Razer Viper V2 Pro gaming mouse review

The Viper V2 Pro is a revised version of Razer’s Viper gaming mouse formula, which is even more lightweight and performance-focused than before.

Razer V2 Pro Gaming Mouse Featured Image
Razer Viper V2 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Mouse sensitivity
100–30,000 DPI
Mouse switch life
90 million clicks
Battery life
Up to 80 hours
Cheapest price
From $217.82 (at Catch)
May 31, 2022
6 min read

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Quick verdict: Razer Viper V2 Pro
The Razer Viper V2 Pro is more evolution than revolution when it comes to its design improvements. That’s not a bad thing, though, because what Razer has honed in the past doesn’t need too many more tweaks. Wireless battery life is exception, even without battery-saving features enabled, and the Razer Viper V2 Pro is a gaming mouse that never skips a beat as it effortlessly glides across your mousepad. Still, I’m not a fan of the inaccessible DPI button and it’s a shame to see the ambidextrous design is no more, so lefties will need to look elsewhere.
pro
Pros
pro Exceptional battery life
pro Fantastic accuracy and performance
pro Incredibly lightweight
con
Cons
con Ambidextrous design is gone
con May be too light for some
con DPI button is still underneath

You’ve got to respect Razer, as a gamer-focused peripheral maker, for its willingness to go big or go home. On the sound front, it offers haptic feedback for headphones via the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense or immersive (albeit pricey) speaker audio from the Razer Nommo Pro.

And when it comes to mice, Razer certainly ain’t no slouch either. In 2021, it went all out with the future-proofed Razer Viper 8KHz, and the year before that it was the hugely satisfying ambidextrous Razer Viper Ultimate. Fast-forward to more recent times, and Razer is tempting old and new Viper fans alike with the Razer Viper V2 Pro

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Razer Viper V2 Pro value and cost in Australia

Expensive for an upgrade, but reasonably priced for first-timers.

Once you get past a $250 RRP for gaming mice, you’re looking at the expensive end of town. You’d rightly expect to find incredibly accurate, high-performance wireless gaming mice at this price point, and with a $259RRP, that’s exactly where the Razer Viper V2 Pro sits. With a 0.2% resolution-accuracy difference between the Razer Viper Ultimate and the Razer Viper V2 Pro (99.6% vs 99.8%), this isn’t an essential upgrade for those who own the former.

That said, if you’re in the market for a new gaming mouse, particularly if it’s been a while since your last one or you’re still rocking a wired mouse, Razer has a history of making long-lasting products, so it’s worth the investment.

Store
Price
More info
Catch
From
$217.82
Amazon
From
$247.53
JB HI-FI
From
$259
Razer
From
$259.95
Kogan
From
$289

Razer Viper V2 Pro design and setup

Easy to set up, easy to use.
Razer Viper V2 Gaming Mouse in box

I don’t usually like lighter mice, particularly not for gaming (I used to love my Logitech weighted mouse), but Razer thankfully doesn’t make weight sacrifices by shrinking the chassis size of the Razer Viper V2 Pro. In fact, the Razer Viper V2 Pro feels like it’s a great universal size that’ll work well with most gaming grips and hand sizes, and it certainly works well with my giant hands and fingertip-hybrid grip.

It’s a cinch to set up, too, and works flawlessly with a USB hub if, like me, you have way too many peripherals connected to the back of your PC. The Razer Viper V2 Pro charges with a USB-A to USB-C cable, which also plugs into a mini dock with the 2.4GHz dongle on the other end. Alternatively, connect the 2.4GHz dongle to a spare USB port and charge as require with the USB-C cable.

You can use the Razer Viper V2 Pro in wired mode, but you really shouldn’t unless you’re out of juice. Razer claims the wireless battery life lasts up to 80 hours and I believe it. While I disabled the battery-saving settings to ensure consistent performance, it took a week of heavy usage (8+ hours most days) for the low-battery indicator (15%) to pop up. That was without turning the mouse off every day. Colour me very impressed.

Info Box
What is Razer?
Razer was founded in 2005 and has dual headquarters in California and Singapore. The company has grown to have 18 offices around the world and its software platform boasts more than 175 million users. Today, Razer makes gamer-centric peripherals and laptops.

Razer Viper V2 Pro everyday and gaming performance

A long-lasting wireless mouse that gets the job done.
Razer Viper V2 Gaming Mouse Review Image - Side View

Wireless battery life is all well and good, but not if the performance isn’t there. Initially, I thought I’d be put off by the 58-gram weight, but the Razer Viper V2 Pro quickly won me over. The Razer Viper V2 Pro never skipped a beat in extensive everyday and gaming tests, proving to be a faithful work mouse and fragging companion.

My biggest issue is one that’s personal preference: the DPI button on the bottom of the mouse. For the Razer Viper V2 Pro, this is now dual-purpose, controlling power on/off and the five default sensitivity settings, which you can also personalise (including limiting it to fewer options). I play games on low DPI to make the most out of my giant mouse mat (and for greater pinpoint accuracy), but I use higher DPI to shift my mouse across three monitors for everyday work. With the Razer Viper V2 Pro, I have to flip it over then test to find the right DPI with default settings.

