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Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 06, 2023 at 10:57 am
Latest change: Retest Sep 25, 2023 at 01:49 pm
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7.1
Work
9.6
Video Games (FPS)
8.4
Video Games (MMO)
9.8
Raw Performance

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition is a lightweight, wireless gaming mouse in Razer's Viper lineup. This mouse shares the same shape as the original Razer Viper Mini but has an exposed exoskeleton design with a top shell made of magnesium alloy that Razer advertises provides the best strength-to-weight ratio compared to plastic and carbon fiber. Under the hood, this mouse uses similar high-end internals to other recent Razer flagship releases, including a Razer Focus Pro 30K sensor and Gen-3 optical switches. Additionally, this mouse comes with a Razer HyperSpeed Dongle that is unique to the Viper Mini Signature Edition. This dongle allows you to set a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz, and it's the first wireless gaming mouse on the market to offer this feature.

This mouse was originally released exclusively on Razer's website and select physical Razer stores as a limited quantity drop. Razer has committed to continued production in batch drops according to demand, but as of the writing of this review, it's currently out of stock.

Our Verdict

7.1 Work

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition is decent for office work but isn't designed specifically for this use. That said, it has outstanding build quality, and you can reprogram any of the buttons using the customization software. This mouse is best suited for small or medium-sized hands but may be less comfortable if you hold the mouse with your palm in contact with the exposed exoskeleton framework on the back of the mouse.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't support multi-device pairing.
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs.
9.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition is an exceptional FPS gaming mouse. It's extremely lightweight, and its magnesium alloy body feels very sturdy. Performance-wise, its click latency is incredibly low and consistent, and both sensor accuracy and latency are superb. Additionally, this mouse supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz, which provides marginally better and much more consistent overall performance at the cost of significant CPU power draw and battery life drain. This mouse offers a remarkably smooth, accurate, and immediate FPS gaming experience.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
  • Exceptional sensor performance.
  • Exceptionally low click latency.
  • Maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
8.4 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition is very good for MMO gaming but has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That being said, you can program any of the buttons using the customization software. It also has outstanding build quality and feels very sturdy. Performance-wise, it has remarkably low and consistent click latency, outstanding sensor performance, and support for wireless polling rates higher than 1000Hz.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
  • Exceptional sensor performance.
  • Exceptionally low click latency.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs.
  • Has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
9.8 Raw Performance

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition provides outstanding raw performance. Its click latency is incredibly low, and both the sensor latency and accuracy are superb. Additionally, this mouse is the first on the market to offer a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz, delivering slightly better but much more consistent overall performance. However, using the 8000Hz polling rate also requires considerable CPU resources and consumes battery power much more quickly.

Pros
  • Exceptional sensor performance.
  • Exceptionally low click latency.
  • Maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • 7.1 Work
  • 9.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.4 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.8 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Sep 25, 2023: We previously incorrectly stated that this mouse works on glass when, in fact, it doesn't. The review has been updated to reflect this change.
  2. Updated Jul 06, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Jun 23, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Jun 21, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jun 06, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated May 03, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  7. Updated Mar 13, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so weโ€™ll buy and test it soon.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This mouse is only available in a black color option and has no variants at the time of writing. You can see the label for the unit we bought and tested here.

Razer has indicated that it doesn't intend this mouse to be a one-off limited edition and will continue to release small quantity batch drops according to demand. Razer has a form on their product page that you can fill out if you want to be notified when this mouse is in stock for purchase.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition shares virtually the same shape as the original Razer Viper Mini but is fundamentally different in most other ways. In contrast, the original Viper Mini is a wired gaming mouse between a mid-range or budget price point. However, the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition is considerably more expensive than most gaming mice, including Razer's current flagships. This mouse is the first Razer mouse with a magnesium alloy exoskeleton body and the first commercially available gaming mouse to support a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz.

