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Patriot Viper V360, 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

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Pros: Good quality, good sound, long cord

Cons: Thick Cord, bright LEDs, washy sound on "chill" music

Howdy fine people of Overclock.net,

Today I bring you a review of a headset I've been using for a quite a few months now, the Partiot Viper V360. I love to test my hardware for a good period of time to see how they stand up to time and if flaws appear after a certain period.

This headset was provided to my by the Overclock Labs Review program. The product page of this headset has a buy option of $39.99 USD, this price is lower than the $59.99 USD it was initially released as, let's see if it's worth the $39.99 price tag (or even $59.99)

Let's start off with the list of specifications of this headset.

Features / Technical Specifications:
  • 7.1 Virtual surround sound
  • Built-in foldable microphone
  • Ultra Bass Response (UBR) system
  • USB interface
  • Convenient on-ear sound controls
  • LED illumination


Speaker:
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20KHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω at 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 97dB ± 3dB
  • Input power: 100mW
  • Main drivers: 40mm Neodymium magnet
  • Sub-drivers: 20mm
  • Cable length: 2.2 meters / 7 feet
  • Net weight: 385 g


Microphone:
  • Frequency response: 100Hz - 10KHz
  • Signal-to-noise ration: 93dB
  • Sensitivity: 44dB ± 3dB
  • Pick-up pattern: omnidirectional

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The outer packaging is of good quality, it's made in a way that all necessary informations are clearly shown and highlighted as well as a preview of the product inside through clear plastic. Simple, but good.

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The contents of the box include the headphones, a manual, a pouch for the headphones, a product panflet along with two viper stickers. I think the pouch is a nice thing to have if you frequent LANs regularly, it'll help you lug them around while keeping them safer. The product manual (Quick start guide) is complete with all information you might need.

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The Ultra Bass Response switch adds a good punch to the bass. When listening to music with bass you can feel the headphones vibrating on your head. The sound with this switch turned off is still alright, nothing stellar, but we're not in the "stellar sound" price range either. I've listened to around 200+ hours of music on this headset, from Dubstep to Metal and I've found the spectrum is complete, my only remark is that slower and "chiller" songs don't sound as good. I've also listened to the OCN Radio Live podcast on these and they're great. The virtual 7.1 sound isn't as noticeable as real 7.1 surround, but a nice added feature for FPS games!

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These headphones have features that you can turn on and off, this is great because not all products seem to have this. With the LED switch, you can turn the LED sides on and off. A good move by Partiot because the LEDs on this thing are bright! There's also a sound volume wheel between both switches for better adjustement when you need it. This eliminates the need of using keyboard macros while gaming.

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The build quality is above-par for a product at this price point. The pictures speak for themselves really, they feel and look of a good quality product. The braided cord is a bit on the big side and hangs from the left side, if your computer is on the right, you'll have the cord hanging over or behind you. The material inside the headphones between the user and the speakers could be fixed tighter to make a more uniform look. My sample was loose on both sides. This does not affect sound quality or useability though.

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The microphone seems alright, it hides away well (a friend of mine didn't even know it was a headset until I pulled it out). The quality is acceptable, not the greatest, but it does it's job, you can hear me speak in the video below for a sample on sound transmission of the microphone.

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The happy USB cord has gold plated ends, which are nice to see too.

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The LEDs are hard to photograph properly, so I invite you to check the podcast below as I turn sideways sometimes and you can see the brightness of these.


You can see me wearing these headphones on the Mod Zoo Weekly Hangout Episode 18: OPEN HANGOUT #1 I get there around the 1:02:00 mark.


Bottom line

After using this headset for 8 months now, they're as good as they were day 1, this makes me recommend this headset to anyone looking for a headset in the ~$50 USD price range. The sound, the quality all speak for themselves, at this price range, you'll be very pleased with these headphones all around and the feature set is an added bonus to what is already offered.
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