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Patriot Viper V560 Mouse Review

All in all, the Patriot Viper V560 is a solid mid-range mouse that manages to pack quality hardware in a stylish package, but its compromises and price point might be the breaking point for some.

The RGB is rather bright, but often goes entirely unnoticed with its smaller LED surface and odd placements. Patriot’s Viper Mouse software is oddly confusing from the point of its download stage, which is unlikely to a problem to the majority of buyers interested in a new mouse, but will be a pain for those interested in multiple devices from Patriot’s expanding line-up.

After adjusting to the ceramic foot pads, these became my favourite feature of Patriot’s range of mice and I can’t recommend the design enough to those that regularly work with lower DPI in games or are constantly at their PC.

I found the V560 uncomfortable for quite a period of time due to the interchangeable pinky grip not gelling well with my grip style. I can’t imagine anyone with the claw grip would be particularly bothered by the same thing and this did ease little by little over time, however it’s never taken me so long to get used to a mouse before.

For its price range, I feel that the V560 does have a place, offering strong features like RGB lighting, Omron switches, macro buttons and an Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor under the $40 barrier. Sadly, it does have some tough competition in the mid-range area that it will prove tough to beat, alongside the Sentey Revolution Pro which is almost the exact same mouse for a cheaper price.

Luckily, the Viper V560 is often seen falling below its $39.99 price range on Patriot’s official website, retailing in third party stores such as Amazon for $29.99 in the US. Novatech has UK fans covered with the V560 priced at £32.99

Pros

  • Ceramic foot pads.
  • Vibrant RGB lighting, albeit slightly badly placed.
  • Many programmable buttons.
  • Multiple profiles.

Cons

  • Pinky rest can be hard to get used to.
  • Software can be fiddly.
  • DPI switch can be awkward to reach.
  • May clash with some colour schemes

KitGuru Says: While the V560 packs enough features to keep its edge against stiff competition, I feel it suits the lower price often seen elsewhere than its RRP of $39.99 similar to that of the model that inspired it. Still, if you can find this mouse at $29.99 or less then you’d be snapping up a great deal.

Rating: 7.5.

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