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Pros: Individually backlit RGB keys.
Has a USB pass-through for other peripherals such as your mouse or headset.
Keyboard has built in storage to store your custom configurations.
100% anti-ghosting and 109 key rollover is great.
Includes software to greatly customize and add more functionality to this keyboard.
Includes a key puller that easily takes the key caps off.
Has function keys to quickly switch between lighting profiles.
The software can disable the Windows key to prevent issues while gaming.
Palm rest connects via magnets which makes it very quick and easy to attach and detach.
Features a pull out dock in the center which could be used to hold your phone or your cables that go to the pass-through USB on the right.
Also has audio pass-through and even comes with an audio splitter for discrete mic and head phone connections.
Features a bunch of really cool lighting effects such as ripples wherever you type, a rain drop looking effect or even keys lighting up after you use them. Also all of these effects can be set to slow, medium or fast speeds.
Cons: There is no way to configure a custom lighting profile and have a lighting effect at the same time. Meaning all of the cool lighting effects can either be used with one static color or random ones. Otherwise if you want a custom per key backlight with different colors set to different keys, you cannot use any effects at the same time.
Sometimes after applying changes to custom lighting profiles the brightness setting is set to 0 turning of the lights completely for no reason. An easy fix, but still a bug that needs to be addressed in this software.
The popup windows that come up during certain operations of their software look terrible and doesn’t really match the rest of the look and feel of the main page.
The keys are way louder than my Cherry MX red keyboard, it’s more comparable to Cherry MX blues as far as noise is concerned.
USB pass through is only a USB 2.0 port, so don’t use it for any external HDDs or flash drives.
• Read: 42.07 MB/s
• Write 43.31 MB/s
Space bar, Enter, Backspace and the shift keys are noticeably louder than all of the other keys.
The fast forward a rewind button media keys did not work at all. Not really important to me, but they should still function.
Overall Review: Overall this is a great mechanical keyboard with a lot of worthwhile features and functionality. However, the software to manage it is quite bad and needs to fix some bugs as well as add some required functionality. Having a keyboard that can be managed by software with support for custom profiles and per key backlighting but can’t have effects on at the same time is ridiculous and needs to be fixed.
Once that is done, I would recommend this keyboard.
Pros: RGB LEDs look Fantastic
Strong Keyboard Frame
Media/Macro Keys/Volume Wheel
Nice Braided Cord
Ripple Mode is Cool
Easy to Use Software
Cons: At its price its very competitively priced, Id say the closet to this is the Corsair K70 RGB LUX which retails for about $35 more. While both keyboards are built very well the Corsair software is just more mature and more features. Not worth deducting an egg because the Software for the Viper V770 is very easy to use, but it should be noted that the competition software does have a slight edge.
Also if you want to download the software it links to a dropbox exe from Patriot website. Just a normal download would be nice instead of having to use a Dropbox account/email that has dropbox permission. This is free and takes just a click or two link your gmail account to dropbox then you can direct download the .exe.
Basically the only cons is the software compared to the competition. But software is easy to change/update so I like to see how it matures in the future. Structurally the keyboard is well made and solid.
Overall Review: Received the Patriot Viper V770 RGB Mechanical Keyboard model #PV770MRUMXGM for review.
The package arrived undamaged and very well packaged. This was my first experience with a patriot branded keyboard, I've used their ram many times over the 14 years or so, with no issues, and no failures so getting a chance to try this out was a treat.
Overall the product looks great, the key are very responsive and the RGB lighting is great. You can do a few preset lighting modes like Ripple and Raindrop by hitting on the Function key and the corresponding preset. In low light rooms, its just looks great, i was acting like a little kid just tapping away on ripple mode just enjoying the eye candy.
As said in the pro the Frame of the keyboard is very solid and rugged which is good for a device that will receive many many years of figure abuse :-) other fast key like volume wheel and media keys are nice to have and help round out the features. The 5 macro keys are easy to learn to setup. The software as a whole is very easy to use. As mentioned in the cons the software from Corsair is more mature and has more options. This something that with time Patriot can build on and update, so we will see what the future holds. The cords are nicely braided thats red/black in coloring.
