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Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 02, 2022 at 11:36 am
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Picture
9.3
Gaming
7.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.1
Programming
7.8
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a wireless gaming keyboard and a continuation of Razer's DeathStalker lineup. Like previous entries in the series, this version has a low-profile design, meaning it's significantly thinner than typical gaming keyboards. This new version offers dedicated media controls and newly designed keycaps, which Razer claims are tougher and more resistant to developing shiny tops than standard ABS keycaps. Also, while older versions used membrane switches similar to those found on most laptop keyboards, the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro uses a low-profile version of the optical, mechanical switches used on Razer's other high-end gaming keyboards.

Our Verdict

9.3 Gaming

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is an outstanding gaming keyboard. It has extremely low latency and feels very well-built. The linear optical mechanical switches on this unit feel very light and have a very short pre-travel distance, making them feel very responsive. Overall, it has good ergonomics, and the low profile design makes it comfortable to use without a wrist rest. The keycaps are made of ABS plastic, but they feel good on the fingertips and aren't flimsy or cheap feeling. Unfortunately, the keys wobble noticeably during use, especially some of the modifier keys.

Pros
  • Feels sturdy.
  • Extremely low latency.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Keys wobble somewhat, especially the modifier keys.
7.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a satisfactory keyboard for mobile and tablet use. It feels solidly built and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, but it's a fairly heavy, full-size keyboard that isn't designed for portability.

Pros
  • Feels sturdy.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Keys wobble somewhat, especially the modifier keys.
  • Poor portability.
7.6 Office

Although not designed for this use, the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is good for office use. It has an impressive build quality, and its low-profile makes it fairly comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. The linear low-profile optical switches on this unit are quiet, and you can wirelessly pair this keyboard with up to three devices via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the typing quality is only decent as the switches feel mushy, and the spacing between keys feels a bit cramped. The keys also wobble somewhat, though it's only noticeable while typing on some of the modifier keys.

Pros
  • Feels sturdy.
  • Has a low-profile design; comfortable to use without a wrist rest.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Keys wobble somewhat, especially the modifier keys.
8.1 Programming

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is an impressive keyboard for programming. It feels very sturdy and has fairly good ergonomics thanks to its low-profile design. It has full RGB backlighting and full macro-programmability on any key. Plus, you can pair it with up to three devices simultaneously using Bluetooth. This keyboard is also fully compatible with all major operating systems, though the software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels sturdy.
  • Has a low-profile design; comfortable to use without a wrist rest.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Keys wobble somewhat, especially the modifier keys.
7.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is very good for use with an entertainment or home theater setup. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth and has full RGB backlighting with shine-through legends, meaning you can see the keys in a darkened room. It also has a dedicated multi-function media button and a volume roller. However, it lacks a trackpad, so you'll still need a mouse to navigate on-screen menus.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Has dedicated media controls.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Keys wobble somewhat, especially the modifier keys.
  • 9.3 Gaming
  • 7.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.1 Programming
  • 7.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Added in a comparison to the newly reviewed Razer Ornata V3.
  2. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.0" (2.6 cm)
Width 17.2" (43.7 cm)
Depth
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.69 lbs (0.767 kg)

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a full-size, low-profile keyboard. There's also a smaller TenKeyLess version of this keyboard, the Razer DeathStalker Pro TKL.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has excellent build quality. The bottom part of the chassis is made of plastic, and the top plate is made of solid aluminum. The board is quite stiff and only flexes slightly. The low-profile keycaps are about half the height of most normal keycaps and are made of ABS plastic. Razer claims these keycaps are tougher than normal ABS plastic keycaps and resistant to becoming shiny over time. The legends are shine-through, which means the backlighting shines through them, making them easier to read in the dark. Unfortunately, many of the keys wobble somewhat, especially some of the modifier keys, including the Tab, Ctrl, Alt, and FN buttons. That said, this isn't as noticeable on larger keys with stabilizers. There are five rubber pads under the board and rubber pads under the incline feet that do a decent job of keeping the board in place on desks or mousemats.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has good ergonomics. It's comfortable to use, even without a wrist rest, due to its low-profile design. It also has plastic feet on the underside which flip out to provide two incline settings.

9.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Good
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

This keyboard has fantastic RGB backlighting. The white-only setting produces a good, pure white without any color mixing, and the key legends are shine-through, which means you can read them in darker environments.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.4 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has a simple braided USB-A to USB-C cable. Unfortunately, it retains some kinks from being packaged.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

This keyboard connects wirelessly using Razer's HyperSpeed 2.4 GHz USB receiver or Bluetooth. You can also pair up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth.

Razer advertises this keyboard has an approximate battery life of around 40 hours. However, they provide a slider tool on the product's website to help you estimate your battery life based on your usage.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has quite a few extra features. You can record macros directly on the keyboard and save them to onboard memory. You can also set a 'Game Mode' hotkey, which will disable the Windows key when pressed. You can customize it to also disable the Alt+Tab and Alt+F4 hotkeys.

