You may recognize Patriots ’70 series from our informal introduction at CES 2017. Recently we posted our in depth review of the 370 (Headset) and today we will take a look at the V570 gaming mouse.
As gaming mice come they are available in a plethora of different styles and setups. With every review we post we hope to get you that much closer and that much more informed to which one will suit you best. Today’s review is of the V570, which is branded as an FPS/MMO hybrid.
PACKAGING, CONTENTS, & PRICING
Our first glance at the box shows us a beautifully crafted device projected on a red fade to black box. Red buttons on a mix of a matte and glossy black frame, a braided cable and enough buttons to ensure a you aren’t left looking for more.Promoted beneath your first glance at the product are four of Patriots key selling points for this device:
-RGB Lighting Profiles
-12,000 DPI Sensor
-FPS + MMO Hybrid Design
The backside gives you a few more details about the mouse such as the ceramic footpads on the base, the total additional adjustable weight of 34.2g, designated “Sniper” button for FPS gameplay and the total of 13 programmable buttons.The front panel of the box also flips open to give you a first look at the product, as well as a short intro to each of the mouse’s features.Included with the mouse is its attached braided cable, a quick start guide, two viper logo stickers as well as the 39.7g of additional weight divided into seven pucks, each identical to the other weighing 5.7g. You may notice this doesn’t match the advertised adjustable weight of 34.2g. This is because there are seven pucks but only six spaces in the mouse to add weight.Other than the quick start card there is not other information, such as in-depth specs, talk about specific parts, mostly the sensor, or technical specs such as weights and cord length. These are all things that should be included if not posted right on the box of the product as they are key features for some gamers decisions to purchase.
At the time of this review the Patriot V570 Gaming Mouse came in on amazon at $49.99.
SETUP, DESIGN & COMFORT
The V570 setup is very straight forward with plug and play availability. The mouse has a very fitting feel to it as it is made to mold right into your hand which is does with ease. The initial lighting setup is very cool with the LED strip at the base of the thumb side of the mouse. The scroll wheel is flat and wider than we are used to seeing which we think is great and there is no chance of a mis-scrolling, an issue that the concave of normal scroll wheels sometimes subjects you to. The two buttons below the scroll wheel which we thought were DPI fly adjustments for increase and decrease are half that. The first button is actually used to change between profiles (9) and the latter (10) is used to cycle through a loop of software adjusted DPI’s.The textured thumb pad feels great and definitely adds to the movement of the mouse especially if you prefer a loose mouse grip. The buttons are all easily reachable as well they are for the most part easy to differentiate between. The small tapers give your thumb the presence of feeling them out as you run down the button spine.
The adjustable weight is a great addition to the V570, they have even done it a little different from the majority by allowing you to adjust not only the weight but also being able to balance the additional weight from the middle to the rear of the mouse. For the majority of people this may not be a make-or-break feature but this new ability may open nano-second reaction speeds to adjust the upper class of gamer.
The overall comfort of the mouse is great. it is molded perfectly for our hand and we have no feelings of cramping or having to over-extend to reach any of the buttons. The only issue we had was a small annoyance of our pinky dragging on the mouse pad. The addition of a small ledge or an adjustable right side rest would be beneficial to our usage.
From a plug and play aspect this mouse is already very impressive and we love it, now lets dive in to where you’re actually going to spend the majority of your setup time, the software.