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Razer DeathAdder V3 Review

An ultralight and precise speedster geared for those with high demands
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Razer DeathAdder V3 Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $70 List
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Manufacturer:   Razer
By Austin Palmer and Adam Stout  ⋅  Jul 26, 2023
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Performance - 35.0% 9.9
  • Customization - 35.0% 6.1
  • Ease of Use - 15.0% 9.3
  • Scroll Wheel - 15.0% 9.4

Our Verdict

The Razer DeathAdder V3 is an XL mouse at a welterweight, which may appeal to those with large hands seeking the competitive edge that an ultralight gaming mouse can offer. We praised its solid value, comfort, and performance but were critical of its low customizability and deformed cable sleeve. However, what it lacks in customizability and aesthetics, the DeathAdder V3 more than makes up for with its high glide speed, extreme precision, and all-around comfort for long play sessions. If you like a large mouse and can appreciate its minimal and austere aesthetic, we highly recommend the DeathAdder V3. Get the skinny on how it stacks up against other top products in our article on the best gaming mice.
REASONS TO BUY
Ultralight weight
Rounded skates
Flexible cord
REASONS TO AVOID
Too large for small hands
Untidy looking cable sleeve

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Bottom Line A high-precision mouse that manages speed and ultra-lightnessThis high-end, do-it-all mouse outperforms its rivals in a competitive class and is easy to set up, tooA well-rounded device with excellent performance and unique RGB lighting at a fair price for what's offeredThis is a compact unit and tether-free performer at a reasonable priceThis corded mouse has high-end hardware, sufferers from a lack of features, and yet the price more than mitigates the deficit
Rating Categories Razer DeathAdder V3 Razer Basilisk V3 Roccat Kone XP Logitech G305 Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35.0%)
9.9
9.3
9.2
8.8
8.7
Customization (35.0%)
6.1
8.1
9.1
6.1
5.7
Ease of Use (15.0%)
9.3
9.0
9.3
9.8
8.0
Scroll Wheel (15.0%)
9.4
9.7
6.1
7.7
7.4
Specs Razer DeathAdder V3 Razer Basilisk V3 Roccat Kone XP Logitech G305 Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Focus Pro 30K/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Roccat Owl-Eye 19K/ Optical/ Yes
(Based on PAW3370)
Hero/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 5 (+1 on bottom) 10 (+1 on bottom) 15 6 6
Measured Wire/Charging Cable 6 ft, 1 in 6 ft 6 ft Wireless, replaceable battery 6 ft, 6 in
Measured Weight 57 g 101 g 101 g 95 g w/ standard Duracell AA 87 g
Polling Rate 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000 Hz 125, 500, 1000 Hz 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting No Yes Yes No Yes
DPI/CPI (steps) 100 - 30000 (50) 100 - 26000 (50) 50 - 19000 (50) 200 - 12000 (50) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 750 650 400 400 200+
On-Board Memory?* Yes (4) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (1) Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Optical (Razer) Optical (Razer) Optical (Roccat) Mechanical (Omron) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Right Right
Size X-Large Large Large Medium Medium
Approx. Measured Length 5" 5.11" 4.95" 4.6" 4.57"
Approx. Measured Shell Length 5.8" 6" 6" 5.2" 5.25"
Approx. Measured Height 1.68" 1.68" 1.57" 1.51" 1.5"
Approx. Measured Hump inset, back to hump 2.5" 2.1" 2" 2" 1.85"
Approx. Measured Finger Width 2.5" 2.36" 2.28" 2.3" 2.23"
Approx. Measured Waist 2.45" 2.4" 2.42" 2.46" 2.45"
Approx. Measured Palm Width 2.6" 2.26" 2.74" 2.14" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Razer DeathAdder V3 stands out as a physical juxtaposition for its extra-large size and light weight. It's among the largest gaming mice we've ever reviewed and one of the all-time lightest in its class. It's a low-frills, high-performer that will appeal to those who appreciate its function-first & minimalistic design and possess the large mits to wield it.

Performance Comparison


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Users with large hands will appreciate the comfortable XL form factor of the Razer DeathAdder V3.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Performance


The performance metric appraises the mouse's sensor, switches, weight, and glide characteristics with regard to the rigors of competitive gameplay. This is where we dig into the mouse's hardware specs and see how they translate to the mousepad and screen.


The Razer DeathAdder V3 excelled in this metric, starting with its bleeding-edge Razer Focus Pro 30k Optical sensor. Razer claims it's the world's most precise optical sensor, and while most sensors in this class are excellent, our testing gave us no reason to doubt its claim. The Razer is good for up to 30,000 DPI sensitivity and a tracking speed of 750 IPS. The polling rate goes from 125 Hz all the way up to 8000 Hz. You'll need to fire up the Razer Synapse software to get into the fine-tuning, but once there, you'll find many configuration options for the sensor. The onboard memory can store up to five profiles, conveniently togglable from a button on the bottom of the mouse.

