Today we will be presenting the Viper V770 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Patriot. For a gamer, the keyboard and mouse are pivotal devices. These devices are what allow us to directly interact with our games. And as we all know too well these devices need to be durable. I know I have taken frustration out on a keyboard before! That’s what makes this keyboard a great option for durability. The aluminum chassis adds a ton of rigidity.
This keyboard will be able handle all the gaming you can throw at it. Patriot has gone with Kaihl switches. Kaihl switches, in general are very similar to MX switches. We will get into more depth, on the switches, later in this review. Going along with those features, this keyboard has a lot more to offer. Just too quickly mention you get a wrist rest (that has RGB lighting by the way), USB pass through, audio pass through, and all the customization you can ask for with the software. Now that you have had a brief introduction to the Patriot Viper V770 let’s get to it and check everything this keyboard has to offer.
The Patriot V770 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is sure to be the envy of all your friends at the next LAN party. Kailh Red mechanical switches provide the smooth, fast, linear response, giving you the tactical edge. With 5 dedicated macro keys, dedicated multi-media controls, volume/mute control wheel, and auxiliary USB and audio pass through ports built on board, the V770 gives you ultimate control at your fingertips.
I would like to thank Patriot for providing these review sample! Let us see what they have to say about themselves on their website:
Viper Gaming is relatively new to the peripheral market however, Patriot has over 25 years of experience building high performance memory kits and has been providing Viper memory to the gaming enthusiast audience for the past 10 years – so this is nothing new to us. Viper Gaming is committed to designing and engineering products that gamers of all kind will appreciate, plain and simple.
Viper Gaming builds high quality products for every type of gamer. Whether you’re looking for absolute precision for the 12 hour gaming marathons, or just need something to give you a little edge when playing on the weekends – Viper Gaming has something to fit your lifestyle. All of our products are put through rigorous, real-world quality tests to make sure they withstand whatever you throw at them (or whenever you throw them in a fit of rage – no judgement).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GAMER CERTIFIED?
Gamers are picky – nothing gets by them and they’re quick to shoot someone down (pun intended) if they receive anything less than perfect. Viper takes pride in bringing only the best products to ensure that no gamer is left behind. We understand the need for high quality accessories that will power through everything – whether you’re a novice that only plays on weekends or the expert that has 12-hour gaming marathons. This is why Viper is GAMER CERTIFIED.
- 100% mechanical Kailh Red switches
- LED illuminated and removable magnetic palm rest
- Full spectrum RGB LED, Individual customizable backlit keys up to 16.8 million colors
- 108 programmable macro keys
- 5 dedicated additional macro keys
- Aircraft grade aluminum chassis
- USB pass through port
- Audio pass through port
- Dedicated multimedia control keys
- Dedicated volume and mute wheel
- Dedicated light effect control keys
- Game mode
- 109 key rollover anti-ghosting
- 5 profile control key
- 10 level LED reaction management
- Multi-level LED backlit dimming
|Palm Rest||Removable magnetic palm rest|
|Key Switch Type||Kailh Red|
|Dimensions||1.52″ x 19.50″ x 9.00″|
Now let us open the box and see what awaits us!
The front has a small opening and you get a great view of the keycaps inside. On the front panel we have a nice graphic and a few of the features. The back of the box has a couple of graphics pointing out a couple of the keyboards features.
Some people may want to know why it is even important to show you guys the packaging. So if you have wondered why, I will tell you now. Simple, we want to show you guys how the original packaging looks. With so many resellers and ways to buy online products, you as a buyer need to be aware of how the original package should look when it arrives. This lets you know if you are receiving an authentic product, that hasn’t been replicated or repackaged. It is really easy to be duped by an online purchase claiming to be the real deal.
- Viper V770 Gaming Keyboard
- Keycap puller
- Audio splitter
- Wrist rest
- Quick Start Guide
- 2 Viper stickers
Now let us take a closer look at the Viper V770 Gaming Keyboard!
