June 16, 2024


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Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini Gaming Mouse – Review 2020

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Mini mice are an acquired taste, if you’re not using a small mouse simply because you’re traveling with it. The trend of trading ergonomics for a lighter design, to the point where your hand doesn’t fully fit on the base, is not worth it for most players. Like Razer’s Viper Mini mouse for claw- and fingertip-style users, the DeathAdder V2 Mini ($49.99) is a stripped-down version of Razer’s most recent DeathAdder gaming mouse. With a smaller chassis and less powerful sensor, it’s a slightly cheaper and, theoretically, more competitive mouse on paper. And while it does a slightly better job of balancing weight and shape than other mini mice, it’s a large step down from the $69.99 DeathAdder V2 for all but a small subset of players.

Small Isn’t Always ‘Fun Size’

The DeathAdder V2 Mini looks like you hit the original DeathAdder V2 with a shrink ray, just for a second. Its simple but distinctive right-handed six-button shape should look very familiar. Its signature visual cues—a curvy, high-humped chassis and contoured click panels that flare out at the top—both return. But they’re smaller. Unlike the Viper Mini, which looked disproportionately short, the DeathAdder V2 Mini looks like it retains the balanced design that’s made the series so popular over the years.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini top down

But at a body size of 1.5 by 2.5 by 4.6 inches (HWD), appearances can be deceiving. The mouse is too short and too thin for my average-size hands. The hump of the base is high enough to keep my hand from dragging on the ground when holding it palm-style. That’s technically an improvement over the Viper Mini and other extra-small mice, but I had to squeeze the mouse tightly to keep my hand in place. Over time, that tight grip would likely make my hand cramp.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini side buttons

So, like the Viper Mini, the DeathAdder V2 Mini is meant almost exclusively for claw- and fingertip-grip players. The important thing about such a mouse is that you can move the device very quickly using very little force, since you’re just pushing with your fingertips. In that way, it succeeds: Weighing in at 2.2 ounces, it’s extremely light. It’s very easy to push around the mousepad, even with some ergonomic support in the chassis for players who only hold their mice claw-style while playing games.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini tape comparison

It’s also easier to grip with your fingers because of Razer’s new rubberized grip tape, which comes packaged with the DeathAdder V2 Mini. The kit includes four pre-cut rubberized grips, two for the sides and two for the click panels, which you can slap on whenever you like. Like the grips that come installed on the sides of many gaming mice, it adds some nice texture and does a good job holding your fingers in place. The smooth plastic chassis of the mouse can get a little slippery, especially if your hands get sweaty, but the tape keeps your hand in place and on point.

I also appreciate that using press-on grips makes them removable. Grips are often one of the first things to wear out, so having the ability to take them off and replace them extends the life of the mouse. And you most certainly can replace them. While bundling the tape with the DeathAdder V2 Mini, Razer also sells grip-tape kits for many of its current mice, including the Viper, Viper Mini, Viper Ultimate, Basilisk Ultimate, and DeathAdder V2. I can’t say whether the tape is worth its $9.99 price tag, but it’s definitely worth using with the DeathAdder V2 Mini.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini top buttons

Beyond the shape and weight, the DeathAdder V2 Mini’s best qualities mimic its larger cousin. It still uses Razer’s optical mouse switches, which work very well, whether or not they live up to the company’s claims of superior durability and speed. In many places, though the Mini lacks the features that make the original worth Razer’s generally high price of admission. The DeathAdder V2 has two RGB lighting elements, but the DeathAdder V2 Mini only has one—a logo in the base. The mouse also has an unnamed proprietary optical sensor, which tracks at up to 8,500 dots per inch (compared to 20,000dpi for the larger DeathAdder V2). Though that’s more than enough for most competitive players, it’s indicative of a larger gap in performance. The “Mini” moniker doesn’t just mean it’s for competitive or claw-style players, but also that it’s a budget product.

Small Mouse, Same Synapse

Like all Razer products, the DeathAdder V2 Mini supports Synapse, the company’s hardware configuration software. There’s not much to say about Synapse that hasn’t already been said: It’s one of the most polished software tools for mice right now. It’s simple to adjust DPI presets, remap keys, create macros, and change the mouse’s RGB lighting.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini software

The DeathAdder V2 Mini doesn’t use Synapse in any novel ways. You can create as many config profiles as you please, but the mouse does not have onboard memory, so those profiles live on your PC.

When Going Big’s the Better Bet

As I’ve said, claw- and fingertip-style players will benefit from the DeathAdder Mini V2’s smaller stature and lighter weight. Still, unless you use your mouse that way all the time—both for gaming and general PC use—I would strongly urge most players to buy the standard DeathAdder V2. It’s a better mouse: It has more features and a more comfortable shape. The difference in comfort alone is worth the extra $20.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini base

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini Specs

Number of Buttons 6
Interface USB Wired
Hand Orientation Right-Handed
Sensor Maker and Model Razer Optical Sensor
Sensor Maximum Resolution 8500 dpi
Power Source Wired USB
Warranty (Parts and Labor) 2 years

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