The $79 Razer Viper is the lightest wired gaming mouse I’ve ever used. It weighs simply 69 grams, which I realized is the burden of two standard-sized mild bulbs. What are the advantages of such a feather-light gaming mouse? It relies on who you ask. Those that choose a hefty mouse with added weights received’t need a lot to do with it, however throughout my week with the Viper, I actually favored how straightforward it was to flick alongside the mouse pad every time the in-game second calls for some brisk, twitchy motion.

The relative weightlessness — no less than in comparison with the Logitech G502 Lightspeed I’ve been utilizing, which weighs 130 grams with all of its added weight put in — doesn’t come on the expense of ergonomics. The Viper molds nicely to my hand, and its ambidextrous design accommodates each left- and right-handed folks with two macro buttons on every of its sides. It additionally doesn’t come on the expense of progressive {hardware} options.


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The Viper makes use of optical switches rather than mechanical ones below its most important left and proper mouse buttons. These enhance on commonplace mechanical switches in some necessary methods. Bodily switches need to hit a metallic contact to ship a sign to your PC, and that sign is inherently slower and generally extra susceptible to unintended misfires on account of the truth that they bounce a number of instances whenever you press them. Optical switches are extra responsive, says Razer, and extra dependable than their bodily counterparts.

That is Razer’s first mouse with optical switches, although it’s not the primary to market on the know-how. Razer says that it helps to spice up the Viper’s lifespan to a formidable 70 million clicks, which is 20 million greater than the mechanical switches in Razer’s DeathAdder Elite (which is featured in our greatest gaming mice roundup) are able to, and customarily, nicely forward of the place its rivals are.


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Razer can be making an enormous deal of its new braided “Speedflex” cable main off of the mouse. It’s light-weight, just like the mouse, and its clean texture aids in stopping snags because it glides alongside your mouse pad. Razer says that it’s particularly helpful in the event you use a low DPI setting and actually wish to make giant, sweeping arm actions whenever you play. The material that wraps across the cable appears just like what’s used on most different braided cables, however the Viper’s cable is much extra flexible, and it feels extra like precise cloth than different braided cords that I’ve used.

The Viper is lean by way of options, however, unsurprisingly, Razer squeezed a Chroma LED inside. The colour and lighting sample of the Razer emblem on its high might be custom-made in Razer’s Synapse companion app, and it’s straightforward sufficient to discover a setting that appears subdued, or in order for you, the exact opposite of that. The one different LED on this mouse is on the underside the place you’ll discover a textured button subsequent to it that switches DPI settings. I’m accustomed to this button being on the highest of most mice that I take advantage of, however Razer mentioned that the overwhelming majority {of professional} avid gamers wished it on the underside to keep away from unintended toggling it throughout a match.


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The 5 DPI ranges default at 400, 800, 1,200, 1,800, 2,400, and three,200 DPI, although every might be custom-made in Synapse (as much as 16,000 DPI). Reaching for this button would possibly take some getting used to, however Synapse helps you keep targeted on the display with a small pop-up window that tells you what DPI choice that’s been made.

Personally, I do miss having the button on high, since I don’t play video games with hundreds of {dollars} at stake (or any {dollars}, for that matter), however Synapse lets me remap the buttons to my liking. Since I’m right-handed, the aspect buttons reserved for left-handed gamers are excellent candidates to deal with DPI switching. It’s nonetheless just a little cumbersome, however Razer’s software program principally solved this downside for me.

Like most gaming PC peripherals, the brand new Razer Viper is constructed with skilled avid gamers, and those that aspire to be one, in thoughts. However this one isn’t constructed for all avid gamers. For some, its lack of a customizable weight and a small choice of macro buttons may be deal-breakers. Although, in the event you’re not in that crowd, the Viper’s light-weight, ambidextrous construct makes it a enjoyable addition to Razer’s lineup. And, with its optical switches marketed 70-million click on restrict, the $79.99 funding ought to final you fairly a while.

The Razer Viper will likely be obtainable for buy at Razer.com and Greatest Purchase beginning tomorrow, August 2nd.

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