The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is the most powerful, best specced variant out of the current generation of DeathAdder series gaming mice from Razer with both wired and wireless connectivity within the same proven form factor. Here’s our review of the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro…
What’s in the Box
The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro benefits from Razer’s going green initiative with eco friendly packaging. The classic green and black Razer box unfurls open to reveal a recyclable hard cardboard tray that reveals the mouse itself and a variety of accessories. You get the following:
1 x Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
1 x SpeedFlex charging cable 1.8m
1 x Quickstart manual
1 x Protective fabric drawstring pouch
1 x Razer welcome note
1 x Razer logo sticker
1 x Wireless USB dongle
1 x Receiver extension
What is the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is an upgunned version of the DeathAdder V2 with all the bells and whistles. Where the more affordable DeathAdder V2 sticks to a purely wired connection, the DeathAdder V2 Pro features a detachable USB cable, built-in Bluetooth and a 2.4GHz USB dongle that affords you the option of either wired or wireless connectivity.
The minor tradeoff here is that the DeathAdder V2 Pro is a bit on the heavier side by 6g on account of integrating a recessed bay for the wireless 2.4GHz dongle and a built-in battery.
It also lacks Chroma RGB lighting on the scroll wheel that its lesser sibling has though it still retains the Chroma lighting on the Razer logo itself on the base of the mouse. Here’s the specifications of the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
|Sensor||Optical, Razer Focus+|
|Switch type||Optical, 70 million click lifecycle|
|Max sensitivity (dpi)||20,000|
|Max speed (ips)||650|
|Max acceleration (g)||50|
|Onboard memory profiles||5|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, wired Speedflex cable (1.8m), Razer Hyperspeed wireless 2.4GHz,
Battery life 120 hours
|Size/Weight||127 x 61.7 x 42.7mm/88g|
Weight and wireless upgrades aside, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is cosmetically similar to the mainline wired DeathAdder V2 in form, function and button layout.
You get a matte black design with a rounded hump that nestles comfortably in the base of your palm. The left and right of the mouse is lined with injection molded rubber side grips to offer better tactility while the left features two programmable mouse buttons within easy reach of your thumb.
Up top you have the usual left/right mouse buttons bisected by a clickable scroll wheel. Just below the scroll wheel is a DPI switch that lets you increase or decrease mouse sensitivity on the fly in five selectable stages.
All of the mouse buttons feature Razer’s 2nd generation optical mouse switches that are rated for over 70 million clicks and precision mousing.
Via Razer’s own Synapse 3 customisation software, the DeathAdder V2 Pro lets you effectively double the number of potential controls via what Razer calls Hypershift mode, allowing each button to double up to perform another action by holding down an assignable Hypershift button.
The underside of the mouse comes with PTFE-coated mouse feet to ensure an extremely smooth glide. There is also a recessed bay for a wireless 2.4GHz dongle, a button to swap between 5 saved control profiles as well as a switch that lets you swap between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity.
Interestingly enough, there are two recessed gold pegs that are intended for use with an optional Razer charging dock that has to be purchased separately.
The provided detachable USB cable offers you the option of a more reliable wired connection and features a 1.8m long length of fabric braided cable with one end terminating in a USB-A cable. The other end terminates in a microUSB port that neatly docks into the mouse.
Overall build quality is excellent without any corners cut that subtle exudes quality.This is apparent when you hold it and the mouse feels light yet sturdy without the characteristic cheap, creaky and plasticky feel with cheaper gear. You do get what you pay for.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Review – Setup and Performance
When held, the mouse feels reassuringly solid. It feels most comfortable when used in a palm grip with the weight of your hand resting on the characteristic raised hump on the mouse. In this fashion, it offered me a very smooth, easy glide across glass, a fabric mousepad and wood.
You can alternatively try to use a claw-style grip but this feels less comfortable for extended periods of time and your thumb is left perched on the lip of the side buttons. Fortunately the rubberised side grips made for a comfortable grip when in use.
To be fair, my hand is on the large side so these observations will not hold true for more petite users with smaller hands. Unfortunately, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is only for right handed users and is not ergonomically designed so if you’re a southpaw, you’re out of luck.
The DeathAdder V2 Pro has not one but three options to connect to a laptop or PC that you can swap to at will via a selectable switch at the base of the mouse. You can opt to use the wired cable and hook it up to a USB-A port, pair it up via Bluetooth or use the 2.4GHz wireless dongle after bunging it into a USB-A port.
This kind of redundancy is reassuring and it’s a fantastic addition on Razer’s part. On paper, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is rated for up to 120 hours of usage via Bluetooth and 70 hours via the 2.4GHz dongle.
There’s little noticeable difference when using it in wired or wireless mode in terms of responsiveness so it’s primarily a matter of what you’re connecting to.
During the course of our Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro review, we played several FPS games and also subjected it to our standard work scenarios for web browsing, word processing and video editing work.
In Far Cry 5 and Cyberpunk 2077, the smooth glide and precision Focus+ Optical Sensor and Optical Mouse switch ensured consistent hits to centre of mass and the odd headshot or two when opportunity permitted.
When it came to performing paperwork and general duties, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro’s diversity in connection options meant that getting it connected is a cinch especially with ultraportables which typically lack USB-A ports.
It also proved to be a very practical mouse to carry along than the earlier Atheris with its option for wired connectivity when working offsite like at Starbucks or at client offices.
The DPI switches up top allow you to switch mouse sensitivity in dots-per-inch (dpi) on the fly and proved to be highly useful especially when you swap between work and gaming with the former requiring a slower dpi and the latter a much higher dpi to deal with moving targets.
With the Razer Synapse 3 app, you’re able to tweak the 5 stages of sensitivity up to 20,000dpi and down all the way to 100dpi as needed and tweak the polling rate up to 1000Hz all the way down to 125Hz.
Another benefit with Razer Synapse is that you’re able to tweak and assign the 5 provided customised profiles in the DeathAdder V2 Pro’s onboard memory so that you can get a customised mouse setup to tote with you on the go.
Across the course of our Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro review, the mouse easily lasted through the better part of a work week from dawn to dusk spanning over 9 hours for 4 plus days with both work and games thrown in for good measure.
Even on day 5, it still had plenty of charge to keep going. In lieu of the optional charging dock, you can just hook it up to a USB port with the bundled cable to juice it up.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Verdict – Is it worth buying?
The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro gaming mouse integrates a world-class suite of wired and wireless connectivity options shoehorned into a time-tested form factor, one that has seen over 10 million DeathAdder series mice sold across the globe.
Perhaps the only quibble here is that its high hump which makes for a comfortable grip also makes it somewhat bulky to tote around. Even so, that’s a minor quibble for what is effectively one of Razer’s best mice for gaming and productivity and and well deserving of an Editor’s choice award.
If you don’t particularly need wireless connectivity, you get the conventional wired DeathAdder V2 that comes at a much cheaper price tag at RM349.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Review unit courtesy of Razer. Available for purchase at the online Razer store at https://www2.razer.com/ap-en/gaming-mice/razer-deathadder-v2-pro
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro blends the proven DeathAdder mouse form factor with a veritable arsenal of wired and wireless connectivity options. Combined with responsive, precise buttons and highly customisable controls via Razer Synapse 3, the DeathAdder V2 Pro mouse represents the pinnacle of Razer’s engineering prowess wrought into physical form.
Excellent ergonomics for large handed users
Versatile choice of wired or wireless connectivity
Good battery life
Great build quality
Raised hump makes it a bit hard to stuff into a backpack
Not for left handed users