Earlier this year, Razer refreshed its iconic DeathAdder gaming mouse. At just 82 grams, DeathAdder V2 came in 23 grams lighter than its predecessor, bumping to a 20,000 DPI optical sensor, and came in at a reasonable $70 for a premier gaming accessory.
Take all that magic and shave off another 20 grams of weight, make the design a smidge smaller, and knock $20 off the price and you have the new Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini. It goes on sale today, and we've spent some time with it.
Here is what you need to know.
Bottom line: For those who prefer the DeathAdder over the Viper, the new mini version is perfect for smaller hands or traveling.
- Very light travel mouse
- Built for those with smaller hands
- Excellent performance
- More affordable price
- Wired only
- Not ambidextrous
Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini specs and features
Weighing just 62 grams, the DeathAdder V2 Mini is just a smaller version of the DeathAdder V2. It follows the March release of the similar Viper Mini, which comes in at 61 grams.
However, there is one reduction, with the slightly less accurate optical sensor at 8,500 DPI (instead of an insane 20,000). But this tiny mouse keeps the DeathAdder's famed optical switches (70 million clicks), ergonomic design (optimized for palm or claw grip), six user-programmable buttons, onboard memory for user profiles, and 100% PTFE mouse feet (aka Teflon) for smooth gliding when gaming.
Here is how the new DeathAdder V2 Mini stacks against its bigger brother and new Viper Mini:
|Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini||Razer DeathAdder V2||Razer Viper Mini|
|Optical sensor||8,500 DPI||Focus+ 20,000 DPI||8,500 DPI|
|Connection method||Wired||Wired||Wired or Wireless (USB dongle)|
|RGB lighting support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Textured grip||Yes (sticker)||Yes||No|
New this year is a bonus for users: anti-slip razer Mouse Grip Tape. In every box for the DeathAdder, V2 Mini comes four grip stickers that users can optionally install on their new mouse for even more tactile grip.
Letting no great idea go wasted, Razer is making customized tape for its other premium gaming mice, including Razer Viper/Viper Ultimate, Basilisk Ultimate/V2/X HyperSeed, DeathAdder V2, and Viper Mini. The cost is $10, and they are available now (opens in new tab), which is expensive for tape, but they are custom-fitted and presumably long-lasting.
Any drawbacks to the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini?
There's not much to complain about this mouse, especially at the $50 price.
Most of these are just FYI but are not flaws—the cable, which, while braided, is not detachable. And unlike the bigger Viper, you do not have the DPI switch on the bottom. But the DeathAdder makes switching DPI on the fly much more accessible, so it depends on your style.
Razer's required installation of its Synapse software is also required, which some people do not care for as it runs in the background. I've never had any significant issues with Synapse, though it can use some CPU cycles. However, users can plug-in-play without the software but lose out on the RGB lighting, profiles, and other customizations.
Should you buy the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini?
Smaller mice like the DeathAdder V2 Mini are certainly an exciting option for gamers, especially those who fall into two categories: people with smaller hands or those looking to lighten their travel bag.
While this mouse is smaller than the DeathAdder V2, it's not such a massive difference that it feels foreign. The clicking is excellent, and I enjoyed the tuning of the scroll wheel.
Combining the super-smooth glide from the PTFE mouse feet, the 8,500 DPI optical sensor, and that grip tape bonus make this just a fun, but still effective travel gaming mouse.
Unless you have some deep-seated dislike of Razer's gaming mice, it's hard not to recommend the DeathAdder V2 Mini if you want something small, affordable, but little compromise. That recommendation holds especially true if you're a DeathAdder fan, like our own Richard Devine.
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Take one of the greatest mice ever made, the Razer DeathAdder V2, and make it smaller, lighter, and more affordable, and you get the new DeathAdder V2 Mini. While it is not ambidextrous, it's a fantastic tiny gaming accessory for those with smaller hands, or who want something light for travel.
Very tacky (in a good way)
Grip up your Razer mice
Razer has made custom grip tape for its most popular gaming mice, including Viper/Viper Ultimate, Basilisk Ultimate/V2/X HyperSeed, DeathAdder V2, and Viper Mini. While it's not cheap, it feels great.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
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