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SteelSeries Prime Mini Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 19, 2021 at 10:05 am
SteelSeries Prime Mini Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
8.0
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a wired gaming mouse with a solid, matte plastic body covered in a tactile, textured finish. It has two side buttons on the left, a single RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel, and an additional button on the underside that cycles CPI settings. It has a right-handed shape suitable for smaller-sized hands using a palm grip and small to large-sized hands using a claw or fingertip grip. However, it isn't suitable for extra-large hands using any grip type. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very wide range. Unfortunately, the unit we tested has some minor build quality issues. Also, the sensor is somewhat inconsistent, undershooting the set CPI more during fast cursor movements.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can also program all the buttons on the top of the mouse using the companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, there are no wireless connection options available, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Customization software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.
8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a great FPS gaming mouse. It's lightweight and feels well-built. It has mouse feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks and a flexible paracord-like cable. It also has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very wide range. Unfortunately, the sensor is inconsistent and undershoots the CPI more during faster cursor movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Flexible and detachable paracord-like cable with USB-C connector.
  • Mouse feet glide very smoothly on desks and mousepads.
Cons
  • Dedicated CPI button is on the bottom of the mouse, making on-the-fly changes awkward.
8.0 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is great for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all of the buttons on the top of the mouse using the customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has low click latency, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI precisely by increments of 50 within a very wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Flexible and detachable paracord-like cable with USB-C connector.
  • Customization software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Dedicated CPI button is on the bottom of the mouse, making on-the-fly changes awkward.
8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is excellent for ultra-light gaming. It's very lightweight and feels well-built. Its mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks, and its paracord-like cable feels high quality. It also has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by steps of 50 within a very wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Flexible and detachable paracord-like cable with USB-C connector.
  • Mouse feet glide very smoothly on desks and mousepads.
Cons
  • Dedicated CPI button is on the bottom of the mouse, making on-the-fly changes awkward.
5.3 Travel

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is inadequate for travel use as it's a wired-only mouse, making it cumbersome to use in small spaces like buses, trains, or planes. Despite being slightly smaller than the full-sized SteelSeries Prime, it's still quite bulky and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable shape suitable for small to large-sized hands using most grip types. It also has a removable cable, making it a more portable option than most wired gaming mice.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 19, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 14, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

This mouse has a fairly conventional, straightforward design and looks nearly identical to its larger-sized counterpart. It has a subtle logo on the palm rest and a single RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (121 mm)
Height 1.6" (41 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
19.65 in³ (322 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
95 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
64 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
64 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Prime Mini feels well-built overall. The plastic body feels very solid, the textured plastic finish feels good, and the button clicks and scroll wheel feel very satisfying. Unfortunately, there's a slight rattle from the scroll wheel when shaking the mouse. Additionally, you can activate the left-click button with enough pressure applied to the underside of the mouse. However, this is unlikely to present any problems while using the mouse normally.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a slightly smaller version of the full-sized SteelSeries Prime, but it retains the same comfortable, right-handed shape. It also has the same textured plastic surface finish as the full-sized version. SteelSeries refers to this surface finish as a "VD130 tactile microtexture body," where the VD130 refers to its surface finish rating according to the standard set by the Society of German Engineers.

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

Large and extra-large hands may find their fingers extend past the front end of the mouse using a palm grip.

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

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is too small for extra-large hands to comfortably use with a claw grip.

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

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is too small for extra-large hands to comfortably use with a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The SteelSeries Prime Mini has a high-quality, paracord-like cable, though it isn't as flexible as some other paracord-like cables we've tested, and it retains some kinks from packaging. That said, it's detachable, which makes the mouse more portable and makes the cable easier to replace if it gets damaged. It also has a USB-C connector compared to the SteelSeries Prime, which has a micro-USB connector.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The feet glide very smoothly on desks and mousepads, but they produce a slight scratching sound when used directly on desks. The feet are higher quality, virgin-grade PTFE compared to the full-size SteelSeries Prime we tested, which has regular PTFE feet.

