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Patriot Viper V370 RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Headset Review

While it has its shortcomings, the Viper V370 is certainly a gaming headset I warmed up to over the month that I used it.

Originally targeting mid-range gamers with its $69.99 price, its sharp drop to $44.99 in some stores places it in an entirely new bracket aimed at budget gamers, and one it has the potential to dominate by offering RGB and other sought after features.

Its rigidity is a double-edged sword as some might feel it is a little too plastic, however this allows the Viper V370 to withstand a few knocks and drops if needed. Despite this, it remains comfortable through its soft cloth and foam padding to lightly rest on the user’s head rather than apply too much pressure.

The headset lacks a little regarding bass and only touches on high-end details, but the former is sometimes helped through the use of its virtual 7.1 surround sound and Ultra Bass Response feature depending on the media being played.

Microphone quality didn’t particularly suffer in the way of vocal clarity, however the microphone isn’t bendable and remains a good distance away from the mouth. This in turn negates the noise cancelling feature Patriot claims and picks up a wide range of sounds, including mechanical keyboards.

At its original price point of $69.99, as it’s still showcased on Patriot’s official store, I would have said that there are better alternatives out there, however for $44.99 in the US via Amazon and £40.24 in the UK from eBuyer, it’s incredibly difficult to criticise. In fact, it blows almost all competition at the same price point out of the water.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Comfortable.
  • RGB LEDs are perhaps the best RGB I’ve seen.
  • Good range of sound quality options.
  • On-ear controls.
  • Removable ear cushions.

Cons

  • Ear cups don’t rotate.
  • Mic picks up background noise and mechanical keyboards.

KitGuru Says: Patriot has crafted a well-rounded gaming headset with the Viper V370 that has soared in its value for money since its price drop. For anyone capping their budget for a headset at around £40, then I’d look no further as Patriot doesn’t have much competition.

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Rating: 8.0.

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