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In 2020, Razer introduced the Huntsman Mini, a 60% keyboard that impressed us with its compact footprint, comfortable PBT keycaps, and Razer’s clicky optical switches. Now, almost two years later, Razer has returned with a revision of its tiny board. Dubbed the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog, it remains mostly unchanged with one major exception—its key switches. It comes outfitted with Razer’s new analog optical switches, and each button press allows for scaling levels of input, which produce more accurate button presses and finer movement. It’s a welcome improvement, though its $149 price tag may give pause to everyone other than hardcore gaming enthusiasts looking for a compact board for high-level, highly precise play.
What’s in the box
The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini is the latest in a long line of portable Bluetooth keyboards and mice from Razer, with a broad range of models depending on your budget and needs. We tested the following models: the Mini, the Pro, the Destructor, and the Camel. The Mini was released in October, the Pro in November, and the Destructor in December. The Camel is the entry-level model with a Gaming Mode that lets you plug in a VR or 3D sensor to create a fully immersive experience. The other models come with a detachable box that doubles as a stand when not in use. The box is made of tempered glass and has two included shoulder straps that can be stowed in a bag or pocket.
The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini has 6 standard and 1 custom keycap, which are Bluetooth enabled and programmed to provide the built-in functions you need. It comes with a set of 11 fun keybindings, including the standard keyboard layout and an option to add creative text, emoticons, and other uniquely Razer characters. The included cable-tiered tuner gives you an accurate representation of available keycaps and lets you choose the right key to press. The included cable housing is made of black plastic and includes an expansion cover and wrist strap.
PBT keycaps are a set of keycap designs exclusive to Razer products. The design is inspired by types of keycaps that can be found on computers and phones, like the “QR” key on smartphones and the “famous” Q on laptops. The “q” key on the Q11 computer screen is a popular “q” key, while the “r” key on the Razer Phone is another popular “r” key. PBT keycaps come in 11 styles, including Home, End, and Work, with the option to switch between the styles with a flip of a switch. They also have a resistance setting that allows you to “phase” the key, meaning you can press a higher-keyed finger against the key and release it with a lower one. PBT keycaps come in four patterns: White, Grey, Black, and Gold. Each keycap is patterned to have a specific key action like an A will invoke a function that’s specific to that key and a D will send it directly to the brain. Be careful when switching from one key to another, since the movement might cause the key to release from the tab and become unresponsive.
Decorative cable housing
Besides being a convenient way to keep your Razer Keyboard on the go, the decorative cable housing also has a purpose. When you’re just looking for a stylish vocal note that pops up when you press a key, you can use the decorative cable housing to create a note that’s more than just a key. The housing comes with a handy Velcro strip that lets you securely attach your cable to your bag or backpack, and it doubles as an extra carrying handle.
Razer provides a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for the original product. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase, Razer offers a hassle-free exchange and exchangeable warranty, complete with returns and returns shipping. If you want to return an item for a refund, you need to contact Razer and ask for a return shipping label. This is sent to the return customer, who then places the order for return shipping and returns the item.
Pros of the Razer Huntsman Mini
We like the compact form factor of the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini. It feels good in the hand, is comfortable to use, and produces accurate button presses. The oversized buttons are easy to reach for both hands and there’s a good firmness to the touch that you don’t feel when tapping everything.
Cons of the Razer Huntsman Mini
The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini doesn’t come with a shoulder strap. This is a pretty standard complaint among buyers, and we think it’s a missed opportunity since there are plenty of other reviews online that praise the straps’ versatility and capacity for long hours of use. There’s also the issue that the button covers don’t stay in the pocket when you take the bag off, and when you’re done with it, you have to take it off and throw it in the wash.
The orange lighting on the typical RGB keyboard is what sets it apart from the crowd. Other than that, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini features a standard layout and can be controlled with a single button. The VantageKey RGB Technology is found on the Pro edition, which features a dedicated LED-backlight system and can be used in any lighting situation. It’s a nice way to create a light-agnostic core that can be used with a wide range of devices.
The mechanical keyboard on the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini uses a variety of standard and bell keys, including the D key, Q key, and S key. The backlit feature is only found on the Pro class models, so you shouldn’t expect it on every other model.
The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog Mini is a great little board for gamers who want a portable, clicky keyboard that’s easy to set up and use. It has a wide range of functions and lighting help to help create an accurate, clear voice when you need it. The Razer Keyboards come with a great selection of Reward Keyboards, too, so you can create a shopping list of the best features you think might be missing from a traditional keyboard. The main downside of the Razer Huntsman Mini is that it’s a little pricey at $149, but the full set of 18 keys offers plenty of customization, especially if you’re looking for a high-end device. Also, don’t be afraid to drop the price on this board if you’re looking to drop a lot of money on a great product.