Dimensions: 126.8 x 57.6 x 37.8mm / 118.3 x 53.6 x 38.3mm
Weight: 69g / 74g / 61g
Razer has taken part in this race to create the best gaming mouse with their Razer Viper.
The Viper comes in 3 different types. Standard which has a cable and all it’s features. Ultimate which is wireless and slightly heavier than standard or mini which has a cable and is extremely lightweight clocking in at only 61g.
The mini is also a much smaller mouse, it is roughly 8mm shorter in length and 4mm shorter in width.
Personally I would choose the ultimate because it is a wireless version of the standard Razer Viper. The mini would personally be too small for me, even though I use claw grip. Since I come from an ergonomic mouse, I am used to the fatter sides which means a thinner mouse like the mini wouldn’t be for a player like me. A great thing all these mice come with, is a 2 year warranty with a 14 day risk free return.
I think that Razer is confident in their design because they are giving away 2 year warranties, the mouse must last that long at least before it starts to break down.
The shape of this mouse is similar to the FK series or the G PRO wireless.
It’s an ambidextrous shape with comfort curves on the sides. At the front, the main clicks are designed with an overhang, which is what Glorious’ model O has too. The mouse parts at the top of the hump, just before the main buttons which is a very Razer like design.Only this mouse has side grips that are built into the mouse, on each side there are rubberized grips with a different texture to counteract slipperiness from skin or sweat. What a great attention to detail for an FPS mouse. Also, the DPI button is placed at the beginning of the main clicks for ease of access and the side buttons are only on the left side.
Ambi mice that have side buttons on both sides can be a pain to play with.
I also love the fact that Razer didn’t go with the honeycomb design to reduce the weight on the shell, instead they went for a lightweight plastic shell and reduced some of the interior. Nearly every company in the mouse industry is trying the honeycomb design. You’ve got finalmouse, glorious, G wolves and many others. The coating is a standard black premium paint that is not too slippery.
Whether you choose the Viper or the Ultimate, you will have a different cable experience.
The standard Viper and mini have a lightweight cable that is a cross between paracord and rubber coated. Material surrounding the cable is called speed flex which is made by Razer themselves. It is designed to produce minimal drag to allow for greater control and easier glide. If you want a more budget option, definitely go with either the viper or the mini because the lightweight cable is somewhat close to the feeling of wireless.
Choosing the Ultimate on the other hand, you will receive a wireless experience which only a few mice can offer.
Having a wireless mouse is a very free feeling when you glide and aim. Though, the trade off is that the Ultimate has to be 5g heavier than the standard version, to harness a wireless battery inside. This only brings the weight up to 74g which is still very lightweight in comparison to all the other gaming mice on the market, bar a few.
Another great part of this mouse that I like is the quality mouse feet. Most mice use stock mouse feet and only a few like the Viper actually use pure PTFE, which glides much faster. This material is for fast gliding and is used to coat non-stick pans.
One section of the mouse feet is really big at the bottom, similar to Zowie. The other is relatively normal and arches across the top. There is also some extra mouse feet that outline the sensor, this irons out the mousepad around the sensor and provides more accurate tracking.
Last but not least, you have some eye candy in the form of RGB lighting. The lighting is on the razer logo at the back which is quite generic, but also on the underside of the back of the mouse. Now this is an extremely unique place to put LEDs.
You can use their razer programs to choose from millions of colors. Also in the program, you can change the lighting effects and program it to change color in certain ways or different times. Want to have your mouse blink red when you shoot, there’s an option for that.
Under the main clicks at the front are Razer’s own mouse switches called optical mouse switches. Instead of standard mechanical clicks, they use an infrared laser which actuates in 0.2 milliseconds. It also never performs accidental clicks.
This is pretty neat, I also used their keyboard that had the same optical switches and that was very nice to type on. Perhaps this type of switch will give you a slight advantage when you get into a who shoots who first situation. In CSGO you can shoot faster while you’re holding an angle and a player swings into you.
Out of the 3 different types of Razer Viper designs, some are good for claw and fingertip while others are good for palm grip. Starting with the mini, it’s the smaller Viper and much more useful for players that want to use claw grip or fingertip grip.
I personally use claw grip and I am trying to learn fingertip grip too. Palm grip is a possibility only if you have really small hands, otherwise I would get the standard Viper or Ultimate to use palm grip. Those two are much bigger in terms of length and width. This will give you enough support for your entire palm grip across the mouse.