Completing the Viper family: Razer Viper Mini review

After launching one of the most lauded gaming mice of 2019, the Viper, Razer sought to complete its vision for a lightweight gaming mouse line with the Viper Ultimate, and now the Razer Mini. 

Razer had an astounding 2019. Not only did the company release one of the most interesting gaming keyboards of the year with the Huntsman TE but it also launched its lightweight true-ambidextrous mouse, the Viper. The peripheral mainstay also gave fans the wireless Viper Ultimate, but there were some concerns with the size of the standard Viper and Viper Ultimate. 

It’s not unheard of for companies to build up a family of gaming mice but something that has slowly been becoming a trend is taking a winning formula and shrinking it down. The most notable examples of this are Finalmouse releasing the Ultralight 2 Cape Town and Glorious PC Gaming Race’s Model O-, which took both companies’ lightweight honeycomb performers and shrunk them down a considerable amount. These mice launched to great success and positive reviews, opening the door yet again for some healthy competition. Enter the Razer Viper Mini. 

Quickly going over what is the same here, fans will notice the same ambidextrous shape, 100% PTFE mouse feet for smooth glides and easy flicks, and the return of the Speedflex cable. That’s pretty much it in terms of similarities here. Razer has definitely made some changes under the hood but nothing that impacts performance in a meaningful way. 

There was a lot of talk in 2019 regarding whether weight takes priority over shape when it comes to finding the right mouse. Razer’s Viper Mini gives fans the best of both worlds by shrinking the Viper shape and weight to better suit users with smaller hands or fingertip grip players. The Mini comes in at a meager 61 grams, shaving 8 grams off of the Viper and 13 grams off of the Ultimate. It’s a noticeable drop, especially from the wired version of the Viper. While the Ultimate objectively weighs more than both mice, the standard wired Viper feels a bit more sluggish than both the Mini and the Ultimate due to the minor drag created by the Speedflex cable. 

Users with larger hands won’t find much comfort in palm gripping but it certainly is doable to a certain extent, though not necessarily recommended. Despite not being able to palm-grip the mouse, we found the Mini to be extremely comfortable and we were able to adapt to the size with ease. As a matter of fact, it’s almost foreign going back to a “regular” sized mouse. Between the lightweight and the easiness of using a fingertip grip with the Mini, we found the transition back to other mice a bit jarring. 

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