Patriot is best known for their DRAM memory, flash and solid state drives, and memory cards, and they have quite the selection for each. Back in 2015, Patriot introduced their first line of Viper Gaming hardware which we covered here. Roughly two years have passed, and their latest line of Viper Gaming hardware is making its debut. First up are the Viper V361 and V370 gaming headsets. They’re nearly identical except the latter having RGB lighting. Both headphones come with 7.1 virtual surround sound and heavy bass mode. Are they a worthy addition to your gaming rig? Let’s take a closer look in this Patriot Viper V361 and V370 gaming headsets review.
Patriot Viper V361 & V370 Gaming Headsets
The Viper V361 has the standard headphone design. It adjusts manually into position like many of today’s headphones. Controls are built into the headset, which we believe is a step in the right direction. We prefer this controller design over a big-and-bulky control box on the cord. There’s a slider for the volume and a switch for the “Ultra Bass Response” which I’ll go into further later. There is no need for a microphone mute button because there’s an amazing swivel to mute functionality. These functions are beneficial into moving the V361 and V370 away from your standard gaming headphone.
Both headsets have a broad range of heads they can fit. The cord is 2+ Meters in length with a stand out red-and-black braided pattern giving it extra durability, making it harder for the cable to coil on itself.[envira-gallery id=”8032″]
Both headphones are connected via USB. Each headset comes with two sets of earcups, leather, and vinyl, as the leather earcups can get quite sweaty in the summer.
The V361 lights up red when powered, while the V370 has RGB lighting which is customizable in the Viper Gaming software.
• Sub-driver: 30 mm
• USB cable length: 2.2 M
• Headphone frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
• Impedance: 32 Ω
• Sound Pressure Level: 110 db @ 1kHz
• Microphone frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
• Pick-up pattern: Omindirectional
• Microphone Sensitivity: -46 db ± 3 db
• Weight: 335 grams
• Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 22 cm
• V361 or V370 gaming headset
• USB cable
• Soft pouch
• Two additional earcups
• Earcups puller
• Quick start guide
Patriot’s Viper software must be installed to enable the 7.1 virtual surround sound and configure the RGB lighting. The software works flawlessly for us. After the install, I just had to reboot, and we were good-to-go. The software’s user interface is clean and straightforward. You have options for volume on the mic, speakers.
Looking at the V370 headset, it comes with RGB lighting controls. The lighting controls have options for Static, Breathe, Blink, and Heartbeat. You can set the effect speed for most of them. Heartbeat produced a cool lighting effect as the headset would light up when sound was played.[envira-gallery id=”8044″]
The Ultra Bass Response (UBR) system is similar to that on the Gamdias HEBE M1 RGB. Any heavy bass that is played causes the headset to vibrate giving you a slight jolt.
Based on our testing, I’d say these headphones can be worn for up to 3 hours of constant use. Beyond that, they start to become uncomfortable. Our ears were always in contact with the membrane inside the headset. After extended play time, this can cause some redness and irritation, so limit your playtime. I tried to re-adjust this part of the headset but to no avail.
When gaming with the headset, the 7.1 virtual surround sound was most useful by accurately pinpointing an enemy you can’t see. Games such as Penumbra Black Plague and SOMA are taken to that next level of horror. The 7.1 surround sound brought out dread and fear from every corner.
Regarding RGB lighting, it’s one of those personal preference features best left up to you. If it’s something you want, then head towards the direction of the V370. Otherwise, the Viper V361 headset is the better choice.[envira-gallery id=”8026″]
For a $50 or $70 pair of headphones, these new Patriot Viper headsets truly deliver some high-end features for a low price: swivel-to-mute, ultra-bass response, no control box, and 7.1 virtual surround sound.
These headphones lean towards the higher-end of the spectrum than the lower-end. If you need a gaming headset that gets the job done well at a reasonable price, look no further. These Viper Gaming headphones are worth your time and consideration when looking within the $50-100 price range.
The Patriot Viper V361 and V370 gaming headphones are available for purchase on Amazon (see link below) as well as on the Patriot website.
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Don’t hesitate to head over to the Patriot Viper Gaming page to see their newest products. To learn more about service and support, click here for their Support page. The Viper V361 and V370 headsets come with a 2-year warranty.
FTC Disclosure: Patriot provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Viper V361 and one (1) Viper V370 gaming headset samples for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
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