Razer Deathadder V2 Mini gaming mouse review

SHAPE
Right-handed ergonomic
TYPE
Wired
WEIGHT
62g
PRICE
R1,199
SUPPLIER
Apex Interactive

The gaming peripherals space has been experiencing a renaissance period in recent years, and Razer has been at the forefront of that, producing works of art every few months. The latest of these is the Deathadder V2 Mini, Razer’s attempt to cater to a particular subset of the market that prefers something on the smaller, lighter side.

To extend the metaphor, and to paraphrase a popular analogy, think of a gaming mouse as a kind of paintbrush. They come in many shapes and sizes, and cater to various styles of painting. If you want something that fits as many styles as possible, you generally want a smaller paintbrush because it allows you to do more with it. This is essentially where the appeal for a smaller mouse comes from.

Of course, the size of your hand is also a limiter here. If you have larger hands, or you prefer to palm-grip your mouse, this is going to feel like sleeping on a bed that’s slightly too small for your big boy frame. But then you already own a Deathadder V2, so who cares? If you’re left-handed, this is unfortunately a skip as well – this one’s for my small-to-medium right-handed squad.

If you do fit into the target market for the mouse, ooh boy is it a good time. The Deathadder V2 Mini maintains the textbook – and let’s be honest, confusing – flared shape of the Deathadder series, but this time opts for a much cleaner textured plastic for the entire frame, with only the Chroma RGB Razer logo for accenting, and some super-slippy PTFE plastic feet underneath. Fingertip or claw grippers are going to find this one much more comfortable, owing to the size and texturing. If an all-plastic mouse isn’t for you, Razer also offers a pack of DIY rubber grips at an additional cost.

Despite being on the smaller side, all of the typical Razer features are here. The optical sensor tops out at 8,500 DPI with profile-switching support, and at my standard 800 DPI setting, clicking heads feels elementary. The left and right mouse buttons come with optical switches for faster response times but more importantly, better durability so you don’t end up with double-click headaches down the line. The Speedflex cable feels weightless and gives the mouse an almost wireless feel when combined with a decent bungee. Finally, Razer’s Hypershift is included if you want to install the Synapse software to configure it, allowing double the available mouse buttons at any time.

Because peripherals are quite subjective, I must admit that I personally find the Basilisk V2 to be a much more comfortable ergonomic right-hand mouse for my hand, but I cannot argue that the Deathadder V2 Mini comes dangerously close to the same level of comfort. More so than the larger Deathadder V2, which I liked but didn’t love. One thing I definitely cannot argue with is the popularity of the Deathadder series in general. For my money, the V2 Mini is the pinnacle of this series, and an absolute no-brainer for anyone with a preference for something smaller and lighter.

Razer Deathadder V2 Mini gaming mouse
BOTTOM LINE
Razer continues to impress with the Deathadder V2 Mini, and further establish their dominance of the peripherals space right now. Another excellent showing from a company I had previously written off as a serious contender in this space, and it delights me to see how far they’ve come since.
PROS
Delicious textured plastic aesthetic
Comfortable for smaller hands
Extremely lightweight
CONS
Still not as comfy as the Basilisk V2
Right-handers only 🙁
Not great for palm-grippers
85
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