Inside the Viper V570 Blackout
Under each ceramic pad is a screw, and once removed the V570 Blackout is open for business. We find a pair of PCBs used in the top section, connected to the single PCB in the lower section via ribbon cable. We also find a strip of tape on the lower section, and this is used to block the LEDs for the side stripe from glowing out through the top of the mouse.
Backing what is labeled buttons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the left side of the V570, Patriot uses this small green PCB with black pad style switches on it. The pressure required to actuate it is firm, but due to the button construction, the click reported from it sounds hollow.
The second PCB which has wires soldered between this one and the one we just looked at, is found under the DPI and profile buttons, which are backed with taller pad switches. These switches are much softer and do not have much of an audible report. The rubber pad is used to surround the LEDs next to the buttons, and there are optic tubes taking light from here to the outside LED covers.
Under buttons number one and two, we find another pair of pad switches, and like those we just saw, they are soft and near silent when used. Behind them is the switch for the left button, and it is a white Omron switch made to last for ten million clicks. The segmented scroll wheel motion is then tracked with the TTC assembly behind it all.
On the main PCB is the Avago ADNS-9800, which is a laser sensor, and typically tops out at 8200 DPI. Much like optical mouse companies have been doing lately, Patriot uses software to match that height of 12,000 DPI that everyone is bragging about now.
In control of communications, how the software coordinates with the mouse and is where the onboard storage is for profiles and settings is a Sonix MCU. The SN8F22E88BFG is an 8-bit processor, which has proved itself more than capable used in the original V570 as well as in a Bloody keyboard.
The last pair of buttons can be seen from this angle. Of course, the right main buttons also comes backed by an Omron switch with ten million click capability. Used for the click function of the scroll wheel is a white TTC switch, which requires firm pressure to use, and has a solid sounding click when pressed.
Just so that we can show off some of the RGB LED capabilities, we powered it up and allowed the rainbow mode to take effect. The band on the side is lit with various colors, as is the center of the scroll wheel, as well as the Viper name on the top. The front of the mouse is also sharing these color pallets, as the pair of panels are backlit there too.
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