Razer peripherals are quickly becoming some of the most lauded amongst gaming communities, and for good reason. With phenomenal headsets such as the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, keyboards like the Razer Huntsman Mini, and even console additives like the Razer Wolverine V2, there are no arguments around whether the manufacturer has learnt from past mistakes. No company is perfect, however, and Razer’s gaming mice are still something of a hit or miss. In this sense The Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed, lengthy and complicated name notwithstanding, is as simple as they come.
As with other Razer variants, the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed brings another pricing tier into the DeathAdder family. While the V2 Pro sits quite high in terms of pricing, the V2 X HyperSpeed allows for much easier entry. This naturally means it might not feature as many features the V2 Pro, but in the end it really does not matter. The V2 X HyperSpeed ultimately looks and feels like a DeathAdder, but offers features that are good enough to ensure it is worth the cost of entry.
As expected from Razer products, prospective users can expect a pleasant, albeit simple, unboxing experience complete with Razer bumper sticker and quickstart guide. The mouse, however, is what matters most, and pulling it out from the box reveals the classic DeathAdder V2 design. It is clear the company is going by the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. As such, the overall body of the mouse is very comfortable and clearly part of the DeathAdder product line. Unfortunately for the left-handed, the mouse features a right-handed design only, but it does, fortunately, feature an award-winning ergonomic shroud. In addition, there are also a fair few macro and side buttons. It also features a tilting scroll wheel with a lock-step design.
Unlike some higher end gaming mice, the overall build quality of the mouse is exceptional. The shroud features a dirty matte finish while all of its buttons retain a polished plastic feel. The result is a comfortable and smooth holding experience with easily detectable switches when not looking directly at it — a very important aspect considering gamers might want to have their eyes glued to the screen instead.
Mechanical switches drive most of the mouse’s buttons when looking underneath the bonnet. These are light to the touch and extremely clicky. They activate super fast as well, meaning players who prefer snappier feedback will be right at home here. The tilting mousewheel is a nice touch not frequently featured in mid-tier gaming mice, and even less so the lock-step design. The lock-step may be a point of contention to many (since it means the scroll wheel does not scroll freely), but it ultimately results in a more premium experience with pin-point scrolling.
While the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed features mechanical buttons up the yazoo, and a continuous shroud without holes to “make it lighter”, it still features a cool mechanic allowing fans of ‘light mice’ to get what they want. Interestingly, the mouse comes with a unique ability to use two different battery types, depending on how heavy users want to make it. With a AAA battery, the mouse will end up gaining 13 additional grams, totaling 90 g; while a bigger capacity AA battery will add 10 gram on top of that, making it a cool 100 grams. Light gaming mice always feel cheap in the hand, so having the mouse start at 90 grams is a decent compromise for fans of the light mouse camp, while heavier batteries allow for slight changes to weight and the overall experience.
In terms of performance, the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed is no slouch. The mouse features a huge sensor with 14,000 DPI scaling (with an IPS of 300), making it perfect for anyone who loves to push it past a glorious 800. Due to its larger sensor it may come as a surprise how the battery lasts for seemingly forever. Razer markets the mouse at either 235 hours when connected to the manufacturer’s proprietary 2.4 Ghz connection, or 615 hours on basic Bluetooth 4.0. It must be noted how these stats are based on the included AAA battery, and that an AA battery will offer a longer lifespan.
As with all Razer mouse offerings, players who install Razer Synapse 3 on PC can get a fair amount of customisation out of the mouse and its seven programmable buttons. This includes switching certain functionalities around, editing and adding macros for certain games, and even toggling between game-specific DPI and macro profiles. Considering the mouse features no RGB to speak of (and as such, zero customisation in this regard), it essentially renders half of what Synapse 3 is traditionally used for as somewhat useless for this particular product. This minor niggle is more than a fair trade given what the mouse has to offer.
The Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed ultimately stands as a decent mid-tier option for gamers who want to experience exceptional design and great features without losing an arm and a leg for ‘gaming gimmicks’. It comes with the luxury of dual connectivity, a lock-step scroll wheel, and the option to choose between different battery types for both convenience and weight adjustment. It is clear how the mouse’s most prolific feature is its iconic design, and while the device does not do anything to set the bar, or to grab the attention of enthusiast gamers, it comfortably knows its place – which is honestly the kind of resoluteness manufacturers sometimes need.
|14,000 DPI||Not the lightest, or the heaviest|
|Super comfortable design||No RGB|
|Premium features for less|
Device temporarily provided for review by Razer.