An Updated Razer Viper Mini Could Crush the Mouse Market
I spend more time than I’d like to admit lurking in Reddit’s r/mousereview community. That’s where a ton of the most diehard gaming mouse fans hang out online. I know, the name doesn’t make any sense because it seems like it should be covering mouse reviews and not the products themselves, but that’s just how the internet is sometimes.
In my months standing around this digital watercooler for high end mouse debates, a thread has emerged: the community loves the Razer Viper Mini. Like, to an unheard-of degree. It’s regularly hailed as a giant-killer, a true endgame, a gaming peripheral legend — in spite of its forty dollar price tag and basic outdated sensor technology.
I bought this famous little mouse when it first launched, and while I liked it a great deal at first…it eventually wore on me. It’s far from the worst mouse, and it’s probably one of the best mice you can get for forty bucks — but if you save up just a few more dollars, Razer can give you dramatically more mouse for your cash.
Its biggest issue at launch was the sensor’s lift-off distance calibration. To wit: it was much too high on most pads and surfaces. You can tweak the sensor to work better with specific Razer mouse pads, but if you’re using a non-updated copy on a non-Razer pad, then your mileage will vary. This isn’t a massive problem if you play at a higher DPI like I do (around 1800), but it’s still quite noticeable.
Recent firmware updates have improved the lift-off situation to the point where I still notice it but it doesn’t irritate me as much. I spent the last week using the mouse for a third lengthy test, and just as it once slowly irritated me until I wrote a piece about it, it has now grown on me again. The excellent lightweight shape and brilliant-feeling optical clicks really are unheard-of at this price point, and the underglow lighting is wonderful.
The online mouse community doesn’t just love this mouse, they also constantly clamor for a wireless “Ultimate” version — and I’m joining the bandwagon. However, I…