This was my first run with Kailh switches and was surprised how nicely they performed compared to cherry switches. Not looking at the keyboard just doing a blind touch keystroke id be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Overall this is a great keyboard that offers high quality RGB lighting, great build quality, easy to use software and is priced competitively for a mechanical keyboard.
Ive been using this now as my main keyboard for the past month and half and been enjoying immensely. Will update in the future if New Software updates come around, and how the keyboard lasts. Overall great job Patriot at making a solid offering that does break the bank.
Pros: The Patriot Viper V770 is a very sturdy and brightly lit keyboard with a ton of great features. The RGB lighting is flexible with plenty of options for you to choose from with some custom profiles available in the software for both lighting and macro support as well. The keys are considerably quieter than my Gskill RGB keyboard with the same switches and the travel is shorter as well. This keyboard performs flawlessly not matter if you're gaming or just typing away at that book your writing. There are a plenty of built in lighting profiles with some built in customization as far as brightness, color pattern, and or speed. The wrist rest has a very cool light bar that's also able to be customized although it requires software to do so.
Added features such as the volume roller and multimedia rockers/buttons are well built and work great as do the macros. I'll end this section by saying that Patriot customer support was great to deal with and I'd be happy to deal with them anytime.
Cons: I didn't take an egg off for this because Patriot took prompt care of me and there is always a defect rate no matter what your buying. My first keyboard worked perfectly out of the box for about 2 hours before an entire row of keys from the left Shift key to the 3 on the number pad failed to light anymore although the keyboard still typed perfectly the lack of lighting on those keys was distracting but Patriot replaced the keyboard no questions asked and it was done promptly.
Overall Review: I really enjoy this keyboard compared to my more expensive Gskill and this one isn't buggy like it either. The lighting seems brighter with more built in options as well. The cables are braided and feel very durable with an added USB port on the keyboard for a mouse or headset is a nice feature as well as the plug for your headset. The software is easy to use unlike my Gskill.
Overall I believe this keyboard is worth every penny and upon my research trying to figure out my lighting issue on the first one I've decided that mine was a fluke with no complaints on this issue anywhere else and it's been out long enough if this was a design problem we'd know about it by now. Thanks Patriot for backing your product with ease and no hoops to jump through.
Pros: Audio Passthrough
Retractable Phone Stand
Lock Keys Light When Enabled (Caps, Num, Scrl)
Rigid Aluminum Frame
Magnetic Wrist Bar
Volume Roller With Mute Click
Solid Cable Connection To Keyboard
5 Dedicated Macro Keys
Individually Customizable RGB Keys
Kailh Red Switches With Clear Body
Cons: RGB On Wrist Does Not Sync With Keyboard
Macros Limited To 47 Characters
Official Software Downloaded From Dropbox
Overall Review: The Patriot Viper V770 Gaming RGB Mechanical Keyboard is made of aluminum and hard plastic which result in a rigid build. The wrist rest is made of softer plastic with aluminum on both ends. The wrist rest attaches to the keyboard using magnets and 5 retractable pins to power the RGB light bar. At the top of the keyboard, there is a pull out phone stand. The keyboard cable is not detachable from the keyboard and is several feet long, wrapped in a black and red sleeving. The cable splits out to 4 that are about 6 inches each with two for USB, one for headphones, and one for a microphone. The keyboard has a USB passthrough on the left and a 4 conductor audio jack on the right for headphones with or without a microphone. The audio jack is on the right side of the keyboard which can get in the way when using the jack with headphones and a mouse.
The dedicated lighting multimedia controls on the top row of the keyboard are backlit white. The multimedia switches toggle up or down for two controls on each and the volume roller bar can be pushed down to a click to mute. The Patriot Viper V770 Keyboard utilizes Red Kailh Switches encased in clear bodies. The clear bodies allow the single RGB LED in each key result the light to bleed around the switch. Lock keys, such as the Caps, Num, and Scrl keys change the backlight to white when enabled. Most of the RGB patterns can be cycled from combinations of keystrokes.
Patriot does provide software that can be downloaded from Dropbox to be used to configure macros and RGB lighting. RGB lights can easily be configured individually or by applying different profiles using the software. However, the main keyboard LEDs do not sync with the wrist rest LED strip. Using the software, all keys can be configured with macros or shortcuts such as opening programs. Unfortunately, macros are limited to 47 keystrokes and up to 32 different saved macros. Macros are created with a function that records keystrokes, it is not possible to paste a command or string of commands into a box to save as a macro. While configuring macros, I did find that the “Game Mode” box must be checked in the software to enable configured macros.
