Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Unless you live under a rock, you may have noticed that just about every maker out there has entered the peripherals game. This time around we are looking to Patriot, who is known for memory, but up until recently, has never had a peripheral in their lineup. That has changed, as they are now offering up a new keyboard, headset, as well as a mouse. All of these products are found under the Viper series naming that Patriot is well known for in other areas, just that now, rather than looking at memory in the machine, we are getting out first look at gaming peripherals.
For now, we will be looking at their laser gaming mouse, which seems to be well equipped. It uses top-notch parts inside including Omron switches, a Sonix MCU, and an Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor, and even when it comes to the outside, this right-handed mouse still has a lot to offer. Rubberized coatings, a sleek style, ergonomic design, a swap out right side panel for comfort, and even offers a trick hidden weighting system. All of this is done to try and get Patriot their piece of the enormous pie that the likes of Corsair, G.Skill, and many other companies are trying to take away from the major peripheral companies that already have a huge following, and are companies that do nothing else outside of the peripherals game.
There is one thing we do need to get out in the open, though. While Patriot takes their first steps into the peripherals game, we do wish that it was done with a completely new offering. The sad part is, however, this is not the case. Patriot has decided to step into the market with this Viper V560 we are looking at today, but it is a clone of another device and an exact copy at that. For those who have been reading reviews on mice for a bit of time, it is no coincidence that this Viper V560 may remind you of another mouse. This is because the mouse you are about to see, is a rebranded Sentey Revolution Pro. While Patriot does add a splash of red to what was an all-black design, there is no doubt when looking at the two side by side, that Patriot is offering a mouse we have seen before, and we saw this mouse two years ago at that.
Patriot does not provide the specifications in a traditional chart, as they have opted to write things out in story form to kick off what is included. In this message, we see that there is a 29.4-gram weighting system offered, and that the V560 delivers five profiles that can be customized via software. This mouse has nine buttons on and around it and are in easy to reach locations. They move on to the sensor, calling it an Xtreme precision laser sensor with 8200DPI, but it is just the Avago ADNS9800 inside. On the left side of this mouse, we are given a DPI LED indicator with four lights to denote which level is being used. Patriot also delivers an interchangeable right side grip for the V560, which allows users to customize the feel and grip, gaining the best user experience possible. Lastly, we see that this Viper V560 is backed by a two-year warranty, and works with nearly every Windows operating system, and even Mac OS X or higher.
Patriot does offer a small chart on their site as well, but it is not as detailed as we are used to seeing from other manufacturers. This is where we are shown that the V560 and all of the included goodies weighs in at 262 grams, and is in a box 22cm long, it is 16cm wide, stands 6.5cm tall. We see the warranty term again and are told that this has RoHS, FCC, CE, and Class 1M Laser certifications. The V560 itself is 8cm wide, 4.7cm tall, 12.8cm long, and without the weights used, it weighs in at 193 grams.
Pricing is very affordable for the Viper V560. We found that if you are looking at the Patriot website, they have set the MSRP for this device at $39.99, which is something almost anyone can justify. Looking around for retail listings, we found that the V560 can be found in a lot more locations than their memory is found. At the time of writing, Newegg and Amazon are offering the V560 at the same price, and that is at $47.30. Both places offer free shipping as well, but Amazon shows that they are in limited supply, while Newegg makes no mention of the amount of stock available, because they likely don't know since the seller is antonline.com. Since this is a cloned product, we looked for the original design, and here we found that the Sentey is listed at only $27.99. So, if you want to save a bit of loot and even get a hardcover carrying case in the deal that Patriot is not offering, the Revolution Pro is, in fact, a better deal to be had.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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