It’s a minor inconvenience that won’t bother set-and-forget mouse users. And here’s what a Razer representative had to say about the decision to keep the DPI button under the mouse. “It’s basically a design choice, whereby we understand from the community that players don’t change their DPI mid-game, and it’s also to prevent users from accidentally changing their DPI.

It’s actually not something new, as we have made this decision back with our launch of the Razer Viper Ultimate, whereby we have placed the DPI button at the bottom of the mouse for the same reason.”

Speaking of the Razer Viper Ultimate, what’s more upsetting for southpaws is the Razer Viper V2 Pro isn’t an ambidextrous mouse, with the fourth and fifth buttons removed from the right of the mouse. As a right-hander, this isn’t an issue for me, but it’s a shame to see this versatility feature removed in the name of weight reduction, particularly because those buttons on the ultimate never got in the way of my right-handed mousing. On the more impressive front, all of the accessible buttons and the mouse wheel on the Razer Viper V2 Pro benefit from the redesign tweaks, most notably the more pronounced easier-to-feel thumb side buttons.

Razer Viper V2 Pro vs Razer Viper Ultimate

A tight showdown between two legendary gaming mice.

Loading up Razer Synapse, the options between the Razer Viper Ultimate and Razer Viper V2 Pro are almost identical. The big omission is the lighting tab, as RGB lighting has been nixed from the Razer Viper V2 Pro. As someone who feels RGB is particularly pointless for things like mice and headsets, I’m glad to see Razer take more of a practical approach to performance over pretty.

By ditching RGB, the Razer Viper V2 Pro is lighter and uses less battery power. That said, I’ve never come close to running out of juice with the Razer Viper Ultimate—the mouse I use for everyday computing and offline gaming—because I pop it back on the dock whenever it’s not being used. Still, given the long-lasting battery of the Razer Viper V2 Pro, you can expect to get through a multi-hour gaming session even if you’re on low battery. Worst-case scenario, plug it in and play wired while it charges.

While the shape and size of the mice is identical, I do appreciate the improvements to the feet for smoother gliding. It may be psychological, but the left and right mouse buttons feel snappier and more responsive on the Razer Viper V2 Pro, and I prefer the more pronounced thumb buttons. As for other upgrades, it’s great to see Razer shift from micro-USB to USB-C, plus the next-gen optical sensor helps on the future-proofing front.

Is the Razer Viper V2 Pro worth buying?

A high-performance investment in everyday computing and all-day gaming.
Promotional image for Razer Viper V2 Gaming Mouse

Make no mistake, the Razer Viper V2 Pro is absolutely worth the investment in the right conditions. If you’re after a new gaming mouse, particularly something lightweight and wireless, the Razer Viper V2 Pro’s lack of weight is well worth weighing up. For anyone who’s bought a mouse in the last two years, including the Razer Viper Ultimate, the Razer Viper V2 Pro isn’t an essential upgrade. If you do make the investment, though, you’re buying a high-performance gaming mouse that keeps up with you throughout everyday use and epic gaming sessions.

How we review gaming mice

This may sound obvious, but we test gaming mice by using them as our primary mouse for an extended period. After dozens of hours of everyday use and in-game testing, we’re in a much better position to comment on things like weight, comfort, accuracy and other basics like how easy it is to reach particular buttons.

Where relevant and possible, we compare the gaming mouse we’re reviewing with the other options we have on hand. Sometimes this might be an earlier generation of the same model, it could be a competitor, or it might be the go-to mice we use for everyday computing and/or gaming.

We favour wireless mice over wired mice, but wired gaming mice should have cables that have great reach and flexibility to avoid snags. These days, wireless gaming mice should be just as accurate as wired mice, and we pay close attention to how long the battery drains during our tests. Finally, we also look at companion software to see if it’s easy to configure and personalise a mouse to a user’s particular preferences.

Questions about the Razer Viper V2 Pro, answered

Here are the most likely questions most gamers will have before buying the Razer Viper V2 Pro.
The Razer Viper line is great for FPS games and the Razer Viper V2 Pro is a particularly noteworthy revision. Play effortlessly in either wired or wireless modes with a lightweight mouse that doesn’t skip a beat.
If you see “Pro” in the name of a Razer product, there’s a good bet it’s going to be wireless. That’s the case with the Razer Viper V2 Pro.
It’s been a long time since we’ve used a Razer DeathAdder, but that may be because it’s hard to go back after using a Razer Viper (particularly the Ultimate and Viper V2 Pro).
The Razer Viper V2 Pro uses an almost identical body to other Razer Viper gaming mice. It doesn’t have a pronounced back, so it’s not particularly suited to claw-grip enthusiasts, but palm and fingertip users will be right at home.
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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