The Last Razer DeathAdder Standing

Will this classic design sail quietly into the sunset?

Alex Rowe

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Closeup of a Razer DeathAdder V2 X gaming mouse next to its successor.
Photo taken by the author.

I think the new Razer DeathAdder V3 and V3 Pro models are perhaps the most technologically capable gaming mice ever made — but I can’t help but be a little sad about their new boring shapes.

I get that a “boring” mouse shape is thought to be more suited to more customers. I get that pros allegedly helped design the new DeathAdder shape. And I know that Razer sometimes likes to mix things up in order to generate new hype and interest.

A goofy timeline of Razer DeathAdder mice from their official web site.
Screenshot captured from razer.com.

But the original DeathAdder shape is iconic and legendary. Its big sweeping curves and rounded sides are rather unlike anything else out there. Razer themselves have a large scrolling tribute to this venerable mouse design on the very product page for the new mice that don’t share this same shape.

I don’t actively dislike the new V3 shape (the “Dave” as it’s called in enthusiast circles) but it’s also not that exciting or compelling compared to the old one. It’s different enough that I mentioned in both of my reviews that it’s a big risk for the company. They really put a bunch of effort into overhauling the entire design into something brand new, even though they’re also desparately trying to connect it with the marketing and identity of the older models.

The DeathAdder V3 (left) and DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed (right) next to each other on a mouse pad.
The DeathAdder V3 (left) and DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed (right). Photo taken by the author.

It must be doing well because Razer only makes one DeathAdder with the older frame design now: the DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed. The “X HyperSpeed” in the name is their moniker for their budget battery-operated mice which still use the same great wireless tech found in the more expensive models. This cheaper $60 wireless DeathAdder first launched way back in 2021 (not that long ago in real time, but ages ago in the comical high speed world of gaming tech), and it’s now the last holdout against its sleek bigger brother.

I reviewed the DeathAdder V2 X when it first launched, and then I tossed it into my closet. But I came upon it the…

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