SteelSeries Prime Mini Wi-fi

MSRP $130.00

“The $130 SteelSeries Prime Mini Wi-fi feels a step beneath different esports mice.”

Execs

  • Sturdy and ergonomic design
  • Crispy optical magnetic switches
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Tremendous mild

Cons

  • Giant USB-C dongle with no storage
  • Costly
  • Too small for many hand sizes

You don’t usually consider high-end esports mice in a transportable kind, however that’s what the SteelSeries Prime Mini is. It takes the sunshine ergonomic design of the Prime Wi-fi and cuts it as much as create a gaming mouse that’s not solely smaller, however lighter, too.

SteelSeries didn’t reduce options out to attain a slim kind. The Mini nonetheless packs the identical sensor, optical magnetic switches, and buttons as its full-size counterpart. With each mice on the similar value, although, the Prime Mini seems like a downgrade for many hand sizes.

That’s to not point out the way it stacks as much as the most effective gaming mice. Though a high-end esports mouse with a spec sheet to match, the Prime Mini doesn’t attain the identical heights as its opponents. Its design and switches are second to none, although, which can be value it for those who decide up the full-size mannequin.

Design

The SteelSeries Prime Mini and dongle on a blue background.

There aren’t a number of mini gaming mice round, and the SteelSeries Prime Mini doesn’t change that regardless of its title. It’s solely barely smaller than the full-size Prime, shaving 1.7mm on the peak, 1.7mm on the width, and most significantly, 5mm on the size. It additionally cuts down the load from 80 grams to 73 grams. That’s mild, however not as mild because the Logitech G Professional X Superlight at 63 grams.

Though smaller than the SteelSeries Prime, the Mini isn’t smaller than a number of wi-fi esports mice throughout. The Logitech G Professional Wi-fi is shorter and thinner, and the Razer Viper Final is shorter and thinner than each of these.

The distinction is the size, the place the Prime Mini shaves about 5mm off mice of comparable caliber. The change to the peak by no means bothered me, however the size and width did. Even with smaller arms, it by no means felt like I had sufficient to carry onto in palm grip, with the again finish of my palm slipping off the mouse onto my desk. Equally, the smaller width meant that I used to be dragging my pinky alongside.

I actually missed the additional size and width on the Prime Mini.

Claw grip was much more snug, which is the case with most smaller gaming mice.

Nonetheless, I can recognize the design. The Prime Mini feels just like the Corsair Sabre Professional Wi-fi with a extra aggressive slant. The correct aspect of the mouse juts out on the again, and there’s a reasonably deep indent on the left on your thumb.

I really like the design and the way the mouse feels — it comes with sturdy plastic that doesn’t really feel hole just like the Razer Viper Final, and it rested virtually too properly in my palm. I simply want I might have skilled the design in its correct kind. I actually missed the additional size and width on the Prime Mini, which ruined what would in any other case be in all probability one among my favourite gaming mice.

Sensor and buttons

SteelSeries says the Prime Mini comes with “crispy clicks,” and they’re the crispest clicks I’ve ever skilled. There’s a loud, satisfying snap with every press, which is because of the Status OM optical magnetic switches underneath the hood. The Razer Basilisk V3 has optical switches, too, however they don’t really feel as crisp because the Prime Mini.

As a result of the switches are optical, they aren’t topic to debounce delay like mechanical switches.

That is my favourite side of the Prime Mini. The switches are as satisfying as will be, and since they’re optical, they aren’t topic to debounce delay like mechanical switches. SteelSeries charges the lifespan for 100 million clicks, too, doubling the 50 million click on lifespan on most high-end gaming switches.

The SteelSeries Prime Mini sensor.

Along with left- and right-click, the Prime Mini comes with ahead and again thumb buttons, in addition to a DPI button to toggle by way of the 5 customizable presets. The DPI button is on the underside aspect of the mouse, which is annoying, but it surely is sensible. That is an esports mouse, and also you don’t wish to bump your DPI round within the warmth of battle.

The switches are the star of the present whereas the sensor takes a again seat. The mouse comes with SteelSeries’ TrueMove Air 18Okay DPI sensor, which you’ll modify in 100 DPI steps. At $130, that’s behind the curve. The Logitech G Professional X Superlight has a 25Okay DPI sensor, and the Corsair M65 RGB Extremely Wi-fi has a 26Okay DPI sensor. The Corsair mouse has a 2,000Hz polling price, too, whereas the Prime Mini is locked to 1,000Hz.

It’s correct and quick, however not as a lot because the competitors.

