Razer releases cheaper wireless version of one of its best gaming mice
At its RazerCon show last week, PC hardware company Razer announced its new Kraken gaming headsets, finally put a price tag on its RGB face mask, and released other products, like new gaming chairs. Just five days later, Razer has quietly launched another product, the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed. It’s a wireless version of one of the most well-known gaming mice, and it comes with a lower price tag.
The DeathAdder mice have earned a positive reputation for their simple, comfortable design. With an MSRP starting at $30, the lineup is more accessible than a lot of Razer’s other offerings. The company says it has sold over 10 million DeathAdders, making the model the company’s “best-selling mouse.”
Razer started selling the DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed on Tuesday for $60. It’s basically a wireless version (2.4 GHz dongle or Bluetooth) of the DeathAdder V2 ($70 MSRP) but with two buttons near the left-click button instead of south of the scroll wheel. The new mouse also has a less impressive sensor.
That’s right—the sensor powering the V2 X HyperSpeed isn’t as good as the one in the wired version. Sensitivity sits at a lower 14,000 counts per inch (CPI) instead of 20,000 CPI, max velocity is 300 inches per second (IPS) compared to 650 IPS, and the mouse can only handle up to 35 g rather than 50 g.
However, CPI counts have gotten out of control lately, and most gamers will be fine with the specs in the V2 X HyperSpeed, even if the max velocity and acceleration are a bit low compared to modern high-end gaming mice. The wireless version of the DeathAdder V2 Pro is still available, but its $130 MSRP is more than twice that of the new wireless option (though you can find it for $97 as of this writing).
The DeathAdder V2 Pro is rechargeable, too, which keeps its weight (2.88 ounces) a little lower than the new wireless DeathAdder (3.03 – 3.63 ounces), as it relies on batteries.
There are some other minor differences between the DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed and DeathAdder V2 / V2 Pro. For instance, the wireless version opts for standard mechanical switches over optical mechanical switches for the left- and right-click buttons. However, I prefer Razer’s mechanical switches over its optical mechanical ones, especially for first-person shooters, because they require less effort to press. You also miss out on five onboard profiles in the cheaper wireless option. Oh, and there’s no RGB.
But in a world where gaming specs and prices are constantly rising, it’s nice to see Razer offer a more restrained option.
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