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Should you buy the Razer Viper or Viper Ultimate?

Razer Viper
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Should you buy the Razer Viper or Viper Ultimate?

Best answer: Most people will be better with the standard Viper, which is almost identical in performance but costs a significant amount less. The Viper Ultimate is worth it though if you absolutely must have a wireless mouse.Best for most: Razer Viper (opens in new tab) ($80 at Amazon)Good for laptops: Razer Viper Ultimate (opens in new tab) ($150 at Amazon)

Picking between two of the best gaming mice around

Razer Viper

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Choosing between the Viper and Viper Ultimate is choosing between two of the absolute best gaming mice money can buy right now. There are many similarities, and a few differences, but make no mistake — no matter which one you choose, you're getting an outstanding product.

Both share the same external design, save for some minor differences on the bottom of the Viper Ultimate that allow for the wireless charging contacts and the slot to hide the wireless dongle. This means you'll get the same shape, same programmable buttons, same optical switches and same bottom mounted DPI changer.

Inside you get the same onboard storage on both to take your profiles between PCs with ease. While the wireless option is slightly heavier, the difference is so small you won't notice it in every day use.

Where the Viper Ultimate has the edge

Viper Ultimate

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The cable on the regular Viper is wonderful, with a light, snag-resistant construction that feels almost like using a wireless mouse. But it's not a wireless mouse; it still requires you to be connected to your PC. The cable is pretty long, so if you're using it with a laptop, for example, it can get a little awkward.

The sensor on the Ultimate is also a little different. It's Razer's brand new Focus+ optical sensor, which has up to 20,000 DPI, but more interestingly, some smart features like self calibration that ensures your mouse movements are in perfect sync with your PC.

Regular Razer Viper is the best choice for most

Razer Viper

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While the tech inside the Viper Ultimate is technically superior, using the two of them feels virtually identical. For a wireless mouse to feel that good is a feat in itself, but for most people, the regular wired Viper is going to be the one to get.

It mainly comes down to price. It's about half the cost of the Viper Ultimate, while offering the same features and high level of performance. Unless you absolutely have to have a wireless mouse, it's the one to go for for most people.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.