In the past, I’ve used plenty of Razer equipment and had a really good experience. In recent times we’ve been fortunate enough to review some of the Razer offerings and have witnessed just how broad the functionality and capabilities are.
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the brand new Deathadder V2 Pro. It’s a wireless mouse, but with a bit of a difference in the connectivity options offering both wireless 2.4GHz and Bluetooth connectivity which makes it good, really good!
The Deathadder V2 Pro is a wireless version but stays true to previous versions of the mouse, but it’s gone several big steps further. The basic elements for gamers are the right-handed design, possibly more suited to palm grip users due to the sleek rolling design.
The design incorporates the standard right and left click, as well as two by the user’s thumb and one-touch sensitivity change options. All of the buttons on the mouse are configurable through the Razer Synapse software. This means that you can configure buttons for gaming functionality, productivity or just plain pleasure with multimedia controls.
Performance, Battery life and Wireless connectivity x 2
As you would — quite fairly — expect from a mouse that costs $224.95 it is one of the best offerings on the market. Performance is one of the key focuses of the Razer design and engineering, not just for the day to day users but because they also have key partnerships and sponsor multiple players and teams in E-Sports. The Wireless connection to PC presents with no latency issues at all because of their Hyperspeed Wireless Technology.
The wireless connectivity is part of the performance that Razer mice give users these days. The other major advantage over other manufacturers is in the optical switches in the buttons. On the surface, this is just a different technology but the optical response versus contact switches for mouse clicks is far more consistent and quicker.
The other facet that gives the Deathadder V2 Pro a step above the pack (including a number of Razer’s offerings) is the variable sensitivity of the sensor. The adjustable sensitivity options (400/800/1600/3200/6400 DPI) allow you to alter the sensitivity from extremely low to extremely high at the tap of a button to suit your game of choice and the sensitivity you prefer.
Being a wireless mouse, power becomes important and in this case, it’s rechargeable via one of two option. The out of the box solution is to charge via the provided MicroUSB cable which is a bit of an aggravation given the current market expectation of USB-C. The other is via the optional charging dock the same as in the Viper Ultimate review, with quick and simple docking to top up charge regularly. If you get in the habit of charging when you walk away from your PC for 15 minutes or more you’ll never be without charge. Either way, the Deathadder V2 Pro has between 70 and 120 hours of use time on a single charge. But that depends on how you connect to your PC or Laptop.
One of the leaps forward that the Deathadder V2 Pro has taken is having multiple connectivity options. This opens up a number of possibilities that suit users like myself well. The Wireless USB dongle (generally) stays in my gaming PC and when I’m using my laptop, I turn the mouse to Bluetooth mode and use it without the need to rummage behind my PC. A small feature, but welcome as it adds the value of not needing a second mouse to transport for productivity purposes.
Functionality across your worlds
It may seem unexpected to mention Razer equipment and productivity in the same sentence, but in this case, it really feels like they belong together. The Deathaddver V2 Pro — as mentioned — has dual connectivity of Hyperspeed Wireless and Bluetooth. This lends itself to gaming and day to day operations such as use with a laptop in a productivity environment. What makes this so remarkably easy is the single switch to turn on the mouse to either mode, up for Bluetooth and down for wireless.
I’ve got the USB receiver in the back of my gaming pc and the Bluetooth paired to my laptop, so while you can (in the hideaway compartment under the mouse) carry the receiver with you, for day to day productivity I’d argue that level of responsiveness from the mouse just isn’t needed. It also comes with a neat — although I suspect not particularly durable — carry bag to protect the mouse in your daily carry stash.
Razer as a brand produce equipment that isn’t for everyday users. What I mean by that is that if you’re buying this mouse for your home PC without performance in mind, you’ve probably overspent on what you need. But if you’re into gaming at anything beyond a very causal level, their peripherals are truly outstanding. The deterrent for many potential buyers is the cost: $224.95 for a mouse when you can pick up a very functional and aesthetically pleasing device for under $100 is a big ask.
If you’re prepared to foot the bill, I’m yet to meet anyone who has been disappointed with the purchase of Razer gear. The Deathadder V2 Pro is almost certainly beyond any real need anyone has and a big step into the luxury realm, but the step is worth taking. Having moved from wired to a wireless mouse earlier this year for gaming I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. The convenience and snag-free gaming experience is a blessing, the performance of the wireless connecting is outstanding and the battery life is beyond anything you could possibly expect.
The dual connectivity offers better value in that you’re not going to need two mice (one for gaming and one for productivity) and the broad range of DPI will give gamers of any game type the control and flexibility they need. This is an upgrade you have to want versus need and if you do decide to grab one, it’s one hell of an upgrade!