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Razer debuts its revolutionary HyperPolling Technology with the new Viper 8K mouse

By Kenneth Ang - on 29 Jan 2021, 4:46pm

Razer debuts its revolutionary HyperPolling Technology with the new Viper 8K mouse

Image: Razer

If you cast your mind back several months to October, you might recall that we checked out a special sneak preview of Razer's latest tech project, one which promised true 8,000Hz polling rates in gaming mice, allowing for previously unprecedented levels of responsivity and positional accuracy. 

And now it seems all that work has come full circle. Razer has just released its new Viper 8KHz gaming mouse, which contains the lifestyle giant's proprietary new HyperPolling Technology, utilising a high-speed USB microcontroller to surge past conventional limits. Before we go any deeper, let's have a short refresher course for those who aren't quite familiar with the term. 

Basically, "polling rate" refers to the frequency at which a gaming mouse checks for inputs and reports them to the PC. Many mice on the market right now operate at or around the 1,000Hz threshold, meaning they check, or "poll" for positional changes a thousand times a second, and this is usually the case even for mice that feature a 2,000Hz polling rate - all it means is that they duplicate each of those 1,000 polls once. 

Image: Razer

Image: Razer

As such, Razer's new piece of tech, which promises 8,000 actual, discrete polls each second is nothing short of revolutionary, and it opens up a whole new world of options for gaming accessories and development in the future. Now you might be wondering how a higher polling rate might matter in the competitive gaming scene, and the best example is usually the most obvious one. Take a first-person shooter such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - a more responsive mouse might register the split-second shift of a player's crosshair onto an enemy's head, while a less responsive one might not even detect the shift, and by then it might already be too late.

So, in a nutshell, HyperPolling Technology promises a much smoother and significantly more responsive gameplay experience, and it even has the added benefit of allowing your mouse to keep up with monitors boasting higher refresh rates since it minimises the delay between reports and the monitor's frame rendering.

Image: Razer

Of course, one piece of tech doesn't make a mouse - the Viper 8K also comes with the company's other bits and pieces, like 2nd-gen Razer Optical Mouse Switches, which have a whopping 70 million click lifespan, Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor for ultra-precise tracking and a snag-free Razer SpeedFlex Cable to help keep your setup tidy. Couple all that with its rather absurd weight of 71 grams and five different sensitivity options so you can finetune your experience, and we'd say you're all set in the mouse department. 

As for availability and pricing, you can snap one up for S$129.90 on the Razer Store right now, and for those of us celebrating the Lunar New Year, with a bit of luck, you might still have some cash left over from all the red packets you'll be getting. *wink*

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