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Razer Atheris Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
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Test Methodology v0.8.1
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Travel
6.5
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
5.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Razer Atheris is a very compact wireless mouse. It's one of the smallest mice we've reviewed and is a great traveling companion. You can easily toss it in a bag and use it wirelessly either via Bluetooth or with its receiver, which you can store inside the mouse. It has a wide enough CPI range for most people. It's not quite as customizable as other Razer mice, but these are usually gaming-oriented. The mouse is so small that it should practically only be used with a fingertip grip, although small hands should be able to have good control with a claw grip. People with extra-large hands should look somewhere else for a mouse, as this one is probably too small.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

Good for mixed usage. This mouse is designed for travel, as it can easily be tossed in a laptop bag and used on a plane or train. It's also a good option for fingertip grip users that are looking for a small wireless mouse. It offers a few programmable buttons, which can be good for gaming, but it isn't designed for these uses.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.3 Office/Multimedia

Good for the office. This mouse is a good option for fingertip grip users since its shape isn't really ergonomic. On the upside, it offers a few programmable buttons that can make your workflow a bit easier and fluid. It's also wireless, which doesn't clutter your desk with a cable.

8.2 Travel

Great travel mouse. The mouse is very small and works wirelessly, which is amazing for working in tight places like on a plane. However, the build quality isn't the best and the top cover might come off when inside a bag.

6.5 Video Games (FPS)

Okay for FPS games. The mouse has excellent performance and rather low latency for a wireless mouse. However, wired mice with even lower latency are recommended for FPS games. The mouse also isn't the most ergonomic and can practically only be used with a fingertip grip. This mouse is also quite heavy for its size.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

Good for MMO games. This mouse offers a few programmable buttons, but won't be as good as a dedicated MMO mouse. The mouse's ergonomics also aren't ideal for most people, as its short body and small shape practically only allow the fingertip grip.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is rather small and quite heavy, which isn't recommended for ultra-light gaming.

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Travel
  • 6.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Compact design; travel-friendly.
  • Decently low wireless latency.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Quite heavy for its size.
  • Almost only suitable for fingertip grip.
  • Only decent build quality because of loose top cover.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Check Price

Stormtrooper Limited Edition Atheris
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Atheris is a very low-profile mouse that has an ambidextrous design. It has a Razer logo on the back, but it doesn't have any RGB lighting. The mouse is very small and has rubbery sides for extra grip. The mouse is available in both black and white. Razer also made a Star Wars Stormtrooper Limited Edition of this mouse, although we don't know how long it'll be available.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
122 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
122 g

The Razer Atheris is pretty heavy for its small size, and it's mainly due to the two AA batteries that are needed for the mouse to work. There are also no weight optimization options.

8.1
Design
Portability
Length 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Height 1.4" (3.4 cm)
Width 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Volume
13.12 Cu. Inch (215 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The Razer Atheris is a great portable mouse that's travel-friendly. This is one of the smallest mice we've tested and it's also wireless, which eliminates the clutter from a cable. It can easily be tossed in a bag, especially since you have a slot inside the mouse to store its receiver. If you'd like a travel-friendly mouse that isn't as small as the Atheris, check out the very generic Logitech M510 wireless mouse.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Razer Atheris is just decent. It's made out of plastic with silicone grips on the side, which feels solid enough, but slightly cheap. There's no wobble or squeaking parts on this mouse, which is good. However, the top cover is fairly loose and thin. It can slightly come off during regular use, making it sometimes frustrating to use the mouse as you need to click the cover back into place. Also, the feet are pretty standard, but the center foot around the sensor is ever so slightly thicker than the rest, making the mouse spin easily, which can result in unwanted cursor movement.

