In a test 15 years ago: the best gaming mouse was the Razer Death Adder

Six PC mice from Genius, Microsoft, Razer and Logitech competed in the test from 15 years ago. All the mice in the test had very individual characteristics, but the Razer Death Adder left the best overall impression then.

The Death Adder was Razer’s best mouse

The first mouse in the test was the Genius Navigator 535. At a price of around 30 euros, it was one of the cheaper gaming mice, but should be able to keep up with the more expensive competition from Microsoft and Razer. Thanks to its symmetrical design, it was suitable for both left-handed and right-handed people. In total, there were six freely assignable buttons and a mouse wheel. In addition to the two main buttons, there were four side buttons, of which only two buttons on the thumb side were accessible due to anatomy. While the main buttons of the Navigator 535 had a good pressure point, the side buttons were rather spongy. First of all, the rattling and stiff wheel of the mouse was a source of criticism.

The second candidate for the tests was Microsoft Habu, which was created in cooperation with Razer. At 50 euros, it was less attractively priced than the Navigator 535 and was only suitable for right-handers. The Habu was very bulky compared to other Razer mice, meaning it wasn’t suitable for users with small hands. Habu had a total of seven freely assignable keys. The main keys tended to click due to the large amount of play and, like other keys, made an unpleasantly shrill and loud clicking noise. There were pluses to the large and conveniently adjustable mouse wheel.

The Razer Death Adder was the successor to the extremely popular Copperhead. Like Habu, the Death Viper relied on the elongated body of a mouse that was ergonomically shaped for right-handed people. The five Death Adder keys were much better than those of the Habu: they had a pleasant click and click sound and didn’t feel rickety. The mouse wheel was larger and stiffer than that of the Habu. Besides, the processing and feel of the Death Viper was excellent.

Three Logitech mice

Logitech was represented in the test with three mice. At 30 euros, the MX 400 Laser was in the middle price range for a versatile mouse. The MX 400 Laser was practically unbeatable when it comes to ergonomics: the mouse fits in the hand with a glove fit. Compared to the Habu and Death Adder, the MX 400 Laser was much narrower and less expansive. Also suitable for left-handed and right-handed people. In addition to the two main buttons, Logitech has equipped the MX 400 Laser with two freely assignable side buttons. The weakness of the mouse was the small scroll wheel that caused scratching when scrolling.

Logitech MX Revolution and VX Revolution
Logitech MX Revolution and VX Revolution

The Logitech MX Revolution was the most expensive mouse in the test at 60 euros – the suggested retail price is up to 99 euros. The wireless mouse has been optimized for right-handed users right up to the end and offers a huge space for the thumb. The title revolution was found in the 4-way mouse wheel with MicroGear technology. This made it possible to toggle between the action of the mesh and the free running of the mouse wheel. The aluminum mouse wheel, weighing 14 grams, also performed well apart from this technology and had a non-slip rubber surface. The MX Revolution was not really suitable for gamers due to its heavy weight and low 800 DPI sampling rate.

The VX Revolution was the sixth mouse tested 15 years ago and was a mobile variation of the great MX Revolution. Given the intended area of ​​application, the VX Revolution was smaller and less ergonomically shaped, but still offered a comfortable right-handed grip. As with the MX Revolution, the smaller model also had a very good MicroGear mouse wheel. Weighing 110 grams, the mouse was not light, but it was significantly lighter than the 148 gram MX mouse. The VX, like the MX, was unsuitable for gamers due to its low sampling rate.


The six mice tested 15 years ago were not only fundamentally different but also targeted at different target groups. So there wasn’t a single clear test winner, but if editors had to pick a mouse it would be the Razer Death Adder. With a sleek design, great mouse buttons, and good gaming suitability, this was a good choice for almost any gamer. Due to these features, Death Adder has enjoyed a lot of popularity, and Razer continues to use the name for high-end mice like the Death Adder 2 Pro (reviewed).

In particular, Logitech’s “revolutionary” mouse wheel was a good choice for office use as it made it possible to scroll through long documents quickly. If you want to spend less money, you can’t go wrong with the highly ergonomic MX 400 Laser.

Left: Razer Copperhead, center: Razer Death Adder, right: MS Habu
Left: Razer Copperhead, center: Razer Death Adder, right: MS Habu

Although manufacturers were offering left-handed and right-handed mice 15 years ago, left-handed people often looked bad, especially for high-end models. Many mice also experience this problem 15 years later. However, some manufacturers, such as Razer, offer special left-handed versions of their mice.

In the “In the test 15 years ago” category, since July 2017, the editorial office has been reviewing the test archive every Saturday. The last 20 articles in this series are listed below:

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