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Razer Viper V3 Pro review: Pro-grade performance

Razer Viper V3 Pro review: Pro-grade performance

Razer Viper V3 Pro

The latest Razer Viper V3 Pro is one heck of a mouse. Designed in collaboration with esports pros, this lightweight gaming mouse may be too good for a regular gamer. But don't let that stop you. I'm pretty much an average gamer myself, but I've been loving the accuracy, performance, and comfort of this mouse.

Quick specs

  • Right-handed symmetrical
  • 35K optical sensor
  • 8,000Hz wireless polling rate
  • 54g

Weighing just 54g, the Razer Viper V3 Pro is one of the lightest mice around. It's similar to the Razer Viper V3 Hyperspeed we reviewed last December. But Razer has tweaked the Viper V3 Pro based on feedback from esports pro players. For one, the DPI button located below the scroll wheel is gone. It's now merged with the power button at the bottom, similar to the Razer Viper V2 Pro. I liked the DPI switch button, so I'm sad to see it go. But apparently, the pros found that they would hit the button a bit too often, so it was moved away.

If you want to switch DPI on the fly, you'll have to lift up the mouse to press it, or bind one of the side buttons to do so. The mouse is also more environmentally friendly, such as being made from 85% recycled plastic and uses a smaller packaging box.

Razer Viper V3 Pro
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The Razer Viper V3 Pro also keeps the new lower hump, which took me a while to get used to. I found myself having to stretch more for my favoured grip style, but the lowered hump does feel more comfortable during long gaming sessions. Another thing that's changed is the material, the Razer Viper V3 Pro has a smooth-touch material, but comes with pre-cut grip tape in case it's too slippery. I still prefer the Viper V2 Pro‘s textured surface, but the smooth-touch surface was chosen by pros in a landslide, so I guess I'm outvoted here.

At the bottom, you'll find that Razer has upgraded the mouse feet to cover the entire top half. This makes gliding so much smoother. This is pretty obvious when compared against the Viper V2 on the Razer Firefly V2 Pro mat.

Razer Viper V3 Pro
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The second-gen Focus Pro 35K optical sensor is pretty accurate. It feels like I can shoot better in games such as Helldivers 2, as well as in training software such as AimLabs. The weight of the mouse also helps with swiping movements, though I'm not really good at those. I'm also a fan of the clickiness of the optical switches. The Razer Viper V3 Pro comes with a HyperSpeed 8,000Hz polling dongle, which makes the mouse very responsive.

Now, if you're worried about battery life, Razer has added a feature in its Synapse software to keep the default polling rate at 1,000Hz, while turning it up to 8,000Hz when in-game. I honestly can't tell the difference between 4,000Hz and 8,000Hz, but it's very obvious when jumping from 1,000Hz to 8,000Hz.

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Battery life is decent, you get about a week's worth between gaming and normal office use, with gaming set to 8,000Hz polling rate. It's rated at 95 hours with 1,000Hz, and goes down to 17 hours at 8,000Hz. But so far, I've been impressed with how great the Razer Viper V3 Pro feels, even over the Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2. Razer has built a really competitive mice for the pros, but it may be too much for the average Joe. Still I do really like it for what it offers, even though I'm probably not using the mouse to its full potential. Get it from Razer for S$239.

Note: Review unit provided by Razer.

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