Razer Viper Ultimate review: All-hands gaming

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a wireless gaming mouse with plenty of bite.

Razer Viper Ultimate
Razer Viper Ultimate
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
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    Incredibly responsive click performance
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    Straightforward ambidextrous design
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    Charging cradle and excellent battery life
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    DPI button is perplexingly underneath
August 27, 2020
4 min read

Our verdict

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a pricey wireless gaming mouse that quickly proves itself worth the investment. It feels a smidge small in larger mitts, but the bundled charging dock means no cable juggling (for the slightly more expensive option) and the no-nonsense ambidextrous design gives you easy access to five core mouse buttons (and wheel scrolls) whether you’re a righty or southpaw.

Razer Ultimate Viper Australia price

Provider
Price
Go to site
Amazon$201.41
eBay$229
Bing Lee$229
JB Hi-Fi$230
PC Case Gear$269
Harvey Norman$288

*Pricing data accurate at the time of publish on 27/08/2020

If your budget allows it, you’re better off gunning for a wireless gaming mouse these days rather than a wired one. Why? They’re just as accurate as wired without the skipping that used to plague earlier models. Wireless gaming keyboards and wireless gaming headsets are also a great way to free up precious desk real estate.

On the wireless gaming mice front, while it doesn’t have a whole lot of buttons for RPG fans (unlike the versatile Logitech G502), the Razer Viper Ultimate is a great investment for any other gamer not deterred by the price.

Razer Ultimate Viper specs

Razer Viper Ultimate
Specs

Price

$289.95

Dimensions (l/w/d)

126x66x38mm

Primary grip

Fingertip grip

Weight

74g

Sensor

Focus+ Optical

Sensor resolution

100–20,000 DPI

Report rate

1000Hz

Battery life

Up to 70 hours

Connectivity

1.8m USB 2.0 cable, HyperSpeed wireless

Switch durability

70 million clicks

Compatibility

PC, Xbox One (basic input)

What’s in the Razer Viper Ultimate box?

Everything you need to get mousing.

If you’re looking to save bucks, you can pay $249.95RRP for the Razer Viper Ultimate without the charging dock. Opt for this cheaper configuration, and you’ll get the Viper Ultimate mouse, a MicroUSB to USB Type-A cable, as well as documentation and Razer stickers. Spend $40 more – and you really should – to also get the convenient desk-mountable charging dock.

What are the Razer Viper Ultimate’s main selling points?

  • Indistinguishable wired/wireless performance
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Excellent responsiveness

At its core, the Razer Viper Ultimate is a gaming mouse that performs indistinguishably between wireless and wired modes. This is the new standard among popular gaming mice manufacturers these days. The Viper Ultimate also conveniently boasts an ambidextrous design, which means it can be used by lefties and righties in the home. Beneath the shell, Razer’s HyperSpeed wireless technology also means incredibly speedy click actuation, while optical mouse switches help register clicks faster for more responsive gaming and everyday use.

Razer Viper Ultimate wired vs wireless

No need for wires.

There’s no reason to use the Razer Viper Ultimate in wired mode, unless you somehow forgot to charge it – or placed it incorrectly on the charging dock so it wasn’t replenishing battery (been there, done that) – and you’re caught on low power during a gaming session. With a massive 70 hours of battery life from a full charge, you can even be lazy with your recharge habits. Even without the dock, you can still get the full 70 hours from a wired connection. A little bit of charging diligence means enough juice to get you through any gaming session. Besides, if you want to use the Razer Viper Ultimate as a wired gaming mouse, you may as well opt for the cheaper Razer Viper ($154.95RRP).

Razer Viper Ultimate weight and performance

Light and responsive.

For those interested in the Razer Viper vs Viper Ultimate weight debate, the exclusively wired Viper weighs 69 grams and the Viper Ultimate is only slightly more at 74 grams. Even though it’s heavier, the Viper Ultimate is still one of the lightest gaming mice out there, and it glides effortlessly across mouse mats. Its smaller size and lower weight are slightly off-putting for larger hands, but its performance is identical between wireless and wired, which makes it a viable Razer Viper upgrade.

I use the Viper Ultimate exclusively in wireless mode these days, and it’s never once skipped out on me or let me down in a shooter, which means you can (and should) match the Viper Ultimate with competitive online games like Valorant, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Rainbow Six Siege. One of the only performance oddities is that scrolling up is noticeably louder than scrolling down.

Razer Viper Ultimate software

Best companion software in the biz.

For those interested in the Razer Viper vs Viper Ultimate weight debate, the exclusively wired Viper weighs 69 grams and the Viper Ultimate is only slightly more at 74 grams. Even though it’s heavier, the Viper Ultimate is still one of the lightest gaming mice out there, and it glides effortlessly across mouse mats. Its smaller size and lower weight are slightly off-putting for larger hands, but its performance is identical between wireless and wired, which makes it a viable Razer Viper upgrade.

I use the Viper Ultimate exclusively in wireless mode these days, and it’s never once skipped out on me or let me down in a shooter, which means you can (and should) match the Viper Ultimate with competitive online games like Valorant, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Rainbow Six Siege. One of the only performance oddities is that scrolling up is noticeably louder than scrolling down.
As far as peripheral companion software goes, Razer offers the best of the bunch. Razer Synapse 3 is the latest version of the Razer software that pairs well with the Razer Viper Ultimate. There are rare times when the Viper Ultimate doesn’t show up in Synapse, but docking then undocking usually fixes that. Otherwise, when it’s working normally, use Synapse to switch profiles, left- or right-handed mouse use, and button functions on the Viper Ultimate (or any other compatible Razer mouse).

You can also tweak sensitivity and polling rate in a dedicated tab, as well as lighting and power options. If you don’t like the (admittedly great) calibration out of the box, use Synapse to configure the Viper Ultimate to your mousepad… or, if you’re a mouse heathen, whatever non-mousepad surface you really shouldn’t be using.

Is the Razer Viper Ultimate worth the price ($289.95RRP)?

A worthy wireless investment.

Yes, $289.95RRP is a steep price to ask for a gaming mouse. But the Razer Viper Ultimate has enough bells and whistles to justify the purchase. Whether used for everyday computing or epic gaming sessions, the Viper Ultimate never misses a trick. It’s a shame the on-the-fly DPI sensitivity button is illogically beneath the mouse. It’s also odd that the RGB feels like a missed opportunity because it’s restricted to the Razer logo under your palm. In terms of performance, though, the Viper Ultimate can be your faithful gaming companion for years of gaming.

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Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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