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Razer DeathAdder V2 Review

A solid mouse at a manageable price
Razer DeathAdder V2
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Price:   $70 List
Pros:  Optical switches, supple cable
Cons:  Relatively limited customization
Manufacturer:   Razer
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 2, 2021
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#5 of 10
  • Performance - 35% 9
  • Customization - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9
  • Buttons - 15% 9

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, onboard memory, customizable scroll resistanceOnboard memory, symmetrical, optical switchesOnboard dongle storage, ambidextrous designBraided cable, infinite scroll option
Cons Relatively limited customizationAsymmetrical, grips hard to cleanExpensive, slow “wake-up”Expensive, no charging dockFixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS games
Bottom Line A high-quality mouse with a price most can manageA deadly gaming periphery with state-of-the-art components, easy set-up, and a competitive price pointThis competitive gaming device comes loaded with full battle rattle and is tether-free for an increased striking distance though that freedom comes at a hefty priceA high-performance wireless mouse that works in either handAn above-average performing mouse featuring customizable weight
Rating Categories Razer DeathAdder V2 Razer Basilisk V2 Razer Viper Ultimate Logitech G Pro Logitech G502 HERO
Performance (35%)
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10
9
9
Customization (35%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Buttons (15%)
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Specs Razer DeathAdder V2 Razer Basilisk V2 Razer Viper Ultimate Logitech G Pro Logitech G502 HERO
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Hero 25K/ Optical/ Yes Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 7 10 (+1 on bottom) 7 (+1 on bottom) 7 (+1 on bottom) 11
Wire/Charging Cable (feet, inches) 7' 7' 6' 6' 6'6"
Weight (grams) 80g 91g 77g 80g 119 - 137g
Polling Rate (Hz) 125, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 1000
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 25600 (50 up to 4k, 1000 after 4k) 100 - 25600 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 650 650 650 400 400+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Optical (Razor) Optical (Razor) Optical (Razor) Mechanical (Logitech) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Both Both Right
Size Large Large Medium Medium Large
Length 5" 5.1" 5" 4.95" 5.11"
Shell length 5.8" 6" 5.75" 5.8" 6"
Height (max) 1.68" 1.68" 1.5" 1.58" 1.63"
Hump inset 2.5" 2.1" 2.5" 2.4" 2.43"
Finger Width 2.73" 2.36" 2.5" 2.41" 2.2"
Waist 2.22" 2.4" 2.21" 2.18" 2.25"
Palm Width 2.55" 2.26" 2.57" 2.45" 2.21"

Our Analysis and Test Results

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