The Razer DeathAdder is undoubtedly one of the best gaming mice Razer has designed. Since the initial release of the mouse, it has been a fan favorite for many PC gamers. When the DeathAdder V2 was released, it had a lot of expectations to meet to be considered a true successor. It has been released with improved optical sensors, left and right mouse buttons, and a better scroll wheel. However, is the Razer DeathAdder V2 really that good?
I have used the entire DeathAdder mouse lineup and I do have to say this is the best one yet. I have been using the V2 for a couple of months now and can say I am extremely impressed with it. It has a lot of similarities to the original versions, but it is a beast of its own. I can comfortably say that this will be my go-to mouse for the next little while. In this article, I will be providing my firsthand experiences to review the mouse.
DeathAdder V2 Build Quality
Right out of the box the mouse appears to be extremely high quality. The top is made from a hard slightly textured matte plastic making it rather fingerprint-resistant. The sides of the mouse are made from a smoother polished matte plastic which makes for a nice contrast between the two. Where your fingers will hold onto the mouse, it offers a more textured rubber-like material allowing for better grip. On the left-hand side slightly about the texture rubber finish is two additional programable buttons.
The mouse itself does feel rather sturdy and firm while holding it in hand. It comes in at a weight of 82 grams which is not the lightest on the market, to say the least. However, it is still light in comparison to many gaming mice. Personally, I appreciate the weight of the mouse as I do not want something to feel too light nor too heavy, for myself it is a perfect weight.
In comparison to the original versions, the build quality is similar. Where you will see a big difference is within the optical sensor, mouse feet, and cable. The mouse features a Focus+ 20,000 DPI optical sensor which is a significant improvement. Razer states that the mouse has a 99.6% accuracy rate with an industry leading response time of 0.2 milliseconds. The DeathAdder V2 offers their Speedflex cable which is outstanding, to say the least. It is designed to produce minimal drag on a mousepad all while increasing its durability.
For the build quality of this mouse, I can say that it blew my expectations away. It ultimately feels like a phenomenal mouse that will stand the test of time and vigorous gaming.
The Mouse Design
Razer did a great job at the overall design and functionality of this mouse. It seems like they have put a lot of time and effort to make this one of the most comfortable gaming mouses possible. It has contours on it to fit your hand in a variety of positions. You can see the amount of effort and time they put into this the very first time you go to use it. Simply put, it just feels right to hold in your hand. Not to mention the two side buttons are placed in easily accessible spots for your thumb.
DeathAdder V2 Comfort
I can say with confidence that this is one of the most comfortable gaming mice that I have ever used. When we combine the contoured shape, materials, and weight it is easy to see why. Now I will say that this mouse is slightly larger in size, but I could not see it being a problem for most gamers. I do have larger hands and it fits in my hand just about perfect. I do have a slight claw grip while using it but I prefer my mice to be like this. Most people can get around any size complications by either holding the mouse in a claw grip or a palm grip.
The textured surface on the top of the mouse will provide you with an additional level of comfort. After any long duration of use, I can say that it feels just as comfortable. Sometimes when mice offer a smooth polished surface you run the risk of it feeling slippery after some use. Not with this mouse though, it feels just as comfortable after 3 hours of use as opposed to 10 minutes.
Thanks to the new and improved 100% PTFE mouse feet, the mouse slides effortlessly. I have used some mice in the past where my wrist begins to hurt after a while as it feels like I am dragging it. The improved mouse feet make this mouse again, very comfortable to use. It moves just as it should be moving, effortlessly.
The DeathAdder V2 is one of the quieter gaming mice that I have used in many years. To be honest, when you have a headset on you can hardly hear it. Personally, I find this to be quite nice as constant clicking can start to get quite annoying. I find that it offers just the right amount of audio feedback to suit my requirements.
While moving the mouse across a gaming mousepad you will hardly notice any noise at all. Again, this is due to the 100% PTFE mouse feet and Speedflex cable. With a headset on you will not hear it at all which is nice. While these may seem like minor concerns, I do have to say that they make for a better PC experience.
DeathAdder V2 Performance
This proves to be the area where the DeathAdder V2 excels. The new Focus+ optical sensor provides the mouse with significant improvements from the original versions. It supports a DPI up to 20,000 which is significantly higher than the 6,400 DPI offered on the original DeathAdder lineup. Not to mention the resolution accuracy of 99.6%. Essentially this means that even the finest movements will be tracked with the highest consistency. Within the mouse, it offers optical mouse switches which again are incredibly responsive and accurate. These switches do not need any physical contact therefore improving the click response time. The mouse itself appears to be built to perform at the highest of accuracy at exceptional speeds.
Will you really notice these performance improvements?
On day-to-day use, I would say that no you will not notice too much difference at all. But when you are gaming, I would say that these improvements are definitely noticeable. The mouse felt incredibly responsive and accurate. The mouse clicks themselves feel very crisp and responsive while providing just the right amount of tactile feedback. It performed exceptionally well within the first tests I conducted on the mouse. Over time I began to appreciate the improved sensors even more especially when you combine them with the FTPE mouse feet. It is also worth mentioning that Razer claims the switches on the DeathAdder V2 should last longer than its predecessor.
DeathAdder V2 Features
With this being a Razer product, it offers full support for their Razer Synapse software. I highly recommend installing this software for the mouse as it will allow you to customize it completely. You will be able to fully customize the mouse to your liking for your specific requirements.
For example, this is where you will be able to set the DeathAdder V2’s DPI to your liking. It allows you to create 5 increments for the DPI, saving the profiles on board. You can select a DPI between 100 up to 20,000 with increments of 50. To switch between these 5 DPI selections, you create all you need to do is click the two buttons on the top of the mouse. This is where you can also change the mouse polling rate. By default, it will be set to 1,000Hz but you can adjust it to 125 or 500 as well.
Of course, the DeathAdder V2 supports full RGB lighting as well. Light is emitted from two zones, the logo on top of the mouse and the scroll wheel. Within Razer Synapse, you can adjust the brightness and what color is being emitted. You can also select between pre-made arrangements provided by Razer. As usual, you can sync all your RGB Razer products together to create the ultimate lighting experience.
Bindings and Macros
The mouse also allows you to re-map and create macros for the buttons. In total 8 independent hyper response buttons can be re-programmed. Personally, I find this to be extremely useful as you can tailor your mouse completely to your needs. While gaming, this is also greatly beneficial.
On-Board Profile Storage
The mouse also has onboard storage that provides for 5 custom profiles. This will allow you to create a variety of different setups depending on what games or lighting you would like. The button is located on the underside of the mouse, so you do not have to worry about clicking it in the middle of a game. These profiles will store the set DPI, polling rate, and lighting effects. This is a nice little feature for the mouse that will save you a lot of time when you are switching between games. You can also save these profiles to your Razer ID allowing you to sync them to other devices. So, you will be able to download them no matter what PC you are on as long as you have a compatible Razer mouse.
All in all, the Razer DeathAdder V2 is worth buying. If you are looking for a new gaming mouse, I would heavily consider this one. After using it for many months it has become noticeably clear to me why it is so popular amongst gamers. It proves to be one of the most accurate and precise mice that I have used yet. Not to mention one of the most comfortable ones as well. I would purchase it again based solely on its performance let alone added features. When we add in the extra provided features such as the customizability, this mouse is superb.
I honestly cannot recommend this mouse enough for anyone looking to get a high-quality gaming mouse.
I Have also written a review on the new Ornata V2 as well.