Overall and Final Verdict
So today I’ve dug through the features and performance of both the Patriot Viper V360 7.1 headset and the Viper V560 mouse. It’s surprising to see Patriot jumping into an already saturated market like the peripheral market but it’s also good to see that they are working hard to expand out past the SSD and RAM market that has basically become a commodities market that relies on chip pricing and thin margins.
The V360 7.1 headset impressed me with the amount of bass they had. I’m also a big fan of the suspension design of the top band that helps keep the pressure off the top of my head. They were far from perfect though. The software for example was basically pointless, only giving you access to basic controls that are already available in windows. I also felt that the overall audio quality was mediocre though the added bass did help cover it up so someone who isn’t worried about amazing audio performance should still be happy. I also think they could improve the design a lot just by softening up the earcups with softer padding and dropping the scratchy mesh. The controls on the headset were cheap but functional as well but honestly they are fitting for the price point that the headset is being sold for but I will get into that in a minute.
With the V560 gaming mouse my experience was a little more positive. I was extremely impressed with the software. It was very polished and wasn’t overly styled like most “gaming” mice. The mouse actually has RGB lighting for the underglow lights where the headset only had red available. I was also happy with the sensor picked as well. You don’t see many 9800’s at the price point of the V560. Patriot went with ceramic gliders on the bottom of the mouse and I thought that was a good decision as well. Not only will it hold up better but they also don’t have adhesive around the edges picking up dust and cat hair like most other mice. That said I did have a big problem with the shape of the V560. It was just too thin, especially when running the original side panel.
Given the sudden jump into the market I wasn’t really surprised when I found out that both the V360 and V560 are actually rebranded OEM products. You can find both under the Sentey brand as well. Being a non-exclusive device isn’t really that big of a deal though. It just means you have to make sure you shop around if you go to pick up the V360 or V560. It is very possible that you might be able to get the same product for a better price. Currently the Sentey mouse is a little cheaper on Amazon for example. That said even at the current prices I think these are a good pickup. I would still recommend shopping around if you are looking for something long term, but if you need a cheap headset or gaming mouse for your kid, a backup, or for an extra PC both the V360 and the V560 will fit the bill. They both perform better than similar products at the same price point.
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