The Razer DeathAdder, in its various guises, has been one of the most popular gaming mice ever made, with Razer boasting about sales of over ten million units.
Now it’s back in yet another tweaked format, this time including the company’s latest low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection, as well as Bluetooth and conventional wired connection options.
The heart of the mouse is, of course, its iconic design. With its large, flared left and right buttons, wide, offset back end and left-to-right tilted profile, it has the ultimate ergonomic shape for right-handed users.
Whether you use a claw, fingertip or palm grip, it provides a comfortable shape on which your hand can relax, as long as your hands are reasonably large – this is a fairly chunky mouse with dimensions of 127 x 62 x 43mm.
Helping with its overall usability are the rubber-coated sides, which provide a secure grip. Plus, despite its size and the inclusion of a battery for wireless operation, it’s still surprisingly light, weighing in at just 88g.
For buttons, you get your standard back and forward buttons under the thumb, plus a scroll wheel click and two small DPI buttons behind the scroll wheel.
It’s a basic arrangement, but while gaming, we found that all the buttons were in just the right places to press effortlessly. The scroll wheel is also very well weighted for gaming, with a balanced, soft and notched feel when rotating. It’s also easy to press the button without nudging the wheel, unlike many mice.
Flip over the mouse and all its many extra features come to the fore. There’s a tiny covered compartment for stowing the wireless dongle, a switch for toggling between wired, wireless and Bluetooth connections, a profile button, the micro-USB socket in the front edge for the cable, and two gold contacts that allow the DeathAdder V2 Pro to be charged with the Razer Mouse Dock Chroma. It’s quite the hit list of features, which all combine to make this a truly universal mouse, left-handed use aside.
In the box, you get a 1.8m long ‘Speedflex’ cable, which is one of those new-style lightweight braided cables, along with a dongle for plugging the wireless adaptor into the end of the cable (potentially to improve the signal over plugging the dongle into the back of your PC).
Under the left and right buttons are Razer’s latest optical switches, which supposedly deliver even faster responses than conventional electronic contact switches. They’re also rated to a massive 70 million clicks.
We couldn’t detect any meaningful advantage when gaming with them, but they do feel good. Likewise, the mammoth 20,000dpi rating on the optical sensor is fairly meaningless for most people, but this mouse certainly performed under pressure, providing gaming performance that we couldn’t fault.
Meanwhile, the battery life is rated at up to 120 hours and we found that to be optimistic. With regular use, charging every three to five days was required, but thanks to the wired connection option, you can carry on using the mouse while it’s charging anyway.
We’re very impressed by the DeathAdder V2 Pro. It has a wonderfully comfortable shape, it looks great, it’s super-versatile with all its connection options, it’s light and it has excellent gaming performance. It’s a shame there’s no left-handed option, and it’s also quite pricey (the retail price is £130, although you can pick it up for £100 if you shop around), but it’s an amazing mouse if you’re a right-handed gamer with cash to spare.
DESIGN: 18/20 | FEATURES: 18/20 | PERFORMANCE: 26/30 | VALUE: 22/30
- Very comfortable shape
- Wired/wireless/Bluetooth connections
- Large right-handed shape
- Middling battery life
Razer Deathadder V2 Pro specifications
- Weight: 88g
- Dimensions (mm): 127 x 62 x 43 (W x D x H)
- Sensor: Razer optical – 20,000 DPI, 50g acceleration, 650IPS
- Buttons: 8 (left, right, scroll wheel, back, forward, two DPI, profile)
- Cable: 1.8m, lightweight braided
- Wireless connections: Razer HyperSpeed, Bluetooth
- Extras: RGB lighting, charging dock compatibility
Razer Deathadder V2 Pro
An all-round fantastic wireless gaming mouse, although it’s also still not cheap.