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Razer Deathadder V2 gaming mouse review

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Our Verdict

A new sensor, scroll wheel, and wire arguably makes this the best wired mouse available today. But it’s a lot pricier than others that are nearly as good.

  • Best in-class 20,000 CPI sensor
  • Optical click sensors give extra durability
  • Comfortable
  • Buttons on the flimsy side
  • Pricier than similar versions

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The Razer Deathadder V2 improves on everything we love about the Deathadder Elite, itself one of the best gaming mice, and one that has been around since 2016 in various forms. But is the Deathadder V2, with its improved optical sensor, more durable left and right mouse buttons, and a smoother scroll wheel one of the best mice money can buy? Yes.

DeathAdder V2 specs

Sensor – Focus+ Optical
Max DPI – 20,000
Tracking – 650 inches per second
Acceleration – 50G
Weight – 82g | 2.9oz

But the question isn’t whether the V2 is the best version of the Deathadder (it is), the question is: is it worth buying, given that it’s currently $35/£35 more than the Elite? Maybe.

The most obvious improvement is the Focus+ Optical Sensor, the same one used in the excellent Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless. I’ll go into it in a second, but I was more impressed by the more subtle changes Razer has made for the V2. The first is the scroll wheel. Razer has a ridiculous name for the new design, “Instinctive Scroll Wheel Tactility,” but the results are perfect. It’s exactly the right tightness. It spins smoothly, but you can still feel every notch of the turn, so you won’t accidentally scroll too many times.

The fact Razer is using a new wire (with an equally ridiculous name, “Speedflex Cable,” also sounds insignificant, but turns out to be a big deal. I’ve used a version of the Deathadder (the Expert) for years, and my one complaint is that the stiffer wire can sometimes pull the mouse to one side, depending on how it sits on my desk. The V2’s wire is the most flexible I’ve tried on a gaming mouse, and ultimately that means it’s less likely to impact your mouse movement, even if you get lazy about wire management, like me. 

The left and right mouse buttons are more durable than the Elite, too. They’re optical, rather than mechanical (they use an infrared light beam to register clicks), which means they should deliver fewer misclicks, lower latency, and have a longer life. Razer reckons they’ll last 70 million clicks, rather than the 50 million for the Deathadder Elite. While I can’t possibly tell how accurate that number is, they certainly felt as responsive as I could ever need, and I never misclicked. In games of Fortnite and Escape from Tarkov my shots felt instant, and I never had to worry about firing accidentally. 

The up and down sensitivity buttons have been redesigned, too. The Elite’s were essentially one long, thin button split in two. The V2’s are wider and separated by a sliver of plastic. It doesn’t look as flashy, but the gap makes it easier to distinguish between the two without looking, ideal if you need to change sensitivity in the heat of battle (if you’re zooming in with a sniper, say).

There’s also a new button on the mouse’s base that switches between custom profiles for sensitivity and RGB lighting. If you’re signed into Razer’s Synapse software, you can set up an unlimited number of profiles, and you can also store five in the on-board memory to use regardless of where you plug in the V2. Once you’ve set up the profiles, it’s an easy way to flip between options without digging into Synapse.

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Next, the material. The Deathadder Elite has segmented thumb rests on either side of the mouse, with edges that clearly separate them from the rest of the side panel. On the V2, there’s less separation, and with raised, pimpled portions on the panel instead. They’re still grippy, but it looks much slicker. Without seams to separate them, dirt buildup is less of a concern, too. The matte black coating on the top of the mouse stops your hand from slipping, and when combined with the V2’s shape (like the Elite, it’s pretty much the ideal shape for a right-hander, and fits well in almost any palm size) it makes the V2 a comfortable mouse to use for hours and hours.

And then we come to the sensor, Razer’s ‘party trick’ (the Deathadder Elite’s stats are in parentheses for comparison). It goes up to 20,000 DPI/CPI (16,000), tracks up to 650 inches per second (450), and has a resolution accuracy of 99.6 percent (99.4 percent). Those increased numbers may or may not mean much to you, because they’ll make very little difference in day-to-day performance. How often do you need to go above 16,000 DPI/CPI? Not often.

What I will say is that the V2’s sensor performed flawlessly. It felt accurate, snappy, and smooth, even when I used it on my desk without a mouse mat. The new PTFE mouse feet (which is the same material used to coat non-stick pans) glided over any surface I tried them on, including a leather sofa. By comparison, the Elite’s feet are non-PTFE, and don’t have as smooth of a feel.

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However, carrying on a trend in recent Razer mice, the left and right mouse buttons are a bit flimsy. They feel fine, even sturdy, when you’re clicking them straight on, but the slightest amount of sideways pressure makes them waggle off-centre. It makes me think they couldn’t take much of a beating, such as if you threw the V2 into a bag before running out the door. It’s a relatively minor gripe, but I noticed the same thing with the Viper Ultimate Wireless, and I hope Razer can sort it soon. It detracts from the overall solid build.

The big sticking point is price. The $70/£70 price tag is technically the same recommended price as the Deathadder Elite. But you can buy the Elite a lot cheaper. On Amazon, it’s currently going for half that price, for example. Is the V2 a better mouse? Absolutely. Is it twice as good? Absolutely not.

Whether or not you should buy it therefore depends on how good a deal you can get on the Elite, and how much you value the incremental improvements the V2 offers. If you want the absolute best version of Razer’s most reliable wired mouse, this is it. But if you want to save a bit of cash, then you still can’t go wrong with the older model.

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A new sensor, scroll wheel, and wire arguably makes this the best wired mouse available today. But it’s a lot pricier than others that are nearly as good.

