Just a few weeks ago, I moved house and saw a considerable downsizing of my desk space. No longer could I have my dual-monitor setup, wrist rests, or Ghost of Tsushima mask on my desk. Even my tried-and-tested Logitech keyboard was almost too big.
Luckily, Razer has now launched the DeathStalker V2 line of keyboards, including the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro. And boy, was it exactly what I needed.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Performance
As someone more used to mechanical keys, the DeathStalker V2 Pro’s optical switches were one of the major features I was looking forward to testing. Dubbed as low-profile switches, they are lightning-fast,
Thanks to the silicon dampner tuning, the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro gives you just the right amount of sound without annoying anyone in your surrounding area. You can definitely use this keyboard in an office, not just your gaming set-up.
However, with the low-profile switches comes a massive sensitivity to pressure, something which became pretty frustrating after a while. I found myself making more errors, or pressing random keys more frequently due to the low barrier for input. The backspace button was the worst offender here, as I would often accidentally go into full screen with F11. If you’re moving over from a mechanical keyboard, this will take some more getting used to.
The DeathStalker V2 Pro has three connection options: USB, Hyperspeed, and Bluetooth 5.0. I tested all three, and didn't notice any latency issues or delays using wireless connections, making that transition seamless.
Its range also outperforms my eyesight. I could walk the entire span of my flat, and still write sentences. The opportunities for shenanigans here are endless, I ended up writing part of this review from the other room while waiting for the kettle to boil.
If you’re one of those people who enjoy playing console games with a keyboard and mouse, you should have no trouble with the wireless connectivity here. With a 40-hour battery with backlight on, you won’t need to worry about losing power. It should even last you the full working week.
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Design and Aesthetic
Razer has managed to create a pretty sleek, compact, and sturdy keyboard in the DeathStalker V2 Pro.
One of my major gripes with most keyboards is their bloated size. Whether it’s through a plethora of additional keys or features I’ll never use, or just the enormous gaps between keys, it can really clutter your working area.
Luckily, the DeathStalker V2 Pro makes sure everything is nicely compact, all on top of a sturdy aluminium plate. Even the media controls, which I often find are the worst offenders for a keyboard size, are compact, and well thought-out to reflect this. As a side note, I’ve never had as much fun changing the volume as I have with the DeathStalker’s roller wheel.
The ultraslim feel, mixed with low-profile switches means it doesn’t look out of place on a minimalistic setup, but the RGB offerings put it on par with any other Razer products out there.
Razer also touts its ultra-durable key coating as a hedge against wear and tear on the keycaps, preventing them from fading. It is true the keys still look cleaner after use than previous keyboards I’ve used, but the aluminium plate - while scratch-resistant, was liable to the odd fingerprint being visible.
Should You Buy The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro?
The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a standout keyboard that is versatile enough to fit any setup and any type of use. With its compact design and low-profile switches, it is a welcome addition to my setup, which was previously quite bloated. The optical switches will take more getting used to due to their oversensitivity, however.
If there is one extra thought to contend with for the DeathStalker V2 Pro, it’s the price. Coming in at a whopping £250/$250, it is more towards the high-end of the keyboard market. At this price point, there are plenty of other strong options for gaming. However, in the wireless, compact niche, there isn’t much else that can outperform the DeathStalker V2 Pro.
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