Until recently, Patriot was best known for its DRAM memory, flash/solid state drives, and memory cards. Over the past two years, they’ve jumped into the gaming arena with their Viper line of gaming accessories. Over the past few months, they’ve gradually introduced their second round of headphones, keyboards, and mice, and they are impressive. I’ve spent the past few weeks with the Viper V570 gaming mouse, customizing and learning every detail of it. Is this piece of gaming hardware a worthy addition to your rig? So without further delay, let’s take a closer look in this Patriot Viper V570 mouse review.
• FPS and MMO hybrid design
• Resolution settings up to 12,000 DPI
• Avago 9800 laser sensor and Omron switches
• 13 programmable keys
• Custom tailored RGB profiles
• Custom tailored weight system
• Multiple surface materials for a great feel
Patriot Viper V570 Mouse Review
There’s so much to like and almost nothing to dislike when it comes to this V570 mouse.
We’ve got a whole lot of gaming mice around here, but none quite like this. For those who are familiar with GAMDIAS, you could say that the Viper V570 is a cross between the ZEUS eSport and P1. The Viper V570 also has similarities to the Corsair Scimitar PRO. Either way, we like the Viper’s First Person Shooter (FPS) + MMO appearance.
Obviously, this mouse is designed for the right-handed user which is a drawback to a small percentage of you gamers. The V570 has a dozen or so buttons from left and right click, forward and back, wheel click, and DPI loops. These standard buttons are pre set. The remaining buttons are up to you and programmable within the Advanced Functions settings of the Viper software. There’s even a left side sniper button which drops the resolution down to 400 DPI
Unlike the Scimitar PRO whose keys are a 3 x 4 set of columns and rows, the V570’s buttons resemble a set of teeth. Keys 1-8 are easily and comfortably accessible to your index finger and thumb. And just like teeth, there’s enough separation between them to know where each one starts and ends. The left and right click keys, as well as the scroll wheel and DPI keys, fit well with my index and middle fingers. The only bit of discomfort I had was two-thirds up my ring finger. I believe the curvature of the mouse where the ring finger rests is too pronounced. If this were to be shaved down a bit, the fit of the mouse would be 100% perfect in my hand.
The mouse has four unique surface materials, five if you include the red numerical keys. The left side is rubberized and textured with tiny rectangles while the right is smooth with some grip. The top utilizes two materials, one clear, one not, with the latter so smooth that your index and middle fingers slide across it. The dead-centered transparent surface allows for the Viper logo to show.
Within the mouse, there are an Avago 9800 laser sensor, Omron D2FC-F-7N primary switches, and configurable streaming multi-zone RGB LED lighting.
There’s a removable top piece which hides the location of the adjustable weight system. This system consists of six 5.7 gram weights with a seventh as a spare. There’s also a container to store the weights. In our test mouse, we used three weights.
The underside of the V570 has five ceramic foot pads which allow the mouse to glide across any flat surface.
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• 13.3 x 8 x 4.4 cm
• 157 grams + up to 34 grams
• 13 programmable
• 4 settings from 50 up to 12000 DPI
• Up to 1000 Hz
• 10 Million
• 6 Feet
• Viper Software
• Weight System
• Two Patriot Viper Stickers
• Quick Start Guide
As previously mentioned, the V570 mouse comes with Viper software support that configures the RGB LED lighting, macros, buttons, acceleration, and DPI, just to name a handful. With five Light Effect settings available (Customize, Wave, Invert Wave, Random 1 & 2.) When you select Customize, the lighting in any of the seven zones can either breathe or always stay on.
And before I forget, the richness and brightness of the colors are spectacular. I firmly believe you’re going to like this lighting feature a lot.
The first field in the Viper software covers the buttons and the five Profile settings. Whenever you press the No. 9 key, you’ll cycle through the five customizable Profile settings. In fact, push the key, and you’ll see it change within the software as well as in the upper left of your monitor. And if you modify the Profile within the software, the color on the mouse will change. Even the Profile names can be changed.
Press any of the 13 programmable keys within the software, and another dialog box appears. Now you have access to Mouse, Keyboard, and Advanced Functions as well as Macros and Key Cycle. It’s pretty wild what the software offers.
Just behind this is the No. 10 key which adjusts the sensor resolution. This DPI indicator is color-coordinated too. Press the key and watch the DPI settings change within the software as well as in the upper left of your monitor. Each DPI setting can have independent X/Y axis values.
The third field within the software is the Macro Editor. There are three macro types: One-time mode, Loop mode, and Firekey mode. There’s also 6990 bytes of mouse memory. The right side of the editor is the Function Menu where you can create, edit, and save your macros. Just remember that you have up to 64 lines within the macros list, and each line can have no more than 14 characters.
Within the Setting field, you have access to the 500 Hz USB polling rate and three general options such as Angle snapping, Enable DPI/Profile on screen display, and Disable mouse acceleration (OS). Finally, there’s the Model as well as the Driver and Firmware versions of the software displayed.
The user interface is clean and straightforward, and the software worked flawlessly.
A Product Update
If you’re not a fan of red buttons, you need not fret. Patriot recently introduced the Viper V570 Black Edition replacing red with black. I suspect many of you will like this version more. It’s available for purchase on Amazon for under $60 as well as on the Patriot Store at a list price of just under $70.
For a $60, this new Patriot Viper mouse delivers many high-end features at a fair price: up to 12K DPI resolution, customizable color profiles, adjustable weight system, and 13 programmable macro keys.
This mouse massively leans toward the higher-end of the gaming spectrum. If you need an RGB gaming mouse that gets the job done at a reasonable price, the V570 ought to be on your short list. In fact, all three Viper Gaming mice are worth your time and consideration when looking at the $25-90 price range.
All-in-all, this is a well-designed mouse which easily earned a 4.75 out of 5-star rating.
The Patriot Viper V570 gaming mouse is available for purchase on Amazon for under $50 (see link below) as well as on the Patriot website.
What do you think of this Patriot Viper V570 mouse review? Do you agree or disagree with our verdict? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
Don’t hesitate to head over to Patriot’s Viper Gaming page to see their newest products. To learn more about service and support, click here for their Support page. The Viper V570 RGB mouse comes with a 2-year warranty.
FTC Disclosure: Patriot Memory provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Viper V570 gaming mouse sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
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