What you need to know
- Razer just announced its Viper V2 Pro gaming mouse, which weighs 58 grams.
- The mouse features Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3 and a Razer Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor.
- The Viper V2 Pro supports Razer Hyperspeed Wireless and gets up to 70 hours of battery.
- Razer's new pro gaming mouse is now available in black or white for $150.
Razer just announced the Viper V2 Pro gaming mouse. It's an ultra-lightweight mouse with a symmetrical design that features high-end specs for PC gaming. The mouse is 16 grams lighter than the Razer Viper Ultimate, which earned solid reviews when it launched in 2019.
Another big focus of the Viper V2 was the new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, built in partnership with Pixart, which delivers up to 99.8% accuracy. With the new sensor, the Viper V2 now works "flawlessly" on glass surfaces (at least 2mm thick) with wider surface compatibility. Razer also notes it gets improved power efficiency for longer battery life.
There are even more subtle changes like improving the two left-side buttons, removing the two right buttons, changing the shape of the PTEFE feet, switching to pre-cut (optional) grip tape, combining the power and DPI button (button), and (gasp!) removed Razer Chroma RGB.
|Category||Viper Ultimate||Viper V2 Pro|
|Sensor||Focus+ Optical||Focus Pro 30K Optical|
|Sensitivity/Resolution||100-20,000 DPI||100-30,000 DPI|
|Max Speed||650 IPS||750 IPS|
|Switches||Optical Gen-2||Optical Gen-3|
|Click Lifecycle||70M clicks||90M clicks|
|Battery Life||70 hours||80 hours|
|Total Buttons||8||6 (including DPI button)|
|Connectivity||Micro USB, 2.4GHz||USB C, 2.4GHz|
|Other Features||Razer Chroma RGB||Enhanced AI functions Tracks on glass|
Why all of those changes specifically? Razer did it all in the drive to get that weight down to 58 grams (the white one is 59 grams due to the colorway). Removing the built-in grips helped with that, although the company tosses in pre-cut grip tape in the box should you wish to add it back.
The switches were overhauled, going from Gen 2 to Gen 3. Razer notes that this change-up should result in no double-clicking issues, no debounce delay, improved tactility, and up to 90 million click lifecycle.
And let's not overlook Razer replaced the dated micro-USB port with a more modern Type-C. You expect that in any mouse in 2022, but it's worth mentioning.
Connectivity is kept bare and for the pros, so there is no laggy Bluetooth here. Instead, you can use wired Type-C (braided cable included) or Razer's 2.4GHz HyperSpeed dongle for low latency wireless connections. The Type-A dongle has an extender in the box, letting you use the same Type-C cable to connect it to your PC.
Customization has been improved in the Viper V2 Pro compared to previous mice from Razer. The mouse supports 26 levels of height adjustment with Asymmetric Cut-off. It can also toggle between five DPI stages without requiring software to change the setting.
The Viper V2 Pro should last up to 80 hours (up from 70), which is long enough for extended sessions of the best PC games.
Overall, it's hard to find much wrong with the new Viper V2, meaning it is like to make our best gaming mice list in the coming weeks.
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