The Razer Viper Mini is the latest addition to Razer’s Viper series. While it may look like the regular Viper got shrunk in the wash, it’s got certain design changes to accommodate for the more compact form. The most readily obvious changes include: only two side buttons on the left, DPI selector on the top, and no rubberized sides. The Razer logo on its back subtly glows through the colour spectrum, giving it a “softer” feel.
At 61 grams, this mouse is incredibly light, and certainly glides smoothly around. It might take some time getting used to – I personally prefer more weight to my mice – but this is subjective. There are no holes in the shell of the mouse, if that’s something you’re looking out for. For its asking price, the Viper Mini is absolutely no-frills, full function with a touch of style.
I myself found no issue with the scroll wheel and the side buttons, but some may find it “floaty” and just mildly unsatisfying to use. It’s probably better for yourself to try it if you can, to get the feel of the mouse. Apart from myself liking heavier mice, I also think the mouse is quite small even for my already small hands. It just about fits snugly in my palm, so if you’ve got fatter fingers or larger hands, it probably won’t be particularly comfortable.
The Viper Mini boasts the regular Viper’s Speedflex cable that allows for smoother swipes. It does feel that, in reducing its size, the actual cable also feels on the short side when compared to my regular, non-Speedflex mouse. The swipes themselves are no problem, but as mentioned, it might take a little getting used to and tweaking with mouse sensitivity.
With Razer Synapse, you are afforded more customization, being able to save profiles for keybinds, DPI, lighting, and even mouse pad surface calibration. I didn’t really need to play around with it, but this feature is pretty much standard with Razer gaming mice, so it’s just nice to know it’s there when you need it.
All in all, the Razer Viper Mini is an incredible, very serviceable gaming mouse for its price. Those with bigger hands could consider the small peripheral, as its symmetrical design may nestle comfortably nonetheless. For gamers on a budget who want the bare essentials, this is one mouse you should definitely consider.