Snakebyte Vyper Review
Able to handle the existing crop of games out right now, we’re not too keen on it being future proof.
In terms of specs, the tablet is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 chip coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and a quad-core Mali-400 MP4 GPU. Running a few benchmark tests, we’re given some insight to its less than mighty processing performance. Still, it’s all about the gaming experience, right? Running a customized version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, we admit that the interface is pretty scary looking, but at least we have access to the Google Play Store.
Generally speaking, it’s able to handle some of the intensive gaming titles out there without a whole lot of fluff – like Dead Trigger 2. The frame rate of the game manages to move steadily along at a reasonable pace, but it doesn’t have that silky smooth look that we saw checking out the NVIDIA Shield. Although it’s still able to handle these existing crop of 3D titles, we’re a bit hesitant about how it’ll handle down the road, as games become even more processor intensive and complex. Somehow, we’re thinking that it’ll show some strain.
Another aspect of the Snakebyte Vyper that we find appealing, is the option of moving from a mobile gaming experience, to one that we can enjoy on the big screen via an HDTV. Using the docking station and wireless gamepad, we don’t experience any sort of detrimental delay with its operation. A normal result from this are some latency issues, but it’s nothing profound here to the point of making it unusable.
Some games are just best experienced using touch, but the included airmouse helps to bridge that gap. For games like Angry Birds, the airmouse proves its worth by allowing us to click and drag out winged friends to their targets.
Being a newcomer in the space, the Snakebyte Vyper is going to have a tough time penetrating the market – mainly because the name isn’t something that people are familiar with. In its attempt to reel people in, the Vyper is sure to entice gamers with its ridiculous low cost! For the entire package, which includes the tablet, docking station, gamepad, and airmouse, you’ll only need to fork over $250. Yes folks, you read that right, an easy $250 out of your pockets!
At that price alone, it rivals many of those affordable Android tablets, but it’s accompanied with a useful gamepad and airmouse – both of which prove to be versatile things that deepen the gaming experience. Overall, the package is undoubtedly tempting, but hardcore gamers will be put off by its middle of the road gaming performance.