When I originally wandered onto the PC scene as an adult, a good couple of years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the tendency for gaming equipment to be rather excessive. keyboards and mice would have a vast array of buttons and lights and the strangest lines and angles in their design. It felt like manufacturers wanted to ensure that their item would be a standout in a gaming setup, not caring whether the standout was good or bad. Razer seemed to be at the forefront of this trend at the time with their extreme use of RGB. Since then, it seems like manufacturers have figured that less is more and a more subdued design might sell better due to it being used for productivity rather than only gaming. Not only that but at the end of the day, all we as gamers want, is the best performance possible
Earlier this year Razer released the DeathAdder V2, which was met with good reviews and good sales. Razer decided that they can improve on this and crammed their new Focus+ optical sensor into the DeathAdder body. Combining their best-selling shape with a wonderful sensor is just a recipe for success, and a success it is if you can look past a hefty price tag.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Specs
|Sensor Model||Razer Focus+|
|Polling Rate||1,000 Hz|
|LED Zones||1 RGB zone|
|Connectivity||2.4 GHz USB Type-A dongle (Razer HyperSpeed), Bluetooth, USB Type-A|
|Cable||6 feet (1.8m) USB Type-A|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||5.00 x 2.42 x 1.68 inches (127 x 61.7 x 42.7mm)|
|Weight||3.10 ounces (88g)|
|Software||Razer Synapse 3|
Design and Comfort
The shape that the DeathAdder uses is by no means a new one. Razer has been using it since 2006. Their mentality is clearly, why change it if it works, and for good reason. The design is extremely comfortable. Simply place your hand on it and your fingers naturally land on the buttons. Even the inner buttons are perfectly positioned for both large and smaller hands. The DeathAdder V2 Pro also has textured sides on both sides. The V2 version only has localized texturing, which is great, but once you experience the Pro texture you simply cannot go back.
The DeathAdder V2 Pro drops the, often excessive, RGB to show that it means more esports-business than many of the other Razer hardware. The only source of RGB comes in the form of the standard Razer emblem found on the palm area of the mouse. The scroll wheel, which also features ribbed textures, features no RGB and is less protruding than some of the other Razer mice on the market. This creates a much sleeker look which suites the fluent lines of the DeathAdder V2 Pro.
Flipping the DeathAdder V2 Pro over will show one button that allows you to flick between profiles that can be set. A second slider allows you to choose the way you want to connect your Deathadder to your PC. The DeathAdder V2 Pro can connect to devices via Bluetooth which is great if you want to use it on devices that don’t support USB dongles to be connected. Another option is the wired method. Using the supplied braided USB cable, called a Speedflex cable in the Razer house, a cable that just oozes premium. Lastly, but my preferred method of connection is using the Razer Hyperspeed which uses 2.4Ghz technology to eliminate the most input lag possible. You will also see two golden pegs, these can be used to charge the DeathAdder V2 Pro via the Razer charging dock, which is sold separately.
Razer claims that the DeathAdder V2 Pro is capable of lasting 120 hours on a single charge when using the Bluetooth connection as well as no RGB. As we all know, turning off the RGB is not an option, I mean RGB gives you at least 10% performance gains doesn’t it? Using it in Hyperspeed mode (2.4Ghz) with RGB the estimated time drops to around 70hours. Which is still more than enough and if you do find yourself running out of charge, you can simply plug the cable in and keep on gaming. While playing I found the charge to drop at around 1-2% per hour of intense play.
The DeathAdder V2 Pro comes with the new optical switches that swap out mechanical clicks for the speed-of-light opticals, in layman’s terms, optical is faster and better! The optical switches are also rated for a mindblowing 70 million clicks! Most of the newer Razer mice have started using the Focus + sensor. This new sensor is able to handle DPI settings from as low as 200 all the way to 20 000. As a user, you are able to set 5 DPI steps via the Razer Synapse app. The Focus+ sensor boasts a resolution accuracy of 99.6% which is mindblowing for a sensor that is capable of being that accurate at 650 IPS (inches per second). Did I mention it will be accurate up to speeds of 50G’s, your mouth is hanging open, not mine! As if that wasn’t enough, Razer boasts even more features such as Smart Tracking and MotionSync to improve accuracy even more.
When reviewing new headsets or mice, there is usually an adjustment period, which, especially in FPS games, can have a devastating effect when playing seriously punishing shooters such as Escape from Tarkov. When I jumped into R6 Siege and EFT I did so with the expectation of seeing my performance drop significantly. When this did not happen I was very surprised. The DeathAdder V2 Pro has such a comfortable feel to it that it feels more natural than even your daily mouse will feel. While playing Siege I found my aim to be great and the way the DeathAdder moves across the mousepad will have you looking down to see if you actually have anything in your hand!
I have been fortunate enough to test many mice, as well as having another premium brand mouse and a Razer Viper Ultimate as my personal daily-use mice. For a very long time, I thought that it would be tough to beat these two mice for they both have, personally, the best in every category! But the unassuming Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro slid onto my mousepad and has impressed me so immensely! I am not sure if I will be able to pack this mouse away and send it back, sorry Apex Interactive. The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro can easily become your daily productive mouse by day an immensely capable gaming mouse by night. With a battery life that will have you charging a lot less than you expect the only possible downfall of this mouse could be its price tag. But if you are willing to spend some money you can buy your forever mouse right here!
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the review content