Viper V380 RGB Layout and Features Continued
The detachable Environmental Noise Cancellation Microphone is keyed to help keep things in place and has a 3.5mm design. A plastic shell covers the flexible body allowing the mic to be adjusted to almost any position.
The mic itself is an omnidirectional design with active noise canceling. When in game and over team speak, my clan mates commented that I was very clear but muted. Overall the voice feed was much quieter when compared to the Sennheiser Pc 363D headset that is my daily driver. I did end up having to turn up the input gain a bit during many a loud Battlefield sessions with the squad.
Getting RGB in a gaming headset has become pretty common for better or worse! Fortunately this is one of the better implementations we have seen. The RGB ring features the same 16.8 million color illumination that we have seen across the Viper gaming line and it is never gaudy.
With the lights found around the ring draw attention to the headset and light up the viper logo nicely. The color effect can be toggled using the onboard RGB button or through the software suite.
The software suite is pretty basic but provides all of the functionality in one window. Many of the functions are branded with the Xear label confirming the drivers are provided by C-Media and that is not a bad considering they provide processing for names like Lenovo and Roccat.
Most of the functionality can be toggled off and on at a click with a scrollable menu on the left side.
While the V380 headset sound pretty good right out of the box, it really does need the software to shine. Whlle some features seem ovbious the software offers very little in the way of help explaining what the functions do.