The Patriot Viper V770 Gaming RGB Mechanical Keyboard looks and feels great, but if you like to customize the keyboard with command shortcuts or macros I cannot recommend this keyboard as there are better implementations available.
Pros: As a gamer, I prefer durability, reliability, practicality, and that re-assuring feedback that most any mechanical keyboard offers. Backlit keys are a plus, as well. Though I was thinking more of a single color that could be dimmed or brightened as desired.
Multi-colored dynamic lighting was not very high on the priority list, though that is no longer the case. The Viper 770 offers a myriad of different lighting effects, which at first seem frivolous, but once you start playing around with them, they’re actually pretty cool. I find myself changing the lighting now and then just because I can!
There is also a little pull out ‘tray’ for which you can place your phone (or something else I suppose). At first I didn’t use it, thinking to myself, WHY would I put my phone there? But since there is a USB port at the top left side of the keyboard, and the tray is right there at the top of the keyboard, why NOT use it? So I plugged my phone in, placed it on the tray and let it charge; the screen is angled pointing right at you, so it’s easy to see.
The keyboard itself is relatively quiet for a mechanical keyboard. It’s easy to forget that it even is a mechanical keyboard. I play a lot of first-person shooters and am pretty hard on any keyboard. I’m left-handed and use the numeric keypad to move rather than WASD like normal people. I can’t count the times I’ve destroyed 4 and 8 on membrane keyboards because I’ve pressed the keys to hard during intense gaming. Yes, it’s probably just me, but I don’t have that problem with mechanical keyboards. I don’t see myself having that problem with this one (I’ve had it for less than a month, so I can’t attest to it’s long term durability just yet). It’s definitely heavier than your run of the mill regular keyboards, but that’s not really a problem. You’re not picking it up and moving it around! It’s quality construction that stays in place. Six rubber feet (3 if you use the flip outs to elevate/angle the top of the keyboard) make sure it stays in place. I personally prefer the keyboard angled rather than flat though I suppose there are some that prefer the latter.
The software is super easy to use and allows you to take full advantage of the keyboards features. Light effects for the keyboard itself, and separate effects for the wrist rests (Palm Rest as it’s called). The lighting effects can also be changed using the keyboard itself, but with the software, you can save specific effects in profile, and then simply load that profile when you desire that specific configuration. Any of the keys can be programmed (i.e you can program J to play music, open a file, open a folder, run a macro...) This is very nice especially for us left handed people who don’t use WASD normally. There are game developers out there who simply don’t think it’s good customer service to allow for keyboard re-mapping. Using this keyboard, that is not a problem for us, I simply create a macro using the Viper 770 software and viola, I can remap my keyboard for any game that doesn’t have re-mapping built in. You can also change response time and report rate, although I just leave those to default, because really, it’s a keyboard, not a mouse, so those are more ‘gimmicky’ settings than realistic settings.
Overall I really like this keyboard, I prefer it to 2 of the other 3 mechanical keyboards I’ve used, and it’s on par with that 1; and it beats ALL other regular keyboards I’ve ever used and still have to use when at work (can’t be carrying this around and swapping it out when working on any one of the 20,000 PCs in the work place!).
Cons: I couldn't really find much 'wrong' with this keyboard; however, It’s important to note that the wrist rest is attached magnetically; and in such manner, it MAY detach from the keyboard, although to be honest, I haven’t had that happen yet. It just sometimes feels it might. Previous keyboards I’ve owned had the wrist rests snap into place and thus were securely attached.
Overall Review: As I've said, I'd originally thought the lighting was a bit over the top, but once you have it, you really don't want to NOT have it!
Pros: Short stroke Kailh red keys give enough tactile response to enable me to type at an efficient speed.
Media keys are quick to learn. The play/pause button is unique, but once I figured it out I liked it. You are basically flipping a lever-type toggle key. Other media keys are more traditional.
