Viper 787 Electronic Soft Tip Dartboard

Viper 787 Electronic Soft Tip Dartboard
The 787 is built to last with its durable, concave-holed segments designed to withstand years' worth of impact. A large catch ring surrounds the target face, creating a 360 degree landing zone for any missed shots, protecting your walls from damage. The board's ultra-thin spider allows for tighter shot groupings and a larger surface area, increasing the ratio of landed shots and greatly reducing bounce-outs. Both sides of the 787 are equipped with dart holsters that store and display 2 sets of darts, 6 in total. Keep them on display and safe from harm as you admire your collection. See also Viper Dart Boards

The Viper 787 electronic dartboard is designed with a regulation sized 15.5" target face and a bright LCD display that delivers a crisp, clear view of scoring and statistics; eliminating manual scorekeeping. Surrounding the target face is a large missed dart catch ring which offers protection for your wall from errant throws. This dartboard is constructed from tournament quality thermal resin segments, providing an exceptionally durable playing surface.

The stylish color scheme showcases red, blue, white and black, further enhancing your gameplay experience. An ultra-thin spider greatly reduces bounce outs, allowing for closer dart groupings to maximize scoring. The Viper 787 is intended to be used with soft tip darts and features 43 games with 241 options; accommodating up-to 16 players. Popular options include cricket, 01, single in/out, double in/out and double bull. This electronic dartboard includes 6 starter darts and mounting hardware. The Viper 787 requires 4 AA batteries or the use of an external power supply adapter (5V, 1000 mA) to operate, which are sold separately. GLD Products proudly stands by the quality of their products, offering a limited 1 year manufacturer warranty. Refer user manual for troubleshooting information.

Decent dart board for the money

This is a pretty decent soft tip dart board. I figured the best way to review this is do a pros/cons list:

Pros


  • The board accepts darts very well. I've had almost no bounce outs after several hours of play. Darts are also reasonable easy to remove (twist clockwise and pull).
  • There are 30 pre-programed games to chose from and the instruction book has instructions for each game.
  • The battery compartment is in the front! I can't state how handy this is. I won't have to remove the board from the wall to install new batteries. Imagine that.
  • The board has slots (3 on each side) to hold 2 sets of darts, plus a tray in the front to store extra tips
  • The scoreboard is easy to read.

Cons:


  • Installation hardware is hit and miss. There are 2 installation options. One option is to install 2 screws into the wall and then hang the board from the back on the 2 screws (included). The other option is there are 4 screw holes that are accessed from the front of the board. You simply screw in the dart board through all 4 holes while holding the board on the wall (again screws are included). This would work good if installing into wood or studs, but I was going straight into drywall, so I needed to use drywall anchors and option 1. Although the board came with the 2 screws and anchors, the anchors were WAY too small for the screws. Luckily I had my own screws and anchors, and the screw heads were the right size to hang the board. So if you're using the back mounting option you're going to need your own screws and drywall anchors. Per the instructions, the screw head needs to be between 5/16 and 3/8 to fit into the holes in the back of the board.
  • The board makes a audible comment on every dart. This is a bit annoying during a game of cricket. So I miss the 20 and hit a 5, I don't need it to make some comment that I missed. I do like that it will say "double" or "triple" when hitting those though. There is no way to turn off the sounds, you can only adjust the volume. Turning off the sound would be a nice option.
  • The darts that come with this board are a joke. Way too light weight to be accurate at all. Do yourself a favor and get a couple sets of real competition darts!

Overall a decent mid-range dart board for the price. Sure there are better boards, but you'll pay more for them, so if this is in your price range I'd say it's a good buy.