Although considered to be a smaller, toned-down version of the Razer Viper, this super-light and affordable mouse still packs a punch. With performance on par with mice twice its price, coupled with Synapse 3 and Chroma lightning support, the Razer Viper Mini is one of the best branded options in this price range.
Razer Viper Mini design
Measuring 4.7 x 2.1 x 1.5 inches, the Razer Viper Mini doesn’t sound much smaller than your average size mouse, on paper at least. When first held in hand, palm grip owners will need some time to adjust to the mouse’s size, however, claw grip users won’t find much problems. Once the grip has been set, the Razer Viper Mini is a pretty comfortable mouse to use.
The total number of buttons have been reduced to six and the DPI button has been repositioned to a more convenient place, right between the mouse buttons. As the Viper Mini lacks the rubber grips that came on the original, it can feel a little slippery in hand. However, Razer also brought the pure PTFE glide feet from the Viper Ultimate so there’s no compromise on mouse speed.
|Sensor Model||PixArt 3359|
|Polling Rate||1,000 Hz (1ms)|
|LED Zones||2 programmable RGB zones|
|Cable Length||6.5 feet (2m)|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||4.66 x 2.11 x 1.51 inches (118.3 x 53.5 x 38.3mm)|
|Weight||0.13 pounds (61g)|
Despite the Razer Viper Mini having lower specs than the original Viper, it still performs very well. People with smaller hands won’t have much problems gripping the mouse, regardless of a claw or palm grip and the 100% PTFE translates very nicely when playing competitive games.
When it comes to responsiveness, the Razer Viper Mini does not offer a DPI of 16,000 which most competitive mice have, however, the 8,500 DPI should be enough for most gamers out there. The mouse still feels responsive enough and unless this needs to be used in an Esports tournament, the Razer Viper Mini will perform just fine.
Infrared Beam clicks
The Viper Mini uses an infrared beam to register clicks, which not only gives an amazing 0.2-millisecond response time but also helps the mouse to last longer as there is no physical contact. This also solves the issue of ‘double-clicking’ which plagues most mice after some period of usage.
Apart from these hardware benefits, the clicks are satisfying to use as they produce a crisp click sound when they are pressed. This satisfaction also carries on to the DPI and side buttons.
Software and lights
The Razer Viper Mini does not disappoint when it comes to lightning. Similar to the Razer Viper, the Mini version retains the Chroma RGB logo from the original. However, there’s an extra lighting zone on this mouse, an RGB strip underneath. The lighting is sharp and can be either set through the default presets or by selecting a color from the 16.8 million color spectrum.
Software remains pretty standard with little to no changes. Razer Synapse can be used to customize DPI from 100 to 8500 and buttons can be remapped to perform specific tasks. One cool feature with the Razer Viper Mini is that it comes with onboard storage, allowing the user to retain the mouse’s settings even when plugged into a different pc.
The cable is lightweight and flexible, giving users the closest feeling of using a wireless mouse without the actual thing. Any sort of bungee would be pointless with the Razer Viper Mini as the cable itself is light and moves freely. Reviewers have compared the cable close to those one would find on the Cooler Master’s Ultraweave or the Glorious PC Gaming Race’s proprietary cables.
All in all, the Razer Viper Mini does leave behind a few features when compared to it’s bigger sibling, and does require some getting used to for large hands. However, the price it comes at along with the quality it offers, makes it nothing short of a blessing for budget gamers. You can buy the Razer Viper Mini here.