.

Once you install the DeathAdder’s driver, you extensively customize its capabilities. You can map almost any computer function to any button, including macros.

For example, I programmed the side buttons on my house to execute macros that will 1) show hot/cold areas on Aperture 3 and 2) launch Photoshop to edit the file I’m working on. And obviously, you can do the same thing for almost any set of keystrokes you can think of. This allows you to spend less time bouncing between the keyboard and the mouse.

But what makes it really cool is that you can program five different profiles into your system, and then switch them on the fly using a button on the bottom of the DeathAdder.

This way you won’t need to manually set up the mouse every time you switch from gaming to web browsing to photo editing. Everything just switches over – button functions, macros, sensitivity settings, scrolling speeds, etc.

And as I expected, the Razer DeathAdder is pretty tough. I spilled beer on it, wiped it off with paper towels and windex, and it still works 100% fine.

In summary, the Razer DeathAdder 3500 is an amazing mouse for photo editing, gaming, and general computer use. It feels great, it works great, and it looks great.

Amazon charges $15 less than Best Buy for this mouse, so I recommend picking one up there. If you prefer a wireless mouse, check out the Razer Orochi.




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