Editorial rating: 4.75 / 5 ⭐️’s
The Razer Viper V2 Pro is deservedly Razer’s flagship gaming mouse and a demon in fast-paced titles. The sensor DPI is incredibly high. The latency is exceptionally low and highly accurate since the mouse includes some of Razer’s best sensor and switch technology. You’ll also get top-notch build quality and a featherlight gaming mouse. What you won’t get is a cheap price. But that’s to be expected in this category, and the cost is justifiable for many.
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Razer Viper V2 Pro specs
- Weight: 59 grams
- Sensor: Razer Focus 30k DPI
- Polling rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: 6
- Battery life: 80 hours
- Connectivity: USB receiver
- Compatibility: Windows, macOS (No software compatibility)
If you want a fast ergonomic gaming mouse: The Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro includes the same high-performing sensor and switches, so you know the mouse is lightning fast. But the Deathadder V3 Pro follows a different design language with a slightly higher profile and a right-to-left slant that some gamers prefer. It also has a high advertised battery life.
If you prefer Logitech gaming mice: The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is the gaming mouse to consider if performance at all costs is what you’re after. The G Pro X Superlight is wildly popular thanks to its lightning-fast performance and versatile hand shape that fits most hand sizes and grips.
If you want a cheaper mouse that’s still fast: The Razer Viper 8K Hz has a max 8000 Hz polling rate. This feature improves latency, but the difference is measured in milliseconds, which many gamers won’t notice. The Viper 8K Hz uses the same popular Viper design language but is wired, which reduces the price tag.
The Razer Viper V2 Pro weighs in at just 59 grams, which is great if you’re looking for the best lightweight gaming mouse and want to reduce fatigue over long sessions. This ultralight mouse is among the lightest available in 2023. Some gaming mice are crossing below the 50-gram threshold. But many of these models sacrifice build quality and don’t feel as sturdy as the Razer Viper V2 Pro.
As with the best gaming mice, you’ll get top-of-the-line specs, including with this model. The Razer Viper V2 Pro includes Razer’s Focus 30k DPI sensor, among the fastest and most accurate sensors.
Let’s talk more about specs for a moment. The Focus 30k sensor tracks at up to 750 inches per second. This means even the quickest mouse flicks will track accurately. This optical sensor also has a few performance features that stick out, including the ability to track on glass, and it includes Razer’s proprietary Smart Tracking and Asymmetric Cut-off technologies, which can be customized inside Synapse. You can also customize your lift-off.
Overall, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a gaming mouse that performs on par with the Razer Viper V2 Pro and is as customizable. The advanced sensor explains most of the reasons why.
The Razer Viper V2 Pro has a 1000 Hz polling rate that can be adjusted down to 125 or 500 Hz, should you want to. But we suggest sticking with the highest polling rate for the fastest performance.
Razer also sells its aftermarket 4000 Hz polling rate HyperPolling receiver that you can pair with the Razer Viper V2 Pro. You get a slight latency advantage with the mouse reporting actions back to your computer 4000 times per second. But the improvement isn’t noticeable for most gamers.
Switches performance and sound
The Razer Viper V2 Pro includes Razer’s gen-3 optical switches, rated for an astounding 90 million clicks, in the L/R buttons. For perspective, some competing gaming mice at the same price point include less durable switches that are rated for less than 50 million clicks.
The gen-3 switches have a tactile feel and a moderately loud clicking sound. The switches feel great, though, with crisp feedback when actuated. We didn’t encounter any double-clicking issues, which some Logitech gaming mice and other brands occasionally suffer from.
The two side buttons are similarly tactile, albeit feeling slightly softer than the L/R buttons, and register a similar amount of noise.
It’s a pleasure to slide around the Razer Viper V2 Pro. The combination of its light weight and four virgin-grade PTFE feet result in effortless gliding across your mousepad. This effortless movement is great in FPS titles where fast movements and micro-adjustments are necessary. But some gamers may find the gliding experience too sensitive since so little as lightly grazing the mouse puts it in motion. Your call on if this is desired or not. We’ll just say the gliding experience is top-notch.
The Razer Viper V2 Pro runs wirelessly to your computer via a 2.4 GHz USB receiver. There is no Bluetooth connection, which is common among the best FPS gaming mice since Bluetooth is comparatively slow and adds unnecessary weight.
