Razer Deathadder V3 Pro: One Minute Review
Take the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro out of the box and you instantly know you’re in the presence of greatness – a real GOAT, if you will; the Highlander, the Chosen One. Yes, yes… we said the same thing about its predecessor. But the fact that Razer has taken something that was already great and made it even better is a testament to how gasping this new installment in the Deathadder line is.
It’s not just the performance and the robust connection that are central here. Light as air, divinely supportive and simply a joy to use thanks to its optical switches, the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro is everything you could ever want in a wireless gaming mouse. It may not be feature-rich and lack RGB lighting – after all, if you need to pack light, you’ll stick to the essentials – but where it matters most, it really delivers and then some.
We don’t even care that we’re in the midst of some serious inflation right now, and people are looking for more affordable products. This mouse is so good that we recommend it to everyone, gamers and non-gamers, people with deep pockets and people who spend money. Can’t afford it now? Do yourself a favor; skip the cheaper alternatives, save up and buy this one. Don’t like charging your mouse? Suck it up and get used to charging your peripherals like the rest of us living in the 21st century.
The Razer Deathadder V3 Pro is the best gaming mouse on the market and you can’t change your mind.
Razer Deathadder V3 Pro: Price
- How much is it? $149 (£149, AU$TK)
- Where is it available? now available
- Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia
Like the Razer Deathadder V2 Pro, the V3 Pro is a bit on the expensive side. We’ve seen mice that cost a lot more, but that doesn’t mean it’s pricey for most people. In addition to the improvements, there is also a price increase of about $20 / £20.
However, this is one of those times when a product is really worth the splurge. The Razer Deathadder V3 Pro can set you back $149 (£149, AU$279), which could be more than you’ve paid for peripherals before. The benefits this mouse offers, not only to your gaming performance, but also to keep chronic arm pain at bay make it worth saving up for.
It also comes with Razer’s Hyperpolling wireless dongle, which ups the polling rate from 1,000 Hz to 4,000 Hz. That will cost you $164 (£164, AU$279). If that really stretches the limits of your wallet, you can always jump for this extra accessory later, as it can be bought separately for $29 (£29, AU$54).
Razer Deathadder V3 Pro: Design
- Light as air
- Designed to provide maximum comfort
- Missing RGB is a small price to pay
If you’re asking yourself the existential question of whether the mouse you’re holding in your hand is real, you’re not alone. 28% lighter than its predecessor, the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro loses a whopping 24 grams and is now ready to go at 64 grams.
It doesn’t hold the record for the lightest gaming mouse, but it’s certainly one of the lightest on the market. It’s also the first thing you notice about it. Light as air, it feels more like part of your hand than a separate object that you have to drag and slide around.
Of course, that’s only part of the equation. Combine that with improved ergonomics over its predecessor – an incredibly supportive frame – it will not only keep RSI at bay, but it will help with any pre-existing discomfort you may be feeling.
Compared to the Deathadder V2 Pro, this gaming mouse has a hump that’s shifted slightly forward to support your palm, side buttons that are shifted higher to align them perfectly with your thumb, and a scroll wheel that’s positioned higher for easier accessibility. But wait, there’s more!
The width has also been trimmed to fit better in your hand, no matter the size. Finally, towards the back of the mouse, the right side curves and sticks out a little more, while the left side peaks higher, providing support where your hand needs it most.
We were testing a lot of mice prior to the Deathadder V3 Pro, and we have to say we immediately felt the noticeable difference when we finally picked it up. Even if you’re not that demanding when it comes to gaming mice, you can tell the difference between these and other mice in terms of ergonomics, support, and overall portability.
Razer says that while it suits all grip styles, it’s most ideal for claw grip gamers. We tend to disagree — that is, we argue that it’s just as ideal for palm grippers, at least in our experience.
Other improvements to celebrate here include the upgrade to a USB-C port (from microUSB) and the USB dongle that now lets you connect two compatible Razer peripherals, so you don’t use too many precious ports.
The only thing missing here is RGB lighting, but getting rid of frills is how this mouse stays feather-light, and we’re more than happy to make those sacrifices. Besides, getting the white color will make you look just as classy, albeit perhaps in a classier, more sartorial way.
Razer Deathadder V3 Pro: Performance
- Optical switches are so satisfying and effortless to press
- Optical sensor delivers up to 30,000 DPI
- Up to 90 hours of battery life
We might as well admit it; the buttons on the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro are so satisfying to press, we found ourselves pressing them to get that satisfaction. We owe that to the new generation of optical switches from Razer inside.
According to the company, these third-generation optical switches not only have a longer click lifecycle of 90 million, but also offer more tactile clicks. While we can’t confirm the longevity of course, we can confirm that the buds are incredibly snappy and require little effort.
Of course, the Focus Pro 30K optical sensor is also formidable, incredibly accurate and fast with a maximum acceleration of 70g and a maximum speed of 750 IPS. This is a mouse that competitive gaming dreams are made of, especially when combined with its light-as-air design and Razer’s new Hyperpolling wireless dongle that ups the polling rate from 1,000 Hz to 4,000 Hz.
That dongle will cost you, as we mentioned in the price section, a little extra. If you don’t want to pay that price, you’ll be happy to know that without the polling rate increase, we haven’t noticed any slowdown yet, whether we’re playing a quiet game or a fast one like Doom Eternal and Rocket League with a high octane rating.
Admittedly, we’re not esports pros, which means we’re not as critical as they are. However, we can at least confirm that this mouse is more than fast enough for the average gamer.
It also has a battery life of up to 90 hours, which is a lot and quite an upgrade over its predecessor’s 70-hour rating. If you spend an average of about 8 hours a day on gaming sessions, you can last a week without charging this mouse. In fact, during testing, we didn’t charge it once after it was charged for the first time.
Adjustments can be made via Razer Synapse, such as calibrating the surface of a mouse pad. However, the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro is almost perfect out of the box.
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Razer Deathadder V3 Pro: Report Card
|Where the||We do not dispute that it is not cheap. At the same time, it’s one of those peripherals worth paying for.||4.8 / 5|
|Design||No RGB, no problem. Most importantly, this mouse is incredibly light, incredibly supportive, and incredibly fun to use.||4.8 / 5|
|Performance||Snappy, responsive and satisfying, with an upgradable polling rate, this won’t steer you wrong.||5 / 5|
|Total||It’s not the cheapest, but the combination of performance, build, ergonomics and design make it a gaming mouse worth investing in.||4.9 / 5|
- Rated first August 2022
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