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Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Mar 24, 2022 at 11:26 am
Latest change: Test bench update Nov 29, 2023 at 09:32 am
Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Picture
8.6
Gaming
7.0
Office
3.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Programming
2.8
Entertainment / HTPC
8.5
Raw Performance

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a 60% compact gaming keyboard. It's very similar to the Razer Huntsman Mini; however, this version uses Razer's proprietary Analog Optical Switches, which let you adjust the pre-travel and reset points of the switch on a per-key basis. These switches register how far you've depressed a key, so you can assign two functions to a single keypress: one activated during the first half of the keypress and a second that activates in the second half of the keypress. You can also enable an analog mode to mimic the feel of a joystick controller. However, this feature is only available for games with gamepad support, and it may take some adjustments to get it to work properly. Unfortunately, it's a high-profile keyboard that doesn't come with a wrist rest, though you can purchase one separately if you'd like the additional support for your wrists. Also, it's wired-only, so it's not well-suited for use in a multi-device setup or with mobile devices.

Our Verdict

8.6 Gaming

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is an outstanding keyboard for gaming. It feels very well-built, and games feel very responsive thanks to its extremely low latency. Each key is individually lit with full RGB backlighting, though the hotkey legends printed on the front aren't shine-through, so they'll be hard to see in the dark. The standout feature of this keyboard is the ability to adjust the pre-travel distance and enable an analog mode to mimic the movements of a joystick controller. It's a compact board with a high profile, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you'll probably feel some wrist strain and discomfort over a long period of use.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • All keys macro-programmable.
  • Individually-lit keys with full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest.
  • Adjustable pre-travel distance can be buggy.
7.0 Office

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a decent keyboard for office use though the manufacturer didn't design it for this. It feels well-built and sturdy, and it offers a good typing quality thanks to its PBT keycaps. Unfortunately, it's a compact board, which means it lacks dedicated arrow keys, a Numpad, and a row of function keys. It also doesn't come with a wrist rest, which would greatly improve the ergonomics. Also, the stabilizers on the larger keys tend to rattle, which is fairly distracting and loud, so it might not be the best choice for an open office environment.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • All keys macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No included wrist rest.
3.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a wired-only keyboard, so it's not suitable for mobile devices.

7.6 Programming

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a good keyboard for programming. The PBT keycaps feel great to type on, and it feels well-built and sturdy overall. Every key is macro-programmable, so you can easily access any macros you need for your workflow. Also, it's compatible with most operating systems, including Linux, but the companion software is only available on Windows. That said, it's a compact board with a high profile, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you're likely to feel some discomfort after an extended period of use.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • All keys macro-programmable.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest.
2.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is inadequate for use with a home theater PC setup. While you can still use it, you'd have to run the cable to the PC. It also lacks a trackpad, meaning you'd need an extra peripheral like a mouse or remote to navigate the screen.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No included wrist rest.
  • No trackpad for navigation.
8.5 Raw Performance

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest.
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.0 Office
  • 3.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Programming
  • 2.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 8.5 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Nov 29, 2023: We've concerted this review to Test Bench 1.3.1, which adds a new estimated PCB latency test to the Single-Key Latency section and a new Analog test to the Switches section of this review. You can see the full changelog here.
  2. Updated Oct 30, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3, which overhauls how key input is evaluated. We've added new tests for Single Key Latency, Multi Key Latency, Data Transmission, and Chord Split. We've also introduced a new Raw Performance usage and adjusted how the Gaming and Office usage scores are calculated. You can see the full changelog here.
  3. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed DrunkDeer A75 in the Dimensions section of this review.
  4. Updated Jun 12, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We've also added a new Switches test box, added additional test comparisons to our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  5. Updated May 19, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We've also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we've simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  6. Updated Apr 18, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed Wooting 60HE in the Keystrokes section of this review.
  7. Updated Aug 18, 2022: Added a comparison to the newly reviewed SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini.
  8. Updated Aug 15, 2022: Updated review to add comparison to the newly reviewed SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless.
  9. Updated Mar 24, 2022: Review published.
  10. Updated Mar 16, 2022: Early access published.
  11. Updated Mar 14, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  12. Updated Mar 09, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  13. Updated Mar 08, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog that we tested is black. There are no other variants, but there's the Razer Huntsman Mini, which comes in your choice of non-analog Clicky Optical switches (Purple) or Linear Optical switches (Red). With these switches, you can't adjust the pre-travel distance or enable an Analog Mode for joystick-style movement. You can see the label of the unit purchased here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a 60% compact gaming keyboard with extremely low latency. Unlike other keyboards with analog switches, which are typically limited to full-size or TKL options, this is a great option for compact enthusiasts who want the functionality of analog switches. Using the companion software, you can adjust the pre-travel and reset points of each of the Analog Optical switches on a per-key basis, similar to the SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog. This feature allows for greater control of your in-game movements, and you can also program two actions to one keystroke. There's also a unique Analog Mode that mimics the controls of a gamepad when enabled. Like other keyboards in the Razer Huntsman lineup, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has a premium build quality and extremely low latency.

