Two years ago we were given the chance to look at Patriot Viper V360 Gaming Headset. Today, two years later, Patriot has yet again graciously sent us their new addition to the lineup with their new Patriot Viper V370 7.1 Gaming Headset. Coming in at $70, the same price the V360 was upon release two years ago, does the V370 make the necessary steps forward to stay competitive in this cutthroat market? In this review we are going to draw numerous direct comparisons between the older V360 and the new V370.
PACKAGING & DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
Staying with the full-sized headphone design, Patriot Viper’s V370 Gaming Headset is sold in a large, windowed box that gives you a sneak peek of the headphones inside. On the reverse you will find some technical specifications of the headphones as well as the box contents and a mention of the 2 year limited warranty.
Pulling out the contents inside we find the stickers, a quick start guide, a large fabric carrying bag, a set of fabric ear cups, and of course, the V370’s.
Stepping up their design from previous models, instead of just sticking with fabric ear cups, Patriot has now also included a set of leather ear cups as well. This gives the user an option for preferred feel and comfort. Another large change is the headband. Gone is the two wire, fragile feeling headband. The Viper V370’s have a large, strong headband running from ear to ear with an additional, thick head cushion for added comfort.
Not changing every aspect of the design, Viper has also stuck with a few proven design features established by its older models. The V370‘s sport a strong, tangle-free, braded cord just like its predecessor as well as maintaining its soft durable plastic finish. On the back of the left ear cup you will find the volume wheel and the UBR (Ultra Bass Response) toggle.
Lastly, the microphone is of the exact same design as the V360. Rigid and able to stow away seamlessly in the left ear cup, we still run across the same issue as last time. With the inability to pull and manipulate the microphone closer to your mouth, you are either forced to talk louder or increase the gain of your microphone, possibly causing some white noise in the background. This is something we picked up on in our V360 review and we hoped for a better execution here but unfortunately we are left with the same issue as before.
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20 KHz|
|Impedance||32 Ω @ 1KHz|
|Sensitivity||105dB ± 3dB at 1KHz Max|
|Main Drivers||40mm Neodymium Magnet|
|Cable length||2.2 meters / 7 feet|
|Frequency Response||100Hz – 10 KHz|
|Sensitivity||-44dB ± 3dB|