Razer is making its jump into eSports hardware with its new Viper Gaming Mouse. Plenty of parts manufacturers have eSports supported mice, keyboards and headsets, but only few put the effort to make its equipment stand above the rest. The Viper not only has the technology to provide a competitive edge, but it does so at a welcoming retail price. The mouse implements technology from other Razer products and is endorsed by CS:GO professional player Taco de Melo who had been playing with a prototype of the mouse. Everything that Razer has laid on the table with the Viper pays off. It’s even ambidextrous so everyone can play.
Competitive mice should all have mechanical switches and the Razer Viper goes above and beyond with its implementation. Taking technology from the Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard, the Viper offers the same infrared technology for instantaneous response from its mechanical switches. This means 0.2 millisecond response time while eliminating the possibility for double actuation. The Viper features two customizable buttons on each side to suit the ambidextrous nature along with the two main mouse buttons and a scroll wheel. The clicking sensation is light and crisp, which falls in with the entire feel of the Viper, itself.
For the price that the Viper goes for, it will be a wired mouse and that is surely a positive to many professional gamers. The cable is the Razer Speedflex cable that allows for maneuverability of the device all while not having to mess with it in the middle of the game. I do feel there is a bit too much slack in it, since moving forward seemed to bunch up the cabling somewhat. That deviation in comfort can be enough to throw off the entire feel of the mouse.
The Viper is Razer’s lightest gaming mouse to date. It weighs in at only 69 grams and it almost feels like it could blow away in the wind. It fits nicely in the palm of your hands and isn’t a hulk to move around. Add to this that the mouse even includes RGB in its design along with rubber grips on the side to keep your fingers from slipping. The scroll wheel, while not adjustable, is precise as the indentations can be felt heavily without risking scrolling too far. The design of the Viper is symmetrical and as straightforward as it gets. Playing Gears 5 with the Viper provided quick responses in combat. The aiming felt free with no hassles and using the main mouse buttons for firing was extremely responsive. The Viper includes Razer’s 5G optical sensor with true 16,000 DPI to provide excellent acceleration and accuracy. All of this will help in other shooters such as Apex and Destiny 2. With five on-board profiles, players can take the mouse where they need to set different DPI settings. This and the RGB are all customizable through the Razer Synapse 3 software.
There are a few design quirks I have with the Viper, however. With it being ambidextrous and symmetrical, the mouse is more designed for a universal feel and may not cater to everyone’s hands. The scroll wheel does a good job of scrolling well with its feedback, but using the button seems deeper than it should. Due to the height of the mouse, it can feel awkward. Also, with the two customizable buttons on both sides, my pinky finger seemed to lay right across these. Lastly, there is a DPI button on the mouse, but it’s underneath. For a competitive mouse to not have this on top so players can switch on the fly if need be is a necessity. There is an open spot under the scroll wheel that would work perfect, but alas the button is below.
The Razer Viper offers wonderful technology for eighty dollars. The comparable Logitech G903, although ambidextrous and wireless, is over twice the price. Add to this that the Viper is extremely light and includes an incredible feel from the actuation of the mouse buttons and the mouse is not only an awesome entry-level eSports mouse, but no doubt a steal. While I have a few personal issues with the design, this will vary from person to person. The price should, however, negate any issues with the unit. If you’re looking to up your competitive gaming, Razer Viper is the route to go.