For more options, check out the recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best Razer keyboards.

Wooting 60HE

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the Wooting 60HE are Compact (60%) mechanical gaming keyboards with exceptional gaming performance and analog switches that allow you to adjust the pre-travel on a per-key basis. However, the Wooting also includes several additional software features the Razer lacks, including a Rapid Trigger mode, a low latency Tacyhon Mode, the ability to assign up to four inputs to a single keypress, customizable reset points, and an Analog Mode that mimics the gradual input of a controller's joystick.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are very similar keyboards; however, the Mini Analog uses Analog Optical switches, while the Mini uses linear or clicky Optical ones. With the Analog Optical switches, you can adjust the pre-travel distance and reset point on a per-key basis and enable a mode to use your WASD keys to emulate joystick controls. Other than the switches used, there are few differences between the two keyboards.

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini are both compact (60%) gaming keyboards with an adjustable pre-travel distance feature. The major difference between the two boards is in the technology that they each use. The SteelSeries uses magnetized switches that are more consistent and accurate than the Optical switches found on the Razer. However, the Razer has an "Analog Mode," which emulates joystick controls using your keyboard.

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless are both compact gaming keyboards with adjustable pre-travel distances. However, the SteelSeries implements this feature much more consistently and accurately. On the other hand, the Razer has an "Analog Mode," which means the keypresses can emulate joystick controls on a gamepad.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are both wired, compact mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but the Razer performs slightly better overall. The Razer has lower latency and a feature that allows you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. You can also program macros directly on the keyboard without using the software. On the other hand, the HyperX feels better-built thanks to its all-aluminum case.

Corsair K65 RGB MINI

The Corsair K65 RGB MINI and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are both wired, compact mechanical keyboards designed for gaming. They perform similarly, but the Corsair has slightly better latency and feels better-built. On the other hand, the Razer has two incline settings for better ergonomics, and it has a feature that allows you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. Also, the Razer has an "Analog Mode" that emulates joystick controls when enabled.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are both wired, mechanical keyboards designed for gaming; they have comparable latency but a few key differences. The SteelSeries is a full-size model that also comes in a TKL form factor, and it includes a wrist rest for better ergonomics. It also has more extra features like a volume knob and USB passthrough. On the other hand, the Razer uses PBT keycaps instead of ABS, and it comes in a compact form factor. Both keyboards have a feature that lets you adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis.

Corsair K70 PRO MINI WIRELESS

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the Corsair K70 PRO MINI WIRELESS are compact gaming keyboards with some major differences between them. The Razer uses specialized switches that allow you to set the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. There's also an Analog Mode on this keyboard, so your keypresses emulate joystick controls. The Corsair lacks both of these features and instead offers wireless connectivity options and the ability to customize your switch choices thanks to its hot-swappable PCB.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are similar mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but they have a few differences. The Huntsman TE is a TKL-size board that still has arrow keys, and it uses Razer's proprietary optical-mechanical switches, which are very sensitive. On the other hand, the Huntsman Mini Analog uses optical analog switches, which allow you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis, so you're less likely to have typos or accidental keypresses.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are both compact mechanical gaming keyboards that perform similarly well, but they have some key differences. Firstly, the BlackWidow can connect wirelessly with Bluetooth or its USB receiver, and it has better latency. On the other hand, the Huntsman feels better built and uses PBT keycaps instead of ABS. The Huntsman has a feature that lets you adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis, and there's also an "Analog Mode" that emulates the controls of a gamepad.

