Patriot Viper V370 RGB 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset Review

The Headphones

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Looking at these you might think that they are an average pair of headphones, but let’s look a little closer and see what it’s all about.  We will start off at the USB connection and work our way up.

At the base, we find this innocent enough looking USB connection.  The USB housing is gold plated to help it keep from tarnishing unlike the standard silver connectors.  The plastic housing, has the standard USB logo and the other side is

Patriot braids the USB cable in this very tightly bound black and red braid.

Coming up from the USB connection, we find the ferrite bead or choke.  The mystical device on many devices, the choke helps reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio-frequency interference (RFI).  This keeps the “noise” the mouse signals create quiet stopping them from interfering with other devices or other devices from interfering with them.

Coming up a little more up the 7.22-foot cable, we finally reach the headphones.

On the inside of the headphones, of course we have the ear cup.  The one that comes installed already is a leather/leatherette cup.  This is very cushy and fits your entire ear inside of it, well depending on the size of your ears of course, but mine fit.  The inside is covered with a red cloth covered in black meshing.

A closer look at the leather/leatherette here.

Coming out we find the volume wheel and the ultra bas response switch (UBR).  The volume wheel is is a regular volume wheel, but the UBR switch is a bit interesting, I will also discuss this a bit later.  The little drum logo makes me think “para-pum-pum-pum” (Little Drummer boy).  Having the volume wheel on the actual earcup is a nice feature because you don’t have to find the volume wheel, it’s always in the same place.

On the side of the ear cup, we have this black metal mesh, like what you might find over a speaker.  A silver accent brings out the VIPER logo, but there is a clear cover surrounding it.  This cover is the RGB LED illuminated backlighting.  I will show you in a bit just how it looks like, how it works and how to control it.  This same side has a bit of a secret to it.

It’s hidden here, can you see it?

 

Pull this little tab out and you have the built-in foldable microphone.  A little later in the review I will show you how they sound as well.

I will not show you the other side, it is the same as this one, minus the volume, UBR switch and the microphone.  Let’s go up from here.

The adjustable headband actually shows you on the side what level you are on, this takes some of the guess work out in fitting them on your head.  A small detail, but I think it’s a nice touch.  Both sides have this so you know where each side is, but moving up there is move great stuff here.

Maybe not a lot to speak about specifically right here, but it has an etching letting you know which side is which.  Many have this, though not all but here is the Left side.

Then the other side, the Right side.

At the very top, we find the leather cushion, keeping it nice and comfy on the top of your head.  As you know, many have just a simple plastic strip which is not very comfy.  Those of you with hair, may not get the full benefit, but for baldies such as myself, this is a nice feature.

Squeezing it a bit so you can see how cushy it is.

At the very top, there is this cutout showing the VIPER logo.  This cutout actually exposes the rear portion of the headband, so it too has the leather cover.

On the next page, we will go over installing the drivers, configuring, the software features and functions along with the headphones.  I will also show you how to change the ear cups.

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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