Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless
Gaming Mouse (Wireless)
When we took the original Razer Viper a few years back we marvelled at its lightweight form-factor, sturdy and comfortable build, and overall in-game performance. It arrived at a time when we were starting to see a lot more lightweight or ultralight mice show up, designed almost exclusively for esports and competitive game performance. Freeing, precise, smooth movement to ensure that when it came to lining up the perfect headshot, the mouse in your hand wasn’t holding you back. The idea being, you couldn’t really feel it move, and the two of you became one.
It’s been a minute since the Razer Viper Ultimate
hit the scene, so it’s definitely cool to see it make a return in Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless
form. In the time since the original hit the scene there’s been a trend towards shaving off a few grams here and there no matter the gaming mouse. Razer itself has been releasing lighter versions of some of its most popular mice in recent times.
So then, what direction has Razer taken with the follow-up to the original Viper? Well, the answer to that was to create one of the lightest ultralights we’re likely to see. Ever. And do so with a mind towards the sort of performance needed in the land of competitive gaming and esports.
58-grams. That’s it. And it’s wireless to boot. No doubt getting to this point was an engineering feat on behalf of Razer, because the overall footprint remains intact, and it still features the same symmetrical grip design that was a part of the Viper’s original success. The original Razer Viper Ultimate weighed in at 74-grams which makes the Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless around 20 or so percent later. Some of the changes make sense if the goal was to reduce the weight. There’s no more RGB, the right-side buttons have been removed, so have the grips, there’s a lighter and more efficient battery, and changes have been made to the covering.
"What direction has Razer taken with the follow-up to the original Viper? Well, the answer to that was to create one of the lightest ultralights we’re likely to see. Ever."
But, in going for that ultralight feel unlike any other, there is a somewhat, well, cheapness to the feel of the Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless in that it might be too light. Build quality is excellent mind you, and the scroll wheel still has that awesome feel and movement that we’ve come to expect from Razer. The lack of side-grips is definitely missed, and again, being so light highlights the plastic form more so than a more weighted mouse. In a welcome more Razer has included Mouse Grip Tape to add some of that tactile touch to both the sides and even the left and right-click buttons, though they do look like sticker and tape when added - which does detract from the slick and stylish out of the box look,
Going insanely light is one part of the story, as there are several notable improvements made under the hood for the Razer Viper V2 Pro Wireless. From improved optical switches with a 90-million click lifecycle through to the latest version of Razer’s impressive optical sensors. Here you’ve got accuracy that will work on just about any surface, including glass, so all in all it’s the sort of hardware that will serve you for years. And stuff that’s befitting of the esports and competitive focus of the Viper.
- Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor
- Sensitivity: 30,000 DPI
- Switches: Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
- Buttons: 5
- Battery Life: Up to 80 hours (Razer HyperSpeed Wireless)
- Cable: Razer Speedflex Cable USB Type-C
- Weight: 58g
And it's there where we conducted most of our testing, playing single-player titles like DOOM Eternal and multiplayer rounds of Apex Legends for that FPS feel. In-game it’s easy to see the benefit of the Razer Viper V2 Pro, where it only takes a few minutes for the mouse to become an extension of your hand. For everyday use though it’s a different story, the V2 doesn’t feel as premium as the original because of how light it is - and the lack of textured grips and more tactile feel isn’t quite resolved with pack-in grip tape. Plus, on the software side, Razer Synapse is starting to feel a little bloated when all you want to do is set up the DPI profiles.
In the end though, as a high-performance wireless option - the Razer Viper continues to impress. We’d be surprised if we saw a mouse lighter than this.