Razer Viper V2 Pro Review
Here’s my Razer Viper V2 Pro review which is now out in stores nationwide!
Here’s what you get inside the box.
This updated version of the Razer’s marquee gaming mouse is definitely a top contender for best gaming mouse for 2022 and let me break it down into a number of reasons and then let’s take a look at some segments where there’s a need for improvement.
Full disclaimer I haven’t tried or touched another Razer gaming mouse so everything is new to me. That being said, i thoroughly enjoyed the design that the Viper V2 Pro provides. For this version, Razer also got ride of the button in the center which lets us toggle the mouse’s DPI. Instead that is placed at the bottom as a button that also serves as the mouse’s power button.
We also have an improved switches in the form of the Gen 3 Optical Switches which Razer recently boasted as having a 90 million click life cycle which sounds really, really enticing especially if you’re the type of gamer who goes crazy with clicks in FPS games.
The rounded feet design also improves the glide and control of the mouse especially when you’re gaming. You don’t notice that initially but I particularly felt the smooth as butter slide when I was gaming or even working.
Unlike other gaming mouse that’s currently sold in stores and in malls that have flashy RGB in it, the Viper V2 Pro doesn’t have RGB, components that could have made the product heavier than what it wants to be. Again, the goal is lighter so they needed to chuck away things that could make it weigh more in a scale. Instead we have a glossy print of the Razer logo on the product. This might not be up for some hardcore Razer fans but I think it worked.
There’s also the absence of buttons on the other side of the mouse, something that other products enjoy right now to make it more “inclusive” for left handed users.
The side grips are also optional and are stickers rather than built-in parts of the mouse.
The side buttons are also pronounced and obvious to make it easier to use when playing games as opposed to other models and other gaming mouse where the buttons are a bit more “submerged” into the design.
Without the grip tape /stickers the Razer Viper V2 Pro weighs a surprising 59 grams but in my case I decided to stick on those tapes and it weighed 61 grams.
This makes for easy and smooth controls when playing FPS games or even casual ones. But it really shines when it’s a shooter game.
Here’s a breakdown on the Specifications for the Razer Viper V2 Pro
- Connectivity: Razer HyperSpeed 2.4GHz wireless
- Battery life: Up to 80 hours (at 1,000Hz polling rate)
- RGB lighting: none
- Sensor: Razer Focus Pro 30K Optical
- Programmable buttons: 5
- Switch model: Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
- Mouse feet material: 100% pure PTFE
- Size and weight: 126.7mm long x 57.6mm wide (at grip) x 37.8mm tall | 58g
While there are some reviews who found the connectivity and charging for this gaming mouse a bit of a hassle, I personally think its was ok. The USB dongle looks tough and compact enough, pretty standard stuff…
I just had to make sure that Razer wasn’t pulling my leg when they said that this mouse’s battery lasts a lot longer than the previous model and it does. We get 80 hours of battery life as opposed to previous models which only boasts of 70 hours of battery life. Still its a lot better than the other brands in the market which could hit 60 to 70 at the most.
Sad to say though that this gaming mouse isn’t designed or built to do wireless charging. The visible absence of a wireless charging dock and the more obvious push for wired charging kind of makes this what it is.
In terms of DPI, I’m also astonished at how much this bad boy can reach. It’s there at the bottom of the mouse – 30,000DPI.
Now for standard gamers whether you’re playing Valorant or Apex Legends, you’ll be hitting the sweet spot of around anywhere between 800 to 1400 DPI so this is a massive flex. It’s like Razer is telling us to try hard enough to give the product a sweat in terms of how much DPI it can do.
But was it necessary?
For me I think it depends on where you’ll be using it, the type of machine you’ll be using it on and a whole lot more.
In terms of gaming, I really felt that the Razer Viper V2 Pro showed a lot of guts and its also where the weight difference paid off.
Using the mouse for a week before switching over to my older Logitech wired gaming mouse felt like a ton of bricks. Credit where credit is due that brand’s mouse was good but when I switched back to Viper V2 Pro, it felt lighter and had a lot better accuracy. Plus there’s no lags or hiccups throughout the use. In fact that only time the use was hampered a bit was when I’m already bumping into my laptop but that was a “me” problem or rather it was the problem of the surface and not the mouse.
Additional Bells and Whistles
Plugging in your Razer Viper V2 Pro will also let you install some Razer Gaming Software including the:
- Razer Synapse
- Razer Cortex
- Razer Virtual Ring Light
- Streamer Companion App
- THX Spatial Audio
It also allows you to update or upgrade the firmware which comes in handy once you really start using software installer.
For me, this is a pretty amazing gaming mouse. Strip away the brand name and pedigree and its really a fine addition to your arsenal whether you’re playing games on a professional level or training to become a pro-esports athlete in the near future or just a casual gamer. The results will still be the same, improved control due to the lightweight design and cleverly designed switches and buttons.
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