Razer DeathAdder V2 vs. Viper Mini: Which should you buy?

Razer DeathAdder V2
Razer DeathAdder V2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

At the end of the day, the Razer DeathAdder V2 is the better overall mouse in this matchup due to its higher quality and a physical design that's aimed to suit the average player. The Razer Viper Mini is less expensive, though, and its smaller size means it'll be perfect for people who have smaller hands. Also, it can be bought in a wireless configuration, while the Razer DeathAdder V2 cannot.

Razer DeathAdder V2 vs. Viper Mini: Quality or specialization?

Razer DeathAdder V2

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In nearly every way, the Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better mouse than the Razer Viper Mini. Both mice have awesome optical sensors, but the DeathAdder V2's Focus+ 20,000 DPI optical sensor surpasses the accuracy and DPI maximum of the Razer Viper Mini's 8,500 DPI sensor, making it an incredible piece of tech. Both mice come with user-programmable buttons, but the DeathAdder V2 has eight while the Viper Mini has six, giving gamers more overall flexibility with their macros. They both come with equally impressive durability (both mice are rated for over 50 million clicks). Still, the sides of the DeathAdder V2 feature textured grips that make it more comfortable to hold, which the Razer Viper Mini lack.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Razer DeathAdder V2Razer Viper Mini
Optical sensorFocus+ 20,000 DPI8,500 DPI
Programmable buttons86
Connection methodWiredWired or Wireless (USB dongle)
RGB lighting supportYesYes
Textured gripYesNo

However, it should be noted that the Razer Viper Mini has some exciting advantages of its own. To begin with, it's significantly less expensive at just $40 compared to the $70 price of the DeathAdder V2. In addition to that, the mouse can also be purchased in a wireless configuration — something that isn't possible with the DeathAdder V2. It's also designed to be ambidextrous so that left-handed users will find the Razer Viper Mini preferable to the right-handed style of the DeathAdder V2. Lastly, the smaller size of the Razer Viper Mini makes it ideal for people who have smaller hands. It's worth noting that it's nearly 20g lighter as well, though mouse weight is something that comes down to personal preference.

Razer DeathAdder V2 vs. Viper Mini: Which should you buy?

Razer Viper Mini

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Ultimately, the Razer DeathAdder V2 will be the better choice for most people since it has a more accurate optical sensor, higher DPI maximums, a size that suits the average player better, and comfortable textured grips. However, don't sleep on the Razer Viper Mini if you have small hands, are left-handed, want to use a wireless mouse, or simply want to save some money. It may not be as great as the DeathAdder V2, but it's still excellent.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.