Razer Viper Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse review: Lightweight but powerful

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Razer's first mouse with optical switches impresses with speed and accuracy that puts it up there with the very best, but it's absolutely a mouse that some gamers will love while others will loathe its lack of overall mass.

The good

  • Optical switches provide speed and durability
  • Flexible cable gives it room to move
  • 8 programmable buttons
  • Almost ridiculously light

The bad

  • Driver install requires a Razer login
  • Light weight may feel odd to gamers used to heftier mice
  • Relatively sedate on the RGB front

Many high-end gaming mice make a virtue of their mass, and in some cases their variable configurable mass. The Razer Viper Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse goes in the absolute opposite direction, with a total mass of just 69 grams. It's astonishingly light for a pro gaming mouse, but that's an approach that will essentially define whether you think this is a great mouse, or an annoying one.


Design

  • Insanely light
  • 8 programmable buttons
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Just the one RGB section
  • Soft, snag-free cabling
Razer Viper gaming mouse

Performance

  • Up to 16,000 DPI
  • Default DPI button won't suit on-the-fly switchers
  • Optical button mechanisms work very well indeed
Razer Viper gaming mouse

Features

  • Razer's Synapse software is highly tweakable
  • Annoying having to give up your email address to get it though
Razer Viper gaming mouse

Verdict

  • Nicely built and very responsive
  • Is a light mouse the right type for you?
Razer Viper gaming mouse

The Razer Viper Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse is a very well built mouse, and one that I've very much enjoyed testing for both everyday boring office tasks – not the point, but you'll inevitably end up at least browsing the web with it anyway – as well as gaming action. Its optical switches are highly responsive, but I'd need a few months of testing to properly see how they stand up under repeated finger bashing.

Still, that's not going to be the most divisive part of the Razer Viper Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse. That's the overall weight of the mouse, which is deliberately shaved as light as it can possibly go. If you want more heft and resistance when you're deep in battle it could be a hindrance, but if you want a mouse that comes perilously close to feeling like it's not even there at all, it could be a postive boon.

Pricing and availability

The Razer Viper Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse sells in Australia for around $134.95.

Razer Viper Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Razer Viper Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Weighing in at just 69g, the Razer Viper is an ultra-light gaming mouse suitable for both left- and right-handed gamers.

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Specs

Razer Viper Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Sensitivity

Physical dimensions

Features

Maximum DPI 16,000
Polling Rate 1,000Hz
Number of Buttons 8
Length 126.73mm
Width 66.2mm
Height 37.81mm
Weight 69g
Cable Length 2.1m
Wireless No
RGB Lighting Yes

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