The Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed offers great value, but it isn't as light as it could be. At 82g, it is a lot heavier than one of my favourite mice of all time, the 58g Viper V2 Pro. But the V3 does come with a few subtle improvements despite not being a “Pro” mouse that feels great in the hand.
- Wireless only
- 30K optical sensor
- Mechanical mouse switches Gen-2
The one tweak in this new model — which you can't really see — is how the rear hump of the mouse is slightly higher. This gives it more support, and makes the claw grip a lot easier to maintain. However, I'm not a fan of the smooth material of the V3 HyperSpeed. I much prefer the textured matte surface of the V2 Pro. The biggest, and most noticeable change, though, is the new button below the scroll wheel. It defaults to cycling between your DPI settings. I like this since it makes it easier to toggle between speed and precision for the mouse — if set up right.
The Focus 30K Optical Sensor is precise, and tracks well. The mechanical switches of the mouse buttons are nice to press, and quite comparable to the V2 Pro's optical ones. There's a slight difference in the clickiness, but if you've never tried the V2 Pro, this will not matter. But for an entry-level mouse for gaming, the V3 HyperSpeed has a great hand feel that is comparable to more expensive mice.
Battery life is pretty good: 280 hours if you're on 1,000Hz and 50 hours if you're polling at 8,000Hz. It uses an AA battery — this mouse doesn't come with a built-in battery like the V2 Pro. Speaking of which, you'll need to buy a separate dongle (HyperPolling Wireless Dongle) if you want to increase the polling speed. Razer also recently updated the polling rate from a max of 4,000Hz to 8,000Hz. Honestly, I can't tell the difference, but if you're a more sensitive gamer, you may feel the difference.
Razer's mice tend to be a tad pricey, but at S$110, the Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed is a worthy buy. The price does go up if you want the HyperPolling Wireless Dongle. However, Razer is currently selling it bundled at just S$133, down from S$185. Get it from Razer, Shopee, or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Razer.
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