Patriot Memory is also selling gaming peripherals, like keyboards and mice, aside from memory and storage devices. Their gaming peripherals are usually more affordable or cheaper compared to leading brands. However, in a very saturated gaming peripheral market, price is not only the deciding factor. The product has to be (really) good to compete with similar products on the same price range. Today, we take a look at the Patriot Viper V560 Laser Gaming Mouse; a customizable gaming mouse, featuring Xtreme precision laser sensor with up to 12,000 DPI, adjustable weight, ceramic footpads; and let’s not forget the RGB lighting. If you are currently in the market looking for a gaming mouse where you can rest your palm comfortably and you have around $30 budget; then continue reading our Patriot Viper V560 Laser gaming mouse review below and find out if this fits your preference.
Patriot Viper V560 Laser Gaming Mouse Review
The Patriot Viper V560 laser gaming mouse is a customizable gaming-centric mouse; featuring 9 programmable buttons, adjustable weight design, ceramic footpads and interchangeable side grips to better suite your palm’s preference. It also features an “Xtreme precision” laser sensor with up to 12,000 DPI for accuracy and speed. Patriot Memory didn’t mention what laser sensor they used inside, but if I am not mistaken it’s the Avago ADNS9800, more on that later. There’s also an on-the-fly DPI switch and DPI LED light that indicate the current DPI level, and you can modify the DPI level via the Patriot software.
The Viper V560 gaming mouse is not a new product, as it has been in the market for quite some time now. Actually, the mouse itself is not really a newly designed and entirely new product. It’s basically a rebranded Sentey Revolution Pro gaming mouse; with red accents, Viper logo and higher DPI. I don’t think Sentey is selling the Revolution Pro anymore; thus Patriot Memory is currently selling them under a new brand. The Revolution Pro was a good and affordable gaming mouse, and I think it was a fairly well-received product. So despite being a rebrand, the Viper V560 should be no less than the Revolution Pro.
There are other few details that Patriot Memory didn’t disclose on the specs sheet of the Viper V560. But if the internal parts weren’t changed (at all); then it should have Omron switches and Sonix MCU aside from the Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor. The Viper V560 is also compatible with nearly every Windows operating system and Mac OS X or higher. However, I think the mouse software (for configuration and customization) is only compatible with Windows.
Patriot Viper V560 Laser Gaming Mouse Specifications
Patriot Viper V560 Packaging and Closer Look
The Patriot Viper V560 comes in black and red themed box with a flip cover for you to see the actual mouse itself. The cut-out may not be big enough for you to fully feel and rest your palm on the mouse (while inside the box); but it’s big enough for you to see its actual size. You can also read from the front and back portion of the box, as well as on the other side of the flip cover, the Viper V560’s highlighted features.
The box also includes some Viper stickers, reading materials, a quick start guide, another side grip and the additional weights.
Above you can see a 360° view of the Patriot Viper V560. It comes with a red braided cable with black wave-like stripes; and the USB plug is gold plated. The V560 is basically a black and red themed gaming mouse; or you can say a black mouse with red highlights. However, it’s the RGB lighting that gives the highlights on this mouse. If you think of it, the red buttons and Viper logo will not match the color theme entirely, depending on what color will you choose for the LED lighting.
Some of the areas are not RGB-lit; for example the DPI level indicator is white only. Only the rear end and front portion have RGB lighting. The thumb area is rubberized for extra grip; while the rest of the surface has a nice soft and smooth feel.
The scroll wheel is a four-way type; you can scroll up or down, or tilt the wheel sideways. The two buttons on top is for profile switching and the other one is programmable. The two buttons on the side (thumb side) is also programmable, while the switch on the bottom side portion is for adjusting the DPI level on the fly.
By now, I’m sure you have realized that this is for right-handed users only. It’s not ambidextrous and I think the Patriot Viper V560 would fit palm grip users; and probably claw grip users as well. I’m a palm grip user and I like it, because I can rest and relax most of the palm on the mouse.
The Patriot Viper V560 measures about 8cm in width, by 4.7cm in height, and by 12.8cm in length. It also weighs at 193g, and I think that’s without the additional weight included. The additional side grip is actually not an extra, but it’s a little bit wider than the default one. The first side grip (default) allows you to rest up to your ring finger (4th one). However, if you want to rest all your fingers, including the pinky one, you’ll need to use the second and wider side grip.
Underneath are 5 ceramic footpads; these are very sturdy and solid compared to your typical rubber pads, and it feels nice on a soft mouse pad. However, I don’t like the feeling when I used it on a hard surface mouse pad.
You can add up to 29.4 grams using the adjustable weight. The compartment for the additional weights is located on the mid-center of the Viper V560 mouse; and can be accessed by removing the side grip. Depending on your preference, the V560 without the additional weights may be enough for you; it was certainly enough for me. The additional weight only made the mouse feel too heavy for me.
I added additional 360° photos (above) of the Patriot Viper V560 gaming mouse, this time with the secondary side grip installed. Let’s proceed to the next page for the rest of the review.