Review: Razer DeathAdder V2 PRO

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When it comes to gaming peripherals, Razer is not only recognised as one of the biggest but also one of the best in the business. They earned that reputation by supplying gamers with quality products and equipment over the years, making them a staple in the industry. They have now launched their latest V2 Pro series of peripherals, and I had the privilege of taking the Razer DeathAdder V2 PRO Wireless mouse for a spin.

Pro is for Wireless

The Razer DeathAdder V2 PRO is the wireless version of the DeathAdder V2, which has been available for some time already. The mouse being wireless does bring with it some Pros and Cons, and we will be exploring that today.

The mouse ships in a simple, yet premium-feeling box that’s solid enough to protect the expensive tech inside. Inside, you’ll find the V2 PRO in a carrying pouch with the included wireless dongle, a charging cable and the usual paperwork. The device is very light for a wireless mouse, but it still looks and feels ‘real solid’ and once again, premium. It has the usual seven-button layout which is pretty standard these days, with the Razer logo sitting neatly on top of it. And it is barely visible without the RGB lights on. It should be noted that it’s an ergonomic mouse, so lefties are unfortunately left out in the cold on this one. The cable that comes with the mouse is braided which gives it a feeling of durability, but it is, unfortunately,  a micro-USB, and not USB-C, which is a bit of a let down in the year 2020. The connector into the mouse is also moulded into a specific design, which makes it fit more securely, but that means any other type of USB cable won’t work properly unless you find one small enough.

The cable that comes with the mouse is braided but is, unfortunately,  a micro-USB, and not USB-C, which is a bit of a let down in the year 2020.

My annoyance with this is that it forced me to use the supplied Micro-USB and remove my, longer, more comfortable cable. I had to use the small one to charge my wireless headset removing the longer one to try to avoid more clutter. Also, keep in mind that if you want to use the mouse’s wireless capabilities, it will require two USB slots for the dongle and the cable on your desk. So whether you use a charging adaptor or not, it will still need two USB slots. It should be noted that the DeathAdder V2 PRO does also support Bluetooth, but that’s not really recommended for high reaction time gaming, though it can be used on a second laptop or something like that.

Accuracy and Speed

With my biggest complaint out of the way and these small annoyances aside, I really like the DeathAdder V2 PRO. The mouse is comfortable to hold for extended periods, and has nice feeling clicks and scrolling. Everything just feels perfectly balanced. In the past, wireless mice could not compete with a wired connection, but that is certainly not the case anymore. It feels identical to my regular wired mouse, whether it is plugged in or not. Now, you just have the added benefit of no wire dragging around the desk. You will still have to plug it in from time to time though, as the battery lasts about a week with regular use and the RGB enabled. You can expect quite a bit more with the pretty lights off, but where’s the fun in that?

The mouse is pretty comfortable as well, and I felt no fatigue after extended use playing a shooter like DOOM Eternal, which has you moving your mouse around a lot. For reference, I also played through Gears of War 4 using the mouse with no issues whatsoever.

In terms of operation and customisation, Razer actually supplies a decent utility through Razer Central, a platform that allows you to manage all your Razer connected devices. Here you can connect to a central cloud solution called Razer Synapse, which allows you to upload and download custom settings for your devices. Central also allows you to customise your mouse by allowing you to set profiles, depending on what you are doing as well as set your favourite DPI pre-sets. You can even set the sleep timer for the device to save some battery and customise the cool RGB effects through Chroma Workshop, which allows you to sync and connect all your Razer RGB devices.

The battery lasts about a week with regular use and the RGB enabled. You can expect quite a bit more with the pretty lights off, but where’s the fun in that?

The DeathAdder V2 PRO is a pretty simple mouse in its design and the options that most people will use this seven-button mouse with are rather limited. In comparison, the Naga PRO Modular mouse, however, is a completely different beast, which benefits from the Utility a lot more, but that will be discussed in further detail in that review.

All-round solid wireless mouse

Cutting the cord on the original DeathAdder is not cheap, but if you’re considering going wireless, the new DeathAdder V2 PRO is certainly worth having a look at. It feels comfortable, works incredibly well and has a lot of customisable options to tailor to your needs. The use of a Micro-USB is a bit of an annoyance and the mouse effectively requires 2 USB slots, but those are gripes I can learn to deal with.

Good

  • Lightweight yet very premium feel | Wireless with decent battery | Very comfortable to use | Razer Central Utility to control all Razer devices | Has Bluetooth if you want it

Bad

  • USB-Micro in 2020 | Razer Central can be tricky to figure out | Pricey

Summary

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is very simple and basic in design, but it still packs a serious punch. Despite its lightweight design, it looks and feels very solid. It's, overall, a very impressive mouse worth your consideration if you're looking for a wireless upgrade. It does have a few drawbacks including a USB-Micro for charging, but that can be overlooked if you can afford it.
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