Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Patriot Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad Review

Patriot Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad Overview

Think of your typical mouse pad. It’s usually rectangular in shape, and varies in size depending on your preferences. The Viper LED Gaming Mouse Pad still features a mostly rectangular shape, but with a bit of variance around the corners and top. The angled corners shave off a tiny bit of surface area, but the overall width of 13.9″ and 9.5″ of depth provide a decent sized mousing surface.

The surface of the mouse pad features a plastic material with a texture that is similar to that found on most other hard surface pads. In the upper right corner of the pad is a Viper logo and nameplate, which glows in coordination with the LEDs in that area.

Flipping the mouse pad over reveals a rubberized pad that covers nearly the entire bottom surface, save for a small cut out in the center for the standard product information sticker. This rubber material provided plenty of grip on our desk surface, and we had no worries that it would shift out of place during standard use.

Taking a look at the side profile of the Viper pad we can see the simple three-layer design used by Patriot. There is a rubber bottom layer for keeping the pad in place, a center layer of semi-transparent plastic for the lights to show through, and finally the top mousing surface.

While many RGB mouse pads have some sort of “breakout box” at the top edge of the pad for their connectivity and often a USB pass-through port, the Viper pad has no such obstruction. This allows for an even height across the top portion of the mouse pad, which removes any obstacles that may interfere with your mouse cord. With this design choice we are left without a USB pass-through port, but that is something we can live without. A standard Micro USB port is used to connect the included braided cable.

Speaking of the cable, Patriot chose to utilize an in-line controller to adjust the color and lighting effects of the Viper LED Gaming Mouse Pad. Two buttons, labeled SW1 and SW2, can be used to get the desired lighting effect for your mouse pad. While SW1 controls the color of the LED lighting, SW2 is used to adjust the lighting effect.

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