In the early days of PC gaming, users were stuck using whatever mouse they could find, as mice made specifically for gaming were nowhere on the radar. Thankfully we have moved beyond that, and are now at a place where gaming peripherals of all sorts are available for PC gamers. Many PC hardware companies have been expanding their offerings in the last few years to include gaming products, and Patriot is right there with them. Patriot’s Viper Gaming line not only includes peripherals like mice and keyboards, but also includes their Viper DDR3 and DDR4 memory as well. As these gaming peripherals have become more and more advanced, we have seen their feature sets expand to include not only additional performance-enhancing features, but visual enhancements as well. The Patriot Viper V570 Gaming Mouse brings both form and function into a single product, which we will be taking a look at in this review. The Viper V570 is available in a standard V570 model, as well as a V570 Blackout Edition, which eschews a few red buttons and highlights for an all-black design. Are the flashy looks and lights of the V570 paired up with enough performance features that matter to provide a solid gaming mouse? Read along to find out!
Special thanks to Patriot for providing us with the V570 and V570 Blackout Edition review samples!
Before we get into the list of specifications for the mouse, it is important to note that both the V570 and V570 Blackout Edition have the exact same set of specifications and features. The only differences between the two models are purely cosmetic. While the standard V570 sports 10 red buttons, the Blackout Edition sticks with an all-black design. The same goes for the Viper logo on the palm rest portion of the mouse; red on the standard V570, black-on-black with the Blackout Edition. The last visual differentiation is the all-black braided cord on the Blackout Edition, while the standard V570 has a black and red braided cord.
Light Source: Laser
Sensor: Avago ADNS-9800
Resolution: Up to 12,000 DPI (50-12,000 in 50 DPI increments)
Tracking Speed: 150 Inches/second
Polling Rate: 1,000 Hz
Foot Pads: Ceramic
Weight: .35lbs / 159.2g (34.2g of additional weight adjustment)
Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty
The packaging for the V570 and V570 Blackout Edition are nearly identical, save for the red highlights found on the standard V570’s box. The front of the boxes offer a nice image of the mouse inside, as well as a few feature highlight icons. Around back we find a few more images of the mouse along with a few more feature call-outs.
We really like the ability to see the mouse itself via a magnetically-sealed front flap that opens up like a book cover. This allows us to get a good idea of the actual size of the mouse, something that can be a make-or-break deal depending on our hand size and overall mouse shape preferences. The inside panel of the front flap highlights many of the same features listed on the exterior of the box, but with a bit more detail.
The Viper V570 comes with a few extras in the box, most notably a small circular container that serves as the home for the removable weights that can be used to adjust the weight of the mouse to your liking. The container’s lid is easily removed from the base, and inside we find seven cylindrical weights that can be placed within the body of the mouse, which we will cover in more detail later on. In addition, a red envelope contains two Viper logo stickers, as well as a small Quick Start Guide.