Patriot Viper V570 and V570 Blackout Edition Gaming Mice Review

Patriot Viper V570 and V570 Blackout Edition Overview

As previously mentioned, the V570 and V570 Blackout Edition are identical in their performance specifications, and only slightly different in their appearances. As the Viper V570 is designed to be Patriot’s flagship gaming mouse, we can immediately see why that is. The V570 sports 13 customizable buttons, all of which can be configured via the V570 application. These 13 buttons are in addition to non-configurable left click and profile selector buttons.

Looking down onto the V570 we can clearly see that this is no cookie-cutter mouse. The Viper V570 offers two large left and right click buttons with slight curvature to keep your fingers in place. Assisting with the grip is the common soft-touch coating, which offers just the right amount of grip and comfort.

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Sitting between these two buttons is the mouse wheel, which features a rubber scrolling surface with a grip pattern that reminds us of the tires on a sports car. The scroll wheel features a button option which can be customized, as well as transparent plastic edges that allow the customizable RGB LED light below to shine through. Just below the mouse wheel are two smaller buttons; one for swapping profiles on the fly, the other to be customized to your liking, but set as a DPI switch by default. A four-level indicator light allows for a quick glance to ensure you are at your Desired DPI setting.

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Hidden below a removable plastic cover is a molded compartment used to house the included weights. By adding or removing these metal cylinders, users can fine-tune the weight of the V570 to their liking. The removable cover is held on via a clip and small magnet, and is very easy to remove when adjusting the weight of the mouse, but also stays in place during normal use.

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Taking a look at the left side of the V570 gives us a look at the majority of the customizable buttons, as well as a few other mentionable features. Along with the two buttons that sit alongside the left click button, six additional customizable buttons are found on the left side of the V570. By default these buttons have no function assigned to them, apart from the thumb button which functions as a sniper-type button and lowers the DPI to a default of 400 for precise shooting. A textured rubber surface takes up most of the remaining surface area, while a lighting strip with four RGB LED lighting zones traces the bottom edge of the left side of the mouse.

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Switching over to the right side we have a much more modest design, with just a modestly contoured side panel for comfort. This side of the mouse does not feature any type of rubber grip or soft-touch plastic texture that is found on other parts of the V570, and we we wish Patriot would have included one of these textures here, as we found the plain plastic surface to be a bit slippery at times.

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Taking a look at the front of the V570 gives us a view of two of the RGB LED lights that almost act like headlights on a car. Situated between them is the exit for the braided mouse cable; red and black on the standard V570, and all black on the V570 Blackout Edition.

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Taking a look at the bottom of the mouse provides us with a pretty standard layout, other than the mouse feet. Patriot chose to outfit the V570 with five ceramic feet as opposed to the typical PTFE found on most mice. The polished surface of the ceramic pads is exceptionally smooth, and we will detail their performance later on.

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