We got our hand on the latest in Razer’s line of gaming mouse devices, the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed. The electric little mouse was fast and responsive but how does it hold up against other mice on the market. Here’s what we thought.
Design & Lighting
Out of the box, you’ll be getting:
- Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed
- USB receiver
- 1x 1.5V AA battery
- Razer stickers
- User manual
Razer didn’t change much in terms of the ergonomics or design of the V2 X Hyperspeed. It features nearly the same shape as the other Deathadders in the V2 lineup. The only major difference for the V2 X Hyperspeed is that the DPI buttons have been moved to the edge of the left mouse button (LMB) and no more lighting.
It has a matte black plastic cover with lines around the edges of the side and between the L/R MB. You can remove the top cover to change the battery (either AA or AAA) and store the USB receiver. Fitting in the battery is pretty easy and non-cumbersome. The matte finish feels good to hold. It absorbs sweat and has enough friction to sit in your hand comfortably.
In terms of weight, DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed is quite heavy with a 77g base weight. The types of battery you used will also affect the weight. Personally, I didn’t mind having a heavier mouse, but some different people will have different preferences.
The mouse has a total of seven programmable buttons – LMB, RMB, 2x DPI buttons, 1x middle button, 2x button on the left side – which are all tactile and feature Razer’s own optical switches to maximize speed. The button placement means it might be slightly more difficult to reach certain buttons depending on your hand. Those with smaller hands might find themselves having to reach more than with other mice.
The buttons are also hard to differentiate from each other which can lead to some accidental clicks. You want to fire your gun using LMB, but you may accidentally click the DPI button.
The mouse also has Virgin Grade PTFE feet that glide very well on mousepads and directly on desks especially since this is a wireless mouse. There is however a slight scratchiness when used on non-suitable surfaces.
Being a more affordable DeathAdder model, it may seem like the DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed is weaker compared to the others but it has definitely proven otherwise.
It has a 5G Advanced 14,000 DPI optical sensor that offers decent sensitivity. It’s not the highest (many other mice can go up to 20,000) but it’s still pretty good. DPI rate options available on the mouse are 400, 800, 1600 (default), 3200, and 6400. You can further adjust it using the Razer Synapse software.
There’s a switch on the bottom to switch between Off, HyperSpeed (2.4Ghz) Wireless mode, and Bluetooth mode. HyperSpeed essentially is dual connectivity, meaning it can connect via the HyperSpeed receiver that offers zero-latency allowing for much faster movement.
I used the mouse for about a week or so. The mouse felt responsive with accurate enough tracking (wireless). Since it’s on the heavier side, I had to use larger movements which is quite hard if you play with a limited space table but isn’t a major problem if you’re more of a casual player.
The mouse still moves with precision and I was able to play like normal after adjusting to the weight without feeling at a disadvantage. The mechanical switches are also great and provide excellent tactile feedback to every gunshot and in-game action.
For battery life, it has been improved greatly. With the bundled AA battery, it said I could get 235 hours with HyperSpeed connection, and 615 hours with Bluetooth. Obviously, I didn’t get to use it that much but I assure you, it has great battery life. Another factor to this is that the mouse doesn’t have RGB lighting which consumes a lot of power but I didn’t really miss the lights either. I’d honestly much rather the mouse itself lasted longer.
Razer’s Synapse continues to be very user-friendly although it contains hundreds of settings to change the product’s sensitivity, key bindings, lighting, and so on. The bad news is V2 HyperSpeed doesn’t have lighting, so almost half of the fun things you can do in Synapse don’t actually work.
Thankfully there are still some neats tricks you can pull off with it. You can reprogram the mouse’s seven buttons, switch DPI levels, adjust the lift-off distance or polling rate, change the wireless power saving options, and calibrate it to any mouse mats you have. These settings are also tied to your Razer Synapse account so you will still have the same settings even when using a different computer. Although there’s not a lot to do, you can still fine-tune this to perfection.
Should You Buy The Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed
Overall, the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed is a great FPS/MMO gaming mouse that you can get at an affordable price of RM269.00 on their main website. It has a great 14,000 DPI sensor, convenient connectivity options, and great battery life. While RGB lighting is missing and the new DPI button placement might be awkward for some users, the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a cheap but good wireless gaming mouse with an A+ performance.
Like the famous Faker (professional League of Legends player) once said, “The DeathAdder is the best performing mouse that I have ever used.”