A light symmetrical mouse with optical switches and an advanced sensor is a great combination of features, isn't it? But Razer did not stop there and launched the Viper Ultimate gaming mouse with wireless connectivity and an updated sensor. Did you manage to maintain accurate ergonomics and practicality of the original model, let's understand.
The impression of the product is formed, starting with the packaging. The novelty comes in a presentable box in book format. Her unpacking left pleasant emotions.
Inside: mouse, charging dock and detachable cable. They didn’t forget about waste paper and stickers, all this was left behind the scenes.
The appearance of the wireless Razer Viper Ultimate is completely inherited from its ancestor: the compact symmetrical body will suit both left-handed and right-handed people. The shape is ergonomic and comfortable thanks to a good profile and recesses for the fingers. The quality of materials and workmanship is at the highest level. Hard plastic on top, rubberized lining on the sides. There are small glossy inserts that only emphasize a strict silhouette. Based on the operating experience of the wired version, I confidently talk about the good quality and wear resistance of the case materials!
On the reverse side, a translucent window attracts attention. Behind it is a USB transmitter for a wireless connection. The lid looks rustic for the flagship, this can be easily lost. On the other hand, the design weighs almost nothing, and in this case this is an important point. There was also a place for a toggle switch.
The body of the USB receiver is made of good plastic and harmonizes with the mouse. But all surfaces are absolutely smooth, there’s nothing to catch on to extract the receiver from USB. Impressions of using a mouse without wires are extremely positive. No performance problems were noted: the cursor also moves smoothly and precisely, there is no visible delay when pressing the keys. In the absence of activity, the manipulator falls asleep, turning off the backlight. Awakening is instant, just move the manipulator slightly.
Also on the reverse side is a pair of contacts for powering the internal battery through the dock. The mouse is mounted at an angle and securely fixed with magnets. During charging, the logo backlight acts as a visual indicator. Autonomy at the level: for 3 days of testing for 3-5 hours a day, the mouse could not be discharged, the declared operating time is up to 70 hours without backlighting.
The charging station itself looks stylish thanks to the RGB backlight. There is a USB port on the dock. If you plug a USB receiver into it, it will not interfere with charging the mouse - not an obvious, but convenient feature.
The mouse also supports a wired connection, since the complete 1.8-meter cable received a light and flexible Razer Sppedflex fabric braid. Only microUSB is confusing, because even in the Huntsman TE
keyboard, the preference was given to the modern Type-C.
Despite the large number of electronics and the built-in battery, the Ultimate version retained the main advantage of the series - its low weight of 74 grams and, as a result, its amazing ergonomics. This is an excellent result even against the background of wired manipulators. The Razer Viper Ultimate has an ideal weight distribution; it is convenient to carry the mouse over the table in the heat of virtual battles.
Back to the functional. The main keys use proprietary optical switches, designed for 70 million clicks. This is the most advanced solution to match the flagship product. Optics does not require introducing a delay between responses to calm the bounce of the metal plate, due to which a three-fold increase in the response speed is achieved. Optical switches do not differ from high-quality mechanical ones in tactile feedback. A stepped wheel with a rubberized pad requires a little more effort to scroll compared to other mice.
Additional keys are located symmetrically in two on the left and right ends. The buttons are based on conventional microswitches with a spring-loaded stroke and a clear click.
Another button with a color indicator is located on the back side and is responsible for switching DPI. Switching is accompanied by a pop-up window. Through the utility, you can assign a change of resolution to any of the keys, as well as set the desired values and their number in the range from 100 to 20,000 DPI.
In addition to a record resolution of 20,000 DPI, the new Razer Focus + sensor introduced independent adjustment of separation and landing distances to eliminate unwanted cursor movement during manipulator transfer. We also did not forget about calibrating the sensor for different surfaces; there are two dozen rugs from Razer in the catalog.
The actions of all keys are configured through the proprietary utility Razer Synapse. The list of available actions is extensive, there are non-standard options in the list. For example, Razer Hypershift for creating combinations and a turbo mode that performs an action a specified number of times while holding down a key. Profile settings are stored in the memory of the manipulator. Some standard actions previously stored in memory work without a utility.
The backlight remained unchanged, the brand logo is equipped with RGB LEDs. For a small logo, smooth color switching and a static glow are relevant.
For a set from the periphery of Razer, backlight synchronization is available. Chroma technology is also compatible with optional accessories: LED strips, a headphone stand and Philips Hue lighting system.
Backlight Synchronization between Viper and Huntsman TE
Before summing up, we will answer the main question: the wireless connection did not affect the ergonomics and quality of the mouse connection. This is an excellent result, which means that the Razer Viper Ultimate can be recommended to gamers who seek to get rid of excess wires. Serious shortcomings or shortcomings during the testing were not identified, we note only subjective shortcomings.
- Number of buttons: 8.
- Sensor: Razer Focus +, optical.
- Polling frequency: 1,000 Hz.
- Sensor Resolution: up to 20,000 DPI.
- Speed: 650 inches / s.
- Switches: Optical Razer, 70 million clicks.
- Case materials: frosted plastic and rubber pads.
- Backlight: RGB, logo.
- Connection: wireless via a USB receiver or wired via microUSB.
- Cable: 1.8 meter braided Speedflex braid.
- Dimensions: 126.7 × 66.2 × 37.8 mm.
- Weight without cable: 74 grams.
- Features: magnetic dock charging dock, Xbox One compatible.
May not like:
- High-quality wireless connection.
- Decent autonomy.
- Great mix of materials.
- Symmetric shape.
- A modest weight of 74 grams.
- Optical switches.
- Duplication of additional keys left and right.
- New Razer Focus + sensor with 20,000 DPI.
- Stylish charging dock.
- High-quality utility Razer Synapse.
- DPI switch button below.
- Detachable cable tie.
- One zone of RGB illumination.
- microUSB instead of Type-C.
- USB transmitter slot cover
Final rating: 10 out of 10.