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Our Verdict

The G502 X isn’t a whole lot different to the older G502 gaming mice, but manages to bring some useful ergonomic and weight tweaks to an already stellar design, in order to make it appeal more to FPS players.

  • Impeccable ergonomics
  • Sturdy and well built
  • Light with unobstructive wire
  • Interchangeable thumb buttons
  • No improvements to the sensor
  • Lightforce switches sound a little clunky

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At first glance Logitech’s G502 X gaming mouse may not appear much different to its predecessors, but look a little closer and you’ll notice some useful revisions, in particular for FPS players. While there’s no change to the already improved G502 Hero 25k sensor, there are some impressive ergonomic enhancements to note, along with customisability, and weight improvements to boot.

In fact, Logitech has doubled down on making the Logitech G502 X lighter. It comes in at 89g, which is a significant difference over the Hero’s 121g. Sadly, it doesn’t come with the option to configure the weight like the Hero, which would have been a nice addition considering it’s going for the same price as its predecessor.

In order to improve the weight, several changes have been made. For one thing, there’s no LED system behind the Logitech G symbol, or any RGB at all. And while that’s a little disappointing that you can’t program damage flashes on your mouse, for example, it makes sense to appeal to the FPS audience more. At least, while the scroll wheel is now plastic instead of metal to improve the weight, it still comes with an infinite scroll.

The infinite scroll is our Dave’s most loved feature and I’m sure he would have written a strongly worded letter if Logitech had done away with his precious spinnies. We’ve decided between us that the plastic scroll wheel doesn’t feel as nice as the old metal one, but we’re also both not too bothered about having a heavy mouse. It’s a trade-off, for sure, but one that does benefit Logitech’s target market in the long run.

Logitech G502 X specs

Sensor: Hero 25,600dpi
Polling Rate: 1,000Hz
Size: 131.4 x 41.1 x 79.2mm
Buttons: 11
Features: Interchangeable thumb button, infinite scroll wheel
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Weight: 89g (3.1oz)
Price: $80 | £80 

Comparing the G502 X to my absolute favourite gaming mouse, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, I’ve spotted some subtle differences that might not seem like much, but do affect the overall experience.  

Interestingly (and most evidently) there’s now an interchangeable thumb button with a little lip that can be rotated. I assume for use with larger or smaller hands, though hand positioning could also be a factor. It can be swapped with a lip-sans silicon button that, when rotated, can act as a stopper instead of a button. It’s a neat little feature, perhaps aimed more at fingertip grippers. Either way, the thumb button in all its forms is a great addition that gives the G502 X that bit of extra customisability, without adding weight.

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Comparing the white G502 X with the G502 Lightspeed (Image credit: Future)Comparing the white G502 X with the G502 Lightspeed (Image credit: Future)Comparing the white G502 X with the G502 Lightspeed (Image credit: Future)

One of the more obvious changes comes in the G502 X’s colour options. While there are both black and white versions of the G502 X, both have white PTFE feet. It’s an interesting stylistic choice, one that seems to mimic Logitech’s overall shift toward a more inclusive range or peripherals—such as with the Logitech Color and Aurora collections, but it is stark and very likely to get mucky quickly if you’ve an affinity for munching snacks at your desk.

The major difference comes in the form of the angle of your hand. While my initial qualm was that the lower profile shell meant my wrist was leaning on the desk a lot, my hand has now shifted around to the intended position. I get it now. It’s slightly skewed, similarly to those vertical mice that are all the rage at the moment in offices, which gives it superior ergonomics to the simple flat, front facing hand placement of the original design, without it taking an age to adjust.

Pair that with the fantastic thumb rest, longer buttons and you have yourself a superbly ergonomic mouse that boasts improvements we didn’t know we needed from the Logitech G502 line. 

The thumb button in all its forms is a great addition that gives the G502 X that bit of extra customisability.

Another change that’s not so evident to begin with is the lightforce hybrid switches. They’re opto-mechanical, so they combine optical speed with a mechanical actuation. It’s not something that’s easy to test, speed wise at least, though I’ve been sitting here clicking the G502 X next to its predecessor for a minute, looking a bit strange in the process, and I can’t feel much difference. There’s a slightly more resounding click to the newer switches, which is probably owing to a lack of internal components in order to improve the weight. The switches also require a tiny bit more force to activate but it does mean you’re less likely to accidentally snipe your own teammates.

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As far as pricing goes, it’s being shipped at roughly the same price as the earlier models: $80 for the wired version, $140 for the wireless version, and $160 for the G502X Plus. The latter is the only one with RGB, which pushes the weight up 106g, over the wired version. It’s certainly one way to separate the company’s more utilitarian users from the rest, but $20 for some RGB LEDs does seem a little steep.

The wired version here is the evident choice for the sensible and frugal among us, and the wire actually doesn’t create a detriment to the usability. It’s long and flexible enough that it doesn’t get in the way, and although it’s not braided like some of the previous model’s cables, it doesn’t snag or curl up.

I can’t say there’s a lot to complain about with this one. I personally regarded the previous model as the perfect mouse, and it’s almost a shame to remove the weight it had behind it, though I do admit the ergonomic changes are likely better for my hand. The new ergonomics do have the potential to alienate those with larger hands or who don’t enjoy the sideways slant, and the weight reduction has meant RGB likers like me would need to spend substantially more. But FPS players with average sized hands are likely to be over the moon with the G502 X. 

None of the negative points are enough to put me off one of the best lines of mice ever to grace my desk, and the overall improvements certainly outweigh my personal preference. For $80 I have no issues recommending the wired G502 X, it’s just a little sad that RGB now costs extra.

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