The gaming peripheral market is very saturated, but some of the primary names are still prominent.
Razer always hits heavy, but the latest Viper V2 Pro gaming mouse combines the company’s technical prowess with a less fluffy design that makes the mouse a go-to for those looking for a high-performance mouse and nothing more.
Its design is similar to that of the company’s Viper 8K released in 2021, or the Razer Viper Ultimate released in 2019, without the pronounced side knobs.
For starters, the mouse doesn’t have RGB lights, not even the iconic Razer three-headed snake logo. According to Razer, the Viper V2 Pro is the lightest mouse built, so getting rid of anything that isn’t pivotal to the basic mouse’s performance was important. Getting rid of RGB also helps conserve battery, which we’ll touch on later.
It weighs just 58 grams, which makes it 59 grams lighter than the Cooler Master MM731, although using it it seems the difference is not just 1 gram, but much more.
In addition to reducing weight, Razer got rid of the two side buttons on the right, while keeping the two side buttons aligned to the left, making the Viper V2 Pro more suitable for right-handers. However, if you can use your ring or pinky finger to press the side buttons, the mouse feels and fits nicely on the left hand.
Razer has also eliminated the separate DPI and Power On/Off buttons in favor of a single button that takes care of both tasks, along with ditching the bottom compartment that houses the 2.4GHz dongle in favor of a USB-C adapter that connects to the dongle.
do you see? The general trend here is to get rid of anything that would add to the weight of the mouse while not compromising on performance.
I’m using the matte white version of the mouse, however, a matte black version is also available, so you can match the mouse to your other peripherals.
In the box, which I’m happy to smell like the new car’s leather seats, you get Razer’s textured stock grip tape for added stability, although I didn’t feel the need to wear it. The matte design is similar to the Steelseries Aerox 3, and the mouse feels just as good, at least while it’s still new. Adding a grip bar will contribute to the added weight, eliminating the pivotal selling point of the ultra-lightweight mouse.
Additionally, the handle bar is black and the model I’m using is all white, so it would look ugly if I were to wear both.
The box also contains a USB-A to USB-C speedflex cable with a 2.4GHz dongle adapter and most importantly, two Razer stickers.
I use the mouse for about ten to eleven hours a day, which includes eight hours of work and about two to three hours of gaming. I’ve hooked up the mouse via 2.4GHz wireless for the entire past week, and only had to charge it once.
And while Razer says the mouse has a smaller battery than its predecessors (cutting weight), the difference is minimal. According to official figures, the battery has a shelf life of eighty hours per charge, which seems like an exaggeration. In my experience, the fifty to sixty hour mark seems to be the correct battery life.
Back in the spotlight, well, I lied. The mouse features a small LED dot just below the scroll wheel to display battery percentages and DPI.
The indicator flashes red twice at frequent intervals to indicate that the battery is less than 5 percent, and an orange, yellow, or green light indicates that the battery is above 25, 50, and 100 percent, respectively.
Likewise, pressing the DPI/Power on-off button allows you to switch between different DPI displays to suit your own gaming style. A red light indicates that the DPI is on the number one preset, which is 400 by default. The preset numbers two, three, four, and five are assigned to 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400, and are indicated by green, blue, cyan, and yellow lights, respectively. You can change the presets according to your needs from Razer’s Synapse app.
On the app side of things, Synapse lets you do what any other mouse program lets you. Adjust DPI, set up DPI presets, polling rate (125, 500, and 1000), power saving settings, and smart trace calibration. Nothing new to see there.
Performance-wise, the Viper V2 Pro is a joy to use. According to Razer, it has updated the mouse’s PTFE feet to an optimal shape, which is evidenced by how smoothly they glide across my mousepad. It tracks accurately even when used directly on a wooden or glass table as well, although that will almost certainly precipitate wear on the PTFE feet and bottom sensor.
Oh, and about the sensor, the Viper V2 Pro features Razer’s latest Focus Pro 30K optical sensor developed alongside Pixart. The sensor allows the mouse to reach a peak of 30,000 DPI, tracking comfortably when used directly at your table.
The sensor allows for precise movements and, according to Razer, has a resolution of 99.8 percent. In my experience with the mouse last week, I can agree that it tracks accurately, and is responsive to Uber, although most other mice I’ve used in the same price category work roughly the same way, so I wouldn’t buy a mouse just for the updated sensor.
The clicks on the Viper V2 Pro feel like a click too. The mouse features Gen-3 optical mouse switches, compared to the Gen-2 switches used on older models. Razer says the new switches have a 90-million-click lifecycle, and while they feel solid and reliable, only time will tell if they’re durable and avoid double-clicks or mistakes.
While the ultra-lightweight mouse feels great when playing precision shooting games like brave or CS: GO, I don’t see myself using it for everyday use; In favor of an ergonomic mouse. Also, I want to save those 90 million clicks when I need to click a bad in-game click, not when I’m writing tech news.
The Viper V2 Pro is a purely competitive mouse for gamers that can be appreciated by the most serious in the industry. Its ultra-lightweight body makes it easy to control, so much so that it doesn’t feel like you’re moving your mouse around, instead just moving your wrist and arm. It works on multiple surfaces and has improved PTFE feet that allow the mouse to glide effortlessly. It includes an upgraded sensor that undoubtedly feels responsive and accurate, but in my opinion, gaming mice from other companies like SteelSeries feel just as responsive.
If you are looking for a very lightweight gaming mouse, without all the extra fluff, then the Viper V2 Pro is worth marrying. If you are someone who is just looking for a lightweight mouse, there are cheaper alternatives on the market.
The Viper V2 Pro is available on the Razer website and Best Buy in black and white for $189.99