If you’re the type of person who just has to have the full keyboard in order to function, then you should probably stop scrolling. But if you prefer the 60 per cent keyboard—the keyboard that has no numbers pad or navigational keys—then you’ll want to scoot forward in your chair and read on. The Razer Huntsman Mini has been released, and this smaller board offers bigger performance.
The Huntsman Mini is the first 60 perc ent keyboard for Razer and is purportedly a response to the social media demand. The mini is another first for Razer in that it will feature the second generation of Razer Linear Optical switches, which cut down on the sounds of mechanical switches dramatically. The challenge that Razer will face with this new mini is in the audience. Those that love 60 per cent keyboards have a lot to appreciate here, like the extra space to use your mouse or to free up more desk real estate. Gamers may have difficulty not being able to use the numpad or the arrow keys. Given that the Huntsman Elite is the top-selling gaming keyboard in the US, it seems a bit surprising, but this obviously isn’t the Elite, nor is it meant for that audience. That being said, Fortnite streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney is a big proponent of the 60 per cent keyboard, so even gamers can use this new board.
The mini comes in either black or mercury white. Users can also select from two kinds of optical switches, clicky or linear. The clicky version is slightly cheaper, being priced at USD$119.99, while the linear switches come in at USD$129.99. Regardless of the type of keys that you chose, they are both rates for a 100 million keystroke life span. The board is aluminium and each key is backlit with RGB LEDs. Using Razer Synapse software, you can customise the look of the LEDs. Razer also uses double-shot PBT keycaps, so you won’t have to worry about wearing off the letters. Connecting to your PC is accomplished with USB-C.