With over 15 million sold since its inception, the Razer Deathadder has certainly earned its place in the best gaming hall of fame and at the top of our best gaming guide. (opens in a new tab). There have been so many iterations and variants of the legendary mouse and with the latest, the Deathadder V3 Pro, Razer isn’t really messing with a winning formula. In fact, it doubled down on everything that earned the Deathadder its name: excellent ergonomics and professional performance.
Razer took the Deathadder to the gym, trimmed the fat, saved weight and ripped the muscles to create a lean, mean, snappy machine. The design changes are quite subtle but enough to offend some Deathadder fans. Gone are the massively flared mouse buttons and sleek shell in favor of a slimmer, less aggressive profile that has more in common with the Viper Ultimate than previous Deathadders.
It’s still very much a right-handed mouse thanks to the slanted curve of the mouse hump, which leans ever so comfortably into your palm. The shell has a new microtextured coating instead of smooth plastic. It helps keep the now 63g mouse (a 25% drop from the previous Deathadder (opens in a new tab)) from flying out of your hand in the heat of battle.
The large PTFE sliders on the bottom allow the Deathadder to glide across surfaces with the same grace as Natasha Romanov aka Blackwidow. Even with my must-have habit of not using a mouse pad, the V3 Pro worked great on my desk. Razer says it will work just as well on those new glass mouse pads as well, as long as they’re at least 4mm thick.
As a clicker aimed at the highest level of sports professionals, Razer has put only its best technology into the V3 Pro. First, it features Razer’s fastest sensor: the new Focus Pro 30K Optical sensor with 70G acceleration and a maximum speed of 750 inches per second for 99.8% accuracy. No one is going to play at such a ridiculous DPI but combined with some tricks like Asymmetric clipping, Motion Sync and Intelligent tracking, you’ll never claim that the mouse is why you lost that match. For the main clickers, the Deathadder gets third-generation Razer optical mouse switches with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 0.2ms response time and a long life of 90 million clicks.
Deathadder V3 Pro Specifications
Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical
DPI: 30,000 DPI
Vote Percentages: 1,000 Hz
Size: 128 x 64 x 48mm
Connectivity: Razer Hyperspeed Wireless, USB Type-C
Battery: 90 hours
Ergonomic: Right hand
Weight: 63 g
Price: $150 (opens in a new tab) | £150 (opens in a new tab) | AU$260 (opens in a new tab)
Of course, none of this matters if you have a bad relationship between you and your game. Enter Razer HyperSpeed, the de facto gold standard of wireless protocols. Don’t you believe me? Just ask TUV SUD PSB, a globally recognized certification institute, which says HyperSpeed Wireless is three times faster than any other wireless technology.
That’s probably why the V3 Pro costs so much—to help cover the cost of that certification. Regardless, in my opinion, there is no discernible difference between using the V3 Pro wireless or wired. But if you’re in doubt, Razer also has a special 4,000Hz Hyperpolling dongle that you can buy as an add-on, but I think most people would just use the bundled Speedflex USB cable to ease their latency fears.
The new Deathadder, like its predecessors, is light on buttons, having only five, which is ridiculous compared to the 11 you’ll find on the Basilisk V3. (opens in a new tab). I like how thick and accessible the side buttons are because I don’t have to awkwardly twist my thumb just to use them. I’m not too enamored with the wheelchair though. Sure it’s tangible with great in-game weapon switching steps, but it becomes very tedious to do a lot of movement with this mouse.
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Razer’s new Hyperscroll Tilt wheel would be welcome here. It’s little things like this and the simplicity in button configuration that works great for FPS gamers but not so much for other game genres or work. I bet more players are like me; we need a mouse that’s as great for Doom-slaying as it is for navigating dense Excel sheets. However, if your job is to play twitch shooters, then this is just perfect.
However, it cannot be denied that such simplicity has its advantages. Most obviously when it comes to the battery life of the Deathadder V3 Pro. Razer claims 90 hours and since unboxing it about three weeks ago, I’ve only charged it once. I exclusively use this as my primary mouse for at least 8 hours a day. So no complaint there. It charges via USB Type- and you can continue to use the mouse wired while it charges as well.
The new Deathadder V3 Pro is a worthy successor to the family name. It’s fast, comfortable, has great battery life and is very deadly in the right hands. However, very few players can claim such hands. For most of us, the $149 being asked for the Deathadder V3 Pro is just too much, and it feels a bit like owning an F1 car and using it for grocery shopping and school runs. However, if you fancy yourself as a sports professional who needs a no-nonsense, hyper-focused killing machine, the V3 Pro lives up to the legends of old.