Connectivity and battery life

The Prime Mini comes with Quantum 2.zero Wi-fi know-how, which gives “efficiency that feels identical to wired,” in keeping with SteelSeries. Though I’m removed from an esports participant, the wi-fi connection by no means posed an issue in Future 2 raids or my latest dependancy to New World. 

SteelSeries claims 100 hours of battery life, doubtless as a result of solely a strip of RGB lighting across the scroll wheel. After utilizing the mouse for nearly every week, I solely knocked off a few third, so that you’ll have a number of time between top-ups. Plus, the mouse helps quick charging by way of the USB-C port.

Quantum is your solely choice, although. Regardless of a development towards Bluetooth and low-latency wi-fi on mice just like the Logitech G604, the Prime Mini solely comes with SteelSeries’ wi-fi connection. That’s not an enormous deal, however I all the time like having Bluetooth as an choice for utilizing the mouse with my house theater setup.

SteelSeries Prime Mini with the dongle detached.

The wi-fi is stable, however I can’t wrap my head across the wi-fi dongle. It makes use of USB-C as an alternative of USB-A. Most motherboards solely include a single USB-C port, and solely the latest instances include a USB-C port upfront. I’ve rather a lot higher issues to occupy my USB-C ports with than a wi-fi mouse dongle.

Worse, it’s a huge dongle. It’s about an inch lengthy ignoring the connector, which compares to a few quarter on an inch on Corsair and Razer dongles and a 3rd of an inch on Logitech fashions. The Prime Mini is primed for journey given its small and lightweight design, however there’s nowhere to retailer the dongle on the mouse like there’s with principally all different high-end wi-fi gaming mice.

SteelSeries consists of an adaptor so you may hook it as much as your machine with USB-A. This simply doesn’t really feel like the most effective resolution. I’d’ve a lot most well-liked a USB-A dongle I might retailer beneath the mouse as an alternative of a chunky USB-C one which’s simply ready to get damaged whereas plugged into my laptop computer.

Gaming efficiency

I’ve some niggles with the Prime Mini, however there’s no denying it’s a stable gaming mouse. There’s tactile suggestions with any mouse, however I felt it on the Prime Mini. Every shot in Future 2 or in my countless runs of Deathloop felt like they mattered, with the Status OM switches bringing a way of depth to each click on.

That’s not the rationale to purchase this mouse, but it surely’s a pleasant bonus given the mouse’s general gaming efficiency. The sensor might fall behind the competitors, but it surely’s nonetheless quick sufficient to carry up in twitchy shooters like Valorant and sweep across the display screen to activate a ability in Closing Fantasy XIV. 

The Prime Mini is tiny, sturdy, and lightweight.

Dimension proved to be a difficulty as soon as once more, although. I discovered myself wanting to change again to my tried and true Razer Viper Final whereas taking part in simply so I had a little bit extra to hold onto. The Prime Wi-fi and Prime Mini Wi-fi are the identical value from SteelSeries, and I’d advocate sticking with the full-size mannequin for many hand sizes.

For gaming, I might see myself utilizing the Prime Mini Wi-fi whereas touring. It’s tiny, sturdy, and lightweight, making it a wonderful high-end journey companion for gaming. As talked about, although, the big dongle and lack of storage for it places a damper on the journey expertise.

Our take

The SteelSeries Prime Mini Wi-fi is a gaming mouse of top quality and unlucky design choices. The form is remarkably snug, but it surely’s too small, and the optical magnetic switches are glorious, however they’re paired with a sensor that falls in need of the competitors. It’s not a nasty mouse, but it surely’s not the most effective — and at $130, being the most effective is necessary.

Are there any alternate options?

The SteelSeries Prime Mini trims about 5mm off of the size of most competing mice, so there aren’t many direct alternate options.

For those who don’t thoughts a little bit additional size, it squares off in opposition to the Corsair Sabre Professional Wi-fi, Logitech G Professional X Superlight, and Razer Viper Final.

How lengthy will it final?

The Status optical magnetic switches are rated for 100 million clicks. Assuming 10,000 clicks a day, that comes out to only over 27 years earlier than the mouse wears out. Mainly, it’s going to final till you resolve it’s time to improve.

Must you purchase it?

No. The complete-size Prime Wi-fi will probably be extra snug for most individuals, and it’s a good choice at $130. The one exception is for these with small arms. There aren’t a number of small, high-end gaming mice. The closest competitor is the Logitech G305, which is cheaper, but additionally heavier and with decrease specs. In any other case, decide up the full-size model.

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