Razer has unveiled new versions of its DeathAdder and Basilisk right handed gaming mice, the DeathAdder V2 and the Basilisk V2. Typically with things like gaming mice you might expect an entirely new mouse to appear with an even more formidable sounding name rather than an update, but the DeathAdder name has been around so long, in computer peripherals terms anyway, that the first mouse to carry it might well have been carved out of the bones of an actual snake. So with that in mind it’s nice to see a bit of continuity.
The DeathAdder V2 has a few slight tweaks to the shape and the casing also now features a sweat-resistant coating and additional rubberised side grips. The scroll wheel has also had a tune up to retain the notched scrolling but with lighter resistance. A Razer Focus+ optical sensor gives the DeathAdder V2 20,000 DPI sensitivity and the cable has also been upgraded to a Razer Speedflex intended to allow for greater freedom of movement while the weight is kept down to 82g. There are eight programmable buttons which can be configured for macros and so forth.
The DeathAdder line of mice goes back to 2006 with various refreshes over the years, but the most recent iteration, the DeathAdder Elite, came out in 2016 so it’s not surprising to see a new mouse with a bit of fine tuning on the shape and a refit of the technology.
The Basilisk by contrast first appeared in 2017 and while the shape remains the same the old internals have been swapped out with shiny new tech. The Basilisk V2 now boasts the same 20,000 DPI sensors as the DeathAdder V2 and the same kind of Speedflex cable. Equipped with eleven programmable buttons and a customisable mouse wheel the Basilisk V2 weighs in at 92g.
The DeathAdder V2 and Basilisk V2 are available now with an MSRP of $69.99 US and $79.99 US respectively.