First-person shooter fans, listen up: Razer has unveiled a new ultra-light gaming mouse that blends the classic DeathAdder shape with an HR Giger-esque exoskeleton.
Called the Viper Mini Signature Edition (SE), this mouse has a perforated shell and uses a magnesium alloy chassis so it weighs just 1.73 ounces; This is noticeably lighter than the “ultra-lightweight” Razer Viper Mini, which weighs in at 2.15 ounces. But unlike the latter mouse, the Viper Mini SE has some premium features that go some way to justifying its hefty $280 / £279 / AU$449 price tag.
For a start, there’s a 30,000 DPI optical sensor and dedicated Razer HyperSpeed Wireless connectivity; Those who prefer the reliability of cables can use the USB-C Speedflex Charging Cable.
There are five programmable buttons and Razer’s third-generation optical mouse switches for 90 million clicks. Plus there’s a three-year warranty in the event the mouse breaks. This is useful because the ultra-lightweight, honeycomb nature of the mouse’s chassis means that it can be prone to letting dust and debris in. And magnesium alloys aren’t the strongest material known to man either.
Another caveat is the Viper Mini SE is for right-handed gamers only, meaning so-called southpaws are left out in the cold. But there are other lightweight mice on the market, some even lighter than the Viper Mini SE, so PC gamers needn’t despair.
For many, the Viper Mini SE may be too expensive in the world of computer peripherals. But with higher refresh screens becoming more common than ever, as well as a feature of the best gaming laptops, having a mouse with high DPI and sensitivity can help take advantage of those fast screens and make games more responsive.
If you’re new to the world of PC gaming, and the idea of spending close to $300 on a gaming mouse leaves you hooked, check out the mice our gaming editor Marshall Honoroff recommends.