The Razer Deathadder V2 picks up all the good things of the Deathadder Elite and improves the optical sensor, the durability of the buttons and the scroll wheel.
Razer has dished out some of their funny called subtle changes like their “Instinctive Scroll Wheel Tactility”, which basically just means that Razer optimized the mouse wheel. Which honestly might not sound like much, but when tested, the new mouse wheel actually feels really good to use. It spins very smoothly and the tightness is just about right so you can still precisely feel every tick of the scroll.
They also added their “Speedflex Cable”. Even though it has a pretty funny name again, this change is very appreciated. Sometimes stiff mouse cables might pull the mouse in a certain direction and the Speedflex Cable tackles exactly that problem. The wire is really smooth and won’t pull the mouse aside, even if your desk setup runs some lazy wire management, (which you should fix btw (you really should)).
The next upgrade to the Deathadder V2 is the improved mouse buttons. They’re not mechanical anymore, but use an optical infrared beam to register the clicks instead. Which ultimately leads to longer durability and better latency. The responsiveness is on point and Razer officially declared that the buttons will last about 70 million clicks long, which is a nice step-up from the 50 million clicks of the Deathadder Elite.
There are also new buttons added on the mouse’s base to be able to switch between customized profiles regarding the sensibility and lightning of the gaming mouse. I’m also a huge fan of the Razer Synapse software which allows to set up basically an unlimited number of profiles. The Deathadder V2 also gives the possibility to store up to 5 profiles on the onboard memory.
The buttons to change the sensitivity received a redesign too. They are now wider separated, which makes them easier to distinguish between one another when you’re not looking at them.
The thumb rest did receive an upgrade as well. While the Elite had clear edges to separate the thumb rest from other sections of the panel, the V2 has less separation but raised, pimpled portions on the panel instead.
Overall, this mouse is really comfortable even when used for multiple hours in a row: Just like the compared Elite, the Deathadder V2 has an ergonomic shape that fits almost any palm size. The matte black coating adds grip and removes any chances of slipping with your hand.
This is where it gets juicy. Razer removed the mechanical sensor and added an optical one. This basically means that an infrared light beam is used to register the clicks, which lowers the latency and expands the lifespan. Razer uses the Focus+ Optical Sensor for the Deathadder V2, which is the same one as used in the Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless.
Comparison of the V2 to the Elite:
V2: Up to 650 inches per second
Elite: Up to 450 inches per second
Those are the improved numbers, even though they won’t really matter to you if you’re a tactical shooter guy like me, where you probably won’t ever go over the 1.000 DPI mark at max. Nonetheless, the sensor performed perfectly, was really fast and felt extremely smooth.
With the new PTFE mouse feet, the V2 glides over basically any surface, which is another great upgrade compared to the Elite.