Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: One-minute review
The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro may have cemented Razer’s status as the king of gaming keyboards. With this new entry, the manufacturer has finally thrown its hat on the ultra-low-profile gaming keyboard ring. And while manufacturers like Keychron, Logitech and Roccat got there first, it seems Razer has made good use of the time between its rivals’ launches and its own launch to create something better.
Don’t get us wrong; ultra-low-profile gaming keyboards like the Logitech G915 Lightspeed, Roccat Vulcan Proand the Vulcan 122 AIMO (for mechanical fans) still have their place in the world. We will forever be fans of these entries, and this author specifically will put them in rotation. There are so many great options out there that it almost makes no sense to buy just one. And if you’ve already checked out other players’ settings on social media and YouTube, you know that there are many others who do the same.
At the same time, for players who only need one or don’t have the budget to start a collection, choose this one. keyboard ruling them all is the way to go. And the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro may be, in many ways, superior to those that came before. It has a shorter actuation point than the Roccat Vulcan Pro, faster wireless connectivity than the Logitech G915, and an optical switch that feels better than any of them.
Really, the only thing that can put people off is the price. Over $200/£200 is nothing to play with, especially for a gaming keyboard in the current economic climate we’re in. Or is it especially because Roccat’s Vulcan Pro is much more affordable and the G915 is cheaper now?
Either way, it takes some of the shine off. Still, we also can’t blame you if you splurge or save a little to get it.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: Price
- How much does it cost? $249 (£249, AU$359)
- Where is it available? Linear optical key version available now
- Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia
Available to buy now in the US, UK and Australia for $249 (£249, AU$359), the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro might not be for the budget conscious and those feeling the effects of inflation rates growing. That’s especially with the wired Roccat Vulcan Pro which is just $159 (£179, AU$329) and the Logitech G915 Lightspeed now discounted at $229 / £209.
Spending more might be worth it for some people, however, if they want the fastest wireless connectivity and simultaneous connectivity to multiple devices. However, if they don’t mind being connected to their PC or having a slightly slower wireless connection that is not discernible to most people, then one of the options mentioned above might be of better value for you.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: Design
- One of the lightest ultra-low-profile gaming keyboards
- Multiple connectivity options and multi-device connectivity
- vibrant customizable RGB
The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro might not be the slimmest ultra-low-profile gaming keyboard on the market. That honor may still belong to the Logitech G915 Lightspeed, whose beautiful brushed metal tabletop and slim keys together keep it under 25mm (the Razer input sits at 26.5mm max). However, it manages to be the lightest of the optical group, weighing in at 776.5 g (27.4 oz).
The gaming keyboard is solidly built despite its thin and light form factor, boasting a 5052 aluminum alloy top panel, high-quality plastic bottom panel and removable braided fiber Type-C cable, as well as ultra-durable coated ABS keys. It promises a lifetime rating of 70 million keystrokes, which is a lifetime for most users. And it looks good too, thanks to Razer’s customizable Chroma RGB, which we’ve found more than vibrant enough even in the brightest lighting conditions.
The one thing we love most about the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro’s design is the set of three quick-swap buttons that are conveniently located on the front. This keyboard has three connectivity modes – 2.4GHz HyperSpeed wireless, Bluetooth and USB-C. In Bluetooth mode, it can simultaneously connect to three different devices, and those three buttons make it easy to switch from one device to another, which is super nifty.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: Performance
- A little soft keys/switches but overall great feel
- 1.2 mm actuation distance and 45 g actuation force
- battery life
Optical switches tend to have a little more resistance than mechanical switches, which puts some people off. The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro splits the difference, as does the Logitech G915 (although we think the Logitech does it a little better), so it still satisfies mechanical switch fans without being as bouncy as the linear Vulcan Pro. As a result, it delivers a satisfying and comfortable typing experience whether you’re in the middle of a game or typing up work documents.
Its linear optical switch is indeed “ultra-fast” and “ultra-reliable”, not to mention very quiet. What we like most is that while the key travel is 2.8mm (incredibly short, but the G915 is 0.1mm shorter – not that it matters much to most users), it has a distance of actuation of 1.2mm and an actuation force of 45g.
Most users might not see a huge difference, but over time, this combination really means the keyboard takes less effort from you, especially when typing. We find ourselves putting less effort into typing this review or playing Cyberpunk 2077 or Stray, and our wrists, arms, and shoulders are reaping the benefits.
Battery life is decent and almost on par with the G915. Razer gave it a 40-hour rating, but that’s only if you have your RGB lighting set to 50%. Increase its brightness to 100% and you’ll get around 24 hours of use, which means 3 days of 8 hour gaming/typing sessions.
That’s still not bad. However, if you forget to charge regularly or simply despise having to charge in general, you should probably reduce the RGB brightness to 50%.
The media button and roller are great too, but you’ll need to go to the Razer Synapse 3 app to change your settings. By default, the button is only set to play and pause while the roller controls the volume (you press it to mute).
One thing the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro has that makes it a better choice for many gamers than the G915 is its fully programmable keys. While the G915 only has five G keys that you can reassign or program with macros, all keys on the DeathStalker V2 Pro have this feature, making it the most versatile option. It also has onboard hybrid memory and cloud storage so you can take those macros and RGB lighting profiles with you.
Should I buy the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro?
Do not buy if…
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: Bulletin
|Value||The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro offers excellent performance and is feature-rich, but it’s also incredibly expensive for most people.||3.5 / 5|
|Project||In addition to its larger footprint as a full-size keyboard, we love its thin and light design and design elements like multi-device buttons.||4.5 / 5|
|acting||It’s fast and requires less effort from its users thanks to this impressive actuation point + actuation force combination.||5/5|
|Total||We would give it the perfect score if it weren’t for the high price and timing of its release during the current inflationary crisis.||4.5 / 5|
- First reviewed in August 2022
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