Razer Viper V2 Pro review: Lightweight design, high price

Razer Viper V2 Pro

MSRP $150.00

“The Razer Viper V2 Pro drops some features I loved to make way for new ones.”

Advantages

  • Lightweight design

  • Buttons can be wirelessly remapped

  • Incredible battery life

  • Beautiful silhouette

  • USB Type-C connectivity

  • Free foam grip tape

The inconvenients

  • No longer fully ambidextrous

  • The price is hard to swallow

  • No RGB

  • The polling rate is not as high as I expected

The perfect gaming mouse doesn’t exist as we see companies creating updated versions of the same thing like a clock. However, Razer’s latest version of the mouse strips away some skin from one of its most popular mice, the Viper. It’s an interesting proposition.

What we have in our hands today is the Viper V2 Pro, and while it got rid of quite a few features, it makes up for it with some fancy additions.

From the outside, the new Viper V2 Pro looks like any other Viper. But the V2 Pro packs a slew of new features, including weighing just 59g, 30,000 DPI, new optical switches, and a beast of a battery — all for $150. It’s a high price, but Razer may have poked only enough new elements to make it worthy of the price.

Design and comfort

Razer Viper V2 Pro standing.

When I took the Viper V2 Pro out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how well-distributed its 59g weight is. I also felt like the Viper V2 had one thing in mind: winning games. However, winning comes at a cost for the new Viper V2 Pro. While stripping some extra weight from the mouse, Razer was also forced to remove a number of features, including RGB lighting, buttons on the right side, and a button on the bottom that controlled toggles for power and the PGD.

The lack of a button on the right side means the Viper V2 Pro is no longer fully ambidextrous. It’s a shame for lefties.

Razer includes, as always, the usual foam tape. It’s always appreciated.

Although some sacrifices have been made, Razer has made significant improvements to help ease the pain. The sensor has been upgraded from the Focus+ to the new Focus Pro 30K optical sensor, along with new optical switches that improve tactility and a longer life cycle. Razer has also upgraded the Viper V2 Pro’s battery to last longer while weighing less than its predecessors, and it finally supports USB-C charging.

Razer was completely transparent with the release of the new Viper by mentioning that the white version weighs one gram more than the black version. The Viper V2 Pro I received came in white, and I’m sure if I was blindfolded I couldn’t tell the difference.

The finish of the Viper V2 Pro is fantastic; it has the same coarse texture that some PBT keycaps have. I am here for this.

Sensors and switches

View of the Razer Viper V2 Pro sensor.

Beneath the mouse, you’ll find the pre-installed PTFE feet, a DPI/power button, and the Focus Pro 30K optical sensor. I’m a really big fan of this sensor – it performed really well in-game (more on that later). Even though I’m not a fan of take-off distance, I never encountered any stuttering or tracking issues. On top of that, the battery life is amazing; after five days of use, I have 82% battery left. And that’s even using the 2.4 GHz dongle exclusively.

After five days of use on the 2.4GHz dongle, I’m still at 82% battery.

As mentioned earlier Razer upgraded the switches on the new Viper and in doing so I can now click on these things 90 million times (assuming I live to see that day) and enjoy a profile softer sound. The same cannot be said for the side buttons as there is an audible difference between the forward and back button.

The front button sounds muted, while the back button almost feels like a muffled click switch, which is a bit odd for someone who likes side buttons. Did this affect performance? No, but was it weird? Yes.

The scroll wheel isn’t anything out of the ordinary either. Even though it is notched, it feels dry and rough.

gaming experience

Razer Viper V2 Pro left and right clicks.

Since the Viper V2 Pro is synonymous with victory, I wanted to try out a popular eSports game that I had never played before: Valorant. This is a very competitive game, so I wanted to take some time to remap some controls and adjust the Viper’s DPI. However, with the DPI button below the mouse, the change was a bit annoying.

Although you can wirelessly remap the mouse inputs, I had already set the back button to sensitivity clutch (sniper mode) and the front to mute my mic.

On a more positive note, the Viper V2 feels ready to go out of the box. The pre-installed PTFE feet are quite good but could benefit from a break-in period. I had no issues with tracking on my desk mat and the somewhat coarse texture of the shell provided extra grip.

The new Viper finds itself butting heads with its older sibling, the Viper 8KHz Ultralight, which boasts an 8000Hz polling rate, while this one has a meager 1000Hz. I personally don’t invest too much in the polling rate, but I know a lot of players who do.

Our point of view

Overall, the Razer Viper V2 Pro is a great mouse and despite some design changes to the Viper, the performance and craftsmanship help soften the blow. However, since this is a new version of the Viper, I would have liked to see the 8000Hz polling rate, especially for $150. Still, this mouse is excellent; wireless key remapping capability, economical battery life, lightweight design and 30,000 DPI sensor make this mouse a strong contender in the market.

Are there alternatives?

With its MSRP of $150, there are more than enough options. To begin with, there is the Super lightweight Logitech G Pro X for $145 and it comes with a DPI of 25,000 and a weight of 63g. If you want more buttons, for the same MSRP price, you can get the Asus ROG Spatha X.

The Spatha X features a maximum DPI of 19,000, 12 buttons and hot-swappable sockets, yet weighs a revolutionary 168g. Then, of course, if you’re thinking of buying a Viper, but the price isn’t right for you, there’s the Razer Viper Ultimatewhich still packs a punch with its 20,000 DPI, ambidextrous design, RGB and a reasonable weight of 74g.

How long will it last?

The Razer Viper V2 Pro has a warranty of 2 years, and thanks to its upgraded internals, I can almost assure you that this mouse will perform like new for years to come.

Should I buy it?

Yes, but there are some caveats. The Razer Viper V2 Pro is an impressive mouse well worth looking at if you’re a previous generation Viper owner looking for a bit more kick. However, for $150 there are plenty of other mice on the market to consider with some of the features of the Viper V2 Pro ditches.

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Richard L. Militello