The Microsoft Intellimouse 3 I had been using at work bit the dust & I had look around for alternatives. For gaming at home I have a Razer Deathadder 3, and I also have an Anker mouse kicking around.. but I find the middle-click button requires too much pressure. Getting a second hand Deathadder looked like an option so I took a look on eBay and found that I could get a new Deathadder 3G from there for about £26.. after clicking Buy, I realised it was getting shipped in from South Korea, but it was too late to cancel.
After a few weeks the mouse turned up and looked like the real deal - the mouse has the correct branding, feels right, and must have rolled off the same production line as the other Razer mice.. but when I connected it up, the Razer Synapse drivers didn't recognise it, and when I checked the serial number online it said it was already registered. When I look in Windows Device Manager, it actually gets picked up as a Standard Optical Mouse.
Here's what a real DeathAdder mouse looks like;
And here's what the fake looks like;
And if I take a look at the genuine mouse using USBDeview it looks like this...
And the fake looks like this;
I was quite surprised at how good the fake was.. the housing must be off the official production line, but the innards are a generic optical mouse with none of the Razer firmware/chips.
eBay are pretty good with their returns process, so even though the seller said had a 'no returns' policy, I was able to get my money refunded when I sent it back to the sellers UK address. The seller said he'd never had any complaints before, but I'm guessing 99% of people are just happy it shows up as a mouse & simply works with the generic drivers.
Anyone else got caught out by this kind of thing?