Not everyone needs a full-sized keyboard, especially those looking to slim down a gaming rig to the essentials. For those who eschew gamepads for the freedom that comes with using a keyboard and mouse, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog keyboard packs a lot of tech in a small space. 

PC gamers will be all too familiar with the name “Razer Huntsman,” which earns its moniker of “Elite Gaming Keyboard.” After all, it has some of the quickest switches available on a keyboard, full RGB backlighting, and even a cushy wrist rest. Razer Huntsman Mini scales this beast of a keyboard down, but still brings along many of the things that made Huntsman great. Let's review the Razer Huntsman Mini and its standout features.

Programmable Optical Switches: On its face, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog has 61 buttons. However, every button has multiple different actuation points. This means one button can be programmed with multiple commands. A light tap executes one command, a full press executes another. Let’s see a 16-button pro controller do that. 

Full RGB Lighting: Using the Razer Synapse Windows app, gamers can program not just the colors, but the lighting effects. Gamers can choose between 16.8 million different colors with 11 preset effects. In fact, everything here is programmable, and you can create and save different profiles to pair with a myriad of games and gaming experiences. There are even a handful of presets you can cycle through right out of the box using keyboard commands.

“Wheel” light effect is one of 11 customizable presets on the Razer Huntsman Mini. Jaime Carrillo/Futurism

Streamlined Gaming Experience: Who needs superfluous number and arrow keys? Do you really need a dedicated “Page Down” button? Stripping away the non-essentials not only makes for a cleaner gaming setup, but it lets you switch up your rig on the fly. 

Premium Build-Quality: Keyboards with shiny finishes look fresh out of the box, but on occasion, they degrade after intense use (like gaming), to the point where even labels on keys wear off. Double-shot (two different molded plastics) polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) keycaps are built to withstand the ravages of time and intense gaming sessions alike. Nothing feels as great on your fingertips as a matte finish. 

Perfectly Portable: Unpacking the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog is easier than with a full-sized keyboard, not to mention easier to pack up if there’s ever a LAN party in your future. It measures 13.35 inches long by 6.61 inches wide by 1.97 inches high, so you can slide your Razer Huntsman Mini into just about any backpack.

The satisfying feel of the keyboard can’t be understated here. Even if you don’t plan on utilizing the keyboard’s optical switches, slapping down on keys feels like you’re actually getting work done. There’s a sense here with each click and clack that the keyboard is almost clicking back. This review was written using the Razer Huntsman Mini, and the combination feel and sound of the keys is some of the most fun a fellow can have in Google Docs. Even the USB-C to A cord that connects the Razer Huntsman Mini to your rig feels a good bit more durable as it's fully threaded and latches securely to ensure the best connection. 

But where the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog really stands out are the possibilities for personalization. Yes, the RGB lights can be programmed, but so can just about everything else. Using the Razer Synapse PC App, you can design different shortcuts for gaming with macro commands, whether you’re using it to pull off instant combos in “Street Fighter V” or instant trash talk when facing foes in “Overwatch.” For games made for 16-button gamepads, Quick Remapping lets you bind gamepad inputs to your keyboard, making it one of the most versatile gaming keyboards available. For those looking for a compact gaming keyboard that doesn’t slack on features, the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog 60 Percent gaming keyboard comes highly recommended.

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