Razer launches new Viper mouse with optical switches for $80

What you need to know

  • Razer today launched the Viper, a mouse built with esports pros to focus on speed.
  • This is the first Razer mouse t use optical switches, making it more responsive and increasing durability to 70 million clicks.
  • The Razer Viper is available now for $80.

Razer has a new mouse on the block, and it's focused on being fast as possible. The Razer Viper is the company's first to use optical switches, which the company says amp up its responsiveness and drability. It's also pretty light at 69 grams (2.43 ounces) and features an ambidextrous design.

Razer Viper

Razer Viper (Image credit: Windows Central)

The big deal here is the move to optical swiches. According to Razer, its optical mouse switches "offer three times the actuation speed" when compared to mechanical switches. With mechanical switches, mice use a metal contact to send signals, which can create a bounce effect that can create extra signals being sent. Your PC has to filter these signals out with a bounce delay, which has the side effect of slowing response times.

With optical switches, Razer has moved to using an infrared beam that sends a signal with every click, resulting in an instant response time. Ultimately, that means and evn better experience for fast-twitch games, which is particularly important to the esports crowd. As another benefit, the optical switches arealso more durable, with Razer rating them at up to 70 million clicks.

Outside of its responsiveness, Razer built the Viper without a skeletal shell, helping to make it the compny's lightest wired mouse. And speaking of that wire, it's shrouded in a low-drag material to keep things speedy. The mouse also sports Razer's 16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor and eight programmable buttons.

We've spent some time with the Viper and came away pretty impressed. Check out our full review for more on Razer's latest mouse. If you're interested in picking one up, the Razer Viper is now available globally at Razer's website for $80.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl