Razer Huntsman Mini Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 07, 2020 at 08:39 am
Razer Huntsman Mini Picture
9.5
Gaming
5.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.0
Programming
5.0
Entertainment / HTPC
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Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer Huntsman Mini is an exceptional gaming keyboard with a compact form factor. Its small size is great for minimalist setups and to allow for more space to move the mouse. The build quality is excellent, it has per-key RGB backlighting, and every key is macro-programmable. The Clicky Optical switches we reviewed provide an excellent typing experience, with distinct tactile feedback and incredible responsiveness. Unfortunately, it can be tiring to type on for long periods due to the lack of a wrist rest, and the layout can feel a bit cramped for some. Media controls, function keys, and navigation keys are still accessible through the use of secondary functions, and most customizations can be done on the keyboard itself. Razer's Synapse 3 software is feature-rich; however, it's only available for Windows.

Our Verdict

9.5 Gaming

The Razer Huntsman Mini is an exceptional gaming keyboard. It has an excellent build quality, it has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and all keys are macro-programmable. The Clicky Optical switches on our unit feel responsive due to their low pre-travel distance, and they require very little force to actuate. You can also get the keyboard with Linear Optical switches if you prefer. Unfortunately, it isn't the most comfortable keyboard and there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
  • Programmable keys.
Cons
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
5.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman Mini isn't suitable for use with mobile devices.

7.6 Office

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a decent keyboard for office use. It isn't the most comfortable to type on as it has a fairly high profile, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, and its compact layout can be too cramped for those with large hands. The Clicky Optical switches on our unit provide an excellent typing experience with plenty of tactile feedback, but their loud typing noise isn't suitable for a quiet office setting. That said, you can get the keyboard with Linear Optical switches if noise is a concern.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Excellent typing quality.
Cons
  • Loud typing noise with clicky switches.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • Small form factor can feel a bit cramped for some.
8.0 Programming

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a great keyboard for programming or coding. The PBT keycaps and the Clicky Optical switches on our unit provide an excellent typing experience, and you can also get the keyboard with Linear switches if you prefer. It's well-built, it has backlighting, and all keys are macro-programmable. It isn't the most comfortable to type on as it doesn't come with a wrist rest and the small form factor can feel a bit cramped for some.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
  • Programmable keys.
  • Excellent typing quality.
Cons
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • Small form factor can feel a bit cramped for some.
5.0 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • 9.5 Gaming
  • 5.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.0 Programming
  • 5.0 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Width 11.5" (29.3 cm)
Depth
4.0" (10.3 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
0.99 lbs (0.448 kg)

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a compact keyboard, as it doesn't have a numeric pad, function keys, or dedicated navigation keys. This is great for a minimal setup as well as for those playing with a low mouse CPI who need more space to move the mouse.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Razer Huntsman Mini's build quality is excellent. It has a plastic frame with an aluminum plate on top to provide rigidity. The board flexes just a tiny bit, but it's nothing to be concerned about. It has doubleshot PBT keycaps that feel nice to type on; however, the stabilizers could be better, as there's a bit of wobbling and rattling. Unfortunately, the incline feet feel a bit cheap and the rubber pads under them don't provide enough grip, so the keyboard slides around a lot.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
3 °
Medium Incline
6 °
Maximum Incline
9 °
Wrist Rest No

The Razer Huntsman Mini's ergonomics are okay. It doesn't come with a wrist rest and the keyboard's compact form factor can feel a bit cramped for some, causing fatigue when typing for an extended period. The rubber pads under the feet don't provide enough grip, causing the keyboard to slide around.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Great
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Razer Huntsman Mini has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. There are a number of preset lighting effects that you can access directly on the keyboard, but you need the Razer Synapse 3 software if you want to create a custom lighting profile. The brightness can be controlled on the keyboard itself.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The USB-C cable that comes with the keyboard is braided and should be long enough for most people to reach their computer. The cable has a latch that provides a more secure connection; however, most USB-C cables should fit.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a wired-only keyboard. If you'd like a wireless alternative, consider the Keychron K6 or the Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps & Scroll Lock

