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Working and Gaming Experience

If you haven’t met Razer’s products before taking a Viper in your hand, this mouse will impress you with its sensitivity. In its address to the user (see the user manual) Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff says the following, “We encourage you to install our driver and spend the first few hours adapting to the controls”. I remember my first impressions from the Boomslang 2000 – I really had to spend a few days to get used to this device after a Logitech WingMan Gaming Mouse. A transition from a quality optical mouse (like the Logitech MX310) to the Viper isn’t that dramatic but the sensitivity will anyway improve by 25 percent. All mice from Razer are first of all targeted at gamers whose style is making short hand movements (i.e. with a high “mouse sensitivity” setting in the game). If you play this way, you will certainly feel the difference as the higher sensitivity of the Viper ensures an excellent positioning accuracy – quick movements become more accurate and it becomes a real pleasure to use a sniper weapon. Low-sens gamers will probably want to reduce the cursor speed below the ordinary level, but they will also have a shooting accuracy bonus due to an easier aiming.

Razer doesn’t position the Viper as a mouse for demanding gamers only. The company also invites serious professionals to use this manipulator – 3D-modellers, designers, CAD engineers. To highlight the superb consumer qualities of its products for professionals, the manufacturer maintains a special website called Razer Resolution.

This mouse can really help you become better not only in games. I tried the Viper in Photoshop and found that the higher accuracy of the movements makes it easier to process small details of an image. I’m sure people who process graphics on the computer are going to enjoy this mouse.

The ergonomic qualities are up to the mark, too, but the mouse is unlikely to please a fan of Logitech’s MouseMan/MX500/MX1000 series as it’s easier to hold it with your fingers rather than with the entire palm (the latter is possible, but the movements become less precise). The classic symmetrical design suits left-handed people (the driver allows reassigning the buttons). The rubber insertions on the sides do improve the mouse’s behavior when it’s lifted above the pad – it doesn’t try to wriggle out of your hand. The Viper is ideally balanced, without the heavy butt as typical for many other models and for all cordless mice. These two factors as well as the downwards-converging cross profile of the case make the Razer Viper one of the most ergonomically advanced mice available.

Summary

After the release of the Diamondback one might expect a reduction of the price on the Viper (it was 50 ?) or an end of its production. And when the Diamondback appeared in shops, the Viper’s price did go down by 10 euros.

Highs:

  • High positioning accuracy;
  • Handy shape;
  • Stylish design;
  • Excellent driver.

Lows:

  • Only two buttons (and a wheel).

All in all, the Razer Viper is an excellent gaming mouse, but it became obsolete after the release of the Diamondback. Its price reduced, it still can effectively compete with less expensive models from other manufacturers in the crowded mainstream sector of the market, though. But it would certainly lose a comparison to its successor, the Diamondback, if the price factor be put aside.

 
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