Photos and Features
The new Deathadder V3 Pro has the Deathadder look which you can see right away but I was surprised to see that the new design does depart from some of the design that has been around forever making the V2 Pro the last Deathadder true to the original shape which is something to keep in mind if you aren’t a fan of the changes. But for me, as I mentioned earlier I switch between the Deathadder and the Sensei symmetrical shapes so the changes in the shape may be an improvement for me but we will see. The Deathadder V3 Pro is available in black or white and we have the white version for testing. With a big focus on the weight, the V3 Pro doesn’t have any RGB lighting so the Razer logo in the palm area is now painted on which for the white version it is in black and looks great. This is a right-handed ergonomic design so lefties are out and it also means that the design, like Deathadder’s have always been, is completely different from side to side to get that ergonomic shape. Our white model does have a painted finish but I couldn’t tell at all even when looking into the gaps to the inside which is also white and the finish has the same texture that the black Viper V2 Pro that I recently reviewed has as well.
Razer did put together a presentation on the new design and that included a line drawing of the new shape which does a better job than most pictures to show the shape and some of the changes. They have green lines and white lines, the green lines are the old design and the white lines show the new shape. You can see that one of the biggest changes was to cut off what I would call the wings at the left and right front corners of the triggers which was a big design feature on the original Deathadder and most of Razers mice back then. They say that this helps with comfort and handling but I would bet it also helps cut out some weight. The side profile of the V3 Pro also has the hump in the middle shifted forward slightly which they did to try to get better palm support and the tail end is cut shorter but they used that distance to extend the triggers out slightly. They have also moved the side buttons which I will talk about in just a minute. The Deathadder V3 Pro is 68 mm wide whereas the old design was 72.6 mm and the new shape is 1.4 mm taller at 44 mm to 42.6 mm before. I also included a picture of our original Deathadder which we can see the shape changes and also how much the scroll wheel has changed over the years. Interestingly enough this Deathadder was one of only a few old mice that didn’t get that rubberized finish that later in life turns sticky and gummy so it has held up well unlike a lot of my other older mice.
The front view of the Deathadder V3 Pro shows the angled shape but also gives us a look at the Type-C connection on the front where you can charge the V3 Pro or run it as fully wired with the included cable. The back view does a good job of showing the slight overhang on the left side but the rounded shape on the right that makes the shape harder to grip for lifting.
Being an ergonomic right-handed design the Deathadder V3 Pro doesn’t have any buttons on the right side of the mouse. You also see how much lower the right side is compared to the left. The one thing about this design that I don’t like but has always been a part of the Deathadder design is that the right side of the mouse doesn’t have any lip or shape to help grip the mouse for someone like me who picks their mouse up often. The left side of the mouse with the side buttons does have a little bit of an overhang which is accented even more with the buttons sticking out. The buttons both land right where my thumb is but they have changed from the old Deathadder design. The old shape the side buttons curved down more but these are a lot more like the buttons on the Viper shape only thicker.
The scroll wheel on the Deathadder V3 Pro matches the white finish with its white wheel but does stand out slightly with the black rubber grip going around it. The grip has lines of raised dots to give more traction. The scroll wheel doesn’t do side-to-side clicking but does still have the button when you push down on it that can be programmed in Razers software. You can also see the status LED in front of the scroll wheel here which is the only LED on the entire Deathadder V3 Pro. This will let you know the battery status and when you turn the mouse on. Around the scroll wheel, you then have the two triggers. Unlike the original Deathadder, these aren’t part of the entire shell they are split up near the top of the mouse to free up their movement. Under them Razer has the same Razer branded optical gen 3 switches that the Viper V2 Pro had. These are rated at 90 million clicks which is 20 million more than the gen 2 switches used in the Deathadder V2 Pro which also offers better latency than legacy switches and now are more tactile than the gen 2 switch as well.
The bottom of the Deathadder V3 Pro has that same white finish on it. It has three 100% PTFE gliders with two smaller gliders under the triggers and one smile-shaped glider at the back. This was a similar layout and shape to the Viper V2 Pro. There is also a D-shaped glider around the sensor in the middle to keep that area from rubbing and to keep the distance consistent for better tracking. There is a white sticker that has your serial number printed on it as well as all of the model and manufacturing information and the normal required certification logos as well. The Deathadder V3 Pro like the Viper V2 Pro has just one button on the bottom. This doubles as the power button and also for changing the DPI on the fly. Pressing and holding it will turn the mouse on or off and quick presses will flip through all of the DPI levels that you have programmed. In the center then you have the Focus Pro sensor which has a 30,000 DPI and an impressive 750 IPS and 70G of acceleration. This is the same sensor as the Viper V2 Pro that I liked and seems to be based on the PAW3950.
We can’t forget the wireless dongle included with the Deathadder V3 Pro as well as the cord. The Deathadder V3 Pro has a Type-C connection at the mouse for charging or a wired connection so the cord included with it has a Type-C connection on one end and a typical Type-A on the other end. Both plugs have the Razer branding on them and green inside of the connections so they will be easy to spot if you are trying to figure out which cord is which at the back of your PC. The cord is bright white to match the white model and has a surprisingly soft sleeving and is very flexible which should be nice when charging to keep from having the cord pull or push the mouse. The dongle included is also bright white and is the same as I saw on the Viper V2 Pro with its A-frame shape. It has a Type-C input on one end to match the cord and charging plug on the mouse but the other end of the adapter has a Type-A connection which comes with the wireless dongle plugged in. If you want you can remove it and plug it directly into your PC but I would recommend using the cord and keeping it as close to your mouse as possible for the best possible connection. The Deathadder V3 Pro uses 2.4 GHz wireless and what they call Hyperspeed wireless which gets you 1000 Hz polling. I also like that the dongle does have an abbreviated version of the Deathadder V3 Pro name on it so if you have more than one Razer device you won’t get the dongles confused. That said Razer does support using one dongle with more than one device which can be helpful as well. The adapter also has a rubber grip on the bottom to help keep it from moving around.
Given the size of the Deathadder, in the past weight has never been a big focus but it's clear across the entire Razer lineup that they are working on improving that, especially with pro-focused models like the Deathadder V3 Pro. One thing that I found especially interesting though is the two different weights listed in the specifications. So the Deathadder V3 Pro in black is listed at 63 grams and the white version that we have is 64 grams. The extra 1 gram in weight for the white model is to account for the paint needed to get that bright white finish which surprised me because the finish doesn’t look like paint at all. The 64-gram weight fits perfectly with what I saw on our scale and considering the Deathadder V3 Pro is a wireless mouse 64 grams is impressive being a larger mouse. Even the Viper V2 Pro that I recently reviewed was just 59 grams and it is noticeably smaller in height.
Another feature that I wanted to highlight even though it doesn’t come with the Deathadder V3 Pro is the Hyperpolling wireless dongle that works with it. This is 29.99 and you can only get it directly from Razer. It replaces the wireless dongle that comes with the Deathadder V3 Pro and bumps the polling rate up from 1000Hz up to 4000 Hz which can when help increase the responsiveness of your mouse movements. Like with a high refresh monitor, even small amounts of time make a difference in reaction time and with this, you can get more mouse movements and have fewer frames on your display between mouse updates. Razer does up to 8000Hz on their wired options and in their presentation, they did show a comparison of how the three different polling rates could affect things compared to your displays frame rendering.