Design
In The Box

  • The SteelSeries Prime Mini
  • User documentation
  • USB-C to USB-A cable

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove Pro
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
10%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate settings on the SteelSeries Prime Mini are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500hz, and 1000Hz. SteelSeries advertises a minimum CPI of 100 with CPI adjustment steps of 100, but the software allows you to make CPI adjustments in increments of 50 down to a minimum of 50 CPI. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is somewhat inconsistent. It undershoots the set CPI considerably more during fast cursor movements than slower ones, with a slow CPI error rate of -1.64% and a fast CPI error rate of -11.32%.

7.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
7
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the top of the SteelSeries Prime Mini. There's an additional button on the underside of the mouse that cycles between five CPI settings when pressed or between four polling rate settings when held.

Note: This mouse uses magnetic optical-mechanical switches, which SteelSeries claims produce more consistent clicks and quicker response times.

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

The mouse wheel on the SteelSeries Prime Mini feels precise and has well-defined steps. It's also fairly quiet and has a grippy, rubberized surface.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.3
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
12 ms
Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name SteelSeries GG
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The SteelSeries Prime Mini has modern and clean-looking software. The settings are all laid out on one page, and the sliders are easy to control. Unfortunately, there's no option to adjust the lift-off distance.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Prime Mini belongs to a lineup of SteelSeries mice that share a similar shape and other features. The base version, called the SteelSeries Prime, is a larger version of this mouse. The SteelSeries Prime Mini retains most of the same features, but in addition to being slightly smaller, it has higher quality mouse feet and a USB-C connector in place of the micro-USB connector on the full-size version. The unit we tested is black, and there are no other color variants available. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is an excellent wired gaming mouse and a scaled-down version of the SteelSeries Prime. Compared to the rest of the mice in the SteelSeries Prime lineup, this mouse is missing some of the more exotic features found on other models, including OLED screens or secondary lift-off distance sensors. That said, like the other mice in the series, it has proprietary magnetic optical-mechanical switches that provide very crisp clicks. SteelSeries claims these switches provide more consistent clicks, quicker response times, and have longer lives due to having fewer mechanical components to wear out. Overall, this mouse is a great choice for anyone interested in the SteelSeries Prime but in a smaller, shorter package.

For more recommendations, check out our picks for the best wired mice, the best gaming mice, and the best SteelSeries mice.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the SteelSeries Prime Mini are excellent wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The Razer is marginally lighter and feels sturdier. It also has lower click latency. Additionally, you can set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of programmable buttons. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has a much wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer only has software compatible with Windows.

SteelSeries Prime

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a scaled-down version of the SteelSeries Prime, but it also has several added improvements. The Mini is marginally lighter and has better click latency. It also has better quality virgin grade PTFE mouse feet, and its paracord-like cable has a USB-C connector, while the full-sized Prime cable has a Micro-USB connector. On the other hand, the Prime feels somewhat better built. Both mice are suitable for all hand sizes, but the Mini is better suited for smaller hands, while the full-sized Prime is more accommodating to larger hands.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the SteelSeries Prime Mini are wired gaming mice with similar shapes, but the SteelSeries has better overall performance. The SteelSeries is significantly lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and better quality mouse feet. Performance-wise, it has a lower lift-off distance and a much wider CPI range. You can also precisely adjust the CPI by increments of 50, while you can only choose between four preset CPI settings on the BenQ. Additionally, the SteelSeries has customization software, which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ has a more consistent sensor.

SteelSeries Prime Wireless

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a smaller, wired-only version of the SteelSeries Prime Wireless. The Mini is significantly lighter and has much lower click latency. It also has a lower minimum lift-off distance, and the software allows you to set the CPI more precisely. On the other hand, the Prime Wireless feels better built and has a somewhat more consistent sensor. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Prime Wireless is more accommodating for larger hands, while the Mini is better suited for smaller sized-hands.

SteelSeries Rival 710

The SteelSeries Prime Mini is a better-wired gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 710. The Mini is significantly lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has better quality mouse feet. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Rival 710 feels somewhat sturdier and has a more consistent sensor. It also has a CPI button behind the scroll wheel, which is a feature the Mini lacks.

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