DrunkDeer A75

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the DrunkDeer A75 are wired gaming keyboards with switches that allow you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. The Razer is a slightly smaller, Compact (60%) model with optical switches and more intuitive but fairly intrusive software. On the other hand, the DrunkDeer has a compact (75%) form factor and has hall-effect switches. It also provides more in the way of hardware customizability.

Wooting two HE

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the Wooting two HE are premium gaming keyboards with an adjustable pre-travel distance and analog mode to mimic joystick controls. However, the Wooting's implementation of this technology is much more consistent and accurate, and you can adjust your pre-travel distance within a much wider range than you can on the Razer.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are two compact, mechanical gaming keyboards with extremely low latency, but they have some key differences. The Obinslab is a wireless keyboard that can connect with up to 4 devices via Bluetooth, but you can also use it with its charging cable. It comes in several switch types, so you'll likely be able to find the switch that works for you. On the other hand, the Razer is wired-only, and it comes with Razer's Analog Optical switches, which allow you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis.

Ducky One 3

The Ducky One 3 and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are two high-performing, mechanical gaming keyboards. However, they have some key differences. The Razer uses Analog Optical switches, meaning you can use the WASD keys like a joystick. Also, you can adjust the pre-travel distance and reset point of each individual switch using the customization software, while the Ducky keyboard doesn't have dedicated software. On the other hand, the Ducky offers a better typing experience as the keys are more stable, and the rubber feet do a better job of keeping the board in place. Also, the Ducky is hot-swappable, meaning you can replace the stock switches with any of your choosing for an optimized feel.

Fnatic miniSTREAK

The Fnatic miniSTREAK and the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog are both wired-only mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Razer performs better overall. It has lower latency and better build quality, thanks to its PBT keycaps. Also, the Analog Optical switches allow you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. On the other hand, the Fnatic comes in a TKL size, which might suit you better if you want the dedicated arrow keys.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (60%)
Height
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Width 11.5" (29.3 cm)
Depth
4.1" (10.3 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.14 lbs (0.516 kg)

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a compact keyboard. It doesn't have a Numpad or arrow keys, and the function keys are accessible through hotkeys in the numbers row.

If you're interested in a similar gaming keyboard with hall-effect switches but in a slightly larger Compact (75%) layout that includes dedicated arrow keys and several navigation keys, check out the DrunkDeer A75.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has an excellent build quality. It has a solid plastic chassis and an aluminum top plate that feels very sturdy and doesn't exhibit flex. The doubleshot PBT keycaps feel very nice to the touch. The hotkey legends are on the front of the keycap, so they aren't likely to rub off as your fingers won't be touching them. The keys wobble very slightly, but it isn't noticeable while typing. Unfortunately, the stabilizers rattle in the keyboard, which is fairly distracting. Also, the four rubber feet on the bottom of the board don't do a great job of keeping the keyboard in place, but this is likely due to the keyboard's light weight.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Home Row Height
31.5 mm (1.2")

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has okay ergonomics. It's a straight board with a high profile, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which causes fatigue when typing for an extended period. Also, its compact size feels a bit cramped at first. Fortunately, it does have two incline settings that help alleviate some of the strain on your wrists.

3.8
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
No
Stabilizer Fixation
Non-Customizable Design
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1.25u
Hot-Swappable Switches
No
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
Soldered
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Yes
10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has exceptional backlighting. Each key is individually lit, and you can change the brightness settings or preset lighting effects right on the board. You can also use the companion software to fully customize the RGB lighting. However, the function key legends are printed on the front of the keycap rather than the top, meaning they're difficult to see in a dark room.

8.0
Design
Backlight Clarity
Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog comes with a braided USB-A to USB-C cable. It's long enough for most setups, but it's pretty stiff and retains kinks from the packaging.

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

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is a wired-only keyboard.

5.5
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
Yes
Macro Programming With Software
Yes
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps & Scroll Lock

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has a few extra features. Notably, you can adjust the pre-travel distance and reset point of the Analog Optical switches on a per-key basis. Since these switches register how far you've depressed a key, you can program two functions to a single keypress. For example, while gaming, you can assign the function of equipping a weapon to the first half of the keypress and assign the firing of the weapon to the second half of the keypress. You can also map your keys to emulate gamepad controls. There's a Game Mode, which prevents you from accidentally minimizing your game, and you can set the Game Mode hotkeys using the Synapse software. All keys are macro-programmable, and you can save macros and lighting effects to the onboard memory.