6.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
59 mm

The mouse's very small size affects its ergonomics, which are just okay. This mouse has an ambidextrous design that's only suitable for a fingertip grip. It's better suited for smaller hands, too, since the mouse's body is rather short. On the upside, all buttons are easily reachable.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
No
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
No
Palm Grip: Large Hand
No
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
No

The Razer Atheris is too small and short to be suitable for a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
No
Claw Grip: Large Hand
No
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
No

Only small hands can use the Razer Atheris with a claw grip. The mouse is very small, but curled up fingers of small hands shouldn't have any issue clicking the two main buttons.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
No

The Razer Atheris is pretty small and designed for the fingertip grip. Only extra large hands won't be suitable for this mouse as fingers can go past the mouse's body, making it awkward to use.

9.4
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

The Razer Atheris has amazing wireless connectivity. It can be used via Bluetooth or its dedicated receiver. You can easily choose your connection option thanks to the switch that's under the mouse, which also doubles as a power-off switch. Unfortunately, this mouse needs two AA batteries, so you'll need to change them at one point, but Razer advertises up to 350 hours of battery life.

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Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Cable
Port Type: PC End
No Cable

This mouse doesn't have any cables.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Atheris mouse
  • 2x AA batteries
  • USB receiver
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
7.3
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
17 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
22 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

The Razer Atheris's latency is pretty decent. Using this mouse for daily tasks will be great as most people won't notice any delay, whether via Bluetooth or with the receiver. However, for competitive gaming, there are better wireless options, like the Logitech G Pro Wireless or the Razer Viper Ultimate.

9.1
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
7200 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
4.2 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

This mouse has excellent performance. It has a wide enough range of CPI to suit most people, and you can customize it to your preference, although you can't be as precise as other Razer mice. Also, the polling rate is customizable from 250-500-1000, but not 125Hz.

8.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

All the buttons of the Razer Atheris are customizable, and you can even set the scroll up and down to different commands. You can also reprogram the left click, but it has to be assigned to another button first. You can also set a profile switching button, but this isn't available by default.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Razer Atheris' mouse wheel is pretty standard. It offers good feedback from the incremented design, but isn't ideal for long scrolling like office-oriented mice.

Operating System And Software
7.8
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No

The Razer Synapse 3 software offers good customization options to Windows users. You can modify the keybindings of each button, which is saved inside the onboard memory of the mouse, meaning you won't lose your favorite settings if you use your mouse with another computer. You can also create profiles inside the app and then assign a profile switching button for you to cycle through them.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Although Razer Synapse 3 isn't available on macOS, the mouse is still fully supported. You just won't be able to customize the buttons on macOS, but every default setting works.

Compared to other mice

The Razer Atheris is a versatile mouse. It's one of the smallest mice we've reviewed, which is great for travel, but its performance is also great, making it a good option if you want to play a few games with it as well. It's almost only suitable for fingertip grip, but its wireless latency is pretty decent. See our recommendations for the best cheap gaming mice, the best ergonomic mice, and the best mice for MMOs.

Logitech G305
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Razer Atheris and the Logitech G305 are both very good mice. They each have two additional side buttons and are fairly small and good for travel, though the Razer is a little smaller. However, the Logitech feels better built and is more suitable if you prefer to use the palm grip with your mouse. The Logitech also only uses one AA battery, while the Razer uses two. On the upside, the Razer can be used with its USB receiver, or Bluetooth as well, which is a nice addition.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless
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Newegg.com

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the Razer Atheris. The Corsair is lighter weight, feels better built, is rechargeable, has a wider adjustable CPI range, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Razer has more programmable buttons. The Corsair is suitable for any hand size with claw grip, while the Razer is best recommended for fingertip grip.

Logitech Pebble M350
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B&H

The Razer Atheris is a better performing mouse than the Logitech Pebble M350. The Razer has a much better sensor and will be the better option if you're looking to play games during your off time on your business trips. On the other hand, the Pebble M350 is fully compatible with macOS and it's also lighter than the Atheris.

Logitech M510
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B&H

The Razer Atheris is a more versatile wireless mouse than the Logitech M510, but its small size might be bothersome for some users. The Atheris is a great travel mouse that offers great performance as well. The Logitech M510's performance is quite disappointing and it isn't really made for games.

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