You’ll also get a USB extender that plugs into the included cable. This way, you can place the extender closer to your mouse for improved performance. As should be expected at this price point, the USB-C charging cable quality is excellent with its flexible soft braided casing.
While there is the downside that there’s no onboard USB storage, the Razer Viper V2 Pro balances that con out with its 80 hours of advertised battery life. This battery life is high compared to some models in this category, where 60 to 70 hours is common. If you run out of battery while gaming, you can use the Razer Viper V2 Pro when it’s plugged in and charging.
You won’t find many buttons on the Razer Viper V2 Pro, but that’s intentional: the essentials are included, but everything else isn’t, to cut weight. The Razer Viper V2 Pro includes the standard L/R click buttons, a scroll wheel, and two buttons on the side that are nicely positioned and easy to not miss.
While it’s symmetrically shaped, there are no buttons on the right side. The Razer Viper 8K Hz has the same shape as the Razer Viper V2 Pro and does include buttons on both sides, should you need a left-handed mouse.
Fast gaming mice don’t include many bells and whistles, which is true with the Razer Viper V2 Pro as well. The scroll wheel build quality is great, it’s tactile and easy to precisely control, but you won’t get free-scroll or L/R tilt functionality. Most importantly, the scroll wheel is surrounded by a knobby, rubberized material with a good grip. Other gaming mice don’t include this type of material, which makes their scroll wheels too slick and less precise.
The Razer Viper lineup has been around for years and is among the most popular gaming mouse shapes out there. The Razer Viper V2 Pro carries on that lineage with the same design language. Its shape can be best described as symmetrical, elongated, and a lower-than-average height.
The top hump is also a more gradual and consistent curve along the length of the mouse than other gaming mice, which have more pronounced humps biased toward the back of the mouse. This more gradual curvature explains why some palm-grip users may like other models better.
The L/R buttons have a slight recess that centers your finger on them, and they feel great to rest your fingers. The midsection of the Razer Viper V2 Pro is also slightly recessed on both sides for some extra gripping power.
Hand size and grip style
Most hand sizes are suitable for the Razer Viper V2 Pro. You may find it’s too small if you have extra large hands and that it’s too long if you have very small hands. But for everything in between, the Razer Viper V2 Pro should work well.
Claw and finger-tip grip users may find the shape best suits them since the somewhat low profile doesn’t risk running into your palm.
However, the lower profile may not provide palm-grip users with enough support in the deeper curves of their palms. The Logitech G Pro X Superlight and the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro may be better palm grip options.
The slight recesses in the midsection on both sides are a nice design feature for claw grips since the curve does make it easy to grip the mouse and make micro-adjustments with just your fingers.
Customization and software
The lack of RGB on the Razer Viper V2 Pro is uncharacteristically Razer but common among Razer’s flagship, fast gaming mice. Razer rightly removed RGB to focus fully on performance and reducing weight.
You can carry your custom profiles configured in Synapse onboard the Razer Viper V2 Pro. This common Razer gaming mouse feature seamlessly allows you to switch profiles instantly without needing the customization software open. You can also customize profiles by game to automatically switch between those profiles when opening each game.
Razer’s Synapse software is one of the best options we’ve come across. The UI is easy to navigate, there’s not much of a learning curve, and it provides a ton of functionality. In Synapse, you can find the following features for the Razer Viper V2 Pro:
- Remap your mouse buttons, enable HyperShift for an added layer of customization
- Turn on Turbo mode which determines how many times per second an action will be implemented when a button is held down
- Adjust the DPI presets in increments of 50 from 100 to 30,000
- Enable custom X-Y sensitivities
- Adjust the polling rate from 125, 500, or 1000 Hz presets
- Calibrate the mouse to enable features such as Smart Tracking and Asymmetric Cut-off
- Customize the power savings and low power mode to put the mouse to sleep after up to 15 minutes and to enter low power mode once the battery reaches a certain percentage
- Set custom configurations to automatically change profiles when opening specific games
Note, the full suite of customization options isn’t available using the Razer Viper V2 Pro in macOS since Synapse only runs on PC. You can use the mouse on a Mac computer, and your onboard profiles also work, but any configuration updates must be set up in Synapse on a PC.
In the box
- Razer Viper V2 Pro with cable (1.9m length)
- USB receiver
- USB extender
- Grip tape
- Rubber cable tie
- Sticker pack
- Product card
- Operating manual