The Razer Huntsman Mini has a few extra features. Since it doesn't have a row of function keys, navigation keys, or dedicated media controls, most keys have a secondary function assigned to them. These secondary functions are printed on the side of the keys and are accessible by holding down the 'Fn' key. All keys are macro-programmable and you can program them on the keyboard itself or through Razer's Synapse 3 software. There's a 'Sleep' hotkey to put your computer to sleep if you need to step away from your desk, and there's a 'Game' mode key, which is essentially a Windows Lock key to prevent accidentally minimizing your game.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman Mini keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Optical
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
50 gf
Actuation Force
36 gf
Pre-Travel
1.5 mm
Total Travel
3.5 mm

Our unit of the Razer Huntsman Mini is fitted with Razer's Clicky Optical Switches (Purple), but you can get it with Linear Optical Switches (Red) if you prefer. The Purple switches feel incredibly responsive due to their low actuation point and they provide distinct tactile feedback. It requires very little force to actuate the keys, which makes the typing feel lighter, but it can also lead to more typos. If you want a compact keyboard that's available with more types of switches, look into the Drop ALT.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience with the Razer Clicky Optical Switches is excellent. The PBT keycaps feel great to type on, but the keys aren't all that stable, so they wobble a bit. The clicky switches feel extremely responsive and provide plenty of tactile feedback, so you can be confident that a keystroke is registered. That said, the combination of the low actuation force and the slightly cramped layout can cause a bit more typos. Additionally, the keyboard has a fairly high profile and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which can lead to fatigue after a while.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The clicky optical switches (Purple) on our unit generate a lot of typing noise, so they aren't suitable for an office setting. If you want quieter typing noise, the linear optical switches (Red) are a better option.

9.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
3.5 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A
Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer Huntsman Mini is compatible with the Synapse 3 software, which is only available for Windows. It allows you to customize the backlighting of each key individually, reprogram keys, and set macros. There's onboard memory to save up to five custom profiles; however, it can only save your programmed keys and macros, not your custom backlighting profiles. This means that if you move to another computer, you will need to install Synapse 3 again in order to retrieve your backlighting profiles through the cloud sync option, which requires an account.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Razer Huntsman Mini has decent compatibility. On Windows, everything works as intended and there aren't any issues. All keys function properly on Linux, but since there's no software support for Linux, customization options are limited. As for macOS, the Context Menu, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, and Windows Lock keys don't work, and the Insert key is the 'Help' key. Also, there's no software support for macOS either.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Huntsman Mini is the smallest keyboard in the Huntsman lineup, which includes the Razer Huntsman, the Razer Huntsman Elite, and the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. It comes in two colors, Classic Black and Mercury White, and you can choose between Clicky Optical Switches (Purple) or Linear Optical Switches (Red). Our unit is fitted with the Purple Switches and we expect the typing experience to be different from the Red Switches.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Huntsman Mini is an exceptional gaming keyboard; however, unless you're set on getting a compact keyboard, there are other keyboards in this price range that offer many more features. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Ducky One 2 Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Ducky One 2 Mini are very similar keyboards overall. The main difference is that the Ducky doesn't have software for customization. The Cherry MX Brown switches on the Ducky provide a better typing experience than the Razer Clicky Optical switches. That said, both keyboards are available with multiple switch options.

Ducky Mecha Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Ducky Mecha Mini are very similar keyboards. The Ducky has a better build quality, and in addition to making less noise, the Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit provide a better typing experience than the Clicky Optical switches on the Razer. That said, both keyboards are available with different switches. The other big difference is that the Ducky doesn't have software support, which the Razer does.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Mini is better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Other than their size difference, the only thing that makes the Mini better is its significantly better typing quality. This is mostly due to the TE's Razer Linear Optical switches, which are overly sensitive and can cause more typos than usual. The Mini is available with Linear Optical switches as well; however, they might perform differently.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman Mini is essentially a compact 60% version of the Razer Huntsman. The Mini provides a better typing experience because it has PBT keycaps as opposed to the Huntsman's ABS keycaps, but the Mini's layout feels a bit cramped and can cause fatigue over time. Other than that, the Mini has a detachable USB-C cable, and it offers more incline settings.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

