The Razer DeathAdder range spans some eight years of peripherals. Razer’s lineup of mouses expands through various categories and budgets. A few years back, I reviewed the Razer DeathAdder Chroma, an RGB version of the original mouse. Now, some seven years on, I have the opportunity to review the Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed.
The mouse is a midrange device, providing flexibility between gaming and your daily usage. Although it’s a wireless-only approach, it still allows you a few options in that regard. However, it’s best to judge the mouse on its overall performance and features. So, let’s dive straight in.
Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed Build and Design
When it comes to choosing a mouse, one of the key aspects users consider is comfort. Most of the comfort is derived from the design. The DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is not quite an ambidextrous mouse but is very close to it.
The mouse doesn’t do much in a way of providing a new design. However, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. It’s a really impressive design that feels comfortable and easy to use.
It’s also very lightweight. The base unit weighs around 77g and is closer to 100g once the AA battery is added. And this makes quite a difference. I have two smaller-framed mouses, both of which are heavier. You feel that difference when you’re swooshing around. This makes it good to use for longer periods of time, whether you’re hitting the Excel spreadsheets or gaming.
The replaceable battery means that there is some weight saved on fitting a rechargeable battery and charging tech. This also affects the button positioning, which means that the DPI buttons are fitted to the front left side, which is an odd place for any buttons. With a total of seven programmable buttons, it’s not too much of a concern where the DPI buttons are positioned but does take them out of the equation somewhat while gaming.
One of the noticeable omissions on the unit is the lack of Razer Chroma colours. Being the more affordable variant of the DeathAdder V2 series, this is one of the areas to cut some costs. The other is that of the change in rubberised feet. Neither are major misses for me personally. While I do enjoy the occasional light show from my peripherals, PC fans and more, for the most part, they’re not active, as they can become too distracting during a few late-night gaming sessions.
It’s a solid design and build quality. Even with the few omissions, there isn’t a lot lost over the other DeathAdder range at higher price points.
Setup and Configuration
One of the stranger aspects about the DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is how to add the battery to power up. Instead of the standard cover at the bottom, the entire top of the mouse is removable. That said, unlike many other units, it’s quite easy to remove, even with all the buttons. All you need to do is pull up on the front of the mouse and it clips away quite smoothly.
In addition to housing the battery, it also stores the HyperSpeed USB dongle, when not in use. This is a nice spot to tuck away when transporting the unit back and forth.
There are also a few magnets within the casing, which keeps the cover in place when reattaching. This makes it less prone to wear and tear when removing the cover over time to switch out the battery or remove the USB dongle.
It’s clear that Razer has geared the mouse towards being a completely wireless option. It offers both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz USB options. There are no cables included, as there is no charging option either.
As is always the case, the Razer peripheral supports the Synapse software. I enjoy the new Windows features that detects a new mouse on Bluetooth automatically to connect to the mouse. Once this is done, it then further suggests installing the Synapse software.
Given that there are no lighting options, the software is more along the lines of customising the DPI and programmable buttons. There are a few other configurations, but those are more for fine-tuning.
One of the great aspects of the new Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is its DPI range and flexibility. Being a more affordable DeathAdder mouse, it isn’t the all-powerful unit compared to the rest of the range. However, that sensor still packs an impressive 14,000 DPI, which is not half bad at all.
Additionally, it’s also very accurate. It’s quite smooth over most surfaces, allowing you to easily transition between everyday office work to the more serious gaming performances.
It’s not going to be winning best performances, especially when gaming, with the larger sweeping movements across the mouse mat making for a little more difficult tracking. For increased sensitivity and accuracy, it’s best to use the 2.4Ghz USB dongle over Bluetooth. This enhances your gaming performances when you need to take things a bit more seriously with its low-latency support.
I wasn’t able to test the battery longevity. However, after three weeks of usage as my daily driver, it didn’t drop below the 90% mark when checking the battery life on Windows.
The Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is a very solid everyday mouse. It can easily transition between your everyday office work while changing things up when hitting a few games. Not bad for a midrange mouse.
At just R1,299, the mouse is very inexpensive. If you’re looking for flexibility and a low cost, the DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is a great option.
Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed
The Razer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed is a solid midrange mouse with a lot of performance under its belt, as well as offering an inexpensive solution for prospective buyers.