Deathadder V3 is the continuation of one of the oldest series of gaming mice not only by Razer, but in general in this segment. There aren’t that many models on the market that have been around for over 17 years. In its new iteration, the Deathadder offers gamers a light weight, a top-notch sensor, and a familiar body shape. And now we will see whether the new model is worth an upgrade from previous generations and is worth attention in general.

Razer Deathadder V3 package contents

There is nothing new or unusual here. The mouse comes with a case bag for storage and transportation.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

Razer hasn’t changed in terms of appearance or body shape. This is absolutely the same Deathadder that players have known since 2006. But without radically changing the design, the company experiments with small things. For example, the V3 model does not have a logo backlight, which allowed it to reduce the weight even more. And there are also no rubber pads on the sides.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

The mouse is completely made of smooth plastic. There are no complaints about the quality of the assembly, and there is a feeling of monolithicity. The model is completely black, there are no additional design elements here, except for the manufacturer’s logo, which is no longer illuminated. Overall, the design is solid and practical. By the way, it is also very good that in the pursuit of lightness, Razer did not go the way of installing holes in the case, like some other manufacturers, and thanks to this, less dust will get inside.

Shape, ergonomics, buttons

The manufacturer’s desire to reduce the weight of the case could not avoid touching certain details, especially compared to the previous model Deathadder V2. The first thing that catches your eye is the absence of additional buttons that used to be behind the scroll wheel. I can’t say that there aren’t enough of them, but it’s better to have more options than not to have them. In terms of functionality, Deathadder V3 is more similar to the significantly cheaper Deathadder Essential, which at the time of writing the review cost half the price.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

There were also no rubber pads on the sides under the fingers. Personally, I would have liked them to remain, because this way the contact with the hand will be better, taking into account also the fact that the mouse is almost not felt in the hand thanks to the minimum weight of 59 grams. But the weight distribution itself is perfect. You can’t even feel the connection cable. It is soft and very light. Its attachment to the mouse is quite high and during use, it does not cling to the surface of the mat.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

In everything else, this is a long-familiar Deathadder model. The ergonomics of the mouse have not changed, the shape is absolutely the same. Fortunately, the side buttons did not go anywhere. They are clearly pressed, and their course is minimal. I liked the main keys, their stroke is also short, soft, but tactile. Optical switches with a resource of 90 million clicks are installed under the keys.

As for the scroll wheel, there are no complaints about it either. Its stroke and click are clear and quiet.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

I would also like to note the sensation of sliding the mouse over the surface. The legs of the Deathadder V3 turned out to be quite thick and very slippery. The mouse is very pleasant to use even on mats designed for control. The situation is even better on smoother mats. I can recommend “control” mats with a sticky surface for this mouse. This gives a wonderful feeling of full control over the movement while there is no discomfort or delays.

Sensor and settings

This is probably the first mouse we’ve tested with the Razer Focus Pro sensor and 30,000 dpi resolution. It seems to me that already at the 12-16 thousand dpi mark there is no real need for such numbers, and here it is even higher.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

For marketing needs, it will probably be good, but for an ordinary user with monitors from FullHD to 4K, an indicator of less than a third of the maximum resolution will be enough. Moreover, this is not the main thing in the sensor. The main indicator here is clarity and stability. And the Razer Deathadder V3 has it in complete order. Even in games where the highest response is required, there were no problems. The mouse clearly tracks movements both at a fairly small dpi and at a really large one with sharp and long movements.

Another interesting feature of the mouse is the polling rate of the port, which in this case reaches 8000 Hz per second. This means that the mouse transmits a signal to the port of your computer once every 0.125 milliseconds, unlike most modern manipulators, which operate at a frequency of 1000 Hz. For the player, this will mean a much more accurate response. But this is theoretical.

Razer Deathadder V3 ultralight gaming mouse review

It is difficult to notice even on a large monitor with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. I’d say it’s very hard to spot even if you know where to look. Most likely, the difference will be more noticeable at display refresh rates up to 360 Hz. Therefore, this once again suggests that both 8 kHz and 30,000 dpi in mice are not the needs of the present, but of the very distant future and not for every user.

All these and some other settings are done in the Razer Synapse utility. In addition to the sensor, you can assign other functions to the mouse button and save these settings to your profile in the Razer Cloud, or to 1 of 5 available profiles in the mouse’s memory. Unfortunately, the utility still does not know the Ukrainian language, and the interface itself feels overloaded and not completely understandable, at first glance.