Macro recorder software is functional and easy to understand. As always, it would be nice to see what gets generated in an editor that allows me to toggle between hex/ascii/high-level macro, but the editor does have a basic edit function which is more than some programmable keyboards offer.
Very solid construction. I don't like the occasional squeak from the spacebar, but everything else just feels solid and functional.
Braided cable with a sturdy boot that won't ever get tugged hard enough to cause problems.
Palm rest has a good feel. My hands like it.
Cons: USB port is on the left side. I am left-handed. This means that, when I have my gaming mouse plugged into the port, I have my keyboard slightly offset from the center of my body to make room for the cord next to my mouse pad. When I sit down and start typing, sometimes I don't see what I expect on the screen, like "dvtrrm" and I have to shift my hands. I may get used to it, but most likely, I will just not use the usb port, which is a little bit of an irritant. Why did the manufacturer not put the USB on the back, next to the cable boot, or anywhere on the back? This shows blatant disregard for the lefties of the world. Maybe someday we lefties will mobilize and have a snowflake parade to get sympathy/empathy, and I may just break this keyboard in protest on national tv or something. Or not. It is too nice to waste on something like that.
Programming the backlights is an adventure. Be very careful about changing too much in any one step - change a very few things, hit apply. Change a few more, hit apply.
Overall Review: I am a diehard MX Blue person. I loved my Model M buckling spring, and I cried when they pried it out of my hands and gave me a mushy nasty Chicony "clone". Now that I can get a solid keyboard with my choice of keys, I will always go for the blue. I wish this company would offer this model in a Blue configuration. A noteworthy "Blue" option to consider is
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780R RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX RGB Blue
I can't say enough good about that keyboard.
If you aren't absolutely nuts and don't mind the reasonably good tactile response of a Red configuration, this keyboard is an ideal, last-you'll-ever-buy, keyboard.
Pros: * Red switches for gaming.
These are Kailh Red switches which, in my experience, have the same feel as Cherry MX Red (for comparison). There is no tactile bump at the bottom of the switch, and it is very light to press. Excellent response times for gaming and even regular typing feels very smooth and responsive. It all comes down to personal preference, though.
* Viper Software is easy and intuitive, but very basic.
Don't expect any frills from this. It allows you to change effects, brightness, speed, colors, and that's about it. For customizing the RGB, it gets the job done. It also includes Macro setup for the 5 Macro keys, and various profiles to save your settings.
* USB & Headphone jacks.
The board comes with passthrough jacks, each on the side of the motherboard. This is a nice, unexpected bonus that I haven't seen on any of my keyboards before. Additionally, the power cable is braided, which is always nice to see.
* Costar stabilizers.
The bar keys are using the costar (metal bar) stabilizer, as opposed to the mushy Cherry. This gives the bar keys a more responsive feel. These are increasingly uncommon on modern keyboards, I'm glad to see it's still being used here.
* Solid, all-metal build.
This is probably the sturdiest keyboard I've ever felt. The entire build is aluminum, it feels rock solid and totally smooth. It doesn't rattle, vibrate, or slide. It's a joy to handle.
Cons: * Keys are louder than you probably expect.
Compared to Cherry Reds, these Kailh Reds are louder. Some people like loud 'clacks' on their mechnical keyboards, other people don't want to annoy those around them. Just be aware of what you're getting yourself into!
* Onboard USB is only 2.0.
This will severely limit bandwidth to about 40-50 MB/s. Not a good choice if you're using it for data transfer. It will work fine for other devices, however. I don't think it was really designed for USB Flash Drives.
* Squeaky bar keys.
You'll probably need to apply your own grease to the stabilizers on these. It's a side-effect of the Costars, however most manufacturers apply their own grease to prevent it. It took me a few minutes to fix, I used generic plastic-safe lubricant.
Overall Review: The lettering on the caps appears to be laser-etched (ABS Plastic) which means they will smudge over time. Still though, there are worse options and this is acceptable for most keyboards in my experience. I didn't have any problems setting up the lighting effects or macros, everything was very straight-forward and worked as I expected it to. Overall it was a pleasant keyboard to use, the Kailh switches hold up to Cherry Reds in my experience, and still feel great to use.
Considering all of the features offered by the V770, it's an incredible value.
