Patriot Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse
California-based Patriot has been in business since 1985 and while their gaming division Viper might not carry the name recognition of Logitech or Razer, they are aiming to grow their market share with unique, quality products aimed at PC gamers. I recently had the opportunity to review the Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad, which was a solid product that had good build quality. Along with the Gaming LED Mouse Pad, Viper also shipped me their V570 RGB Blackout Edition Gaming Mouse, which is an update to their popular V570 RGB. I've looked at quite a few gaming mice lately, but none of them have had the array of buttons present on the V570 RGB Blackout Edition, which has Omron main button switches and is outfitted with an Avago ADNS-9800 Laser Sensor. With 13 programmable macro buttons and seven zones of programmable RGB lighting, the Viper V570 looks like it has some nice tricks up its sleeve.
The $59.99 Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Gaming Mouse
is pretty much the same exact mouse as the original V570 RGB ($49.99 shipped
), but Patriot listened to consumer feedback and instead of bright red buttons and a red Patriot logo, they've blacked out the side thumb and DPI adjustment buttons on the Blackout iteration of the mouse while toning down the logo to a subdued black. Another small but significant change, the braided USB cable of the mouse is now a flat black instead of being lined with red and black. The small aesthetic changes implemented by Viper make the V570 RGB Blackout look much better than the original.
Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Features:
Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Specifications:
- Xtreme Precision Laser Sensor
- Up to 12000 DPI
- Multi-zone customizable RGB LED management
- Advance MMO+FPS all-in-one ergonomics
- RGB customizable profiles
- 13 programmable macro keys
- Ceramic foot pads for maximum performance
- DPI LED indicator
- Adjustable weights of up to 34.2g
- Zero Delay
- Part Number: PV570LUXWAK
- 8000 DPI hardware/12000 DPI software
- Light source: Laser
- IPS: 150
- Polling rate: 1000Hz
- Switch: Omron (10M clicks)
- Sensor: Avago ADNS-9800
- Controller: Sonix
- Weight: 159.2 Grams/0.35 lbs
- Warranty: 2-years
I don't want to harp on Viper right off the bat, but the V570 RGB Blackout Edition is using an ADNS-9800 laser sensor. Now, don't get me wrong, the ADNS-9800 is a quality laser sensor, but for gaming, it's not on par with the Pixart 3300 series stuff that has been on the market for years. The Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensors are fine for desktop environments and their shortcoming would probably never be noticed in day to day use, but the reality is that acceleration is there and laser mouse tracking variance can still be in the 6% range, while the Pixart 3360 optical and comparable sensors have a variance of less than 1%. Whether or not a user will ever notice the difference between a quality LED optical sensor vs laser optical sensor is going to depend on the person, but I can say from experience that even the best laser sensors can be prone to spin outs and aren't pixel precise, by nature of their design.
On the plus side, Viper has gone with Omron for the main button switches. A Japanese company who has partnered with Logitech and Razer to make them custom switches, Omron makes the best mouse button switches out there and their keyboard switches aren't half bad, either. While 20M and 50M click certified switches are available from Omron, the 10M click switches are still decent and they offer responsive, satisfying clicks when implemented properly. We'll see how the switches feel under the buttons of the Viper V570 RGB Blackout.
Viper packages the V570 RGB Blackout in a cardboard box that looks good, but doesn't stand up to the quality packaging we see from companies like Corsair, Logitech and Razer. When you're in a competitive market like PC gaming peripherals, you have to cover all your bases and packaging is the first impression a customer is going to get when they see your product on store shelves, or open their Amazon box. I am not saying Viper did a bad job with the V570 RGB Blackout, as the box looks good and the packaging is descriptive, but compared to the recently reviewed Logitech G603 and SteelSeries Rival 310 that I am currently in the process of reviewing, Viper definitely could step up their packaging game with some higher quality materials and graphic design changes.
Viper includes a single-page manual and two stickers with the V570 RGB Blackout. In addition, a carrying container with 34.2 grams worth of weights which can be installed under a cover in the base of the mouse, is included. Since the Viper V570 RGB Blackout already weighs in at 159.2 grams it is pretty hefty by modern gaming mouse standards.
I am not sure if many users will find the additional weights necessary, but I won't ever knock a company for throwing in some extra customization on their products if it makes sense and doesn't take away from the product.
Let's take a closer look at the Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition, now.
Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse - A Closer Look
The Viper V570 RGB Blackout is a fairly large mouse, with a right handed ergonomic design that has a fairly deep thumb indent and resting area on the right side for your ring finger. Touted to be designed for MMO+FPS, but a bit heavy at 159.2 grams to be considered for competitive use by most, the Viper V570 RGB Blackout seems to be a versatile, jack-of-all-trades type of mouse. The V570 RGB Blackout has programmable lighting along the bottom left side of the mouse, in addition to programmable lighting on the scroll wheel and logo. Rather than having a uni-body shell, the V570 RGB Blackout has individual main buttons attached to Omron 10 Million Click switches, which should allow for maximum responsiveness and solid, reassuring clicks.
The scroll wheel on the V570 RGB Blackout offers a very satisfying click and is implemented well. A quick shake test showed a small amount of wobble from the scroll wheel, but nothing beyond normal or enough to cause concern. My shake test didn't reveal any loose buttons or sensor rattle, the V570 RGB Blackout seems to be very solid and well manufactured. A profile toggle button sits below the scroll wheel and there is an LED indicator to tell you which profile is active, with the Viper V570 RGB Blackout capable of running five different profiles. Below the profile toggle is a CPI toggle button, which toggles between four different CPI's, which can be set in the Viper V570 RGB Software.
There are five thumb area macro buttons on the Viper V570 RGB Blackout. These buttons can all be programmed for specific actions and this type of functionality can come in really handy in a variety of games. The side macro buttons have a decent enough feeling, but the click is somewhat muddy and doesn't feel as satisfying or crisp as I would like. The macro buttons also have pointed edges that don't feel so good on the finger, though I can't say that it's a major issue, as I was about to use the mouse for hours without comfort issue. The sniper button is easy to reach, sitting right at the end of the rubberized thumb rest area, with a groove that allows for the thumb to rest for added comfort.
The sniper button offers a decent enough click, but it has a slightly mushy feeling. The rubber area where your thumb rests is really comfortable and the grip works well without digging too much.The two buttons to the side of the left mouse button are programmed as back and forward buttons by default and this is actually a great function for them. These macro buttons offer satisfying, crisp clicks when compared to the side macro buttons.
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Removing the weight door of the V570 RGB Blackout Edition was simple, as it snaps in and out of place. It remains in place when in use and doesn't shake or present any issues.
The braided USB cable of the Viper V570 RGB Blackout is about six feet long and comes out of the middle front of the mouse. The cable has a solid amount of reinforcement and the end connector keeps it clear of the mouse very well. I do think a thin rubber cable would work better in terms of maneuverability, but this is already a pretty hefty mouse and braided cables do look better.
The Viper V570 RGB Blackout has five ceramic mouse feet which are spaced pretty evenly across the bottom of the mouse, though there is just one foot anchoring the fairly wide bottom of the mouse. The ceramic feet let the mice glide very smoothly, especially on the hard surfaces of Viper's own LED Gaming Mouse Pad and the Logitech G440 Hard Surface Mouse Pad. The Avago laser is placed slightly off-center and I didn't notice that this caused any issues, though I did experience a couple of spin outs and I could tell the V570 RGB Blackout just doesn't track as accurately as my Pixart 3366 and 3360-based mice when doing pixel-by-pixel testing and spin-out testing. I found the lift-off distance of the Viper V570 RGB Blackout to be about 1.5 CD's thickness at default, so it's totally acceptable.
When I first tried to install the Viper V570 RGB Blackout software, which is actually carried over from the Viper 570 RGB and features pictures of that mouse rather than the new V570, the latest version of Windows 10 gave me the following warning.
This specific warning is because Patriot hasn't had the software qualified by Microsoft, in all likelihood. I allowed the software to run anyway and it installed without issue. Windows Defender hasn't triggered any warnings since this one and the software runs just fine, without any odd memory or CPU usage scenarios occuring.
The software for the Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition was pretty refined and offered a lot of options. Each of the buttons on the mouse (with exception to the left click) can be programmed to specific button presses, recorded macros, media controls and more. You can use the five different profiles to program different button configurations to suit specific games you are playing. The four different CPI settings can be set in software, but I found the default settings to be fine since I primarily game and use my desktop at around 800 DPI. The DPI on the V570 RGB Blackout Edition can be run up to 8200.
RGB lighting modes can be set in seven different zones. Each zone can be set to an individual color in static or breathing mode, or you can a wave mode on the mouse that cycles RGB through each zone. This is actually the RGB effect that I programmed when I was taking the previous group of screenshots.