This mouse bears conceptual similarities with the mice in the Finalmouse Starlight lineup and weighs virtually the same as medium-size variants, like the Finalmouse Starlight Pro Tenz Medium. The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition also uses the same top-of-the-line sensor as recent Razer flagships, like the Razer Viper V2 Pro and the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. However, the Viper Mini Signature Edition surpasses these mice in terms of overall performance, thanks in part to its wireless maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which provides more consistent and marginally better latency and sensor performance. Although, using the maximum polling rate of 8000Hz also comes at a significant cost in terms of battery life and required CPU processing power. While this mouse delivers exceptional wireless gaming performance, it also carries a significantly higher price tag than most premium wireless gaming mice. Razer has stated that it plans to release this mouse in small, irregular batch drops, so it may be difficult to find available, depending on when you're reading this.

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Razer Viper V2 Pro

The Razer Viper V2 Pro and the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition are lightweight wireless gaming mice in the same product lineup. The Viper V2 Pro is larger and has a solid plastic body. On the other hand, the Viper Mini Signature Edition is smaller, lighter, and has a magnesium alloy exoskeleton body. The Signature Edition also includes a paired Razer HyperSpeed Dongle that allows a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz. At the same time, the Viper V2 Pro, by default, only supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 1000Hz. The Viper V2 Pro can support a maximum wireless polling rate of 4000Hz using a Razer HyperSpeed Dongle, although one is not included in the box.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition are lightweight wireless gaming mice. The Logitech is larger and has a solid plastic body. On the other hand, the Razer is smaller, lighter, and has a magnesium alloy exoskeleton body. The Razer also provides better overall latency and sensor performance and supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition are gaming mice with the same dimensions in the same product lineup. The Viper Mini is a wired model with a solid plastic body. On the other hand, the Viper Mini Signature Edition is a lighter wireless model with a magnesium alloy exoskeleton body. The Signature Edition also has considerably better gaming performance and supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz.

Razer Viper 8KHz

The Razer Viper 8KHz and the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition are gaming mice in the same product lineup that support 8000Hz polling rates. The Viper 8KHz is a larger, wired-only model. On the other hand, the Viper Mini Signature Edition is a wireless model that's significantly lighter and has a magnesium alloy exoskeleton body.

Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro-TenZ Medium and the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition are lightweight wireless gaming mice with partially open magnesium alloy bodies. Both mice weigh virtually the same, but the Razer has significantly better sensor and latency performance. The Razer also supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz, while the Finalmouse supports a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz.

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse has a black, anodized magnesium alloy body with an exoskeleton-like framework on the top that extends from the bottom of the left-and right-click buttons onto the back half of the mouse. The scroll wheel is made of metal and has a lighter gunmetal color. The word 'Razer' is written on the left-click button, and a written slogan: "For Gamers by Gamers' is visible inside the exoskeleton body towards the mouse's heel.

This mouse doesn't have any RGB lighting zones, but there's a small LED light inside the mouse that flashes a color when switching between CPI settings.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (118 mm)
Width 2.4" (62 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No

This mouse shares virtually the same dimensions as the original Razer Viper Mini. It's approximately 1mm smaller in overall length and width, but the two shapes feel identical in hand.

5.8
Design
Portability
Box Volume
17.39 inยณ (285 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse isn't designed specifically with portability in mind. While it isn't very big, it's fairly bulky and lacks any internal compartment for storing the wireless Razer HyperPolling Dongle.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has outstanding build quality. The top shell is made of magnesium alloy and feels sturdy in hand, and the bottom plate is solid plastic. The top shell doesn't flex or make any creaking noises, even with considerable pressure applied. The left- and right-click buttons have minimal side-to-side travel, but there aren't any grinding or alignment issues and no issues present when using the mouse as intended. There's some minor flexibility on the plastic bottom plate where the label sticker is placed, but once more, this is minor and doesn't impact normal use.

9.6
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
48.3 g
Default Weight
48.3 g
Weight Distribution
Front-heavy
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is remarkably lightweight in its default configuration and has a marginal front-heavy weight distribution. This mouse is approximately 10 grams lighter than the original Razer Viper Mini.

The adhesive grip tape included in the box will add up to a couple of grams to the total weight if used.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has a low-profile, symmetrical shape with two side buttons on the left and is virtually identical in dimensions to the original Razer Viper Mini. Much like its predecessor, this mouse is best suited for small or medium-sized hands and ideal for a fingertip grip.

