If you play video games seriously, you should invest in a high-quality gaming mouse. However, you should acquire the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition if you take gaming very seriously and have a significant amount of spare cash.
But you also won’t be able to purchase this mouse whenever you wish to do so. As a result, Razer chooses to produce them in limited quantities as a result of the high cost and difficulty of their production (further information on this topic will be provided in a subsequent interview with Razer).
That’s the initial impression I had when picking up Razer’s brand-new Viper Mini Signature Edition (SE) gaming mouse for the first time. The Razer Viper Mini SE is unlike anything you have ever seen or felt before. This is true even if you ignore the fact that it comes packaged in an ornate watch box with an embossed metal label.
And while we’re at it, let’s address the most obvious issue: the price tag is $279.99.
You most likely believe that pricing to be ridiculous. You are absolutely correct. But then again, this mouse is ludicrous in every way imaginable.
Naturally, the time when Razer integrates all of its technologies is during the assembly process, and as you might have guessed, the Viper Mini SE is packed with everything that Razer has in its arsenal. These include:
RAZER VIPER MINI SE: DESIGN AND SPECS
Let’s begin with the fact that it weighs an incomprehensibly low 49 grammes, shall we? To put that into perspective, Razer’s most lightweight mouse, the 2022 Viper V2 Pro, weighs in at a hefty 58 grammes. This mouse is considered to be the company’s top-tier offering. And obtaining that 58 grammes was no easy task, since even the colour choice affected its weight (the white variant is technically 59 grammes heavier than the 58-gram version).
How exactly was it that Razer was able to smash its previous record by almost 10 grammes? To begin, it was unable to make use of plastics since it had already reached the limit of how thin that material could get. In addition, the integrity of the structure would be jeopardised if it cut holes into the chassis in order to save weight, as is done by certain other businesses. During intense gaming sessions, you’ll break it like an egg and have no choice but to start over.
Instead, Razer decided to use anodized magnesium alloy, which is a material that is both pricey and difficult to work with. If the company used magnesium alloy, they would be able to fashion an exoskeleton in the shape of a mouse. The light alloy that has substantial gaps is robust enough to provide a rock-solid base for the Viper Mini SE. To put it simply, it’s made of metal.
However, there is an issue with the creation of an exoskeleton for a mouse: It is quite difficult to understand.
First, Razer must manufacture the moulded pieces (and then proceed to de-gate and eliminate the runner). The next step involves injecting each mould with magnesium alloy, after which each mould is destroyed when the components are removed. After that, the freshly fabricated mouse chassis goes through CNC machining, after which it is painted, polished, passivated, and assembled.
|Connectivity||Wireless: Razer HyperSpeed|
|Row 2 – Cell 0||Wired: Speedflex Charging Cable (Type-C)|
|Battery life||Up to 60 hours|
|Sensor||Focus Pro 30K Optical|
|Max sensitivity||30,000 DPI|
|Max speed||750 IPS|
|Max acceleration||70 G|
|Switch type||Optical Gen-3|
|Mouse feet||PTFE or Glass|
If you think that all of that seems like a tremendous pain in the behind, you’d be right.
You’re right, it’s not simply its good appearance or how light it is. Instead, it competes with Razer’s current finest mice, such as the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro (which is my personal favourite), the Razer Viper V2 Pro, and the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. This contains a 30,000 Dots Per Inch (DPI) resolution, optical Gen-3 switches, and a “OMG WOULD YOU STOP ALREADY” 4,000Hz HyperPolling dongle.
In addition to this, it boasts advanced battery technology, which enables it to fully recharge in just ninety minutes.
It’s fair to say that it’s missing some things. The Razer Chroma RGB lighting system is not included with the Viper Mini SE for reasons that are readily apparent (LEDs do not float).
Razer provides its own proprietary rubber grip tape in addition to what is arguably my favourite feature: optional glass mouse feet, which can only be used on soft mats. Oops, I should have mentioned that it is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 mouse feet.
The operation of the Viper Mini SE is not overly complicated. There are only three buttons (four if you count the scroll wheel), and the bottom switch (which also works as the power toggle) allows you to make on-the-fly adjustments to the DPI.
RAZER VIPER MINI SE: WHO’S IT FOR?
Razer is under no illusions here. It is aware that the Razer Viper Mini SE is exceptional in some way. Not only is it in the top tier, but it goes well beyond that. When I think about it, I prefer to compare it to wristwatches. The average person is familiar with Rolex and believes the company to be the most reputable. But true watch enthusiasts are aware that a much higher level is occupied by brands such as Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Lange & Sohne, and maybe most absurd of all, Richard Mille.
