I have found that the best way to test a gaming mouse is to simply game with it. I tested the Viper V560 Laser Gaming Mouse for about 9 hours of total gaming spread across six days. I played a variety of modern titles, and finished up with using the mouse for a few hours of photo editing.
Testing was performed using the following hardware:
- Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5
- Processor: Intel i7 4790k at stock clock speeds
- RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum at stock clock speeds
- GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 970
- OS SSD: SanDisk Extreme II 480GB
- PSU: BeQuiet DarkPower Pro 1000W
- Monitor: Acer 24” 1080p 60Hz
- Gaming Surface: Roccat Taito King-Size
As always the first game I loaded up was Battlefield 4. The first map I chose was a close-quarters team deathmatch map called Operation Lockers. This is a very fast-paced game mode, and I “drove” the mouse all over my king-sized Roccat Taito gaming surface. Response was quick at mid to high DPI settings, and I instantly knew this was a great gaming mouse.
The second map I tested was a very expansive, conquest-large map called Silk Road. This map provides some very long-range sniping opportunities, and I quickly took advantage of that. While I won’t say that my non-sniping game improved, I can attest to this mouse improving the number of headshots I was able to acquire from mid to long range at very low DPI. During the 35-minute round, I was able to pull off 27 kills, with 24 of them being headshots. I do admit to being a dirty camper during this round.
During the next round on Silk Road I dedicated myself to fighter jet and helicopter duty. I did find the jet still very annoying to attempt to fly with a mouse, but it’s low dpi setting did come in handy when lining up on ground targets to shoot. Flying helicopters with the V560 was a totally different experience. With the DPI button so close to the thumb I was able to quickly change the mouse’s sensitivity when I needed to make quick turns, and then quickly switch back for more precise missiling.
The next game I loaded was Grand Theft Auto V, and quickly took to the streets in one of my character’s super cars. The mouse’s movement was smooth and effortless when panning the camera around corners, and peaking behind during races. In PvP combat, I was able to stay on target, and quickly change orientation when needed. Flying jet’s and choppers still suck in GTA V despite the mouse you are using.
The final game I played was Elder Scrolls Online. For a MMO style game, the mouse faired very well, and I was able to assign a few macros very quickly. I am still not very good at ESO, and I think that my poor game-play was indicative of my level of noobness. All in all, I found the Viper V360 to be a very good mouse for all around gaming performance.
Finishing up my testing, I sat down and did some editing on some photos I shot of a model a few months back. (Sorry for not sharing, but I have an NDA with the magazine I shot them for.) When airbrushing, or using any of the tools that require precise, fluid movements, the V560 handled the job very well. I attribute this to its ceramic gliders, and the high polish they feature. The full DPI range was also useful as it is adjustable in the software for custom DPI levels. This allowed me to slow things down and speed them up for the different movements I made during the edit. With some real-world testing finished, let’s wrap up this review, and make some conclusions.