The Viper V380 currently sits at the very top of Patriot's gaming headset offering. Don't let that scare you into thinking it's ridiculously expensive, though. Coming in at $75, it's one of the more affordable brand-name USB gaming headsets on the market. That instantly makes it interesting to anyone whose integrated sound card can't properly drive an analogue gaming headset. If you're, for example, experiencing buzzing and static noise when using the microphone or can't push your headset to a desired volume, getting an USB gaming headset is an instant solution.
Even before we start examining the Patriot Viper V380 more closely, you can probably already tell that its exterior is something to behold. Its massive, unusually shaped ear cups hide away a pair of 53-millimeter speaker drivers. The microphone is detachable, and Patriot also included an elaborate RGB lighting system, fully customizable through the official driver software. Much like almost any other USB gaming headset on the market, the Viper V380 can be used in stereo or 7.1 virtual surround sound mode.
- 53-mm dynamic drivers (neodymium magnet)
- 20–20,000 Hz frequency response (specified by the manufacturer)
- 64 Ω impedance
- Wired USB connectivity
- Closed-back, over-ear design
- Detachable omnidirectional ENC microphone
- 7.1 virtual surround sound
- Customizable RGB lighting system
- Built-in volume dial, microphone mute button and RGB lighting toggle button
- 2.2-meter braided USB cable (not detachable)
- Weight: 310 g