In the battle for the fastest gaming mouse, Razer just fired the first shot in a new front. The $80 Razer Viper 8K boasts a wild 8,000Hz polling rate thatâ€™s eight times faster than the industry standard, paired with a blistering 20,000 DPI (dots per inch) sensor. Holy smokes. While esports pros should immediately start drooling over specs like that, most people will never come close to utilizing its full potential, especially since youâ€™ll need a fairly beefy PC setup to get the most out of it.
Thatâ€™s not to sell the Viper 8K short, thoughâ€”it looks like a very impressive piece of kit. Polling rates measure how often your mouse tells your PC when its cursor is located onscreen. Standard 1000Hz mice take about one millisecond to do so, but the Viper 8Kâ€™s high-speed USB controller causes that input delay to plummet all the way down to a mere 1/8th of a millisecond, theoretically providing smoother tracking. Paired with that 20,000 DPI sensor, this mouse can almost move where you want it before you know you want it there in the hands of top-level esports competitors.