Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
This past summer, we were introduced to the original version of the mouse we are bringing forth today. It was then that Patriot introduced their flagship mouse, the Viper V570. At that time, we found this product to be superior to most other mice available, it was comfortable to use, and with the use of ceramic feet, it was one of the least friction influenced mice we had ever used. That all being said, Patriot felt that with the success of the V570, they should have a go at reproducing that magic, yet without all of the bold red accents.
At present, Patriot has murdered out the V570 and kept all of the things that made the original a terrific mouse to use. Stuff like the laser sensor, the Omron switches, a 32-bit MCU, and most importantly, the ceramic feet, can all be found this time as well. Even the software is the same with its intuitive nature of presenting the options; the highly developed Macro management keeps all seven LED zones, and still has the adjustable internal weight system to customize the feel of the latest V570. However, this time around, things get even better as Patriot sent a mouse pad which was not available at that time, which lessens the coefficient of friction even more.
Today we have the Patriot Viper V570 Blackout Gaming Mouse, and if you strive to own the best available products on the market, this mouse needs to be on your radar. Patriot has taken a design which we already approve of, and in our opinion, made it even better looking now. Past the looks, we have the Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad to try out as well. Another thing which bolsters the deal for many to lean towards Patriot for their next mouse is that the price is not over the top either. However, the mouse pad is a tad pricey. With what we know from the past, as long as this mouse wasn't built on Friday, right before the plant closed, we expect to see the same greatness wrapped up in new clothes.
The largest change to the Patriot Viper V570 Blackout is that all of it is black this time around, whether it be shiny, rubberized, or textured, everything beyond the RGB LED capabilities in this mouse, is black. The V570 Blackout is 133mm from back to front, it is 80mm wide, and it stands 44mm tall, all while weighing in at 159 grams. Speaking of weight, there are seven additional pucks which can be added to the Viper V570 Blackout. Each weight is roughly 5.9 grams in weight, and all combined, they total 40.4 grams of add-in weight. Made to accommodate FPS as well as MMO gamers, the mouse comes with thirteen programmable buttons on it, to offer near unlimited control under the right hand.
The "Xtreme Precision Laser" sensor used is the Avago ADNS-9800. The Avago sensor is designed to max out at 8200 DPI, but with the help of software, Patriot can raise the limit to 12,000. The sensor can track movements up to 150 inches per second, and while there is no force limit stated, we do see that the polling rate of the mouse is 1ms, so even the slightest twitch will be caught. There are seven LEDs in the mouse, and each LED can be individually controlled or used with preset modes to deliver RGB LED accents to it. There are ceramic feet under it, there is zero delay, there are Omron switches under the main buttons, and Patriot also shows that they use a Sonix MCU as the heart of this beast.
We have also been sent the Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad. This is a pad made of hard plastic on the top, foam rubber used for grip below, sandwiching a strip of RGB LED lights that encircle most of the pad. Since it is RGB LED lit, it also needs to have a USB cable to power the LEDs requirements. What is nice about this cable, is that it is detachable, and there is a built-in controller with two buttons to cycle through modes and display options.
As for the Viper V570 Blackout, the price is not that far up there. At the time we looked at the original V570, the mouse was on sale, and it only cost $48 and change. When it comes to the V570 Blackout, the MSRP has been set higher. We found it listed at the Viper Store at $69.99, which matches what Newegg is selling it for, but at Amazon, without mention of a sale, it is listed for just $59.99. Considering what you get in the V570 mice, we feel this price is more than acceptable. When it comes to locating the Viper Gaming Mouse Pad, this is where it hurts a bit, when you see the asking price. For a thin mouse pad, with fancy RGB LEDs, a few modes to select and appreciate for a time, but more importantly a seriously slick operating area, the Viper Mouse Pad may be expensive, but well worth it, if you can handle it. Currently, the Viper Gaming Mouse Pad is $59.99, but when it comes to combining it with the V570 Blackout and its ceramic feet, as the coefficient of friction has been lowered as much as humanly possible.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Patriot Viper V570 Blackout Gaming Mouse]
- Page 4 [Inside the Viper V570 Blackout]
- Page 5 [The Software]
- Page 6 [Viper Gaming Mouse Pad]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]