Patriot Viper V380 are headphones dedicated to gamers, which have a rather interesting and irregular shape. How do they work in practice? About it in today’s material.
Patriot Viper V380 are wired headphones equipped with 53mm transducers. The manufacturer boasts that they are able to recreate virtual 7.1 surround sound, which of course is to give us an advantage in all shooters. In turn, a plug-in external microphone with a built-in noise reduction function will facilitate communication with friends in the team. In addition to good sound, the equipment also has to look good. And how is it really?
The headphones are quite large, but fortunately not too heavy. They weigh 300 grams, so we can spend a long time in them and do not feel neck pain. Ear pads and headband consist of a thick layer of sponge trimmed with ecological leather. They have a rather unusual shape. Instead of the classic – round, the manufacturer used here a kind of rectangular trapezoid (for people who do not like mathematics – such a rectangle, only one side is a triangle). I must admit that the headphones fit on the head and cover the ear quite well. This is quite important, because the Viper V380 does not have any ANC (active noise reduction). The whole thing is connected to the USB port on the computer via a 2.1 meter long cable.
The side LEDs look great, although with headphones on, we won’t see it too much. This will work, for example, with streamers who attach great importance to ensuring that their equipment is not only good, but also effective. This one is.
Viper V380 has dedicated software that allows you to control additional functions, including lighting. On the occasion of the next test of Patriot devices, I must point out that a better solution would be a program in which you can add more elements of the purchased equipment. Thanks to this, less would be required to install and keep in the computer’s memory. Having 3 devices Patriot Viper I use three separate programs, which functions overlap in many places. What will we find in the case of the Viper V380? The ability to set the volume for a separate earpiece, microphone volume, access to the equalizer (although we do not have any sliders, only on / off), Xear Voice Clarity (sound equalizer), Xear 3d for virtual surround, Xear Enc (microphone equalizer) and Xear Magic Voice (to change the sound of our voice). For this, we can also choose any color from the RGB palette, set the brightness and speed, and the type of backlight animation.
And how do the headphones work in practice? Finally, I can confidently say that the sound quality did not disappoint me. The treble and midrange are well audible, the whole is enriched from time to time with juicy bass from the lower band. The ear is well covered, so there is no need to turn up the volume much. The whole thing is well audible from the very bottom. However, I have to mention one thing that I noticed – if the headphone backlight is on, at minimum volume levels or no sound – we hear a continuous, slight squeak in one earphone. Completely disappears when the backlight is turned off. This would not be a problem (especially since I wrote earlier that we can’t see ourselves in the headphones anyway), but despite turning off the backlight – they like to turn on themselves for no reason. I also don’t like the attached microphones. A much better solution is a retractable microphone. Why? Many times I put down the attached tip somewhere and then I struggled to find it for a long time.