Razer Pro Click Mini in the test: A wireless mouse for power users
Enlarge / The Razer Pro Click wireless mini mouse.
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A mouse is an obvious candidate for cutting cables. The wireless connection ensures that you don’t have to get tangled in your cable or struggle with cable tugs, and wireless connections have become so reliable that even gaming companies offer wireless mice with no real lag issues.
The situation is a little more complicated for people who use multiple devices. Bluetooth connections might be stable, but that doesn’t mean I want to pair and re-pair my mouse over and over again. Sometimes it seems easier to just plug in a mouse.
But there is another way. The Razer Pro Click Mini joins a selection of wireless mice that allow you to pair with three Bluetooth devices and choose which machine to control with the push of a button. You can add another PC to the mix for a total of four connected devices using the wireless dongle provided.
The $ 80 Pro Click Mini is a more portable, cuter version of the original Razer Pro Click that costs $ 20 more. The new mouse has longer battery life and is highly programmable, from its five-way wheel that can manage two different scrolling styles, to its ability to save macros. However, competitors with similar features offer even longer battery life, a quieter scroll wheel, and an even easier way to switch between your connected devices. Is Razer’s new mouse doing enough to keep up?
|Technical data at a glance: Razer Pro Click Mini|
|sensor||Razer 5G optical sensor|
|Connectivity options||Bluetooth 5.0 or 2.4 GHz dongle|
|Programmable buttons||eight, including 5x scroll wheels|
|size||3.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches (100.2 x 62.7 x 34.1 mm)|
|weight||With 1x AA battery: 3.1 ounces (88 g)
With 2x AA batteries: 3.9 ounces (111 g)
|Price (RRP)||$ 80|
|Other perks||2 AA batteries included|
One wireless mouse, four PCs
As with the full-size Pro Click, you can connect the Pro Click Mini to three devices via Bluetooth and a fourth via the mouse’s wireless dongle. There are a couple of wireless mice that you can use to control multiple PCs via bluetooth. However, if you want to connect to a fourth device or use a dongle, the Pro Click Mini stands out. Logitech’s MX Anywhere 3 can do all of this for the same MSRP as the Pro Click Mini, but it offers wired control and charging. The Dell MS7421W and HP Specter 700 mice can also be connected to four devices, and both are rechargeable.
But it is not that easy to switch between Bluetooth devices with the Pro Click Mini. You switch between devices by pressing and holding the same button for a long time to start Bluetooth pairing. But unlike the MX Anywhere 3, MS7421W, and Specter 700 mice, there is no image on the mouse itself to let you know what you’re connected to. Instead, you need to memorize a color code. A light on the bottom of the mouse turns blue when it’s connected to PC 1, for example green for PC 2 and greenish-yellow for PC 3. It’s a tiny light and two of the colors are pretty similar, so the system isn’t exactly intuitive.
Enlarge / Razer Pro Click Mini (left) and Logitech MX Anywhere 3 (right).
Switching to the device with the dongle is much easier. You simply switch a switch on the underside of the mouse from Bluetooth to 2.4 GHz mode. The dongle connection should be more reliable and cause less lag than the Bluetooth option of the Pro Click Mini. Both worked fine for me, even next to a bluetooth keyboard.
If you’d rather save yourself a USB-A connection, the Pro Click Mini has a helpful dongle memory under its top cover.Enlarge / When the mouse is opened, spaces for two AA batteries and the dongle become visible.
Removing and replacing the top cover worked without any alarming plastic rubbing noise, and I’ve never had a problem with the cover accidentally peeling off.
The Pro Click Mini is smaller than its predecessor, but has a longer battery life. According to Razer, the tiny clicker lasts up to 725 hours with a Bluetooth connection and up to 465 hours with the dongle. The battery life of the MX Anywhere 3 is, however, in the shade at 1,680 hours. The Dell MS7421W claims up to six months, which is around 4,464 hours, and HP’s Specter wireless mouse is said to last up to 1,848 hours.
Of course, you can expect the Pro Click Mini’s battery life to vary depending on how you use it and how you switch between the different wireless modes. Also, expect battery life to decrease if you use the mouse on one AA battery instead of two (you can use one battery for a lighter mouse – 3.1 ounces versus 3.9 ounces). Throwing away a battery can make the mouse feel slightly unbalanced and not light enough to warrant the decrease in battery life.Enlarge / There are wireless mice with similar capabilities that can last significantly longer than the Pro Click Mini.
A light under the wheel flashes red when the remaining battery life is less than 5 percent. Razer’s Synapse software provides a battery indicator, but it does not give an exact percentage.
You can also get the largest battery out of the mouse by using Synapse to program it to go to sleep when idle (for one to 15 minutes). I set it to one minute, less than the default of five, and the mouse still quickly woke up.
But no matter how long the batteries last, you’ll need to get new batteries as soon as they run out. The mouse itself is not rechargeable.