Best Overall: Razer Death Adder V2 Pro
The V2 pro retains the same tried and true form factor that popularized the DeathAdder way back in 2006.
The Deathadder V2 Pro is a refresh of one of Razer’s most popular mice. The V2 pro retains the same tried and true form factor that popularized the DeathAdder way back in 2006 but adds wireless connectivity, a new 20K DPI optical sensor, improved switches alongside a smattering of other upgrades to make this the best iteration of the DeathAdder to date.
The V2 Pro offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz wireless using a dongle that can be conveniently stashed within the body of the mouse itself. The mouse offers up to 120 hours of battery life provided you keep the chroma RGB lighting disabled, and can be recharged with either the included cable or by using the Razer Chroma mouse dock that started appearing with their wireless versions of the Basilisk and Viper last year.
The DeathAdder V2 Pro is arguably the best mouse from Razer to date, and while it does carry a bit of a hefty price tag, it’s difficult to find many downsides to this excellent peripheral, unless you happen to be left-handed.
Best Sensor: Razer Viper 8K
Razer is taking gaming mouse technology to new highs with the latest generation of the fan-favorite Viper.
Razer is taking gaming mouse technology to new highs with the latest generation of the fan-favorite Viper. This version keeps much of what made the original viper so popular, it retains the same ambidextrous, lightweight design with 2 additional buttons on both sides of the mouse and an entirely symmetrical layout. What makes this version of the Viper different is the addition of a new sensor that tops out at 20K DPI, but also a vastly improved polling rate, enabling the mouse to communicate with your desktop up to 8,000 times every second.
Polling rate is a measurement of how often your device communicates its inputs with your computer, and the vast majority of gaming mice have topped out at 1000Hz, meaning that it speaks with your computer 1,000 times each second. But with monitors now reaching in excess of 240Hz and new graphics cards using latency-reducing technology, gaming is stressing the upper limit of what is actually noticeable by the human eye.
While these improvements have questionable utility to all but the top one percent of gamers, they do represent an attempt to innovate in a space that has largely become stale. Also, the new and improved version costs the same as the older version did at launch which shows an eagerness on the part of Razer for people to try out this technology for themselves.
Most Popular: Razer Basilisk Essential
The Basilisk Essential is one of Razer’s most popular mice, and it is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade or buy their first gaming-specific mouse.
The Basilisk Essential is one of Razer’s most popular mice, and it is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade or buy their first gaming-specific mouse. It features seven programmable buttons so you can customize inputs for your most-played games. The optical sensor has a native 6,400 DPI for greater accuracy when it counts. The thumb paddle can be programmed for multiple functions, including push-to-talk during the in-game chat, a DPI throttle for precision aiming, or a press-and-hold function for reloading or using healing items.
Each button uses a mechanical switch rated for up to 20 million clicks, giving you solid dependability during the life of the mouse. The ergonomic design is meant to more naturally fit your hand for more comfortable use during marathon gaming sessions. You can use the Razer Chroma and Synapse apps to customize the RGB lighting and easily switch between layout and DPI profiles.
Best Ergonomic: Razer DeathAdder v2
The Razer DeathAdder V2 boasts best-in-class ergonomics with a design that fits your hand more naturally to reduce hand, wrist, and forearm fatigue.
The braided cable and lightweight body are designed to reduce drag for quick movements and to further prevent fatigue. The top of the mouse has dual switches for adjusting DPI on the fly so you don’t have to tab out of your game and mess with special apps or settings.
With 8 programmable buttons and enough onboard memory for 5 different profiles, you can quickly change from Photoshop to playing your favorite games on your lunch break and then back to work. The optical sensor has a 20,000 max DPI for ultimate precision in digital art or down-to-the-wire gaming. Each button uses Razer’s new optical switches for ultra-fast input responses, and with a lifetime rating of 70 million clicks, you won’t have to worry about the DeathAdder V2 giving up the ghost in the middle of a ranked match.
Best for MMOs/MOBAs: Razer Naga Trinity
The real magic lies in its three unconnected side plates, which you can use to quickly adjust the button configuration.
