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Razer Pro Click Mini review: A wireless mouse for power users

Enlarge / Razer Professional Click on Mini wi-fi mouse.

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A mouse is an apparent candidate for cord-cutting. Going wi-fi ensures that you do not get twisted up in your wire or should cope with cable drag, and wi-fi connections have change into so dependable that even gaming firms are providing wi-fi mice with no actual lag points.

The state of affairs is a little more difficult for individuals utilizing a number of units. Bluetooth connections could also be secure, however that does not imply I wish to pair and re-pair my mouse repeatedly. Typically, having the ability to simply plug in a mouse appears simpler.

However there’s one other manner. The Razer Professional Click on Mini joins a choice of wi-fi mice that allow you to pair with three Bluetooth units and decide which machine you are controlling with the press of a button. You possibly can add one more PC to the combination by utilizing its included wi-fi dongle, for a complete of 4 linked units.

The $80 Professional Click on Mini is a extra moveable, cuter model of the unique Razer Professional Click on, which prices $20 extra. The brand new mouse has an extended battery life and is extremely programmable, from its five-way wheel that may handle two completely different scrolling types to its skill to retailer macros. However rivals with related function units provide even longer battery life, a quieter scroll wheel, and even a better approach to toggle throughout your linked units. Does Razer’s new mouse do sufficient to maintain up?

Specs at a look: Razer Professional Click on Mini
Sensor Razer 5G optical sensor
Connectivity Choices Bluetooth 5.0 or  2.4 GHz dongle
Programmable Buttons eight, together with 5x scroll wheel
Onboard profiles 0
Lighting None
Dimension 3.9×2.5×1.3 inches (100.2×62.7×34.1 mm)
Weight With 1x AA battery: 3.1 ounce (88 g)
With 2x AA batteries: 3.9 ounce (111 g)
Guarantee 2 years
Value (MSRP) $80
Different perks 2 AA batteries included

One wi-fi mouse, 4 PCs

As with the full-sized Professional Click on earlier than it, you’ll be able to join the Professional Click on Mini to a few units by way of Bluetooth, plus a fourth by utilizing the mouse’s wi-fi dongle. There is a smattering of wi-fi mice that allow you to management a number of PCs over Bluetooth. Nonetheless, if you wish to connect with a fourth system or use a dongle, the Professional Click on Mini stands out. Logitech’s MX Anyplace 3 can do all the above, too, and on the identical MSRP because the Professional Click on Mini, but it surely ups the ante by providing wired management and charging. The Dell MS7421W and HP Spectre 700 mouse also can connect with 4 units, and each are rechargeable.

However it’s not really easy to toggle throughout Bluetooth units with the Professional Click on Mini. You turn machines by urgent the identical button that you just long-press to begin Bluetooth pairing. However not like with the MX Anyplace 3, MS7421W, and Spectre 700 mice, there isn’t any picture on the mouse itself to let you realize what you are at the moment linked to. As a substitute, it’s a must to memorize a coloration code. A lightweight on the mouse’s underside turns blue when linked to PC 1, for instance, inexperienced for PC 2, and greenish-yellow for PC 3. It is a tiny gentle, and two of the colours are fairly related, so the system is not precisely intuitive.

Razer Pro Click Mini (left) and Logitech MX Anywhere 3 (right).
Enlarge / Razer Professional Click on Mini (left) and Logitech MX Anyplace 3 (proper).

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Transferring to the system with the dongle is way simpler. You simply toggle a change on the mouse’s underside from Bluetooth to 2.4 GHz mode. The dongle connection is meant to be extra dependable and induce much less lag than the Professional Click on Mini’s Bluetooth possibility. Each labored nicely for me, even alongside a Bluetooth keyboard.

In the event you’d moderately save a USB-A port, the Professional Click on Mini has useful dongle storage below its prime cowl.

Opening the mouse reveals spots for two AA batteries and the dongle.
Enlarge / Opening the mouse reveals spots for 2 AA batteries and the dongle.

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Eradicating and changing the highest cowl labored with none alarming plastic friction sound, and I by no means had a problem with the quilt coming off by chance.

Battery life

The Professional Click on Mini is smaller than its predecessor, but it surely has an extended battery life. Razer says the tiny clicker will last as long as about 725 hours with a Bluetooth connection and as much as 465 hours with the dongle. Battery life for the MX Anyplace 3, nonetheless, dwarfs that quantity at 1,680 hours. The Dell MS7421W claims as much as six months, which is round 4,464 hours, and HP’s Spectre wi-fi mouse ought to last as long as 1,848 hours.

In fact, you’ll be able to count on the Professional Click on Mini’s battery life to range relying on how you utilize it and when you’re toggling between the completely different wi-fi modes. Additionally, count on battery life to drop when you use the mouse with one AA battery as a substitute of two (you should use one battery for a lighter mouse—3.1 ounces versus 3.9 ounces). Ditching a battery makes the mouse really feel mildly off-balance and never gentle sufficient to justify the discount in battery life.

There are wireless mice with similar capabilities that can last notably longer than the Pro Click Mini.
Enlarge / There are wi-fi mice with related capabilities that may final notably longer than the Professional Click on Mini.

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A lightweight below the wheel blinks pink when the remaining battery life is below 5 p.c. Razer’s Synapse software program offers a battery meter, although it would not give a exact share.

You can too squeeze essentially the most battery out of the mouse by utilizing Synapse to program it to enter sleep mode when idle (for one to fifteen minutes). I set it for one minute, decrease than the default of 5, and the mouse nonetheless awakened rapidly.

However regardless of how lengthy the batteries final, you may must get new batteries as soon as they die; the mouse itself is not rechargeable.



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