The Razer Viper 8K feels acquainted. In truth, in feel and look, it’s the identical gaming mouse as the unique Razer Viper. However make no mistake, the Viper 8K is on the slicing fringe of gaming mice at present. That includes Razer’s high of the road Focus+ sensor, optical triggers, and an unimaginable 8,000 Hz polling price, the Viper has the gaming rigs of the longer term squarely in its sights. However is it value upgrading to within the current?

Razer Viper 8K Overview

Razer Viper 8K – Design and Options

The Razer Viper 8K looks like an previous buddy — and it ought to. There are nearly no variations between the unique Razer Viper and the Viper 8K I’m reviewing at present. That’s an excellent factor, as the unique Razer Viper is considered one of my favourite mice ever. It’s additionally good as a result of the unique Viper is being phased out and changed with this upgraded model at no additional price. It’s a medium-sized ultralight mouse (71 grams) that works properly whether or not you’re a palm, claw, or fingertip gripped gamer. That versatility even extends to being a righty or lefty due to its 8-button ambidextrous design.

Because the launch of the unique in 2019, I’ve owned each model of the Razer Viper and a few model has lived on my desk ever since. The complete-size Viper mice are simple to shift between, together with the brand new 8K, as a result of the hallmarks of the collection are the identical: the low contour of the shell and slight texturing of the plastic feels nice within the hand; the rubber facet grips preserve them from slipping even on sizzling summer time days; the optical switches are quick, dependable, and satisfying (if a bit softer than the likes of the Logitech G502); and the monitoring feels pixel excellent. The Viper 8K carries on each little bit of this and improves upon the internals.

Below the hood, the Viper 8K has been upgraded with Razer’s newest Focus+ sensor. On paper, it’s a considerable bump in efficiency. The DPI has been boosted from 16K to 20K, the max velocity has elevated to 650 inches per second, and a quoted “trade finest” accuracy of 99.6%. In apply, these upgrades received’t imply a lot to the typical gamer (I couldn’t actually really feel them) however simply may to aggressive esports professionals or these trying to break into the scene. This sensor additionally options Razer’s Movement Sync know-how, which aligns the heartbeat of the mouse’s polling price with the tempo the host PC seeks updates to extend accuracy.

Like each Viper gaming mouse launched up to now, it comes geared up with Razer’s in-house optical switches. Moderately than depend on mechanical contacts, the Viper 8K makes use of beams of infrared mild to acknowledge button presses. This permits for near-instantaneous triggers with out the necessity for debounce delay to clean out electrical interference brought on by mechanical contacts. Razer quotes this as “3 times as quick” however in real-world exams towards my trusty Logitech G502 or Ducky Feather, they felt equally responsive.

What issues extra is that by their very design these switches are extra resilient to put on and tear. Since there are not any mechanical contacts, frequent ache factors just like the dreaded double-click subject that plagues dying gaming mice ought to by no means come into play. That interprets to an anticipated 70 million click on lifespan, which is a big enchancment over the 50 million anticipated from many flagship mechanical-switch gaming mice.

Razer has additionally made two different small enhancements. The primary is that the Viper 8K glides a lot better than the unique due to its new 100% PTFE mouse ft. The second is that the buttons on both facet are actually extra flush with the remainder of the shell and more durable to hit by mistake. That was a continuing aggravation on the unique, so it’s a giant plus to see that improved right here. These two adjustments won’t look like a lot however they’re stable upgrades to day-to-day use and make the entire mouse nicer to make use of.

The massive improve right here is true within the title: the 8K, or 8,000Hz, polling price. The overwhelming majority of gaming peripherals nonetheless function at 1,000Hz, so to say Razer upped the ante right here is an understatement. Polling price, measured in Hz, is how usually the mouse communicates its place to the PC each second. In that context, even 1,000Hz looks like lots, however as gaming screens push to greater and better refresh charges, points like microstutter can happen as refresh price and polling price start to diverge. This image (created by Razer), demonstrates the problem properly:

Rising the polling price decreases the space between a mouse replace and display screen refresh.

It is sensible — in principle. The Viper 8K studies its place 8,000 occasions a second. However there’s an essential hyperlink right here between your monitor’s refresh price and whether or not a better polling price will even matter. Except you’re operating a 144Hz monitor, and possibly not even then, you aren’t prone to discover any distinction by any means. Likewise, making an attempt to run such a excessive polling price really has a noticeable influence on CPU utilization, which might be why this was the primary mouse I’ve ever reviewed the place the producer despatched me beneficial system necessities:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 8600K, AMD R5 3600
  • Monitor: over 144Hz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 or higher, AMD RX 5700 or higher

The rationale for that is due to CPU use, it’s doable that 8K might really decrease your in-game FPS in case you’re operating an processor or graphics card.

