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Recently I ran into a sale on a Deathadder 3.5G. Having owned a previous 1st and 2nd generation Deathadder, and having moved on to the Zowie FK, I was not too excited. However, it was just 25 euros. As a mouse-geek like a lot of people on this forum, I could not really ignore that price.

Also, it was the transformers version, which was interesting. I have always been a fan of glossy coatings, and had never liked the deathadder's original coatings.

So when I got home to use the mouse, I was kind of surprised by how much I liked the coating and overall feel. I enjoy this "glossy deathadder" so much in fact, that I could not go back to my Zowie FK. I always liked the deathadder 3.5G, with the exception of its original coating, high LOD (which can be addressed with the tape fix) and I always felt it was a tad too heavy.

So this is more of a heads up to those who kind of like the shape of the deathadder, but have always felt they are overpriced or did not like the surface material/coating. They are available in Takasta's ebay shop, as well as many other places for clearance sales it seems (There are at least two large webshops in my country selling it for under 35 euros).



EDIT: Shortened OP.
Edited by kazuyamishima - 1/23/14 at 6:42am
post #2 of 15
Congrats on your purchase :-) I always loved transformers but I don't know if I had the courage to buy one:-) but it looks great and I think it's grip will be more comfortable than the regular DA, especially for palm grippers.
Not sure why razer never thought of that, launching glossy mice, besides this special collections, since palm grip have more contact between the mouse/hand. I remember when I had ikari optical besides I sweat while i game, the mouse got stuck like a glove and it felt great..
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Never truly liked me 3.5G. Aside from the constant problems I had with 4 units in a row in regards to the scroll wheel, only one CPI step is actually usable for FPS gaming and on top of that the polling rate is highly unstable.
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So where do you live and can you link some of the shops?
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Originally Posted by RentoN View Post

So where do you live and can you link some of the shops?

I am in Holland. Bol.com, one of the biggest webshops we have is currently selling them (all versions) for 35 euros.
http://www.bol.com/nl/p/razer-deathadder-gaming-muis-optimus-prime-transformers-limited-edition/9200000019499984/
The brick and mortar shop where I picked it up is called Saturn. I am sure there are other places selling this as old stock for reduced prices.

EDIT: daav1d just pointed out that Takasta is selling theses for around 30 euros (40 dollars). Generally not a bad deal for a high performance optical mouse. Especially since the 2013 version, while different in some meaningful ways (lod), is mostly the same thing and sells for more than twice that price in my country. For those who attend LANs or just want the freedom to use the mouse on different PCs without installing drivers and redoing settings everywhere, the onboard memory of the 3.5G is also welcome (and actually not found on the 2013 DA).
Edited by kazuyamishima - 1/17/14 at 2:13am
post #6 of 15
Is this a regular 3.5G with another top shell? Is it compatible with the regular 3.5G legacy drivers?
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Is this a regular 3.5G with another top shell? Is it compatible with the regular 3.5G legacy drivers?

Yeah, it is just a regular 3.5G with a different coating. Apart from the coating it is the exact same mouse. So if you prefer the glossy finish to the one that is typically on the deathadder, this might be the better product for you. I am thinking about selling my normal 3.5G (not used much anyway) and going back to the shop and get another one of these, either to give away to a guy I know at the next LAN or to keep as a back up.
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Yeah, it is just a regular 3.5G with a different coating. Apart from the coating it is the exact same mouse. So if you prefer the glossy finish to the one that is typically on the deathadder, this might be the better product for you. I am thinking about selling my normal 3.5G (not used much anyway) and going back to the shop and get another one of these, either to give away to a guy I know at the next LAN or to keep as a back up.

Even though I don't like the shape of DA I keep coming back to it. Play better with this mouse than any other it seems. Performance is solid, the two things bothering me most is the weight and the coating. Glossy is like the only thing that doesn't slip, may actually buy one of these. Takasta got the red and silver on ebay. Would like the yellow Bumblebee version, not a dealbreaker though. thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
post #9 of 15
Never understood why people would want glossy tops on mice biggrin.gif
I got a few with glossy tops, It's just horrible.

I never sweet when using a mouse but if it's glossy coating holy moly.
Also the touch feels horrible biggrin.gif

DA 3G/3.5G coating is actually very nice imo.

I prefer rubber coating and glossy sides, best grip for me atleast.

DA 2013 coating is among the worst I ever tried however, It's in the league with logitech G5, huuuuga.
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Never understood why people would want glossy tops on mice biggrin.gif
I got a few with glossy tops, It's just horrible.

I never sweet when using a mouse but if it's glossy coating holy moly.
Also the touch feels horrible biggrin.gif

DA 3G/3.5G coating is actually very nice imo.

I prefer rubber coating and glossy sides, best grip for me atleast.

DA 2013 coating is among the worst I ever tried however, It's in the league with logitech G5, huuuuga.

I think it is all personal preference. And maybe there is something more to it than that. Why do I play with a glossy mouse and it feels grippy and nice, and someone else plays with a glossy mouse and it is slippery and terrible? Is it all between our ears? Maybe there are subtle ways in which we differ that determines this. One person could have naturally more oily skin for example, influencing how a coating feels. For some reason, I am the opposite of you in the sense that no matter how long I stick with it, rubber coating never feels nice to me, and I have tried a lot of different ones over the years. It has just become something that I now almost completely avoid.

For me personally, I am pretty happy with this mouse. It is kind of odd how I never really noticed that the "glossy deathadder" is actually a thing. Mostly because I always thought the special editions looked silly, never taking a second look to notice that this might actually be nice for me to try out.

The problem with the 3.5G though is the lift of distance. It really is quite terrible. For me, my habits, and the way I play, it results in the screen shaking a little every time I put down the mouse in an FPS (my cross-hair quicky going right-left or left-right, which is disorienting and constantly noticeable. However, with the "tape-fix" LOD actually comes down on my QCK heavy from needing 4 stacks of CD's to keep it from tracking to just 2, and the problem goes away.

The real reason why I am switching to the Deathadder for a longer period of time is that I have been feeling some stress/strain in my hand lately. It is not really painful but it lingers and it worries me a little. Even though mice like the Zowie FK are much too small for me, I always liked to use them and hold them almost like a pen, pinching the sides, and using a lot of wrist movement to move the mouse. This works well for my playstyle, but not so much for comfort. With the Deathadder, I can rest my hand on the mouse a little, which also has the benefit that I tend to use my arm more instead of my wrist to move the mouse. Using the Deathadder for the past few days kind of made it clear for me that I should stop using these smaller mice, since a slighly larger body like the deathadder gives me no problems at all. Even though from a gaming perspective, my first instinct is to go back to the FK, I think it would be unwise.
Edited by kazuyamishima - 1/17/14 at 11:19am
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