The shape and size of this mouse also make it suitable for a claw or, to a lesser degree, a palm grip, but it isn't as comfortable for these grip types due to palm contact with the irregular exoskeleton framework on the back hump of the mouse.

The magnesium alloy body of this mouse is smoother than the plastic body of the original Viper Mini and may feel somewhat slippery for some. That said, adhesive grips included in the box can provide added grip.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

Razer advertises that this mouse has a battery life of up to 60 hours using a polling rate of 1000Hz, or up to 12 hours using a polling rate of 8000Hz.

Razer also advertises that this mouse supports a 2C fast charging rate that can fully recharge the mouse in 90 minutes.

Note: Razer indicates the HyperPolling Dongle included with this mouse is programmed specifically for the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition and can't be unpaired and paired with other Razer mice.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse has a lightweight, flexible paracord-like charging cable that produces minimal drag across desks. It retains minor only minor kinks from how it's packaged.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

This mouse has exceptional feet that glide very easily on hard and soft mousepads and directly on desks.

This mouse was tested with the stock PTFE feet, but an alternate set of glass mouse feet made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is included in the box. We expect these feet to glide with less friction on mousepads and desks, but they may also feel too sensitive and not provide enough control for some, depending on your personal preferences and the mousepad you use.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition
  • Razer HyperPolling Wireless Dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 1x replacement PTFE mouse feet
  • 1x set of glass mouse feet (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
  • 2x Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Adhesive grip tape
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Stickers
  • User documentation

Control
7.4
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
14
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition using the customization software, including the button on the bottom, which by default, allows you to cycle between CPI settings.

Additionally, you can assign a Hypershift button to program a secondary layer of inputs.

The left- and right-click buttons use Razer's Gen-3 optical switches with an advertised rating of 90 million clicks.

9.6
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
2.0 ms
Wired
3.1 ms
Receiver
2.0 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition's click latency is remarkably low and exceptionally consistent. It provides an extremely responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre and at any competitive level.

This latency of this mouse was tested at the maximum wired polling rate of 1000Hz and the maximum wireless polling rate setting of 8000Hz.

9.8
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
0.00%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.00%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.21%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.23%
Worst Tracking Error
-7.38%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
30,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition has exceptional CPI performance. Its sensor delivers outstanding tracking accuracy, and the physical movements you make with your mouse translate extremely close to your cursor movements on-screen.

This mouse was tested at the maximum polling rate setting of 8000Hz.

9.6
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
10.9 ms
Delay At Half Movement
1.5 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
1.0 ms

The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition has remarkable sensor latency performance. The sensor reacts exceptionally quickly when you move your mouse, and these movements almost perfectly match the timing of the cursor movements you see on the screen.

This mouse was tested at the maximum polling rate setting of 8000Hz.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Razer Focus Pro 30K
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
8000 Hz

The available wireless polling rate settings when the mouse is used wirelessly and paired with the Razer HyperSpeed Dongle are 125Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 4000Hz, and 8000Hz.

When Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition first launched, the maximum polling rate was 4000Hz, but Razer released a firmware update in April 2023 that upgraded the maximum wireless polling rate to 8000Hz.

The maximum polling rate is 1000Hz when using this mouse wired.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

This mouse's scroll wheel is made of lightweight, grooved metal. Scrolling is quiet and feels quite smooth, but the individual steps are well-defined, and the scroll click has satisfying tactility.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

The noise produced by the left and right mouse clicks, the side buttons, and the scroll click button is on the louder side and slightly louder than the original Razer Viper Mini.

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

This mouse uses Razer's Synapse 3 software, which is well laid out and generally easy to navigate. This software allows you to change various expected options, including CPI, button programming, polling rate, lift-off distance, surface calibration, and custom profile settings.

However, much like similar software options from other major manufacturers, this software is the source of criticism from the broader community. While we didn't experience any issues during the testing of this mouse, many users online criticize this software for requiring frequent updates and taking up disproportionate system resources, among other complaints. This software may be frustrating if you prefer more lightweight software options or no software at all.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

This mouse is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, but the software is only compatible with Windows.