Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 21:37
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It seems that ever since Kailh (Kaihua) started making their very own mechanical switches (and for others just like OMRON does) more and more companies have entered the PC gaming peripherals market by launching their very own gaming peripherals and although i don't know if what held all of them back in the first place was the apparent inability by Cherry to supply the entire market with switches still competition is always a good thing for consumers. Now Kailh many not enjoy the same amount of popularity among consumers like Cherry but that's really not unexpected since the 2nd has been around for over six decades (since 1953 to be exact) compared to the 1st which counts less than three decades in this market (established in 1990). Still many manufacturers have chosen to support Kailh directly while some like Razer have even cooperated with them to build their very own mechanical switches. Patriot is yet another manufacturer who chose Kailh mechanical switches for their very first mechanical gaming keyboard named the Viper V760 and is the subject of today’s review.
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The Viper V760 is a full sized keyboard (104 fully programmable keys) housed inside a highly durable enclosure made out of aircraft grade aluminum so right from the get go we know that Patriot didn't cut any corners in terms of build quality. It also features Kailh brown mechanical switches with full individual RGB (16.8m) color illumination, N-Key rollover and anti-ghosting so although i know for a fact that many of you were hoping to see Cherry MX switches these seem promising. The V760 also has 5 onboard profiles, single USB pass-through port (powered) and a removable wrist/palm rest (a magnetic one at that). For good or bad Patriot didn't follow in the footsteps of Logitech, Razer and SteelSeries so the Viper V760 doesn't have dedicated macro keys and extra bells and whistles but i for once never believed a keyboard needed to have many things on it in the first place so with that out of the way let's see just how good it is.