Design
In The Box

  • [nolink:Razer Huntsman Mini Analog
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB cap covers
  • Razer stickers
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality
Key Spacing
19.0 mm (0.748")

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog's typing experience is very good. The PBT keycaps have a slight texture that feels great to the touch, and they aren't prone to developing shine or slipperiness from finger oils. Though it's a compact keyboard, the keys feel well-spaced and not too cramped. The keys themselves are a bit wobbly, and while the wobble isn't noticeable while typing, the stabilizers rattle, which can be distracting. The linear Analog Optical switches offer a bit of resistance while typing, but it's not enough to cause fatigue. On the downside, the switches don't offer tactile feedback, so you might miss keypresses, especially if you're typing quickly. It feels nice to type on, but the high profile and compact size would feel more comfortable to use with a wrist rest, which isn't included, but you can purchase one separately.

7.1
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
54.3 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

Although the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog uses linear optical switches, they're still quite loud and not suited for an open office environment. The stabilizers make a slight rattle sound while in use.

Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Razer Analog Optical Switches
Switch Type
Optical
Feel
Linear
Analog
Yes
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
51 gf
Actuation Force
51 gf
Pre-Travel
1.7 mm
Total Travel
3.9 mm

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog uses Razer's proprietary Analog Optical switches, which allow you to adjust the pre-travel and reset points of the switch. You can lower the pre-travel distance for a more responsive feeling gaming experience, or you can raise the pre-travel distance if you're typing, so you'll be less likely to register an accidental keypress. Out of the box, the pre-travel distance is set to 1.5mm by default, which is the minimum, and you can set it up to 3.6mm. If you'd prefer a keyboard that offers more precise and consistent adjustments in a slightly wider range, check out the Wooting 60HE and its full-size counterpart, the Wooting two HE. Likewise, if you'd prefer a wireless keyboard with better implementation of this adjustable pre-travel distance feature, the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless is a great choice.

As an important note, you may experience a "stuck" or "phantom key" issue, where the keyboard registers multiple keypresses even when you haven't pressed anything. However, this issue seems to be related to the adjustable pre-travel distance of the Analog Optical switches. Various threads online recommend uninstalling Synapse 3 to fix the issue. However, without Synapse 3, you can't access any customization features, including the adjustable pre-travel feature, and you'll lose customization capabilities for other Razer products you have in your setup. If you're interested in getting the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog, you should purchase it from a certified Razer reseller to ensure you're covered under warranty should this error occur.

Performance
9.0
Performance
Single-Key Latency
Best Connection
3.9 ms
Best Connection Std Dev ±0.4 ms
Wired
3.9 ms
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
N/A
PCB (Estimated)
N/A

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has outstandingly low latency, so even the most competitive gamers won't notice a delay.

8.6
Performance
Multi-Key Latency
Connection Evaluated Wired
Key Press
3.8 ms
Key Release
11.9 ms
8.7
Performance
Data Transmission
Connection Evaluated Wired
USB Polling Rate
1,000 Hz
Effective Update Rate
1,000 Hz
N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
Yes
Multiple Keys Per USB Report
Yes
7.3
Performance
Chord Split
4 Chord Split Delay
7.1 ms
8 Chord Split Delay
13.4 ms
Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog uses Razer Synapse 3 for customization. Using the software, you can program macros, change the RGB lighting effects, or change your Windows key lock settings. It also has a Hypershift option, so you can set a second layer of programmability to your keys, and you can save all of your customized settings, including lighting, to the onboard memory. You can use the software to set keys to act as analog controls that mimic the pressure sensitivity of a joystick and you can set other keys to emulate a gamepad's trigger buttons. The most distinct feature is that you can use the software to adjust the pre-travel distance of every key on a per-key basis. You can also set a custom release point. However, you may experience some deviation between the points set in the software and the actual actuation and release points on the board.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has decent compatibility. Everything works as intended on Windows. However, the companion software isn't available on any other operating system. On macOS, all buttons but the scroll lock and pause buttons work as intended. For Linux users, everything works as intended.

0
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Not Compatible
iOS
Not Compatible
iPadOS
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible