When it comes to movies, seeing a higher number than 2 can sometimes work as an immediate deterrent, followed by comments along the lines of running out of ideas or lacking ingenuity.
In the tech game – this is not the case. Especially not with a brand like Razer. When we see V-something on a piece of Razer tech, you know they’ve taken a great product and made it even better!
This is especially the case with the DeathAdder V3 Pro. Not only is it at the apex of the DeathAdder range being the Pro model, but it’s also the third rendition of a mouse that has made flicking wrists and tapping heads look like child’s play since it was first released in 2006. And for the next 16 years, it remained one of the best-selling mice on the market. How’s that for legacy?
Let’s take a closer look into what sets the DeathAdder V3 Pro from its predecessors, counterparts and competition.
PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
Before we go into the specifics of the V3 Pro, it would be best to first clear the water with how it differs from its predecessor in the DeathAdder V2 Pro.
Off the bat – the DeathAdder V3 has a slightly different design overall as they’ve removed the “flaring” from the front of the mouse that has almost become synonymous with the DeathAdder range. In addition to this, the height of the mouse increased to better fit the palm, mouse buttons 4 and 5 sit higher on the mouse, and the mouse wheel is higher and larger than on the V2.
While these changes did pick up some criticism from some of the diehards, the slimmer design was generally met with a good response. But here’s a meme… for the lolz, but with some information on the design differences too, of course.
But in all seriousness. The new design changes feel good.
The differences in design aren’t where the differences stop.
The V3 Pro boasts a Focus Pro 30K optical sensor, whereas the V2 had a Focus+ optical sensor. The V3 Pro also utilises the newer Gen-3 optical mouse switches which have a lifecycle of 90 000 000 clicks. I left it as numeric so all those zeroes could sink in.
The V3 Pro also weighs in at around 63g, which is 25g lighter than the V2. With such a light weight – the V3 is surprisingly well balanced in hand and the almost non-existent feel of it helps to reduce fatigue and keep those wrist flicks snappy. No more carpal tunnel syndrome – we hope.
Other changes include an increased battery life of up to 90 hours (also no RGB), USB Type-C charging, and for an added cost, the V3 Pro is upgradeable to True 4000 Hz Polling Rate (real Pro-tier stuff here) when you purchase the Hyperpolling Dongle from Razer.
During my time of having the DeathAdder V3 Pro at my fingertips (ahem… excuse the pun), I put the mouse through the paces and used it in gaming, video editing, graphic design and, of course, just your run-of-the-mill webpage browsing and other mundane tasks that we force our fancy gaming mice to endure.
In gaming – I used this mouse for a diverse range of titles through a wide range of genres, such as Battlefield, Valorant, CSGO, New World, Fortnite, Witcher, Fall Guys, Apex Legends, Halo Infinite, and Minecraft, and more.
In all of these games, the V3 Pro stayed true to its name and responded and reacted as though it were a professional at work at its trade. Which it is, and it was…
The support through the Razer Synapse app allows you to set profiles and you can have many of these so they can be set up per game or game type. I found that I was able to get by with just one gaming profile saved as most modern games have mouse button 4 and 5 support within their own control scheme settings, and I don’t really change my DPI much.
If a game didn’t support mouse button 4 and 5 (like Half Life or an older game like that), a quick trip to Synapse to set a new profile setting for that game. Just bind a keyboad key to MB4&5 and you’re good to go. I didn’t do this for gaming but I did have it set up for something else.
For video editing and graphic design, I had multiple Synapse profiles saved for different parts of the workflow – speed up and slow down for long-form, cut and select for selects, etc.
The V3 Pro helped me shave seconds off of every function, which added up, saved me a lot of time and helped to make my workflow more efficient. The comfortable design and lightweight of the mouse also meant that I could go for longer periods of time before the inevitable hand stretch to prevent the dreaded hand cramp. Which – once again, saves time. Fewer hand stretches and cramps = fewer stops = more time spent on task = increased productivity. It’s basic mathematics.
The massively long battery life of the DeathAdder V3 Pro is also a massive boon, and switching from wireless to on charge is super easy and almost seamless as you unplug the almost 2m long cable from the dongle and pop it into the mouse. With Razer’s speedflex design on the cable, using it on charge has almost not real difference in feel and performance than using it on wireless. I’d even forgotten it on charge a few times.
The length of the cable also means that you can get the V3 Pro’s wireless dongle right up onto your desk and within a short range away from the mouse itself.
One thing I never got a chance to make use of (as it’s not actually my mouse) is the sticky grip pads that come with the V3 Pro. These help the mouse to hold better in hand (especially for the members of the sweaty hands club) and also just help the mouse to feel more yours as you can set the pads, and the number of pads to where they best fit you.
Overall – I can find no fault with the DeathAdder V3 Pro from Razer. The mouse is at the top of its class and, in my opinion, miles ahead of its competitors.
Razer has done only good things and things that work well with the changes from the V2 to the V3 and having used this, as well as the V2 X Hyperspeed being my mouse, I can see why the DeathAdder’s have been the best sellers, as well as why this is a V3 of that and the Pro. I hope that all makes sense…
With all that said – for its price, this mouse is not the most affordable on the market and is in the pro-tier both in function and hole it’ll blow in your savings but, for what its class – its price tag is par for the course.
If you are in the market for a top of the range mouse, the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro will definitely fit what you need in all aspects of what you do, not just for gaming. It will also easily sync across a range of devices with minimal fuss, making it’s ease of use another draw card for it.
A big thank you to Apex Interactive for allowing us the chance to review this incredible product.