Razer makes its DeathAdder mice for esports lighter, faster, and more comfortable. It also releases a dongle for the Pro that adds 4,000Hz polling for an extra cost.
Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro
Razer’s other esports gaming mouse is the DeathAdder line. Many of the updates to the wireless DeathAdder V3 Pro are similar to what the company did with the Viper V2 Pro. Even though the V2 Pro costs $130, the V3 Pro costs $150, the same as the Viper. It can be bought today. Its launch partner, the HyperPolling Wireless Dongle, could break new ground in speed for professionals who need it.
Changes to the DeathAdder include switching to the same Focus Pro 30K sensor (which is more accurate and works on a wider range of surfaces), making the middle of the device thicker so that it fits better in the palm, and making similar changes to make it lighter and give it longer battery life.
Even though they are similar, the DeathAdder is still the midsize model from Razer. The Razer cut about 25 grams off its weight, bringing it down to 63 grams. They did this by taking off the grips (pre-cut grip tape is included), getting rid of Chroma, and reducing the number of buttons from eight to six (five are programmable, and one is a power/DPI switcher), and getting rid of Bluetooth.
Other changes to the design include making the lines look more ambidextrous by making the curves less pronounced. However, the mouse is still for people who use their right hand. The left-side buttons are a little bit higher and have a flatter curve. The mouse wheel is a little bit higher (thanks to the thicker body), there’s a new ledge to rest your ring finger, and the most obvious change is that the company’s latest generation of optical switches has been added to the left and right buttons, which used to be part of a single body. And now you can also choose white.
Razer Gaming Mouse
Razer also brought out its HyperPolling Wireless Dongle at the same time as the DeathAdder V3 Pro. In this case, “hyper” refers to polling at 4,000Hz, which means that the mouse is checked for movement every 0.25ms. The mouse comes with the existing multidevice 1,000Hz dongle. For an extra $30, you can get the HyperPolling dongle instead. On Razer’s website, you can preorder it for $165.
Even though it makes sense to have a higher polling rate, there are downsides if you don’t need the tiny boost in responsiveness. One big problem is that it cuts the battery life from 90 hours at 1,000Hz to 24 hours at 4,000Hz. And if you want even more smoothness, you can always use the wired Viper 8K, which runs at 8,000Hz.
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