Overall, the SteelSeries Apex Pro is a bit better than the Razer Huntsman Mini. The SteelSeries has more features, such as dedicated media controls, USB passthrough, and an OLED screen that you can customize to show anything you want. Also, it comes with a wrist rest and has better compatibility with macOS. The Razer's Razer Clicky Optical switches provide a better typing experience, and there's a Linear Optical switch option as well. The SteelSeries is only available with one switch type, but it allows you to customize the actuation point.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

For most uses, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Razer Huntsman Mini. Both keyboards are very well-built and they can be configured with different types of switches. The typing experience on both keyboards is excellent; however, the Gateron Brown switches on the Obinslab have a higher actuation point than the Clicky Optical Switches on the Razer. The biggest difference between these two keyboards is that the Obinslab is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with multi-device pairing capability, while the Razer is a wired-only keyboard.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Razer Huntsman Mini is better than the Apple Magic Keyboard, but they're also meant for very different uses. The Razer is a wired mechanical keyboard that's geared towards gaming, while the Apple is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard made for productivity. The Clicky Optical switches on our unit of the Razer provide a better typing experience than the scissor switches on the Apple; however, they generate a lot more typing noise. Also, the Razer has programmable keys, software support, and full RGB backlighting, which the Apple lacks.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite and the Razer Huntsman Mini are very different keyboards. The Elite is a full-size keyboard and has more features, such as dedicated media controls and a USB passthrough. It's available with Razer Orange, Green, or Yellow switches. On the other hand, the Mini is a compact 60% keyboard and is available with Razer Clicky Optical or Linear Optical switches. The Clicky Optical switches that we tested on the Mini provide a better typing experience than the Razer Orange on the Elite, but they're also much louder, making them less ideal for quiet environments. They have a shorter pre-travel distance and a lower actuation force than the Razer Orange switches, making them easier to actuate and more responsive. The Elite comes with a wrist rest; the Mini doesn't.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The Razer Huntsman Mini is better than the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL for gaming. The Razer's Clicky Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance than the SteelSeries Brown switches on the SteelSeries, but they require a bit more force to actuate. The Razer has lower input lag and provides a better typing experience; however, its slightly cramped layout and high profile can cause fatigue over time, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest like the SteelSeries does. The SteelSeries has more features, such as a customizable OLED screen, a USB passthrough, and a volume wheel. It also has software support for macOS, which the Razer lacks.

Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro

The Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Mini. The Dierya can be used wirelessly over Bluetooth and paired with up to three devices, including smartphones or tablets. That said, the Razer has two incline settings and its software offers more features.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the HyperX Alloy Origins share many similarities but are also very different. The HyperX is full-size, while the Razer is a 60% compact keyboard that lacks a Numpad and dedicated navigation keys. The Razer's Clicky Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance than the HyperX Reds, but they require more force to actuate. Razer's Clicky Optical switches provide tactile and audio feedback, so they're not the most ideal for quiet environments, but you can get the Razer with Linear Optical switches if you prefer. Both keyboards have full RGB backlighting, programmable keys, and software for customization. Although the build quality is excellent on both keyboards, the Razer has PBT keycaps while the HyperX's are ABS.

Keychron K6

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a better keyboard than the Keychron K6. The Razer offers a better typing experience and has doubleshot PBT keycaps that feel great to type on. Also, the Razer has software to customize the RGB lighting and to program macros. On the other hand, the Keychron can be used wirelessly over Bluetooth.

Ducky One 2 SF

The Razer Huntsman Mini is slightly better overall than the Ducky One 2 SF, mainly because the Razer has dedicated software for customization. Besides that, there aren't many real differences. The Ducky is available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches and the Razer is only available with linear or clicky switches.

Drop ALT

The Drop ALT and the Razer Huntsman Mini are similar-performing keyboards. The Razer has dedicated software and the proprietary Optical switches are lighter to press. However, the Drop is slightly bigger, it's available in more switches, and it has a USB passthrough.

Ducky MIYA Pro

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Ducky MIYA Pro have very similar overall performance. The Ducky is slightly bigger as it has dedicated navigation keys. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit of the Ducky have a higher actuation point than the Clicky Optical Switches on the Razer; however, both provide an excellent typing experience and both keyboards are available with multiple switch options. Ducky's customization software has fewer features and while our unit has white backlighting only, it's available with full RGB.

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