The Razer Deathadder has stood as one of the most iconic mouse designs in gaming. It is the mouse that first drew me to Razer, and over the years, it has been the choice I always come back to whenever I need a mouse for gaming, or just to interact with a computer. While it has gone through an evolution over the years, its iconic style has made it an easy mouse to recommend to anyone looking to get the most from their gaming peripherals. With the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro, the team has mixed things up, and made an already fantastic mouse even better, improving on the design and features in almost every way.
I loved the Deathadder V2 Pro, it was one of my top picks when it comes to gaming mice the year it was first released. It combined the best of the classic design with fantastic wireless and Bluetooth. They also made improvements on the overall ergonomic shape and the way it could be used as wired or wireless made it ideal in many situations. The added buttons for mouse sensitivity and the range of options to program the V2 Pro to fit your needs made it stand out from the pack. While the V2 Pro kept things very familiar to people that know the Deathadder range, the V3 Pro has improved things even further.
Much like the Razer Viper V2 Pro, or the Razer DeathAdder V2, the Deathadder V3 Pro has been adjusted to fit the needs of professional players, delivering a mouse that is lighter, more accurate, and more tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes no matter the games you play competitively, or casually. To do this, the Deathadder V3 Pro has shed 25 grams of weight, making it more than 25 percent lighter than its predecessor.
The Deathadder V2 Pro—and all other Deathadder mice before it— had an ergonomic design that made fingertip and claw grip types very comfortable, even over long gameplay sessions. While I loved how the original and most modern iterations of the Deathadder have felt, the new look and feel of the Deathadder V3 Pro is, in my mind, better. The new-look feels good for all grip types, from claw grip, all the way to palm grip, making it great for all gamers. While it may look minor when you look at pictures, the difference is noticeable.
“With the Deathadder V3 Pro, Razer has mixed things up, and made an already fantastic mouse even better…”
The Deathadder V3 Pro has moved up the left two buttons, offers a higher scroll wheel, and now has the main mouse buttons as a split key for better tactility. The optical switches have also seen an upgrade, moving from the Optical Gen-2 in the V2 Pro, to the Optical Gen-3 in the V3 Pro, that feel incredibly responsive and good to use for gaming and simply navigating Windows.
The battery life has also seen a notable improvement over past iterations of the mouse. The new Deathadder V3 Pro has a rated battery life of 90 hours between charges, and considering I have never had to charge the mouse over the two weeks I have been testing it, I am inclined to believe these claims. While it is not a major increase over the 70 hours seen on the V2 Pro, that added time will result in less worries about reliability while using wireless in a competitive setting.
The V3 Pro also ushers in the Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor to the Deathadder range. This not only makes for a more accurate sensor, with 100-30,000 DPI and a resolution accuracy of 99.8 percent, it means the Deathadder V3 Pro will work on more surfaces compared to past iterations, including working on glass surfaces of at least 2 mm thick. The sensor also increases the efficiency, making it less a drain on the battery.
Much like past iterations of the Deathadder, the V3 Pro has all the features you would hope to see from a performance level mouse, including onboard memory, dpi settings with the click of a button, programmable buttons and even grip tape in the box should you want a more tactile surface for your fingers while using the mouse.
The Deathadder V3 Pro also allows the mouse to be used both while plugged in with the braided cable USB-C cable, or wirelessly using Razer HyperSpeed Wireless. Sadly, unlike the V2 Pro, the V3 Pro does not have Bluetooth support, it also does not have the RGB lighting of Razer Chroma, opting for a more minimal professional approach to look and lighting.
While there are tradeoffs for the Deathadder V3 Pro, the results are convincing. While I was unsure how I would like the new contoured shape and feel, after about a day of use, I am finding it hard to go back. It feels great in the hand, and for someone that uses a right-handed mouse, it feels fantastic in gaming and while doing work. I used the V3 Pro in a few gaming sessions, and found the new mouse was incredibly accurate and comfortable, with any losses I suffered a result of my skills, and not the mouse.
Using the V3 Pro on a range of mouse pads and mats, it proved itself as a very capable offering delivering fantastic performance and accuracy for all styles of gaming. It is a wireless mouse I feel I can trust over long periods, and even one I would feel comfortable using in an online match without stressing about it dying or losing connection while playing.
Razer has done a fantastic job improving their iconic mouse, making one of the best wireless gaming mice currently on the market. While I am sad to see some features go in the process, the end result is an incredibly comfortable mouse that works for all grips, and boasts one of the most accurate sensors in the industry. If you are anyone aspiring to play professionally, or just demand the best gaming mouse you can find, do yourself a favour and check out the Deathadder V3 Pro.