That mentioned, the Viper 8K additionally helps decrease polling charges too, from 4K all the way in which all the way down to 125Hz. Because it’s changing the unique on the identical worth, it’s solely affordable to view 8K as a side-benefit to make the most of down the road in case your system can’t but help it. This may be simply modified inside Razer’s Synapse software program, which can be the place you’ll management the palm lighting and programming customized keymaps.

For all the refined however essential upgrades the Viper 8K brings, there’s one essential downgrade and that’s within the Speedflex cable. In comparison with different Vipers, I discover it barely stiffer and that it has extra bend reminiscence from packaging. It’s nonetheless an enchancment from regular cables and has decreased drag with the Speedflex weave, however the wiring to help 8K seems to be barely extra resistant than previous fashions. It’s not a giant deal however undoubtedly noticeable in case you’ve used one other Speedflex-equipped Razer mouse.

Razer Viper 8K – Efficiency

I’ve to confess to being a bit skeptical of the 8,000Hz polling price. Reporting 1,000 occasions a second for a 1,000Hz mouse already felt quick however eight thousand? That struck me as properly into the land of diminishing returns, however I went into this overview with an open thoughts. My system meets the specs (Ryzen 3950X, RTX 3090), I exploit a 144Hz gaming monitor, and I used to be able to see if the mouse helped my gameplay or felt extra responsive.

The very first thing I’ll say is that the Viper 8K does supply a greater gameplay expertise than the unique Razer Viper. The PTFE mouse ft made a big impact on how easily the mouse glided throughout my mouse pad. I swapped between the hard-surface Razer Firefly and the Razer Gigantus mouse pad. The Viper 8K is quick. The additional two grams in weight actually didn’t make any distinction in any respect, and the brand new Focus+ sensor tracked precisely without having to re-calibrate within the software program due to its Sensible Monitoring know-how.

The improved facet buttons additionally prevented misclicks, which was a daily drawback of mine once I would grip the mouse in tense shootouts in Name of Responsibility: Warzone. I additionally actually favored the added stress when scrolling between notches on the scroll wheel. There’s nothing fairly so irritating as bumping a delicate scroll wheel mid firefight and swapping to your sidearm by mistake. Not right here. Scroll steps are all the time going to be intentional.

Just like the Vipers earlier than it, I additionally discovered it to be extraordinarily correct and responsive below my fingers. The mouse clicks reply immediately. The enhancements to the sensor are welcome however overkill for an informal shooter fan like myself. Nonetheless, the monitoring felt pixel excellent. Whether or not I used to be enjoying Doom Everlasting or Warzone, if I tousled a shot, it was as a result of I messed it up, not the mouse.

Crucial characteristic, the 8kHz polling price, is harder to guage. There have been occasions I believed it felt extra clean, particularly in fast turns, however I actually can’t say if that’s as a result of I anticipated it to be or as a result of there was really one thing there. I attempted the mouse in all kinds of video games — Apex Legends, Warzone, Rainbow Six: Siege, Valorant, Fortnite, Doom, Future 2 — and I can’t say conclusively I felt any enchancment in any respect.

In truth, making an attempt to run at 8K even brought about some issues in Apex Legends. When making quick turns, my sport would typically stutter prefer it was making an attempt to catch up in frames. Contemplating the specs of my gaming PC, it shouldn’t be a {hardware} limitation. In my seek for a solution, I got here throughout studies from different avid gamers experiencing the identical however the one constant issue between them appeared to be that turning down the polling price mounted the issue. In my case, dropping to 2,000Hz mounted the problem. I wasn’t as dangerous off as some, however clearly even high-end programs can expertise points.

With all this in thoughts, 8K strikes me as a really ahead pondering know-how. Not all video games or programs are prepared for it and solely very excessive refresh price screens are prone to see a giant enhance in efficiency. In my studying, I got here throughout quite a few avid gamers who claimed they might really feel a noticeable enchancment at 240 and 360Hz. I can’t say the identical, however I’ve additionally by no means discovered microstuttering to be a difficulty at 144Hz. In case you have, this mouse may be the reply.

Buying Information

The Razer Viper 8K retails for and it is out there from Amazon and direct from Razer.

By tracy