The Last Razer DeathAdder Standing

Will this classic design sail quietly into the sunset?

Alex Rowe
6 min readApr 28, 2023
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.
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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…



Alex Rowe

I write about gaming, tech, music, and their industries. I have a background in video production, and I used to review games for a computer magazine.