Viper Gaming, the gaming peripheral arm of memory giant Patriot, has released two new gaming mice based on Pixart Optical sensors, the V550 and V551. The V550 features an ambidextrous design, while the V551 makes use of a more ergonomic right-handed design.

Based on the same core design with some small changes to differentiate the mice, both the V550 and V551 are at their hearts RGB gaming mice. Both are based on PixArt optical sensors, and both come equipped with Omron switches rated at 10 million clicks. The wired mice also incorporate a 1.8 m braided USB Type-A cable, and come with the option to use as a standard mouse, or with full customization via the supporting Viper Gaming software. Meanwhile the RGB functionality is provided via a four zone LED lighting system.

Differentiating the two mice is their shape, and some internal differences. Starting with the  Viper Gaming V550, this mouse is built with an ergonomic, yet ambidextrous design. Internally the mouse features a PixArt 3325 optical sensor, configured out-of-the-box for 5000 DPI sensitivity, while users opting to use the supplied Viper software can ratchet that up to 10,000 DPI. Meanwhile, located around the V550 is a total of nine buttons, with eight of them allowing for software customization.

The second of the new mice is the Viper Gaming V551. This mouse drops the ambidextrous design in favor of a more ergonomic right-handed design. Viper has also installed a slightly better sensor here, opting for a PixArt 3327 optical sensor, which does 6200 DPI out of the box and can be adjusted up to 12,000 DPI via software. The V551 also drops a button, going with eight buttons in total and seven of them allowing for customization.

Both the Viper Gaming V550 and V551 are due to hit retailers in May with an expected price of $49.99 for both models.

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  • Assimilator87 - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - link

    The features are repeated with different wording.

    "Both are based on PixArt optical sensors, and both come equipped with Omron switches rated at 10 million clicks. The wired mice also incorporate a 1.8 m braided USB Type-A cable, and come with the option to use as a standard mouse, or with full customization via the supporting Viper Gaming software. Meanwhile the RGB functionality is provided via a four zone LED lighting system."

    "Both models Also featured is integrated RGB LED lighting from four different zones, and both come equipped with Omron switches rated at 10 million clicks; connecting either the V550 and V551 to a system can be done with a 1.8 m braided USB Type-A cable."
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  • Ryan Smith - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - link

    Ah, a piece of the first draft leaked in there. Thanks! Reply
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - link

    Since when is it necessary to note that a mouse uses an optical sensor? As far as I know optical sensors replaced rubber coated balls almost two decades ago. How is that even a thing to mention it? Reply
  • Transfusion - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - link

    Nitpicking because lasers (as opposed to LEDs) have to do with light and optics too, but laser mice have their own set of pros and cons e.g. ability to track a lot better on glossy/flat out glass surfaces, such as with Logitech's Darkfield sensor, are usually able to report at insanely high CPIs, however because they are able to track so well they pick up a lot of imperfections on rough surfaces like cloth mousepads especially at very high speeds, etc.
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