Razer has just updated their legendary Viper gaming mouse with a whopping 8,000Hz polling rate — hence the Viper 8K moniker! If you’re a hardcore esports gamer (or just want the absolute best peripherals out there) then this one is built for you.
Gaming peripherals, overall, have evolved quite a bit over time. Huge improvements in technology allowed hardware manufacturers to pack incredibly capable sensors into their gaming mice. Then came the whole process of eliminating any superfluous wiring, after which we entered the whole “perforated design” craze. All of a sudden, if a gaming mouse weighed more than 80g it was deemed “too heavy.”
In any case, regardless of your own affinities, it’s impossible not to stand in awe at the sheer technological advancement that’s been happening over the years. And now, with the Razer Viper 8K, we’ve gone a step further.
What’s Polling Rate?
It’s basically the number of times your mouse communicates with your computer per second. The faster the number, the smoother your tracking will be. Simple stuff. It’s basically the same thing as high refresh rate monitors (explanation-wise). It results in a more fluid motion, one that is void of any delays and perceptible lag. And it’s mighty exciting, especially if you’re a hardcore esports gamer where each and every frame counts.
In other words, by having an 8,000Hz polling rate, the Viper 8K will send eight thousand pings to your computer (or updates on its location, rather). It’s all about having more precise aim, being a bit more responsive in those high-octane first-person shooters, and eliminating any kind of lag from the equation. This is made all the more impressive when you factor in the current industry standard: 1,000Hz. If you’re into numbers, this jump in polling rate will reduce delay from 1 millisecond to 1/8th of a millisecond. Impressive stuff.
Now, do you need a gaming mouse with an 8,000Hz polling rate? Not really, but seeing how the Viper 8K will sell for just $79.99 you might as well upgrade. Plus, it’s only a matter of time before other peripheral manufacturers like Logitech, Corsair and others step up and start offering similar sensors as well. Of you’re it’s packed with standard Razer internals like their second generation optical switches, on-board memory, 100% PTFE mouse feet, eight programmable buttons, a slick “Speedflex” cable that’s woven for greater flexibility, and injection-molded rubber side grips, all while coming in at just 71g. A light build without any compromises — perfect for those looking to maximize their performance without breaking the bank.