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Razer is one of the companies that has redefined the concept of the gaming mouse: over the years the company has launched a lot of models dedicated to specific genres and is one that continuously improves its products already on the market. Names like Naga (Check on Amazon) and Basilisk (Check on Amazon) are now synonymous with mouse-specific features and loved by different types of gamers. The DeathAdder is a staple of Razer’s catalog and one that Razer decided to renew earlier this year in the form of the V2 (Check on Amazon).
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The Razer DeathAdder V2 shares its design with the Elite (Check on Amazon) and Essential (Check on Amazon) but adds some much-needed improvements. For example, it features Razer’s new in-house sensor and optical switches. The cable is now SpeedFlex and the feet are made of PTFE. Last but not least it now comes equipped with onboard memory!
Razer DeathAdder V2 – Design
Not wanting to change a winning formula, Razer kept the ergonomic design and lightweight body of the previous DeathAdder and modernized everything else. The result is that the V2 feels great in the hand. It is also extremely comfortable and therefore surprisingly suitable as your daily driver.
It is made with high-quality plastics that feature a new sweat-resistant rough coating that, together with the understated side rubbery inserts, ensures an impeccable grip.
Its straightforward simplicity makes it a great choice for long gaming sessions and highlights the layout of the programmable side buttons.
Compared to the Razer DeathAdder Essential, the V2 sports two additional programmable buttons behind the mouse wheel (for changing the DPI setting by default). They are smaller, square-shaped and better positioned compared to the ones we find on the DeathAdder Elite. In addition, the DeathAdder V2 also features a button at the bottom, that allows you to shift between profiles.
There are two zones with RGB lighting: the scroll wheel and the logo. They are obviously configurable via Razer Synapse and support Razer’s Chroma technology.
Razer DeathAdder V2 – Features
Getting to what is really important and certainly different from before, we find the new optical Razer Focus+ sensor, which has a stratospheric sensitivity of 20,000 DPI, smart tracking capabilities, asymmetric lift-off distance and Motion Sync. Beyond marketing mumbo jumbo, one thing is certain: this sensor is extremely accurate and precise and can keep up with even the most violent and sudden movements.
Regarding the buttons, they use Razer’s optical switches, which use an optical beam that grants them a super-fast response time of 0.2 milliseconds and is certified for 70 million clicks.
The braided cable is SpeedFlex, lightweight and extremely bendable and does a great job of staying out of the way.
Underneath the mouse, we also find the new feet made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This difference may seem subtle, but they glide way better than before, thus making them a welcome addition.
Nevertheless, such a proven design and advanced components would be nothing without the quality software that brings everything to light.
It allows you to customize any and every aspect of the device starting with the Chroma lighting that can be synchronized with all other Razer Chroma enabled peripherals.
The Synapse suite also allows you to reprogram all buttons (except the left click). Even better, it has a function called HyperShift. As we have seen in previous mice the idea behind it is to allow you to register a secondary function for each button, effectively doubling the number of configurable keys.
Above all Synapse allows us to calibrate the sensor, modify the five preset sensitivity levels (from 100 to 20,000 DPI), the asymmetric lift-off distance, the pooling rate (125, 500 or 1000 MHz) and manage the different profiles.
You can create as many profiles as you like and store them in the cloud, but, in addition, the DeathAdder V2 also mounts an integrated memory that allows you to save up to five profiles locally. This lets you carry them with you everywhere you go and use them on another PC without the need for Synapse or access to Razer’s Cloud.
Razer DeathAdder V2 – Performance
The DeathAdder V2 is a comfortable and very precise mouse, with a great sensor and fast response times. Its design and ergonomics are simply surprising, allowing for long hours of use without fatigue thanks to the way the hand rests naturally over it.
We put it to the test using different titles from every genre and the results were very satisfactory: the V2’s accuracy is unparalleled. This sensor is just excellent, there is nothing more to be said about it, but we should also note the excellent feedback of the main buttons and the good positioning of the two side buttons.
Furthermore, in FPS games we managed to cycle between sensitivities fairly easy and relatively fast. The two DPI buttons positioned behind the wheel cannot match the convenience of a dedicated sniper button, but they aren’t far behind either.
As for ergonomics as a whole, the DeathAdder V2, like its progenitor, is a mouse that however light, is characterized by important dimensions and thus not suitable for those with small hands. This is definitely the most important fact to keep in mind if you decide to buy this mouse.
“Often copied never duplicated”. There is no other gaming mouse copied as much as the DeathAdder (Check on Amazon). The new one is a worthy update to the legendary mouse. The upgrades in terms of sensors, switches, cable, and feet make the V2 one of the best gaming mice ever made!
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Of course, if you already own a DeathAdder these improvements probably do not justify buying the new version. For those looking for their first gaming mouse, the DeathAdder V2 (Check on Amazon) would be an excellent choice and one that we recommend wholeheartedly.