At the beginning of October last year, we reported that Razer has a polling revolution in the works. The goal: mice with a polling rate of over 7,000 Hz. Now the result is finally on the market and even delivers a full 8,000 Hz. The company is not exclusively concerned with more hertz, but also with lower latency on the peripheral level and the internal workmanship of all information. Of course, the Razer Viper 8k is primarily aimed at e-sports, but everyone who is at home in competitive games should now take a closer look – and read.
Several manufacturers have already tried to bring mice with over 1,000 Hz onto the market. So far, however, this has been disappointing for the buyer, as the mice only delivered peak rates, but no continuous performance above 1,000 Hz – thus more marketing than truth. Accordingly, we were already skeptical about the new Viper in October. However, first tests already showed at that time that Razer was by no means only out for marketing.
We had a test model before the release on January 28, 2021, which we thoroughly examined. Let’s see if the Razer Viper 8k is eight times faster than previous gaming mice and if it’s worth it.
|Query rate||8000 Hz|
|Speed cursor||20,000 DPI|
|Speed Sensor||650 IPS|
|Switch||Optical 2nd gen Razer mouse switches|
|Usability||Left- and right-handed|
|Number of keys||8, all programmable|
|On board memory||Yes|
|Cable length||1.8 m|
|Dimensions||126.73 x 57.6 x 37.81 mm|
Optically no novelty
The market novelty is delivered in the usual black-green packaging, which looks classy and like gaming at the same time. Nothing new awaits us on the inside either, as we already knew that the 8k variant is based on the usual Viper case. The only new thing is the small cloth bag that comes with it.
The look of the Viper 8k is defined by the simple synchronous look that allows both left and right-handed users to use the mouse. Futuristic accents have been omitted, which we personally like – after all, it’s all about the inner workings, which is meant to impress.
Other than that, it’s worth mentioning that it feels good in the hand. Moreover, the sides are covered with finely nubbed rubber surfaces, which increases the grip – even during sweaty battles. What stands out here is the fact that the rubber sides are part of the case and not just glued on. Thus, Razer once again delivers quality up to this point and furthermore even lightness. At 71 grams, it’s no featherweight, but cumbersome is something else.
Underneath the mouse are four PTFE feet that promote better gliding over the mouse pad. The mouse wheel also has a rubber surface, making it wonderful to handle. On top of that, Razer’s snake logo shows up on the front of the surface and can be colorfully illuminated (RGB).
All in all, we have a handy and high-quality workmanship mouse in our hands. Here, the gaming manufacturer has already paid detailed attention to speed and manageability on the outside, so that the inner performance can ultimately be lived out by the Razer Viper 8k.