Serious MMO and RTS gamers are a more sophisticated breed, demanding that their mouse meet the criteria of often complex gaming titles. The Razer Naga line has always been designed specifically for this genre, but the Naga Trinity takes this commitment to another level entirely, embracing a variety of RTS, MMO, and even MOBA gaming needs and gracing your desk with three different mice for the price of one.
Like most MMO gaming mice, the Naga Trinity has a lot of buttons, but the real magic lies in its three unconnected side plates, which you can use to quickly adjust the button configuration for your preferred gaming style. A standard 12-button array is designed for traditional MMOs, a MOBA array lays out seven buttons in a circular pattern around your thumb, and a traditional two-button panel is in place so the Naga can shed its kitschy aesthetics in favor of something a little more pared down.
Otherwise, the Naga Trinity is still, evidently, a member of the Naga family. Its bulky chassis, which is wider and touts a higher profile than most competing gaming mice, marks its return to form. But its primo features — RGB lighting, a DPI ceiling of 16,000, and fast and precise tracking, to name a few — are in line with those of Razer’s other, similarly priced gaming mice.
Best Portable: Razer Atheris
The Razer Atheris features a compact design that is not only comfortable but can easily be placed in a laptop bag or backpack for travel to a LAN party or tournament.
Gamers on the go need a mouse that is not only portable but ready to take on almost any game the squad wants to play. The Razer Atheris features a compact design that is not only comfortable but can easily be placed in a laptop bag or backpack for travel to a LAN party or tournament. The Atheris is also ambidextrous so both right and left-handed users can be comfortable. It’s powered by two AA batteries and can give you up to 350 hours of use before needing fresh ones, letting you game for hours each day, worry-free.
You can connect it to your laptop with either the 2.4GHz USB dongle or Bluetooth connectivity for truly wireless gaming. With 5 programmable buttons and adjustable DPI settings, you can create custom button layouts for your most frequently played games and switch between them on the fly. Each button is built with a mechanical switch rated for 50 million clicks for sure-fire input responses and durability.
Best Budget: Razer Viper Mini
This mouse makes it a more reasonable investment for a first-time mouse or for anyone looking for a basic gaming model.
Razer has a reputation for being a pricey brand, so budget-conscious gamers will be happy to learn the Razer Viper Mini is a more affordable option. It retails for around $40, making it a more reasonable investment for a first-time mouse or for anyone looking for a basic gaming model. Left-handed gamers will also love the ambidextrous design. With 6 programmable buttons and adjustable DPI, you can configure the Viper Mini to almost any game on the fly.
Each button uses an optical sensor for input response times as little as .2 milliseconds, giving you the extra edge you’ll need to win intense competitive matches. The body of the mouse weighs just 61 grams and features ultra-smooth plastic feet designed to reduce drag for faster, more comfortable movements. The woven cable is also designed to reduce drag and prevent annoying hang-ups at key moments.
Best Splurge: Razer Basilisk Ultimate
This model uses Razer’s new Hyperspeed wireless technology for a faster, more reliable connection than Bluetooth or 2.4GHz dongles alone.
This model uses Razer’s new Hyperspeed wireless technology for a faster, more reliable connection than Bluetooth or 2.4GHz dongles alone. Each of the 11 programmable buttons is built with an optical sensor for lighting-fast input responses, and with a lifetime rating of up to 70 million clicks, you won’t have to worry about durability. The left side of the mouse features two thumb buttons as well as a multi-function paddle that can be programmed for push-to-talk chat in-game or as a DPI throttle for precision aiming.
The top of the mouse has recessed DPI switches for adjusting the max 20,000 DPI sensor speed on the fly without the fear of accidental button presses in the heat of the moment. The bottom of the mouse features ultra-smooth feet for faster, more comfortable movements and a scroll wheel resistance adjuster for more customization. The integrated battery gives you up to 100 hours of use on a single charge, and just 10 minutes of charge time gives you 5 hours of use so you can top up your mouse before important tournaments or friendly matches with friends. It comes packaged with a charging dock for storage when not in use as well as a detachable USB cable so you can game or work while charging the mouse.
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