Updated classics: Razer DeathAdder V2 gaming mouse review and comparison with Elite

The release of updated models of their most popular devices is quite common. This is also practiced by Razer. The company has released an updated DeathAdder V2 mouse. The first DeathAdder was released in 2006 and became extremely popular because it is one of the best palm grip mouse. After that, there were updated versions with RGB lighting and various sensors. The company stuffed the new Razer DeathAdder V2 as much as possible: it installed a top-end new sensor, fast optical switches, and a bunch of other interesting things.

Razer DeathAdder V2 package

Type Mouse
Purpose for desktop PCs / games
Wired connection
PC communication interface USB
Case color black
The case design is ergonomic
Sensor type optical
Resolution, razer deathadder dpi settings dpi 20000
Number of buttons 8
2 scroll wheels – NO
Horizontal scroll rocker – NO
Additionally, 8 programmable buttons, Razer optical switches with a resource of 70 million clicks, up to 5 profiles in the built-in memory
Dimensions, mm 127×61,7×42,7
Weight, g 82
The mouse is Packed in a small cardboard box in Razer’s signature black and green colors. The box has an image of the mouse and all the basic technical information. Standard kit: mouse, Razer logo stickers and documentation.


The main outlines of the Razer DeathAdder V2 came from their ancestors. Any gamer will immediately recognize the shape of one of the most popular game models. This is an asymmetric mouse for the right hand with the characteristic slightly expanded main buttons. I am sure that there are still some differences from the previous DeathAdder, but without the old model at hand, it is difficult to say” by eye”. If you are looking for small gaming mice as mouse for small hands you can choose Razer DeathAdder mini. Its not a 3 button mouse.
It is made mainly of matte rough plastic. It is quite resistant to wear, it is not too visible traces of use. The main buttons are not separated from the “back” of the mouse and there is no rattling. Although they move a little from side to side because of the shape. But this does not affect the convenience and performance in any way. Only the insert between the main buttons, on which the scroll wheel and mode buttons are placed, is made of glossy plastic. Scroll wheel with rubberized relief coating. As befits a gaming model, there is a customizable RGB backlight. Although there is not much of it: the scroll wheel and the logo. No garlands around the perimeter of the mouse base.

On the sides there are rubberized inserts with a texture that resembles small three-dimensional cubes. The shape of the sidewalls with small smooth depressions under the fingers. On the left side there are two large additional buttons made of matte plastic.

The cable entry point is located exactly in the center of the front. There is an impressive protection against inflection. On the lower part of the mouse, you can see the optical sensor window, next to which there is a button for quickly switching profiles. Legs in front and back almost the entire width of the mouse, as well as edging around the sensor. The official website claims that it is 100% PTFE fluoroplast. In a simple language — the Teflon. The thickness of the legs is 0.8 mm.
The Razer DeathAdder V2 uses a 2.1-meter-long Razer Speedflex cable. It turned out to be not quite familiar, but very successful: it feels a little thicker than the standard cables with fabric braid in gaming mice. But, at the same time, it is much lighter, softer and more pliable. Its presence is almost not felt during use.
It is worth noting that DeathAdder V2 “lost weight” compared to previous models. For comparison, its became a lightweight mouse – the Razer DeathAdder Essential weighs 96g, while the DeathAdder Elite weighs 105g. Newbie — only 82g. and this is a significant difference with regard to mice. Almost same in comparision of razer mamba vs deathadder.

The Ergonomics Of The Razer DeathAdder V2

The mouse is designed only for right – handed use. Razer claims that the mouse is suitable for any grip. Of course, this is very dependent on the characteristics of the palm and Razer DeathAdder V2 I most “went” for the grip with your fingers. Although, if memory serves, some of the old options were better suited for the palm grip. In any case, getting used to the new mouse is very fast, it is convenient to use, in particular, thanks to the lightweight design and excellent cable, which you do not remember at all. Rubberized sidewalls also do a good job and add reliability to the grip.

The main buttons use Razer optical switches for 70 million clicks, and an infrared beam is used to trigger them. In theory, this increased the response speed to 0.2 milliseconds, which is 3 times faster than in traditional mechanical switches. And the absence of the need for physical contact eliminates rattling and the likelihood of a double-click. In practice, I didn’t find the click informative enough. Perhaps this is a matter of taste or habit and it takes more time to switch from the old proven mechanical Omron, but still I would like a clearer response. The side buttons turned out to be successful, both in position and shape, and by click. I also liked the scroll wheel: it doesn’t rattle, and the cut-offs are clear and informative.

Sensor and functionality

The Razer DeathAdder V2 uses the top-end Razer Focus+ optical sensor, aka PixArt 3399. It has impressive features: a maximum resolution of 20,000 DPI, a maximum tracking speed of up to 650 inches per second (IPS), and 50 g acceleration. The manufacturer claims that its accuracy is 99.6%. Interesting features: Razer Focus+ it has auto-calibration for different surfaces (although manual adjustment is also available). Another interesting thing is Motion Sync. The intervals of receiving information by the computer may not coincide with the mouse sensor signals. Motion Sync — synchronization of signals, which should increase the accuracy of tracking the cursor position.
Technology is new, but in practice, the sensor really works perfectly. Positioning and accuracy at the highest level, no breakdowns, shaking and other unpleasant details are observed. If desired, it is possible to configure separately the height of the separation and the height of the “landing” of the mouse. Razer Synapse 3 is used for configuration.you can configure 5 DPI levels and 5 different profiles that are stored in the mouse’s internal memory.

Razer Synapse 3 software

To configure Razer DeathAdder V2, use the Razer Synapse 3 app for razer mouse settings. It allows you to customize profiles for different games, reassign button actions (including an additional set using the Hypershift function), record macros, adjust the height of the breakaway, or calibrate to your own surface. In the backlight settings, you can choose the color and effects, sync it with other Chroma devices, Philips Hue smart lamps, and create your own effects in Chroma Studio. There is also synchronization with the “smart” led backlight Nanoleaf.

Comparison Razer DeathAdder V2 VS Razer DeathAdder Elite

DeathAdder Elite                                                    DeathAdder V2

ELITE: 5G optical sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 16,000 DPI

V2: Focus+Optical sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 20,000 DPI

ELITE: Omron mechanical microswitches with a safety margin of 50 million clicks

V2: Razer Optical switches with a safety margin of 70000,000 clicks

Seven program buttons Eight program buttons
Regular braided cable                                      Razer Speedflex Cable

Weight 105 g                                                                                 weight 82 g
Regular legs                                                     Teflon legs
BOTH: Integrated memory no Built in memory allows you to store up to 5 configuration profiles
Normal scroll Tactile scroll

Video comparison:


Pros: Nice design; practical case materials; comfortable ergonomic shape; light weight; Focus+ sensor; cable; long-lasting switches.
Minuses: Not the most informative click of the main buttons
Conclusion: Razer has released an extremely successful update to one of its most popular and best-selling mice. Razer DeathAdder V2 has a great comfortable shape, practical coverage and a familiar design with customizable RGB lighting. It has become lighter, which has a positive effect on speed capabilities, boasts an excellent top-end optical sensor, long-lasting switches and an extremely convenient cable. The only thing I would like is a clearer, more informative click on the main buttons



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