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Patriot Viper V730 Keyboard Review

As usual, Patriot runs with its red and black theme for the V730 packaging, with the keyboard showcased on the left hand side and its title displayed in the top right. The back of the packaging tells us a little more about what to expect from the keyboard with an infographic in the centre.

Paired with the keyboard is Patriot’s standard set of two snake head logo stickers and a small quick start guide.

The V730 houses its 104 raised mechanical keys in a sleek, aircraft grade aluminium chassis, giving it a solid feel with very little flex. The palm rest is attached to the keyboard itself, keeping palms comfortable yet suitably gripped with its rubber-like material. The Viper snake head logo appears in the bottom right corner of the palm rest, while the back of the keyboard features and edgier design.

Keen not to overcrowd the sleek design, the V730’s media keys are function based, accessed via holding the FN key and pressing between numbers 1-8. This includes the Play/Pause, Stop, Previous Track, Next Track, Player On, Mute, Volume Down and Volume Up keys respectively.

Similarly, the keyboard isn’t bogged down by the need for software to control its lighting. Using the function key once again, users can choose between five different lighting profiles and six lighting effects from the Function Keys at the top and even record customised profiles via the F12 key.

The Viper V730 is a full length keyboard, including a complete numpad that houses even more function keys. Kailh Brown switches actuate every key on the board, with no other options currently on the market. Red LEDs sit above each switch underneath the key cap, again with no options for other colours.

Turning the keyboard around reveals a sticker with all of the relevant information including the model number, power rating and origin. To the top right and left are flippable stands to make the keyboard a little more ergonomic by propping it up.

The single USB connector is gold plated, attached to a braided cable sporting Patriot’s signature red and black theme across its approximate 1.8 metre length.

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