A Closer Look
The biggest thing when it comes to mechanical keyboard is the switches. For some this can be confusing and somewhat complicated because there are so many choices out there. This particular keyboard features the Kailh Red switches. Lets break down and compare the differences of the ones out there courtesy of PC Gamer and wasd for the force curve.
- Linear. The keystroke is consistent and smooth.
- Tactile. A bump in the middle of travel, usually around the actuation point.
- Clicky. A bump in the middle of travel accompanied by a sharp “click” sound.
“Kailh, also known as Kaihua Electronics, is a major China-based switch manufacturer. Since its founding in 1990, the company has expanded its presence all over the globe. Not only do its in-house Kailh switches compete directly against the Cherry MX, Kaihua also build custom switches for peripheral partners.
Commonly referred to as “Cherry MX clones”, the Kailh switches are identical to Cherry MX in design. They even have the same characteristics corresponding to the same color schemes. As such, keycaps designed for Cherry MX stems are also compatible with Kailh switches.” PC Gamer
- Behavior: Linear
- Feel: Light
- Actuation Force: 50g
- Actuation Point: 2mm
- Total Travel Distance: 4mm
- Sound Level: Quiet
- Rated Lifespan: 50 million keystrokes per key
- Force Curve: Here
With 109 key rollover and anti-ghosting capabilities, no key stroke will go unnoticed while editing your latest YouTube video or dominating friends in the latest PC game.
Conveniently located on the keyboard the Viper V770 keyboards 5 dedicated macro keys allow for an almost effortless gaming experience. Along with the V770 software, gamers can easily program and execute keystrokes.
The V770 is built with an aluminum chassis and illuminated magnetic detachable palm rest for durability and comfort during hours of game play. Backed by a two year warranty, the V770 is compatible with nearly every Windows® operating system, including Windows® 10, Mac® OS X, or higher.
Enhance your space with vivid and rich RGB illumination. With over 16 million colors to choose from, gamers are closer to living their imagination.
The V770 along with the Viper software give you the ability to illuminate each key up to 16.8 million colors, set up to five user profiles, 10 different lighting effects, and up to 108 macro settings, making it one of the most customizable keyboards available on the market today.
There we have it! The Viper V770 Gaming Keyboard brought to us by Patriot! Let us cover a few final thoughts in the conclusion of our review.
Conclusion and Verdict
As you can tell by now this keyboard is fully loaded. The durability is, without question, one of the most important things and this keyboard is well equipped. Nothing to worry about with Kailh switches, rated at 50 million keystrokes, and the aluminum chassis. The switches are so similar to MX switches there really isn’t anything to compare. As far as the construction goes, the aluminum chassis is way ahead of anything built, just out of plastic. As you can expect the RGB is plentiful. You have the lights on each key of course, both sides, and even the wrist rest lights up. Any gamer will appreciate the amount of RGB on this keyboard.
We can sit and debate the switches all day. Some people claim they are a cheap knock off, while others claim they are 10 times better. I like them, take that for what its worth. I wont sit here and claim they are worse or better. The switches have good specs and work just as intended. So as far the switch debate, these are just as good as the comparable.
The media keys are one of the key features of the V770. The playback controls act like toggle switches and the action has satisfying feedback. The Volume wheel is smooth and has a decent response to the amount the volume changes, to the amount you scroll the wheel.
The keyboard is priced well. A keyboard with these features can easily surpass the 150 dollar mark. At the time of this review this keyboard can be picked up for around 100 dollars. This keyboard might have a couple of years behind it but that just goes to show that it has held up very well.
- Aluminum Chassis
- Plentiful RGB
- Included Wrist Rest w/RGB
- Intuitive Software
- USB and Audio Pass Through
The Viper V770 Gaming keyboard has had some time in the market and as time has passed, the quality and durability of this keyboard has shined. This keyboard is still favored by many gamers, even after being on the market for a while now!