There aren't many keyboards on the market that offer the level of features that the Viper V770 RGB does, and even fewer that do so in the manner in which this keyboard does. Having nearly all of the customizations right at your fingertips, without the need for software usage most of the time, one can simply plug in the V770 and start to enjoy all the benefits. The look of the keyboard is top notch with the mix of black and gunmetal gray, the exposed plate means there is a flood of LED lighting across the entire keyboard, and to add more flash to that idea, the side panels are also illuminated. The font used is easy to read, and when it comes to secondary functions or extra buttons, they are all easy to read and find in the dark. Stylistically, and functionally, we have no real complaints to speak of.
If you them dive into the software and have downloaded the manual to get an idea of what all of the extra keys are for, you can come up with some very creative solutions in not only RGB backlighting, but also in the overall functionality a profile can offer you. On initial use, the software can be a tad confusing, but with a few attempts and changing things in the software, the Viper V770 RGB can be the perfect complement to any game style, and any genre of game as well. The Macro system is not the most involved layout we have ever seen, but it will get the job done. The only thing we missed is a way to edit a pre-existing macro, because the way this is designed, is if you mess it up, you have to delete the entire Macro and try again. Even with a few minor shortcomings to the overall user experience, we feel that for only the second keyboard to come out of the Patriot factory, they did a damn fine job at delivering the goods.
The final decision of any product comes down to the cost, and we do not feel this is a factor that should stop anyone. If you do decide to buy this keyboard at a later date, where pricing is closer to the $139.99 MSRP, we feel you are getting a fairly decent product for the cost. However, if you are looking at the currently listed pricing, where we find the Viper V770 for just $119.99, the deal is so much sweeter. You may indeed be able to find a similarly equipped solution for gaming, but most of them are well over the $150 mark. This is where Patriot and their Viper V770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard step to the forefront, and deliver a keyboard which is as feature rich as it gets, it is built quite well, and the bottom line is that you get huge bang-for-the-buck in such a product.
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- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
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- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- 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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The Bottom Line: It's rare to find a keyboard that is this functional, structurally solid, and with a lack of major cost involved! Patriot has evolved the earlier keyboard to new heights, and the Viper V770 RGB will not leave its owners wanting, on any level.
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United Kingdom: The Patriot Memory Viper V770 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Full RGB/Dedicated Media Controls/Macro Enabled, Viper Black and Silver(PV770MRUMXGM) -US LAYOUT- retails for £99.99 at Amazon UK.