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Razer DeathAdder V2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jan 30, 2020 at 07:44 am
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7.7
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office/Multimedia
5.0
Travel
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
8.7
Video Games (MMO)
8.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. It looks and feels almost identical to the Razer DeathAdder Elite, but has a much-improved cable, better feet, and a profile switch button. This mouse also now features on-board memory, so you can save your customization settings to the mouse, great if you want to use it on a Mac, as the Synapse 3 software isn't compatible with macOS. This mouse has a very wide and customizable CPI range, and its click latency is extremely low. It's well-suited for palm grip and should be comfortable for any hand size, though those with small hands likely won't find it comfortable for claw or fingertip grip.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a good mixed usage mouse. While it's designed to be a gaming mouse, its comfortable design and great customization options make it a decent choice for office or multimedia use as well. Its outstanding performance and lightweight design make it excellent for FPS games. It can be used by any hand size in palm grip, and claw and fingertip grips are well-suited for anyone except those with small hands.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.4 Office/Multimedia

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a decent office mouse. Its slightly ergonomic shape makes it comfortable to use for extended periods, and it has a fair amount of programmable buttons that you can map to help you switch between applications quickly. Unfortunately, its mouse wheel doesn't support horizontal or non-incremented scrolling, which makes it tougher to scroll through long documents. On the upside, it's suitable for almost any hand size, unless you use claw or fingertip grip, in which case small hands may have a hard time reaching all the buttons.

5.0 Travel

The Razer DeathAdder V2 isn't recommended for travel. The mouse is rather large, and its wired-only design makes it more cumbersome to toss in a bag and use in tight places like on a train or plane.

8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. Its click latency is extremely low, and it has a very wide customizable CPI range and high max polling rate. All of its buttons can be reprogrammed, and it's comfortable enough to use for long gaming marathons. It's great for palm grip for any hand size, though smaller hands may have a harder time with claw or fingertip grip.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
8.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is an excellent MMO mouse. While it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse, all of the buttons it does have are programmable, which is great. It's comfortable enough to use for extended periods and has a very low click latency. It's comfortable in palm grip for all hand sizes, and only those with small hands will have a hard time with claw or fingertip grip.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is impressive for ultra-light gaming. While it isn't nearly as light as some dedicated ultra-light mice, like the Glorious Model D, it's quite a bit lighter than previous versions of the DeathAdder, and is surprisingly lightweight. Its performance is outstanding, and it can be used with any grip type by almost any size hand.

  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.0 Travel
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Outstanding performance and customization options.
  • Much-improved cable over previous versions.
  • Great for most grips and hand sizes.
Cons
  • Slightly too large for small hands, except for in palm grip.
  • Not the best for portability.

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Black DeathAdder V2
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer DeathAdder V2 looks almost identical to the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The DPI switching buttons are a different shape and size, and the plastic around them is now glossy black. The mouse has a Razer logo on the back, which is RGB lit, and there is a second RGB zone in the mouse wheel.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
83 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
83 g

This mouse is quite a bit lighter than the first generation, which is great. There's no weight optimization, other than if you bungee the cord.

5.4
Design
Portability
Length 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Volume
23.49 Cu. Inch (385 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its wired and slightly bulky design, this mouse isn't the most portable, but as it's mainly designed to use with your gaming setup at home, this likely won't be an issue for most people.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer DeathAdder V2 feels very well-built. Even though this mouse is quite a bit lighter, the build quality is the same as the previous version but has better feet and a much better cable.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
65 mm

The comfort of use for this mouse is great. It has a slight slant that makes it more designed for right-handed use, though it has rubber grips on either side of the mouse. Its long design is more suitable for palm or claw grip. If you want a non-slanted design with a lower back hump, check out the Razer Viper.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is suitable for all hand sizes when using palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Only people with small hands will have a hard time with claw grip with this mouse, as it's quite large and it may be difficult to reach the front side button. Everyone else should have no problems reaching all the buttons.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Due to this mouse's long design, people with small hands will likely have a hard time with fingertip grip, as it may be difficult to comfortably hit the L/R click buttons and hit the front side button.

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Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a wired-only mouse.

8.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.1 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Razer DeathAdder V2 uses Razer's new and improved cable. It's a huge improvement over previous versions and feels very sturdy but is much more flexible and less rigid.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer DeathAdder V2 mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
7 ms

The click latency of this mouse is excellent. Even competitive gamers should notice no lag or delay while using it.

9.8
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
20000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
0.8 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The performance of this mouse is outstanding and has an even wider CPI range than the first version. Its polling rate can also be set to 125, 500, or 1000Hz.

