Razer's DeathAdder 6400 DPI Gaming Mouse On Linux
While new games continue to be announced for Linux almost daily and Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines efforts are pushing more hardware vendors towards looking at Linux support, leading gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer still goes without Linux support.
Razer's range of keyboards, mice, audio devices, and other gaming peripherals are incredibly popular with gamers. It's great hardware! Even without any official Linux support, I have reviewed many Razer products on Linux in past years on Phoronix. Generally the hardware will work -- for gaming mice and keyboards they're generally working with the generic HID input driver on Linux so all basic support is in place. Sometimes extra key functionality will work and it's great when on mice they embed a sensitivity control through an extra button. Along side their Windows gaming focus they have also supported OS X for several years.
As Linux gaming advances, hopefully Razer Synapse will be ported to Linux. In the past we've heard of them dabbling with Linux or in the early days even talk of open-sourcing their software solution, but nothing has publicly materialized. The reason for today's post though is to comment on the Razer DeathAdder 2013 and to share news about a new, independent Razer Linux utility.
Razer Tool to modify various settings of the device under Linux. These tools have been developed through USB reverse-engineering. All the tools I had known of from years ago are no longer maintained, but after recently picking up a new DeathAdder mouse, I'm pleased to see there's a new one: Razercfg.
the project web-site and the Razer Arch Linux Wiki documentation.
Razer DeathAdder, some weeks ago I bought the Razer DeathAdder 2013 6400 DPI mouse. This PC gaming mouse has a 6400 DPI 4G optical sensor, five programmable buttons, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and a nice ergonomic design. While I don't play any games myself, I like Razer's gaming mice for their sensitivity and enjoy using extremely high sensitive mice on the desktop.
Hopefully soon enough we will see official Linux support out of Razer.
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