Last year, when Razer sent us the Viper V2 Pro and DeathAdder V3 Pro, I was hesitant to provide them with the glowing recommendations that I honestly thought they deserved. The reason for this, despite the fact that they are both good mice, was their steep asking price of RM749.
If you felt the same way when you read my two reviews of said mice, then you’ll be glad to know that, last month, the company announced a wired version, the DeathAdder V3. And while it’s still a pricy gaming mouse, it’s a much easier recommendation than any of the wireless variants. After all, we’re looking at a price reduction of over 50%, from RM749 to RM349, and that’s not even counting the pricey optional extra needed to bring out the most of them.
What Is It?
As I reported back in February, the Razer DeathAdder V3 is simply a wired version of the Pro model from last year. It provides all of the same benefits, with the only drawback, if you must call it that, is the lack of wireless operation. Though that also means that it can afford to shed even more weight, now weighing in at 59g. There’s no white-coloured option, so there’s no having to deal with heavier paint this time around. Unless you really loved the white motif, though that shouldn’t be a reason to discount this model.
I mentioned that to make full use of the wireless versions of the mice released last year, you need an expensive optional extra. This comes in the form of the HyperPolling Dongle, which allows the aforementioned Pro mice to reach polling rates of 4000Hz, at a price of RM149. Not only does the Razer DeathAdder V3 not need this, but it also manages to reach 8000Hz polling rates like the Viper 8KHz, while both costing and weighing less.
Beyond being very impressive when compared to more expensive products, the Razer DeathAdder V3 also comes with all the basics from modern mice from the peripheral maker. This includes the Focus Pro 30K optical sensor and the third generation optical switches, which is still my favourite thing about the mouse. Oh, it also comes with a carrying drawstring pouch, something that neither Pro models came with.
Is It Any Good?
Yes, and for all the same reasons as the Pro model that came before, and the Viper equivalent that preceded it. But to revisit those points, the list includes the aforementioned optical switches, the chamfered side buttons that provides a better grip without being prone to accidental presses, and the general lack of weight. But again, while this means a more comfortable use experience for long gaming sessions, it’s not something for everyone, especially if you prefer weightier mice.
Less obvious good points of the Razer DeathAdder V3, and probably not something that will be appreciated as much, is the 8000Hz polling rate. I say this because I personally don’t feel the difference in responsiveness above 1000Hz, though this is something that the esports people may beg to differ. It’s also something that puts additional strain on your PC, specifically your rig’s CPU, according to the Razer Synapse software.
The Bad Stuff. Tell Me.
Now we get into nitpicky territory, more so than with the two Pro models that were announced last year. The first is that, despite the Razer DeathAdder V3 being basically the same mouse as the Pro model, it doesn’t come with the grip tape that both Pro models got in the box. To be clear, I don’t personally use it, but it’s still worth mentioning. This is especially since the body of the DeathAdder V3 is completely smooth, while the Pro model, or at least the white SKU, is lightly textured.
Second, this is the third ironic mouse that costs more for not having the usual RGB lighting. In comparison, the vanilla Basilisk V3 sports the usual rainbow light show that’s commonplace among gaming peripherals these days, but weighs just under twice as much, and even costs slightly less, than the DeathAdder V3.
Should I Buy It?
The Razer DeathAddver V3 is a much easier recommendation compared to the Pro model that came before. Sure, RM349 is still a lot of money, but this time you know that the premium you’re paying goes directly to the optical switches that promise longevity, at least for the two main buttons that use them. Arguably, the 8000Hz polling rate, as well, if the Viper 8KHz is any indication. And let’s not forget the major weight reduction. So if you’re looking to upgrade an aging gaming mouse, or simply replace a broken one, then this price tag is easier to stomach compared to what the wireless models ask for.
Some might argue that once you’ve tried wireless mice, it’s difficult to go back. Which is fair, except you do go back every once in awhile anyway when they need to be recharged, unless you go out of your way to not use them during such times. Whatever difference you feel during this time should be so slight that it wouldn’t really affect your gameplay anyway. With that in mind, you aren’t really losing much by cutting off wireless operation, but you save a lot of money as a result.
To reiterate, RM349 is still a fair amount of money. And if you’re not very particular about weight, or lack thereof, then the Basilisk V3 mentioned earlier may still be a better option. But if you need a new fuss-free, very lightweight gaming mouse, definitely consider the Razer DeathAdder V3.
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