This keyboard has various hotkeys and a set of dedicated media controls, including a volume roller and a multi-function button with Play/Pause and Next Track/Previous Track functions depending on the number of times you tap it. Note that you cannot reprogram this multi-function button using the customization software. There are additionalcontrols on the back edge of the chassis to switch between connection types and paired devices.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Razer HyperSpeed 2.4 wireless receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • USB caps
  • User documentation
  • Stickers

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Low-Profile Optical Switches
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
46 gf
Actuation Force
46 gf
Pre-Travel
1.3 mm
Total Travel
2.9 mm

This Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has linear Red Low Profile Optical switches, which have a smooth actuation without a tactile bump and feel very light. They have a very short pre-travel and total travel distance, making them very responsive and well-suited for fast-paced gaming. This keyboard is also available with clicky Purple Low Profile Optical switches. If you're interested in a low-profile non-mechanical keyboard, the Razer Ornata V3 uses membrane switches with a distinct click that sounds like a mechanical switch, but feels like a membrane switch.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro offers a decent typing experience overall. Although the keycaps are ABS plastic, they feel high quality, and Razer claims they're designed to avoid oil shine over time. However, these keycaps are wider than standard keycaps, so the keys feel a bit cramped together. Also, the switches feel a bit mushy, and the keys all wobble somewhat. Thankfully, this isn't noticeable while typing except on some of the modifier keys, including the CTRL, Tab, and FN keys.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The linear Red switches on this keyboard are quiet, but if you buy this keyboard with the clicky Purple switches, the typing noise will be louder.

9.3
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
4.7 ms
Latency Receiver
5.1 ms
Latency Bluetooth
11.6 ms

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has outstanding click latency and feels very responsive for gaming in all genres.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro uses Razer's Synapse 3 software, which is easy to use and well laid out. It offers plenty of customization features, allowing you to customize the RGB lighting, set macros to any key, and reassign keys. You can also enable a 'Game Mode' to disable Alt+Tab or Alt+F4 commands and assign a Hypershift button to enable a secondary layer of programmable keys.

10
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Full
Android Full
iOS Full
iPadOS Full

This keyboard is fully compatible with all major desktop and mobile operating systems, but the customization software is only compatible with Windows. The Pause, Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Insert keys don't do anything on Mac devices, which is standard.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro we tested and reviewed is the full-size, wireless version with linear Red Low-Profile Optical Switches. There's also a wired version available called the Razer DeathStalker V2 and a wireless TenKeyLess (TKL) version called the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro TKL. The wired and wireless Pro versions are available with either linear Red or clicky Purple Low-Profile Optical Switches, while the TKL variant is only available with linear switches. All versions are only available in a black colorway. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a continuation of Razer's DeathStalker lineup of gaming keyboards. Like the original 2012 version, this keyboard has a low-profile design, but otherwise, it's been completely redesigned, both visually and under the hood. Unlike the original DeathStalker, which uses membrane switches, this version uses a low-profile version of the optical switches used on Razer's other high-end gaming keyboards. One of the major criticisms of the original version was the cheap-feeling, chiclet-style keycaps. In response, Razer upgraded the keycaps on this newer version, so they're doubleshot, low-profile ABS keycaps with laser-etched legends. Razer also claims these new keycaps are more durable than most ABS keycaps and not as prone to shine. Altogether, this is a high-performance option for anyone interested in a low-profile gaming model, which has been a somewhat neglected niche of the gaming keyboard market that, for the last few years, has mostly been dominated by the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards. Or, for more options from Razer, check out our article for the best Razer keyboards.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are both low-profile, wireless keyboards that offer outstanding gaming performance. The Razer is available with either low-profile clicky Purple or linear Red optical switches, while the Logitech is available with GL Tactile, GL Clicky, or GL Linear mechanical switches. You can program macros to any key with the Razer, but the Logitech only has five programmable macro keys. Both keyboards have smaller, TenKeyLess versions available, and the Razer also has a wired version.

Razer Huntsman V2

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro and the Razer Huntsman V2 are high-end keyboards with outstanding gaming performance. The DeathStalker is a wireless, low-profile keyboard available in full-size or TKL form factors. It also has a wired version and is available with either clicky or linear low-profile switches. On the other hand, the Huntsman V2 is a wired-only keyboard available in either a full-size or TKL form factor with either clicky or linear switches. It also has PBT keycaps, an included wrist rest, and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.

NuPhy Air75

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro and the NuPhy Air75 are wireless, low-profile keyboards with remarkable gaming performance. The Razer is available in a full-size or TKL form factor and has a wired variant available. The Razer's keycaps are made of ABS plastic, and it has dedicated media keys. It's available with clicky Purple or linear Red low-profile optical switches. On the other hand, the NuPhy is only available in a wireless, compact (75%) form factor. It has PBT plastic keycaps, but its media keys are only hotkeys. It's available with a choice of either Gateron clicky Blue, linear Red, or tactile Brown low-profile switches.

Razer Ornata V3

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a high-end, low-profile mechanical gaming keyboard, while the Razer Ornata V3 is a budget gaming keyboard with membrane switches that "click" to sound like a mechanical switch. Also, the DeathStalker is wireless and connects with a USB receiver or Bluetooth. The DeathStalker is a better choice for competitive gamers who need very low latency, while the Ornata V3 is a decent out-of-the-box option for beginners or those who prefer the feeling of a membrane switch.

Keychron K3 (Version 2)

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro and the Keychron K3 (Version 2) are wireless, low-profile keyboards. The Razer has significantly better gaming performance, dedicated media keys, and you can program macros to any key. It's available in either a full-size or TKL form factor and also has a wired variant available. The Razer is available with Razer low-profile optical switches. On the other hand, the Keychron is only available in a compact (75%) form factor, its media keys are hotkeys, and you can't program macros to any key. It's available with either Gateron low-profile mechanical switches or Keychron low-profile Optical switches; the latter option is also hot-swappable.

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