Razer Viper

Review

posted 6/17/2004 by John Yan
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The wheel mouse has a looser roll and a more subtle click compared to the MX510. Personally, I like a little stronger tension when rolling the mouse but that’s a small personal preference. I didn’t have any issues with the roll on the wheel. I really did like the feel of the click when pressing down on the wheel mouse though. It feels a little stronger than the main buttons and offers a good level of tension when pressed.

The profile is pretty sleek and there’s a large bulb on the palm area of the mouse that makes it comfortable to hold. Some might prefer a larger profile though. If you took the Logitech MX300, stretched it, and lengthen the buttons, it’s close to the profile of the Razer Viper.

On the connector side, the mouse features a gold plated USB connector. While I’m not sure of any advantage of a gold plated connector over a standard one, Razer did take the extra step to include it in the mouse. It might help provide a cleaner connection and improve the signals sent. Some people though believe that it’s all a marketing hype on any product with it. In any case, the Razer Viper does have it. A very generous cord gives you plenty of room to maneuver around when plugged into a computer. You can be sure you won’t get stopped by the cord suddenly stopping your mouse movement because it’s run out of length with the one that’s attached to the Razer Viper.

Plugged in the Razer Viper the mouse emits a nice red glow that shines through the translucent mouse shell on the back. The red also emanates from the mouse wheel a bit too.

With the drivers installed, you can now control the sensitivity of the mouse, double click speed, and other options. The drivers also enable on the fly sensitivity adjustment so that you can hold down the mousewheel, roll up and down, and adjust the sensitivity without going out of the game. There’s also an on screen display of the sensitivity of the mouse as its being adjusted. On the fly adjustment works beautifully and I found that I used this feature a lot when going from game to game in succession.

While the MX mice feature an 800 DPI engine, the Razer Viper tops that with a 1000 DPI optical sensor from Agilent Technologies. The sensor’s performance is all hardware so you don’t need to install some drivers to achieve the same accuracy and speed. To see if there was really a difference, I plugged both the Razer Viper and the MX510 in at the same time. Boy, you can really tell when going from one to the other. The difference is huge and you can really see how much more sensitive and smooth the Razer Viper is when you have both in.

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