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Razer Viper Mini Review

Razer Viper Mini Review

Razer is a brand that has become synonymous with performance. Their Deathadder, in particular, has been a go-to mouse for competitive gaming for years and more recently the Viper in it’s varying flavours, has grown a strong fan base of its own. So when Razer released a smaller, lighter and cheaper version of the Viper you better believe my ears pricked up!

The real question is, does the Viper Mini keep up with its bigger siblings, or does it get left in the dust?

Design

The team at Razer has taken their widely popular Viper mouse and shrunk it down to give us the sleek, lightweight Viper Mini. The Viper Mini looks almost identical to the original Viper. It’s (almost) ambidextrous chassis and button layout will feel super familiar to anyone who has wielded a Viper in the past.

There are a few small differences though. You miss out on the soft rubber side grip, as well as 2 side buttons on the right of the mouse. Don’t worry though, you still get the 2 buttons on the left and 1 on top that are all fully programmable via the Razer Synapse 3 software.

Ultra light. Ultra Fast.

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Specs

Weighing in at only 61 grams, a full 8 grams lighter than its big brother. Razer didn’t just stop at just making the Viper Mini lighter, they have also made it smaller. Check out a side by side of the dimensions below:

Razer Viper Mini
Weight: 61g
Length: 118.3mm
Height: 38.3mm
Width: 53.5mm

Razer Viper
Weight: 69g
Length: 126.8mm
Height: 37.8mm
Width: 57.6mm

Onboard you get the PMW 3359 8500 DPI optical sensor, Razers optical mouse switches, a Speedflex cable, onboard memory for profile management, and Razer’s Chroma RGB Underglow.

To ensure slick movement across any surface Razer has equipped the Viper Mini with 100% PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) feet.

Performance

Once in the hand, it’s immediately obvious you’re dealing with a light and small mouse. I’m going to put this out there early as to not waste anyone’s time… If you are cursed with sausage fingers, then this mouse is not for you. Its thinner width and shorter length will leave you with more fingers on the mat than on the mouse. For everyone else, keep reading because Razer has really given us something a little special.

The mouse feels fast and responsive and the combination of the PTFE feet and reduced weight really makes the Viper Mini feel agile. The Speedflex cable is light and for the most part, goes unnoticed when gaming. It does, however, seem to hold the creases and bends from shipping, so worth running your fingers down it a few times before finalizing your setup.

When gaming, the optical switches in the left and right buttons respond great, click pressure and button position all feel fantastic, and for my grip style, didn’t leave me making miss-clicks or accidental presses while in the heat of battle. Personally, I’m not sure if I can notice the difference between Razers “industry-leading” response time of 0.2 milliseconds and a regular gaming mouse switch, but it’s certainly nice to know it’s there.

Razer says the button sensors are good for 50 million clicks which should be enough to get you through years worth of gaming, even if your aim is as bad as mine.

The tracking sensor, while technically isn’t as good as its bigger brother still feels sharp and accurate. After some lift-off adjustment in Razer’s Synapse software, I could definitely see this used as my daily gamer.

Software

Razer’s Synapse software is jam-packed with goodies to ensure you get the most out of your hardware.

As mentioned previously, the mouse buttons are fully programmable which is made simple thanks to the maturity of the Synapse software, which gives you access to macros and secondary functions. Razer is on its 3rd release of the Synapse software and since its initial release has become well-refined and easy to use with a user interface that caters to both novice and advanced users.

Within the Synapse software, you’ll also find your DPI settings and RGB config to tweak RGB Underglow and movement speed to your taste.

Thanks to the onboard memory profile you have the ability to save 1 profile to the mouse itself. This means you can move it between machines and it will remember your settings. No need to install or mess around with software.

Availability

The Razer Viper Mini is available now from Razer’s website for AU $74.94. While not the cheapest mouse going around when compared to its bigger brother, which sells for $154.95, it becomes a pretty tempting offer.

Conclusion

Razer viper mini review

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Optical switches
  • Excellent software
Razer viper mini review

Cons

  • Not a true symmetrical layout
  • Small size will not suit everyone
Razer Viper Mini Review
  • 90%
    DESIGN - 90%
  • 89%
    PERFORMANCE - 89%
  • 83%
    QUALITY - 83%
  • 95%
    VALUE - 95%
89%

Summary

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A sleek, lightweight gaming hero. The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent choice for any claw grip gamer who’s not currently suffering from a severe case of sausage fingers.

Despite its significantly cheaper price, when compared to the Razer Viper, the Viper Mini looks, feels, and handles like a proper gaming mouse. It has all the hallmark features and quality we have come to expect from Razer.

For more on the Razer line-up be sure to check out our previous coverage.

Joel Nitschke

Written by Joel Nitschke

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