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Razer DeathAdder V2 Review

A solid mouse at a manageable price
Razer DeathAdder V2
Credit: Amazon
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Price:   $70 List | $36.78 at Amazon
Pros:  Optical switches, supple cable
Cons:  Relatively limited customization
Manufacturer:   Razer
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 2, 2021
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85
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RANKED
#3 of 12
  • Performance - 35.0% 9.3
  • Customization - 35.0% 7.3
  • Ease of Use - 15.0% 9.0
  • Buttons - 15.0% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is built for battle with 7 programmable buttons, a high-end flawless sensor, and optical switches. If you are new to gaming hardware or are just looking to save some bucks, this unit is a good option for general use.

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Pros Optical switches, supple cableOptical switches, thumb rest, adjustable scroll wheelBraided cable, infinite scroll optionIncredibly lightweight, super supple cord, fine-tuned customization optionsGreat sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design
Cons Relatively limited customizationA bit heavy, frequent software updatesFixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS gamesRelatively loud button, big DPI adjustment stepsRelatively low tracking speed, limited onboard memory
Bottom Line A solid mouse at a manageable priceThis top-shelf mouse set the bar amongst fierce competition while providing easy-to-use customization softwareThis mouse is a standout on account of its adjustable weight. However, the unit has high-end hardware and ample customization, tooAn incredibly lightweight mouse with top-notch hardware and intuitive software supporting its customization settingsThis economic device boasts elite hardware to get the job done, but you'll have to make up for the lack of supporting features with talent
Rating Categories Razer DeathAdder V2 Razer Basilisk V3 Logitech G502 HERO HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35.0%)
9.3
9.3
8.7
9.2
8.7
Customization (35.0%)
7.3
7.9
8.1
6.2
5.7
Ease of Use (15.0%)
9.0
9.0
8.5
9.5
8.0
Buttons (15.0%)
9.0
9.7
8.7
9.7
8.3
Specs Razer DeathAdder V2 Razer Basilisk V3 Logitech G502 HERO HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes PAW 3335/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 7 10 (+1 on bottom) 11 6 6
Measured Wire/Charging Cable 7 ft 6 ft 6 ft, 6 in 6 ft 6 ft, 6 in
Measured Weight 80 g 101 g 119 - 137 g 59 g 87 g
Polling Rate (Hz) 125, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 26000 (50) 100 - 25600 (50) 200 - 16000 (100) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 650 650 400+ 450 200+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (1) Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Optical (Razer) Optical (Razer) Mechanical (Logitech) Mechanical (TTC Golden) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Right Right
Size X-Large Large Large Large Small
Length 5" 5.11" 5.11" 4.88" 4.57"
Shell length 5.8" 6" 6" 5.5" 5.25"
Height (max) 1.68" 1.68" 1.63" 1.48" 1.5"
Hump inset, back to hump 2.5" 2.1" 2.43" 2.25" 1.85"
Finger Width 2.73" 2.36" 2.2" 2.2" 2.23"
Waist 2.22" 2.4" 2.25" 2.4" 2.45"
Palm Width 2.55" 2.26" 2.21" 2.5" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

Razer DeathAdder V2 gaming mouse
Credit: Jason Peters

Likes


Despite the Razer DeathAdder V2's macabre name, it is nonetheless a quality all-around gaming mouse. It has all the key features one would expect in a gaming unit, such as adjustments for the DPI/CPI, polling rate, and lighting. Given its 80 gram weight, it's a good tool for the high-speed gestures of FPS gameplay. Moreover, its robust braided cord is flexible and unobtrusive. To round things out, the unit boasts 7 buttons that can be set to the user's specifications. Like we said: it's an all-around solid gaming machine.

Dislikes


While the DeathAdder checks all of the boxes in the gaming mouse criterion, it does so at a bare minimum. For example, while both DPI/CPI and polling rate are adjustable, the range and steps in the adjustments are limited when compared to other models here reviewed. Additionally, the shape of the shell is targeted exclusively at right-handers. That said, this somewhat plain-looking mouse performs admirably, especially so when factoring in its competitive price.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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