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Patriot Viper V570 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 1:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Patriot Memory

Inside the Viper V570

 

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Five screws hold the V570 together, found under each of the feet. Once out, we could remove the top half, mindful of the ribbon cable. We can see the smaller PCB for the array of buttons on the side and top, and the lower section houses everything else needed to make the V570 operate correctly.

 

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We found that there are two sections of PCB found in the top half. The longer one of them has six thin pad switches, which back the red secondary buttons numbered three through eight. It is connected to the second PCB via fine wires for communication through the ribbon cable, and on the PCB are pad switches for the DPI and profile buttons, and a LED for the Viper logo.

 

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The page forward and page back buttons marked one and two use the pair of pad switches on the outer edge. The Omron switch is of the typical variety and is what backs the left click button. We can also see the TTC switch used to read the lightly segmented spin of the scroll wheel.

 

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To illuminate the left side of the mouse with the ability to appear to move the color around the V570, it uses the four LEDs seen here. There is also a layer of tape placed over these LEDs, so they will not bleed into other areas, or be visible through any gaps in the design.

 

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Taking center stage is the Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor. Typically this sensor maxes out with 8200 DPI, but with a bit of tinkering, Viper can deliver 12,000 DPI from this sensor, so it can compete with the 12,000 DPI optical sensors which have become so popular, as of late.

 

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In control of all of the data traffic and communication with the PC is the Sonix MCU. This is the SN8F22E88BFG, which appears to be an 8-bit microcontroller, and if it truly is, Patriot can get a lot done with this basic setup. Many other would have a 16-bit MCU in place to deliver what the V570 is capable of.

 

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On the right side of the mouse, at the front of it again, we can see the matching Omron switch which is found under the right click button. Reading the presses of the scroll wheel, Patriot fitted a TTC switch, which is heavier in feel to the Omron switches.

 

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With the Viper V570 all back to one piece again, we powered it to see what happens. What we find is that the color starts with the Viper logo, it then jumps down to the side, and runs along it progressively. At this time, we are using the red profile, and we have the second level of DPI selected, seen at the top of the V570.

 

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The lighting we saw on the log and along the side, continues around to the front. Both panels on the front edge will carry on with the progressive loop of color, and then the lighting swings back into the scroll wheel to end the loop.

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