The model in question is the Viper Mini SE.
The Razer Viper Mini SE is the equivalent of a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita if the Razer Viper v2 Pro is a 2022 Ferrari.
Razer did not create the Viper Mini SE with the intention of selling tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of units. According to the note that is included with the product, “What you have in your hands is a master-grade gaming peripheral.” Our illustrious history of top-tier craftsmanship, cutting-edge engineering, and pioneering technological innovation, all condensed into a single flawless package.
It is a showcase of what Razer is capable of doing and serves as a statement piece. Don’t give it too much thought.
Is there a limited quantity available of the Razer VIPer Mini SE?
It is more accurate to call the Viper Mini SE a limited production run than a limited edition of the product. Because of the difficulty involved and the cost, it’s possible that Razer will only produce them in tiny quantities, so you’ll have to be patient and wait for drops every so often.
The Viper Mini SE will go on sale for the first time on Saturday, February 11th, and can only be purchased from the Razer website.
HOW SHOULD ONE MAKE USE OF THE VIPER MINI SE?
I find it odd due to the fact that it is so light, but I can see why a professional player would want to use it. Everything from the buttons to the ergonomics to the performance to the design is top-notch. The success of the Viper series can be attributed to a specific factor.
My one and only concern is? Be careful not to spill your drink in that area because there is not much space between you and the electronic components and printed circuit board.
WHAT OTHER DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO COMPARE TO THE RAZER VIPER MINI SE?
However, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that I haven’t claimed that the Viper Mini SE is the world’s lightest mouse. According to my research, this distinction goes to the FinalMouse Ultralight 2, which weighs 47 grammes and is 2 grammes lighter than its predecessor.
Having said that, that mouse is no longer available on the FinalMouse website, and its price on Amazon has increased to $260 (the original selling price was $120). In addition, it is made of plastic, its polling rate is just 500Hz instead of 4,000Hz, its DPI is only 3200 instead of up to 30K, it is wired, it does not come with tuning software, and it comes from a much smaller boutique firm that has poor customer care.
Therefore, despite the fact that FinalMouse’s Ultralight2 is more lightweight, I do not believe that it can compete with the Razer Viper Mini SE in terms of the onboard technology, material base, durability, connectivity, speed, tuning, or accuracy.
WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM PURCHASING THE RAZER VIPER MINI SE?
The typical player has absolutely no bearing on this discussion at all. What could be more awesome for someone who is part of the one percent in gaming and also makes a great living at it than to turn up to a LAN party or broadcast on Twitch with the world’s lightest and most costly gaming mouse?
Therefore, it’s not too difficult of a suggestion.
The Razer Viper Mini SE exemplifies why Razer is considered to “do better than everyone else in the game” because to its one-of-a-kind design, outstanding features, and high level of performance. It’s not an issue at all. This mouse will never be reproduced by anyone else. Ever.
As luck would have it, the firm is conducting another ‘drop’ of the Viper Mini Signature Edition tomorrow, April 21, at 9 AM PT (noon ET), so if you are interested in purchasing one, you will have the opportunity to do so then. If you want to get your hands on one, you should probably be signed into your Razer account and have your payment ready before the drop goes live. This is because prior drops have sold out very rapidly.
When I say that there is nothing else on the market that compares to the Viper Mini Signature Edition, I am not exaggerating. I reviewed it when it first came out. Its chassis is made of magnesium alloy, which lends to its absurdity, beauty, and one-of-a-kind design. Its design is based on an exoskeleton. In addition, it comes with some of the most advanced features that Razer has to offer, such as a 30K sensor, Optical Gen-3 switches, and extras like Corning Gorilla Glass 3 mouse feet (for the silkiest motion possible).
Razer, on the other hand, is not satisfied with only having 4K HyperPolling, therefore an upcoming firmware update will increase that number to 8,000 Hz. It is true that you will need a powerful central processing unit (CPU) in order to deal with it; the faster a mouse polls, the more CPU cycles are required, which may have a detrimental impact on games that rely heavily on the CPU.
However, increasing the frequency to 8,000 Hz is not just absurd but also a first for the business.
For a price of $279, Razer only delivers the best, and one of those perks, 8K HyperPolling, is something that the firm never ever promised. If you ask me, that is totally cool in its own right.