Can you guess which line was drawn by the DeathAdder 2013, and which were drawn by my new left-handed DeathAdder, and the Black Edition?
This was on a particularly tricky surface, after performing surface calibration and setting lift-off distance to the minimum, though I couldn't get it to fail even before I turned on surface calibration either.
Looks like we might finally have an optical mouse that will work on the Artisan Shiden/Shiden-Kai. (this was not one, but is similarly bad for optical mice)
It does also seem like there were possibly some improvements made to the Black Edition over the regular 3.5G after all. The left-handed DeathAdder certainly seems to malfunction worse than it does.
I still think the Black Edition looks best, but the 2013 is relatively inoffensive once you turn off the LEDs. At least it doesn't have the "white" scroll wheel of the regular & left-handed editions. The logo looks printed on, like the black edition, rather than being a clear plastic "window" for the LED when it's off like the regular/left-handed versions.
I think I'll still keep the Black Edition around as a backup, rather than go through the cost of returning it to have two 2013 editions, especially as the 2013 is quite a bit more expensive, but I like it a lot. I think anyone that had problems with the grip of the older models will be very happy with the new textured finish and rubber side grips.
It's too bad they only made a right-handed version of it. Maybe a left-handed version will come eventually, but I needed one now.
Interestingly, the feet on all three are different. The left-handed edition has white feet, which are smooth and glide reasonably well.
The Black Edition has black feet, which are smooth and glide very well.
The 2013 has black feet which are "scratchy" on my hard mouse pad, though I'm sure that will disappear after a day or two of using the mouse.
The scroll wheel on all three is slightly different as well.
The left-handed edition has the most solid detents, and makes the lowest-pitch sound - just like my original Black Edition did.
The Black Edition that I bought a few weeks ago has fairly loose detents, and makes a medium-pitched sound.
The 2013 has solid detents, but makes the highest pitched sound and feels "hollow" compared to the other two. There's something that just doesn't feel quiet as solid about its movement.
Side buttons on the LH/BE are the same, side buttons on the 2013 have a much more solid action, and seem to require a little bit more force.
When you were pressing the button down on the older models, there was some movement in the button, but on the 2013 there's very little movement at all.
Synapse seems fine, I guess. It looks like it removes the native DPI steps on all mice - or maybe it uses them, but now offers interpolated values as another option. I created an account for it, and then blocked all connection access, so I'm not too concerned about it collecting data.
Oh, one more thing - they completely removed the profile button from the bottom of the mouse, so profile switching has to be handled in software now.Edited by NotAgain - 11/28/12 at 7:22am