Bigger isn’t always better, and that’s why 60% keyboards exist. Some wouldn’t dare sacrifice a numpad or navigational keys in their best gaming keyboard. But die-hard gamers who need room to fling their mouse freely or minimalists seeking more desk space swear by mini keyboards. Razer, too, is now betting big on small keyboards with the Razer Huntsman Mini, released today.
The brand’s first 60% keyboard (said to be a response to social media demand) the Huntsman Mini ($120 to start / as tested) also brings another first with it: The keyboard will feature the second generation of Razer Linear Optical switches that should be more kind to the ears of those preferring quiet mechanical switches.
Razer Huntsman Mini Specs
|Switches||Razer Optical Clicky or Razer Optical Linear (2nd Gen, available in August)|
|Onboard Storage||Up to 5 profiles|
|Media Keys||With Fn|
|Cable||USB-C, detachable, braided|
|Key Caps||Razer doubleshot PBT|
|Construction||Aluminum top plate, plastic base|
|Software||Razer Synapse 3|
|Dimension (LxWxH)||~11.6 x 4 x 1.3 inches (29.5 x 10.2 x 3.3cm)|
Razer says the Huntsman Mini is a response to social media demand for a 60% keyboard, especially since the release of the tenkeyless (navigational keys, but no numpad) Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition last year. With a chunk of keys missing compared to full-size keyboards, Razer’s taking a gamble, as this form factor will turn many mainstream users off. In my time using a 60% keyboard, I loved the extra desk space but was less productive outside of gaming, particularly due to the lack of arrow keys.
But a 60% keyboard seems like less of a risk considering it’s coming as part of the popular Huntsman line. Based on total dollar sales, the expensive full-sized Razer Huntsman Elite was the top-selling gaming keyboard in the U.S. from January 2019 – March 2020, according to The NPD Group. The Huntsman Elite (Razer’s original Huntsman keyboard) is one flashy peripheral, with boastful media controls and an RGB wrist rest. The Huntsman Mini has no space for such showmanship in its 60% form factor. Beyond its optical switches, this is a much different keyboard than the Huntsman Elite and strips things down to the bare minimum.
Source: Tom’s Hardware