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Despite its large, comfortable form factor, Razer DeathAdder V3 is one of the lightest mice in our test, at 57 grams.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We found the Razer DeathAdder V3's optical switches to be similarly excellent. The response time of this model is also quite fast. It comes in at an ultralight 57 grams, making it one of the lightest mice in our review at almost half the weight of some of our other favorite gaming mice. The DeathAdder V3 is a mouse with an extra-large form factor, well-suited to large hands, but maintains its striking ultra-lightness. Pair its size and feathery weight with its smooth rounded PTFE glides, and you've got a comfortable and speedy performer tipped toward the speed side of the speed/control glide scale. Pushing the DeathAdder V3 around our mousepad felt sublimely fast and light without sacrificing precision.

Customization


Our customization metric evaluates the mouse's accommodation of user preferences like button mapping, adjustable scroll wheel resistance, custom lighting, weight tuning, and handedness (left, right, ambidextrous).


The Razer DeathAdder V3 doesn't score as well in this metric as other high-end gaming mice, but that's mostly due to its stripped-down, no-excess, race-inspired design approach to achieve low weight and high speed. You'll know from the performance metric above that it's highly tunable in the sensor characteristics that matter most for competitive gamers. However, when it comes to some of the other nice-to-haves that have become common to modern gaming mice, the DeathAdder V3 is a comparatively low-frills entry. It features no RGB lighting, no weight or balance tuning, a non-adjustable scroll wheel, and it's asymmetrically shaped for right hands only — large ones at that.

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We admire the DeathAdder V3 for its function-first design, but it's low on the level of customization common to its competitors.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The only customization you'll find here is for the mouse's five programmable buttons. You can bind those to pretty much anything you want (a letter or number, for example), and there's also a “Hypershift” feature in the Synapse software, which allows you to set a button to act as a modifier, effectively doubling the possible button assignments when held down. There's a sixth button on the bottom of the mouse dedicated to toggling user-defined DPI stages. Throughout this class of mice, you'll come upon flashier and more feature-dense products, but you'll be hard-pressed to find something as austere and minimal as the Razer DeathAdder V3 that can match its exceptional feel and accuracy. It's because of those attributes that we can forgive the lackluster customizability.

Ease of Use


The ease of use metric accounts for the user experience when adjusting the mouse settings and rates the cable quality & ergonomics. The Razer DeathAdder V3 does alright in this metric, except for one snag.


The Razer Synapse software is intuitive, making sensor adjustments and button assignments a breeze. Since the DeathAdder V3 doesn't feature many other bells and whistles, complexity is kept low, making for a user-friendly experience in its software.

razer deathadder v3 - the deathadder v3s ultralight weight and high precision make for...
The DeathAdder V3s ultralight weight and high precision make for fast and precise handling.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Razer DeathAdder V3's cable is a mixed bag. While we found it suitably long and adequately flexible, the sleeving on our test unit was loose and twisted-looking, which didn't convey a great fit and finish on an otherwise solid product. It's a little disappointing, but no detriment to performance, and we can't say for sure if our twisted cable is a norm or anomaly.

Scroll Wheel


The scroll wheel metric scores the mouse's scroll wheel and buttons based on feel, sound, and actuation. The Razer DeathAdder V3 performs well here. We felt subtle, sloping comfort grooves guiding the index and middle fingers to the main buttons, but they are noticeably less aggressive than its predecessor, the DeathAdder V2. Likewise, button clicks are more muted and hollow sounding than most Logitech mice we have tested. We appreciated the side button placement on the DeathAdder V3 for being nice and easy to reach without much risk of accidental inputs.


The scroll wheel itself is smooth, with easy rotation and low resistance. It's well positioned, sticking up from the shell a little further than other mice like the Logitech G305, and it's a quieter wheel than the one on that mouse. Pressing down on the wheel requires light pressure before you hear another muted click consistent with the DeathAdder V3's overall subtlety.

The Razer DeathAdder V3 features a smooth low-resistance scroll wheel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Razer DeathAdder V3?


While the Razer DeathAdder V3 left something to be desired in the cable fit and finish and is light on bells & whistles common to the class, we still think it's a very compelling product for someone with large hands (specifically a large right hand) looking for a fast, precise, and strikingly light gaming mouse for long play sessions. If you fall into that category and won't miss advanced customization and RGB ambiance, we can't recommend the DeathAdder V3 enough.

razer deathadder v3 - deathadder v3, all killer no filler.
DeathAdder V3, all killer no filler.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

What Other Gaming Mouse Should You Consider?


If the Razer DeathAdder V3 aesthetics are too bland for your tastes, check out the Roccat Kone XP for its unique take on RGB lighting combined with solid performance. If you want the best of the best when it comes to performance, look at the legendary Razer Basilisk V3. If you've got smaller hands and want something more compact and wireless to boot, consider the value award-winning Logitech G305.

Austin Palmer and Adam Stout