The battle to create the best gaming mouse possible has always been attacked from the point of speed, or the idea of creating the fastest and most responsive gaming mouse possible. In that regard, the Razer Viper 8K is one of the best mice in the business, featuring Razer’s premium wired ultralight gaming mouse with a flexible cable and optical switches, complemented by an insanely fast 8KHz USB connection. The Viper 8K is currently on sale at half price, just £40, and we think it’s good value for that price.
In terms of design, Razer’s Viper line of mice has always been the two-handed option, designed to work with both right- and left-handers. It’s a comfortable mouse to hold, and I’ve enjoyed using it for extended periods of time. To match the ambidextrous shape, the Viper 8K also offers rubber grips on both sides to maximize comfort, as well as some responsive buttons with Razer’s optical mouse switches, all in a sturdy (and hole-free) black plastic housing. Therefore, it is impressive that the weight of this mouse is only 71 grams, putting it well into the ranks of the best ultralights.
It’s in the Viper 8K where things get particularly interesting. There’s a 20,000 DPI sensor to get acquainted with for particularly fast movements, as well as an 8,000 Hz polling rate to make this a pretty accurate choice too. For reference, gaming mice usually have a polling rate of 1000 Hz, where the polling rate is a measure of the frequency at which a device reports its position to the computer. An 8 kHz polling rate is the highest I’ve seen on a mouse, and a great example of a measure designed to benefit the most professional gamers. You’ll need a very fast screen to really take advantage of this upgrade, so we recommend the Viper 8K primarily for owners of monitors with a high refresh rate – 144Hz, 240Hz or even 360Hz.
Of course, the Viper 8K is a great mouse, even if you’re not into competitive gaming. The mouse also looks great, with tasteful RGB lighting that contrasts nicely with the black housing. Razer’s Synapse 3 software is also available, giving you options for rebinding keys and setting different lighting effects. You can save these settings on the mouse itself so you can use them on any computer – and it also means uninstalling Synapse after setting up the mouse if you’d rather keep your PC free of such apps.
The Viper 8K is an insane mouse in terms of the power it offers, and at just £39.99 you get a lot of bang for your buck. For anyone interested in competitive FPS this is a no-brainer, and for more general gaming it’s well worth considering too.