The Razer DeathAdder has been around for a while now, and has become synonymous with gaming. This mouse has gone under many iterations, and evolved with Razer themselves, picking up advancements through the years. Now in 2020, the last arrow in the DeathAdder quiver is finally here, bringing all the features from the DeathAdder V2 to a new, wireless option and putting the last piece in the puzzle for the perfect gaming mouse.
When we looked at the DeathAdder V2 back in March, it felt like Razer had delivered an iterative update to an already amazing mouse. Now, with the DeathAdder Pro, the iconic gaming mouse finally fits with the modern wireless world. Razer’s HyperSpeed Wireless technology has been a godsend for people that hate wires. With no discernible lag the DeathAdder Pro felt responsive, instantaneous, and dead-on even when the battery started to dip. Comparing the wireless and wired experience, I saw no discernible lag, making both experiences fluid, something I never thought possible when I bought my first DeathAdder many years ago.
The DeathAdder Pro works with Bluetooth along with HyperSpeed with the included dongle that conveniently hides in the mouse while on the go, but Razer did not stop there. With the DeathAdder also coming with a USB cable, an extender, and everything you would need to connect the mouse to your PC, Laptop or anything you could possibly hope to use it on. The only thing I am a bit disappointed it does not include is the Razer Dock, only because while the battery will last over 120 Hours, it is nice to be able to put it down and forget it when not in use.
The DeathAdder Pro — as with most modern high-end gaming mice — includes built in storage for up to five profiles that can be loaded with Synapse 3. While targeted at the pro-gamer, this is always a great feature for people that like to set and forget their devices, especially when moving between desktop and laptop and that is easier than ever thanks to the wireless freedom the DeathAdder Pro delivers.
Even with all these new features at the end of the day the DeathAdder Pro is almost identical to the DeathAdder V2. The buttons, the feel, and the switches all feel the same. The DeathAdder was my favorite gaming mouse and the Pro feels like the refinement the mouse needed to maintain that position for a long time to come.
As with the DeathAdder V2, Razer have also given the DeathAdder Pro the “Focus+” sensor delivering a 20,000 DPI, which is a significant jump compared to last year’s 16,000, with the PMW3389 sensor. What does this mean for the average gamer? Honestly not much. Most people will never even come close to touching the top speeds this mouse can offer, or even what last year’s installment could achieve. For people that do play at the top 1%, this speed could be useful, and having access to this level of precision is always welcome, but for most people sitting at the low to mid-range DPI, little will be seen as new compared to last year’s DeathAdder.
As I raved about in the DeathAdder V2 review, the DeathAdder Pro also has the new optical switches. Delivering a response time of 0.2 milliseconds, these switches are some of the fastest I have ever used. It is hard to say if most people will actually notice the speed increase over standard mechanical switches, but jumping into Overwatch or Fortnite you now don’t need to worry about the mouse being the thing holding you back from that perfect headshot.
It was reported that Razer has sold over 10 Million DeathAdders and there is a reason for that. This is one of the most iconic mouse designs and is one countless gamers swear by it. While it does lack some of the bells of whistles of other mice, and you are limited to 8-buttons, there is something about the DeathAdder that feels like home when jumping your favorite game. While on the go or at home, the DeathAdder will not be far from my side.
Comfortable, fast, and now wireless, the DeathAdder Pro is the evolution of an already fantastic mouse. With the DeathAdder V2 Razer had refined what their iconic mouse could do, and with the Pro the final adjustment was added to build the near perfect gaming companion. If you are looking for a new gaming mouse, or just ready for an upgrade, there is no better mouse right now on the market.