Razer DeathAdder V2 review
Quick verdict: New features and upgraded hardware make the DeathAdder V2 one of the best mice Razer has produced.
- Optical switches are punchy, responsive and reliable
- Lighter design allows for faster movement with less effort
- New Focus+ sensor delivers higher precision and more customisability than ever
- Not dramatically cheaper than the more feature-rich Razer Basilisk V2
- No left-handed option yet
Razer might be one of the biggest names in gaming mice, but the company isn't one for resting on its laurels. Since launching the original DeathAdder gaming mouse way back in 2006, Razer has iterated on it multiple times, culminating in its latest release of the DeathAdder V2.
Much like the Razer Basilisk V2, the DeathAdder V2 delivers a number of significant improvements over its predecessors. With a more precise sensor, new optical switches and a lighter, faster design, the Razer DeathAdder V2 reasserts itself as the go-to choice for folks wanting a capable yet accessible wired gaming mouse.
- Light, ergonomic design lends itself well to extended use
- Sleek and simple aesthetic suits both home and office environments
- Large thumb buttons are responsive and easy to hit
- Speedflex cable is almost as good as going wireless
- Optical switches are noticeably faster than regular mechanical switches
- New Focus+ optical sensor delivers top-notch tracking precision
- Scroll wheel is a joy to click
- Hypershift increases the number of custom functions you can access on the fly
- Smart distance tracking is a boon for folks who switch between a variety of mouse surfaces
- On-board memory profiles are a welcome addition to the DeathAdder line
- A meaningful evolution of an already excellent gaming mouse
Should you buy it?
With the DeathAdder V2, Razer has once again elevated the DeathAdder name to the top tier of gaming mice. It's lighter and more comfortable than ever, with higher-precision tracking and faster, more responsive switches that make the simple act of clicking significantly more satisfying.
My only hesitation in recommending the DeathAdder V2 stems from the fact that the Basilisk V2 with its wider array of features costs just $20 more. The Basilisk V2 isn't quite so subtle in its design, though, which may give the DeathAdder V2 the edge if you're after a mouse that won't stand out in public spaces or office environments.
Pricing and availability
- Price: RRP $139.95
- Where to buy: Razer