The latest addition to the manufacturer’s range of keyboards, the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is positioned as a direct competitor to the Logitech G915, which no longer needs to be presented. We present it to you in detail in this complete test!
The keyboard gamer Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro stands out from the rest of the manufacturer’s range thanks to its thin chassis and its keys, which are also very thin. It is of course a wireless mechanical keyboard, which can also be used on several devices thanks to its Bluetooth connection.
Very logically, and probably on purpose, it tackles Logitech’s G915 head-on, which has been a benchmark for many years. This new model from the snake brand is offered at the very high price of 250 euros and is available in several versions, including a TKL model and a wired model.
A solid and very discreet keyboard
The body of the DeathStalker V2 Pro is as often made of hard plastic, topped with a metal plate. He wears an entirely black dress and is therefore distinguished by his finesse. As indicated in the introduction, it is difficult not to draw a parallel with the G915 and the two models will be compared throughout this test.
Despite its very appreciable finesse, the chassis is particularly rigid. Concretely, it seemed to us just as solid as the most imposing models that we have been able to test so far. It will thus not suffer from the sometimes soft aspect of certain very thin keyboards.
Unlike Logitech, Razer has chosen sobriety here for its DeathStalker V2 Pro. Indeed, with this black dress and the few additional buttons it has, one can wonder if one is really facing a keyboard gamer usually outdoing buttons and other original appendages.
The keys and switches also adopt a construction slim which allows the passage to do without a wrist rest. The keys here are similar to what was found on laptops from the early 2000s. No PBT plastic here since you have to settle for a classic double-injection ABS.
We regret once again that Razer did things halfway concerning the cutting of the secondary characters of most of the keys. As a result, RGB lighting does not pass through and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish them in a dark room. Beyond this recurring criticism, the RGB lighting is confined here to the keys and is sufficiently powerful.
We will come back in more detail to the switches used on the DeathStalker V2 Pro, it should nevertheless be noted that they use the very classic cross fixing system found on Cherry MX switches. This brings two advantages: the possibility of replacing the keys with the one of our choice, and a durability far superior to what Logitech offers.
The DeathStalker V2 Pro is content with two additional buttons: a large volume adjustment wheel which will also allow you to mute it with one press, and a multifunction button dedicated to changing tracks and pausing/playing. Nothing new under the sun therefore since Razer is content with the essentials.
At the rear of the chassis, there is the power switch which will have the role of choosing the desired connection mode. There are also, as on the G915, three buttons used to switch between the different devices connected via Bluetooth. Not being visible to the user, they will require some getting used to before being used in a clear way.
Under the chassis, there are the two usual retractable feet which offer two inclinations here in order to adapt the ergonomics of the keyboard to everyone’s preferences. We regret here the fact that these feet tend to catch our mouse pad a little too much. As a result, they sometimes fold up when moving the keyboard.
Razer thus offers us a very well built keyboard that seems really solid. However, the brand has not been original in terms of design and offers us here one of its most sober keyboards. This is not necessarily to displease us, but some users may prefer more original models.
Personalization in just a few clicks thanks to Synapse
As always, we will trust Synapse to configure and customize this new keyboard. The app hasn’t changed at all since our last test of a Razer keyboard and that, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing. The interface is still as clear, although the software remains relatively loaded with additional modules.
The first page dedicated to DeathStalker V2 Pro will allow us to reassign the different keys. Many options are available, ranging from the simple keyboard key, through system shortcuts or macros that can be recorded directly within the application. If the volume control wheel can be personalized with the actions of our choice, it is not the same for the button associated with it.
We find the usual tab dedicated to RGB lighting which offers several preconfigurations and will require you to go through the Chroma Studio to create personalized and more advanced effects. The brightness of the keyboard is also positioned at 50% by default, which is more than enough in most environments.
Finally, a final tab is confined to a few power options by allowing, for example, to reduce the lighting when the keyboard is not used or to turn it off after a certain time.
A very good autonomy associated with a flawless connection
Razer claims around 40 hours of continuous use with the lights at 50% power. This corresponds to a good ten days with 4 to 5 hours of daily use. In practice, the brand’s figures seemed to us to be rather consistent with reality. Fully charged upon unboxing, we were able to use the DeathStalker V2 Pro for a week and a half before needing to charge it again.
Small interesting subtlety: the keyboard does not have a dedicated battery level indicator. Nevertheless, it is possible to know it thanks to a keyboard shortcut which will display the remaining battery using the 4 indicator LEDs present above the directional arrows.
On the 2.4 GHz connection side, there is simply nothing to complain about. This has proven to be perfectly stable and no latency is noticeable. Bluetooth pairing is simplistic and using this connection outside of the game will save the keyboard battery a little. Finally, it is also possible to use the keyboard only wired, if that has any interest.
Very good switches
The DeathStalker V2 Pro is offered with two variants of optical switches: the purple ” clicky and linear reds, which we’ll talk about here. On paper, these switcheslow profileare the fastest in the manufacturer’s range. Their activation point is positioned at 1.2 mm with a total stroke of 2.8 mm. The activation force necessarily is very classic and peaks at 45 g.
From the first keystrokes, we appreciate Razer’s excellent work on the sound of the switches. Indeed, these are really discreet (if indeed a mechanical switch can be) thanks to a welcome acoustic treatment. This is particularly valuable and still too rare on the keyboard marketgamergrand public.
On the performance side, they are generally there with switches that are very responsive to activation. We simply regret the somewhat soft touch of these latter which do not offer enough resistance at the start of the race and do not necessarily come back quickly enough. There is nothing unacceptable about this, but it is, for example, less good than what is found on Asus’ RX keyboards.
These new switches are still compelling nonetheless and will be suitable for gamers looking for a responsive keyboard for gaming. is logically shown at the height.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Keyboard Price and Availability
The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro keyboard is available at the recommended price of 250 euros.