The growth of the PC gaming peripheral market shows no signs of slowing down, and as a result, everybody is getting in on the action. Patriot (neé Patriot Memory) already has gaming range called Viper with a keyboard and a mouse to its name. The company is now broadening that lineup with a pair of keyboards and a pair of mice.
First, the keyboards. The high-end Viper V770 (no, not the video card) uses Kailh Red linear switches, and has all of the features one expects from a high-end gaming keyboard. That includes RGB LED lighting configurable with software or function keys, N-key rollover, and full 108-key macro programmability. The V770 also offers audio and USB ports, plus a volume scroll wheel. The included wrist-rest is detachable, too.
Meanwhile, the Viper V730 is an "entry-level" mechanical keyboard using Kailh Brown tactile switches. Despite being described as an entry-level model, it still packs an aluminum casing, red LED backlighting, N-key rollover, and media key shortcuts. The V730's wrist-rest isn't detachable, though.
The new mice that Patriot is releasing also bracket the existing Viper gaming peripheral on the high- and low-end. The V570 mouse reminds us of the Corsair Vengeance M95 in its layout, with its thirteen programmable buttons and an easy-to-use sniper button. Unlike that older product, Patriot's new hotness has RGB LEDs, adjustable weights, and a soft rubber exterior. Patriot says the V570's Avago ADNS-9800 sensor will track at up to 12,000 DPI—a curious claim, given that sensor's 8,200 DPI specification.
The other new mouse is the Viper V530. Just like with the V730 keyboard, Patriot describes the V530 mouse as an ntry-level offering. It "only" has seven programmable buttons and single-color LED lighting. This mouse uses an ADNS-3050 sensor that Patriot says will track at 4,000 DPI, double the 2,000-DPI specification of that sensor.
Patriot says the V530 mouse will be available at the end of this month for $30, while the higher-end V570 mouse will have to wait until the end of Q1 2017, when the company expects to have it available for $60. The V730 keyboard will be available next month for $80, and its bigger brother the V770 will show up in April for $150.