Random mode puts the mouse into a tangent of RGB, with the various zones changing between colors and static and breathing modes.
With all of the lights in your house out, you will have no problem locating the Viper V570 RGB Blackout.
You can record macros with the V570 RGB Blackout Edition. I personally use this function to set up a crouch jump in PUBG by doing a Space + c macro. Simple things like this can make gaming much more enjoyable, as you can pull off moves with consistency and keep yourself in the game more. When the V570 RGB Blackout software is first installed, the polling rate is set to 500HZ. Acceleration is toggled off, but this is Windows acceleration, the laser sensor of the V570 RGB Blackout Edition has acceleration and this can't be turned off.
The V570 RGB Blackout Edition is a solid mouse, overall. The software works well and allows for a great deal of customization, which exceeded my expectations. Unfortunately, the performance of this mouse just isn't where it needs to be when compared to offerings from Logitech and SteelSeries that I'm currently reviewing, which use properly implemented Pixart optical sensors and have better overall build quality.
Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse - How Does It Stack Up?
I'm really close to recommending the Viper V570 RGB Blackout, but there are just some things holding it back that keep me from putting this mouse in the buy column. Now that Viper got rid of the red accents on the V570 RGB and blacked the mouse out, it looks a lot better and will fit in on a lot more desktops than it would have before. The V570 RGB Blackout has got a unique look and the RGB effects, while limited, are done pretty darn nicely.
Each LED zone is customizable with either static or breathing colors and Viper has done an excellent job with LED implementation, with no dark Viper went with some decent quality Omron 10 million click switches for the main buttons and they felt responsive, though my right click was somewhat spongy.
The V570 RGB Blackout is a really comfortable mouse, with the thumb grip having a really nice resting area. I was able to use the V570 RGB Blackout for hours and never had any issues with comfort, despite the higher weight of the unit being kind of a hindrance. I really liked the ceramic feet on the V570 RGB Blackout, which let the mouse slide like a dream on various surfaces, while not giving it too loose or flighty of a feeling. I want to see these feet on more mice, they are awesome. So, with all of these positives, what's the issue?
The laser sensor on the V570 RGB Blackout is where it really suffers. I could do a pixel-by-pixel test where I slowly moved the mouse and noticed that the Avago sensor in the V570 RGB just wasn't picking my movement up like Pixart 3360 and 3366-based mice do. The Viper V570 RGB Blackout also spun out on me a couple of times during one night of testing where I aggressively tried to move my mouse on a cloth mouse pad in Quake. Spinning out is where the sensor loses itself and can't determine location, so your player is left looking straight up or down. When I test mice, I am intentionally trying to spin them out by using aggressive mouse movement. I wasn't able to get any optical mice I recently reviewed to spin out at all during various in-game testing. My advice is that if you are going to use a laser sensor, use a hard surface mouse pad. My experience with soft cloth was not a good one and I had my best results when using Viper's own LED Gaming Mouse Pad, which I recently reviewed
The size of the Viper V570 RGB Blackout makes it a bit less nimble and hard to maneuver than the gaming mice I've been testing as of late. The braided cable looks good, but a lighter option would have allowed for more uninhibited movement, as I did find the braided cable had a bit of drag and wasn't that flexible. These issues aren't anything a mouse bungee can't fix and my use of wireless mice as a daily driver makes cable drag a much more noticeable issue to me than it would somebody coming from another corded mouse.
If you are just a casual gamer and don't need pixel perfect accuracy from your gaming mouse but want a lot of buttons and some cool lighting effects, the Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition may be a good choice. For now, if you want a gaming mouse with a lot of buttons that tracks well and has decent ergonomics, I'd recommend the SteelSeries Rival 500 ($64.99 shipped
), which has the industry-leading Pixart PMW3360 sensor. The Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition is a solid mouse, but this is a competitive arena and Viper needs to make a few tweaks, most importantly to the sensor choice, to make this mouse a real winner. Right now, the Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition is available at Amazon for $59.99 shipped
Legit Bottom Line: The Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition is a comfortable, versatile gaming mouse with a lot of buttons. The ceramic feet give the mouse a great gliding feel, too. While the heavier weight of the mouse being a downfall is subjective, the V570 RGB Blackout also has a laser sensor that doesn't offer pixel-accurate tracking and I can't recommend it to any serious PC gamers for that reason, alone.