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Viper V380 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset: Powerful and Affordable

Priced at $75, the Patriot Viper V380 gaming headset is an affordable option among the available USB gaming headsets. As an avid gamer, I thought I would check out this headset from one of the most well-known brands in the market with many models to choose from.

A Standout Design

Straight out of the box, I already liked how it looked because it looked as though it was for gaming, especially the customized RGB lighting system. The “Streamer” RGB effect slowly cycles through many colors. Other lighting effects include “Constant,” “Breathe,” “Neon,” and “Rhythm.”

It has unusually shaped, metal-meshed ear cups — they are square — and a detachable microphone. The microphone is also Omni-directional and noise-canceling.

The earphones felt large at first, but they ended up being very comfortable. I have no problem wearing headphones for many hours of gameplay because of their ergonomic design. They are easy to adjust and feel very durable.


The headset delivers 7.1 virtual surround sound through Cmedia’s Xear 3D technology.  The sound and access to controls are some of the best aspects of this gaming headset.


The Patriot Viper V380 gaming headset can be configured through the official Windows driver software.  You can download the Viper software from the company’s website along with a full manual on the gaming headset.

What I Like and What Could Be Better

These headphones are built well, comfortable, and offer overall good sound quality. The microphone is decent. The intuitive on-board controls are also excellent. There is also no feedback, which is great.

In terms of things that could be improved, the 7.1 virtual surround sound needs some work. Also, the software driver could have a better visual overhaul. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend the headset for streaming..

In the Box

Where to Buy

You can buy the gaming headset from the company’s website as well as Amazon, Fry’s Electronics, and Newegg.

Overall Thoughts

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