Pros: I received this keyboard from Newegg as part of the Eggxpert Review Program as a disclaimer, but that being said, here is my review of the Patriot Viper V770.
Once you unbox the carton, inside you’ll have the robust keyboard itself, the magnetic palm rest piece, an envelope containing a quickstart guide and some badge stickers, and a key puller tool at the boxes’ bottom. No replacement key caps are provided. Of particular note of quality is the wonderful sleeved and braided power cable which terminates to two USB headers for power and lighting and audio pass-through. A USB port on the left of the keyboard for audio, and a 3.5mm jack is on the right should you wish to use this option.
Once the keyboard is removed from it’s plastic bag, you can see it’s a quality built product out of solid aluminum. It’s about as heavy as other mechanical keyboards and sufficiently weighty. When placed on a desk it’s not going anywhere and there’s no discernable flex in the deck. The prop feet open parallel to the keyboard and provide a bit of height boost.
I’ve never used Kalih keys before, so it was a new sound for me. This keyboard is very clackity! The keys depress moderately without much tension and appear to bottom-out abruptly providing a tactile feel that’s more direct than cherry switches but in my opinion more prone to high APM hand fatigue. Maybe I need more time with the keyboard to press lighter but the keys are pretty light on the press.
The illuminated Scroll Lock, Num Lock, and Caps Lock are a nice touch, along with a volume wheel for adjusting Windows sound volume on the fly. The 3 media switches I dabbled with slightly, and found them to conveniently go back a page on my browser or forward.
The palm rest not only glows, but it’s magnetic! Really cool. If it’s toward the edge off your desk it’s not strong enough to stay on permanently, but it can hold itself attached at least. The magnets hold it in place and the strip glows RGB once it's mounted to the front of the keyboard. If you wish to remove it thankfully no screwdriver is needed, just pull it off and done.
There are a variety of built in lighting patterns, effects, and color choices, all without needing the software package to change keyboard options so that's a plus.
Personally I like the RGB full spectrum display, whereas the multi-color rain effect would drive me crazy, but to each their own.
When I was using the board for a bit and to test typing and loudness, I personally found the keystokes to be much louder than a competitor's cherry red switches. The clacking / Kailh keys on this board are higher pitched and louder but it's still not a super loud keyboard. Just a different sound than I've heard before.
Regarding brightness adjustment, there are 3 lighting toggle modes or RGB lighting off. Compared to a competitor's board however, the Viper is only about half the brightness. For my particular color of choice (red), it is a slightly orange-ish red instead of a deep true red, but I can't knock it for that.
For key feeling, the V770 has a solid keystroke response although having extra macro functions on the left side takes time to get used to. The ESC key also has a wide gap of at least a key between the end of the board and function which can be a significant adjustment if needed. Function keys were easy to reach, however I personally felt like I kept hitting Tilde instead of 1, and 1 instead of 2 for various game functions for my hand spacing.
The software adjustments let you macro and record key commands which is normal of these types of products as well as disable any key or individually light any key any color to mix and match. Cool stuff.
Overall I was very impressed with this keyboard and would not hesitate to purchase it knowing that it is a quality product. Just keep in mind that the feel of the keystrokes may be slightly different than other types of boards.
Cons: --After about a week or two of use, I found the spacebar starting to audibly squeak. Not sure if it's due to something loose but that was a minor annoyance. But can't ding it for that alone.
--Software was a little unstable. For all the keyboard lighting effects though, you can do most of it through the keyboard buttons themselves so you don't really *need* the software unless you're macroing or disabling keys.
--Brightness isn't quite as boldly bright as other brands, but it's certainly light enough to add a lot of color to a computer setup.
--Key puller tool is included, however no replacement keys are.
--The manual / quick start guide is maybe 2/3 the size of an index card, total. It's far too small to read in my opinion.
A couple minor issues, broadly speaking, but really no major cons! Not enough to dock an egg at least.
Overall Review: --Really nice braided cable with sufficient length (about a meter)
--Beautiful lighting and colors
--Most keyboard lighting functionality controls are on the keyboard itself instead of software.
--Functional, distinct keystrokes with the Kailh keys.
--Volume Wheel, Illumination Controls, Media Switches, and other keys are a nice extra touch.
--Keys took less force than another brand's keyboard which may take time to get used to.