Razer Viper

Review

posted 6/17/2004 by John Yan
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After this year’s E3 and meeting with Razer, I came away pretty impressed with their attention to details on their products. They were there to promote their first foray into the optical mouse department and that’s what we have today at Gaming Nexus. Let’s see if the Razer Viper has what it takes to be THE gamer mouse.

Hardcore gamers know that Razer makes some awesome mice for gamers. Their Boomslang has been used by many and gamers who have used it swear up and down that it’s the mouse to use. Razer took some time to jump into the optical field with Microsoft and Logitech having products out for a few years. Razer’s a company that can’t afford to make mistakes and churn out products that are sub par. So, they took their time and have come up with a very high precision mouse that should please many hardcore gamers.

First of all, the mouse is symmetrical. A lot of the high end mice from Logitech and Microsoft are molded for right handers. Razer knows that hardcore gamers aren’t just limited to right handed people. With the symmetrical design, anyone can use the mouse equally. There’s no need to get used to using a mouse with your right hand if you are a southpaw.

Two very large buttons adorn the top of the mouse. The surface of each button has a very nice smooth feel to them and the material helps absorb perspiration quickly. Because of the large surface, you have plenty of options to place your fingertips on the area of the mouse and still click the buttons. The tension on each button has just the right feel to it with a nice definitive click when pressed.

On both sides of the mouse are rubber sides that aid in gripping of the mouse. The non slip side rails feature a striped design that’s very reptilian like. With the rubber sides, gripping the mouse and keeping a nice hold on it was easy and comfortable. The rails run most of the length of each side of the mouse to accommodate a large portion of the thumb/palm area and the ring and pinky finger when holding the mouse.

The bottom features three Teflon coated feet. Less surface area equals less friction and with just three feet compared to the traditional four, the mouse can glide on surfaces with very little of it touching the surface. The Teflon coating helps decrease the friction also making it very easy to move the mouse around. I put the Razer Viper and the Logitech MX510 on the same rubberized surface of my laptop lap desk. Moving the MX510 took a lot more effort than the Razer Viper. The level of resistance is definitely noticeable between the two with the Razer Viper being easy to maneuver around even with just a few fingers on it. Quick gliding allows for quicker movements in games and the Razer Viper has the MX510 beat in that area.
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