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Razer DeathAdder V2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 30, 2020 at 07:44 am
Razer DeathAdder V2 Picture
7.4
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
8.0
Video Games (MMO)
8.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
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

7.4 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.

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.
8.6 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.

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.
8.0 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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Update 10/5/2020: Fixed an error with the number of programmable inputs.
  2. Update 10/5/2020: We've changed the cable score for consistency with other mice reviews.
  3. Update 10/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

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
Shape
Length 5.0" (127 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.8" (70 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
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. If you need better portability, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is essentially the same mouse but wireless, so you don't have to deal with the cable.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
83 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
83 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

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. If you want a lighter and smaller mouse, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini.

8.0
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.

9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

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
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

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

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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 Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a wired-only mouse. If you're looking for a wireless mouse, you may want to check out the Razer Mamba Wireless.

7.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.1 ft (2.2 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

Update 10/01/2020: We changed the cable score to be more consistent with other mice that have a braided cable. It has been reduced from 8.5 to 7.5.

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.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Razer DeathAdder V2 mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Focus+
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
20000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
8.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
18
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

Update 10/01/2020: Fixed an error with the number of programmable inputs. We didn't count for the extra layer of inputs you get with the HyperShift button.

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, and you get a HyperShift button to add an extra layer of customizable actions.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb 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.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
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.

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. If you want a mouse that has software that's compatible with macOS as well, take a look at the SteelSeries Rival 310, though it doesn't perform quite as well overall.

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

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 Mamba Elite

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 Basilisk V2

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.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are two great gaming mice that both have a slanted design. The Model D is lighter and feels a bit cheaper, although it still feels premium. Its cable also feels lighter and is very flexible. On the other hand, the DeathAdder V2 has a shorter lift off distance and has more programmable buttons, although both mice only have two side buttons.

Glorious Model O

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Glorious Model O if you're a palm or claw grip user. Its shape is more rounded, but the lightest option between the two is the Model O. The Glorious is also available in an even smaller design, which is great if you have small hands. Also, the Model O has an ambidextrous body while the Razer DeathAdder V2 has a right slant and is noticeably wider.

Logitech G502 HERO

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. Fans of FPS games will likely appreciate the Razer's lower overall weight and less rigid cable that will glide easier on your desk. 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.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

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 Viper Mini

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Razer Viper Mini are two fairly similar performing mice, but they're made for different grips. The DeathAdder V2 is more suited for a claw grip while the Viper Mini is great for a fingertip grip. They both have similar lightweight cables, but the body of the Viper Mini is noticeably lighter than the DeathAdder V2. On the other hand, the DeathAdder V2 has Razer's latest high-end sensor, which performs slightly better than the Viper Mini's sensor.

SteelSeries Rival 600

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a slightly better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 600. It has a much better cable that feels lightweight and doesn't keep as many kinks as the Rival 600's cable. The Razer mouse is also noticeably lighter than the SteelSeries. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has an extra side button and comes with extra weights if you prefer a heavier mouse. Also, it's fully compatible with macOS, which the Razer isn't as you can't download Synapse on macOS.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Logitech G403 HERO are very similar mice, with the Razer being marginally better. The Razer has more programmable inputs, a better build quality, and lower click latency. On the flip side, the Logitech has better software support and compatibility with macOS.

SteelSeries Sensei Ten

The Razer Death Adder V2 is a better FPS gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Sensei Ten.  The Razer has an extremely low click latency and weighs less than the SteelSeries. The Razer's wire is also a huge improvement over previous versions and is more flexible and less rigid than the SteelSeries.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better mouse than the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini. It has better ergonomics, a wider and more adjustable CPI range, and a slightly lower click latency. However, the Mini feels better built and it's much lighter, making it great for fans of ultra-light gaming mice.

Razer Viper Ultimate

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 G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Razer Deathadder V2 have nearly identical overall performance. The difference between them is mostly in terms of their shape and features; the Logitech is wireless and ambidextrous, while the Razer is wired and made for right-handed people. The Razer has four more programmable buttons, but the Logitech has better compatibility with macOS.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is essentially the wireless version of the Razer DeathAdder V2. They're almost identical, except that the Pro is wireless, has multi-device pairing, and its lift-off distance is customizable. However, the wired DeathAdder V2 is lighter since it doesn't have a rechargeable battery.

Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is marginally better than the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor. The Razer is lighter and more comfortable to use, and its PTFE feet provide a smoother glide. On the other hand, the G703 is wireless and fully compatible with macOS, and it has a lower CPI error.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better mouse than the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse if you're an FPS player. The Razer is noticeably lighter and has a lower click latency. However, if you prefer the freedom of a wireless mouse, then go for the G403. The software is also compatible with macOS, which Razer Synapse isn't.

SteelSeries Rival 3

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

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 M65 RGB Elite

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.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is better than the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury. The Razer is lighter, more comfortable to use, and has a wider sensitivity range. However, the Logitech has a better build quality and software support for macOS.

BenQ Zowie EC2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is better than the BenQ Zowie EC2. The Razer feels better built, it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and it comes with customization software. However, the BenQ is fully compatible with macOS.

Corsair GLAIVE PRO

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.

Razer Pro Click

The Razer Pro Click is significantly better than the Razer DeathAdder V2. The Pro Click is wireless, more comfortable to use, and has a multi-device pairing feature. The V2 has better gaming performance, though, as it has a wider sensitivity range and lower lift-off distance.

XTRFY M4 RGB

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is better than the XTRFY M4 RGB for most uses. The Razer has a wider CPI range and allows you to adjust the sensitivity in smaller increments. It's also more comfortable to use, it has lower click latency and software for customization. However, the XTRFY is lighter and has better build quality, especially the cable.

SteelSeries Rival 500

The SteelSeries Rival 500 and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are both excellent mice designed for different uses. The Razer is better-suited for FPS games thanks to its much lighter build and fewer programmable buttons. On the other hand, the Rival 500 is a better MMO mouse thanks to its programmable buttons. Other than that, the Razer has a much better cable, a lower click latency, and a wider and more adjustable CPI range, while the SteelSeries is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS and has a vertical tilt on its mouse wheel.

Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+

The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are two similar-performing mice. The Mad Catz has an extra programmable button, it's better-built, and it's suited for any grip with any hand size. However, the Razer has much lower click latency and it's much lighter.

Anker Gaming Mouse

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is much better than the Anker Gaming Mouse. The Razer has a much wider CPI range, a lower lift-offf distance, lower click latency, and more programmable buttons. It also has a better build quality. However, the Anker is smaller if you need to carry it around. 

VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse

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.

J-Tech Digital V628X

The J-Tech Digital V628X and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are two very differently designed mice. While the J-Tech Digital has a very unique vertical shape that is designed for extended office use, the DeathAdder V2 has a more standard, straight-forward shape that is designed for FPS gaming. Overall, the Razer performs much better, but users looking for a unique vertical design will likely be more interested in the V628X.

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