8.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Razer DeathAdder V2's buttons are excellent. According to Razer, the L/R click buttons use optical switches, though we don't currently test for this. Every button on this mouse is programmable, including the profile switch button on the underside of the mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Razer DeathAdder V2's mouse wheel is decent, as it doesn't have a horizontal wheel or L/R tilt buttons. Its increments are fairly clicky, and it has a slightly different notch pattern than the Razer DeathAdder Elite.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Razer DeathAdder V2 uses Razer's Synapse 3 software, which is great. Unlike the previous version, this mouse now has on-board memory so you can save your settings to the mouse and maintain them if you switch PCs.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Unfortunately, Razer's Synapse 3 software isn't compatible with macOS. On the upside, this mouse has on-board memory, so you can make changes on a Windows PC and they'll stick if you use the mouse on a Mac.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There are no variants of this mouse. This is the upgraded version of the Razer DeathAdder Elite and the original Razer DeathAdder, which we haven't tested. If you're looking for a left-handed mouse, Razer makes a left-handed version of the original DeathAdder, though we haven't tested it.

Compared to other mice

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a decent upgrade over the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It's an excellent all-around gaming mouse that has among the widest and most adjustable CPI ranges we've tested. If you want something similar but with a more ergonomic shape, check out the Razer Basilisk V2. See our recommendations for the best wired mice, the best gaming mice, and the best Razer mice.

Razer Viper
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The Razer Viper and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are very similar performing mice, and their main differences are shape and weight. The Viper has a lower profile body while the DeathAdder has a higher back hump. The Viper is also lighter than the V2 and has an ambidextrous design, while the V2 has a right-slanted design.

Razer Basilisk V2
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The Razer Basilisk V2 and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are very similar performing gaming mice since they have the same sensor. What differentiates them is their shape. The Basilisk has a more pronounced right-slanted design and is slightly bigger. On the other hand, the DeathAdder is lighter, but it doesn't feature a sniper button like the Basilisk lineup.

Razer DeathAdder Elite
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The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It's lighter, has a much less stiff and rigid cable, a better sensor, and on-board memory so you can save your customization settings to the mouse and keep them if you switch PCs. On the other hand, the DeathAdder Elite can often be found much cheaper.

Razer Mamba Elite
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The Razer Mamba Elite and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are similarly performing mice. They're almost the same size and are good for all hand sizes with every grip type, except claw or fingertip for small hands. The V2 is quite a bit lighter and has a much better and less rigid cable. It also has a higher CPI and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the Mamba Elite's mouse wheel has L/R tilt buttons, which is nice.

Razer Viper Ultimate
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The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are similarly performing mice for FPS gaming. The Viper Ultimate is wireless and a little bit lighter, while the V2 is wired. The Viper Ultimate's click latency is excellent, and almost as low as the V2, even when used wirelessly. The V2 is a better mouse for palm grip, as it's suitable for every hand size with this grip type, while the Viper Ultimate is better in fingertip grip for those with larger hands.

Logitech G502 Hero
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The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Logitech G502 Hero. The Razer's click latency and sensor performance are slightly better, though this may not be noticeable to most people. Fans of FPS games will likely appreciate the Razer's lower overall weight and less rigid cable that will glide easier on your desk. On the other hand, the Logitech has more buttons, including L/R tilt buttons on the mouse wheel, and its software is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. The Razer is also better suited for people with small hands, as they'll likely have difficulties reaching all the buttons of the Logitech regardless of grip type.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite
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The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a very similarly performing mouse to the Razer DeathAdder V2. They both have outstanding performance, but the DeathAdder V2 has a slightly higher max CPI, a lower click latency, and a lower lift-off distance. The Corsair is better for claw grip if you have small hands, but the V2 is better in both palm and claw grip for people with very large hands. Finally, the V2 has a much less stiff and rigid cable, which is great.

SteelSeries Rival 3
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While both the Razer DeathAdder V2 and the SteelSeries Rival 3 are great wired gaming mice, the Razer is a bit better. The Razer has a much better wire, a lower click latency, better feet, more programmable buttons, and a much wider and more adjustable CPI range. On the other hand, the Rival 3 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, and is lighter. While the Rival 3 is best suited with a claw grip for all hand sizes, the Razer can be used by all hand size with a palm grip, and only those with small hands will likely have a difficult time with either claw or fingertip grips.

BenQ Zowie S2
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The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better gaming mouse than the BenQ Zowie S2. The DeathAdder has better build quality, especially when it comes to the cable, which is lightweight and very flexible. It also has customization options thanks to the Synapse 3 software. On the other hand, the Zowie is smaller and will be better suited for people who don't like the shape of the DeathAdder.

Corsair GLAIVE PRO
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Newegg.com

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a much better wired gaming mouse than the Corsair GLAIVE PRO. While the Corsair has a unique design with swappable side panels to give you access to different rubber textures or a thumb rest, the Razer has a more traditional and straight-forward design. The Razer is quite a bit lighter and is well suited for any hand size with any grip, except small hands for claw or fingertip grip. It also has better feet, more programmable buttons, a lower click latency, and a better overall sensor performance.

VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse
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Newegg.com

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a much better gaming mouse than the VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse. The Razer is lighter, feels better-built, is more comfortable for most hand sizes, has significantly lower click latency, and has much better sensor performance. On the other hand, the VicTsing is wireless while the Razer is wired.

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