Razer Viper Ultimate – My Favorite Mouse Ever

May 28, 2020

There is no thumb rest. It has two buttons I do not use. And the scroll wheel strength cannot be adjusted. Yet, the Razer Viper Ultimate is my favorite mouse yet. 

Setting aside specs (below for your reference), I love this mouse for the following reasons, which are all subjective:

  • Accuracy: I have fewer clicking errors
  • Responsiveness: the buttons feel perfectly tuned to my comfort level - particularly the scroll wheel button (pressing the scroll wheel towards your desk will cause a button actuation)
  • Battery life: I have not worried about it
  • Customization: I am a fan of simple customization. The Viper Ultimate can get wild but it is just as easy to keep it simple in Synapse 3.0

There is more to this mouse than I can process. Looking at the specs and considering how Razer positions this mouse, I am not the target demographic, which I would describe as professional, aspiring, or amateur competitive PC gamer. For example, on the Razer store page visitors are informed of quantified metrics concerning sensitivity, tracking speed, and resolution accuracy. Razer has a education page about these to explain them to the uninformed, such as I. I do understand why Razer’s inclusion of their optical switches is useful to gamers - I spent a solid year using the Razer Ornata and I absolutely love it. The only reason I no longer do is because of tendentious. The day Razer releases an ergonomic gaming keyboard with optical switches, I will be the first to buy it 🙂

Another product position that I understand is the “74g lightweight design.” Yup! This sucker is light. You can see my reaction to the weight while unboxing the mouse.

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Testing

The Viper Ultimate was my mouse, exclusively, for three days before I finalized this review. During that time, testing was done on a desktop PC with dual 24-inch monitors in 1080p, running at 240 Hz. I used the mouse only wirelessly. My experience was shaped using Windows, Microsoft Office, Edge Chromium, and a slew of communications apps such as Discord and Slack (join our Discord server!). For gaming, I played only one game - Minecraft Dungeons. If you are not familiar with ARPGs, games like Minecraft Dungeons are rooted in a lot of clicking and plenty of screen real estate is covered as you click on enemies and click to move your character. In short, I feel like this was a good testbed for the mouse.

Specs

  • Razer Hyperspeed Wireless technology
  • Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor
  • Razer™ Optical Mouse Switches
  • 74g lightweight design
  • 70 hours of battery life
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