Mobile Mouse for Work and Play: Razer Atheris Mouse Review
Are you a road warrior that uses a laptop and works on the go? You’re probably either accustomed to your laptop’s trackpad or use a smaller profile wireless mouse that gets the job done and is easy to stow away. Perhaps you have a gaming itch and your laptop is strong enough to handle a decent first person shooter or real-time strategy game. If you’re looking to stay low profile and not lug a full-sized gaming mouse around, then Razer might have the answer for you with the Razer Atheris.
The Razer Atheris is a small to mid-sized wireless 6-button mouse with the buttons arranged for right-handed use. Aside from left and right clicks, you get a wheel button, a DPI toggle button, and mouse 4 and mouse 5 buttons along the left side. Designed to be both a mobile productivity mouse and a gaming mouse, you can use the Razer Atheris either via Bluetooth or via the wireless USB dongle for a 2.4 GHz connection. The wireless USB dongle stows away nicely under the mouse’s cover. Most notably, for a mobile productivity mouse, the Razer Atheris uses a 7200 DPI optical sensor, giving you the opportunity to sneak in some gaming between work sessions while maintaining a PC gaming level of control.
Of course, using the Razer Synaspe customization engine, you can customize the Razer Atheris to act as you prefer, just as you would a standard gaming mouse. Through Razer Synaspe, you can set button assignments, adjust DPI toggle levels, create and assign macros, and assign all of these customizations to profiles. The Razer Synaspe continues to be pretty easy to use. The macro-maker is straightforward, letting you record a sequence of key presses, then allowing you to double back to tweak timings and press durations. There isn’t onboard memory on the Razer Atheris, so you have to be logged into Razer Synaspe in order to have access to your customized behaviors.
The Razer Atheris is pretty comfortable to grasp and allows for solid handling. Given the generally smaller size of mobile mice, you have to employ a claw grip of sorts when using the Razer Atheris. The rubberized sides make that grip solid and comfortable. If you like weightier mice, the Razer Atheris will feel a little closer to home with you thanks to the weight added by those AA batteries. I particularly liked the traction on the mouse wheel. It allowed me to scroll through weapons precisely and with ease and browse websites and article drafts smoothly.
In terms of performance, the Razer Atheris held up nicely in both work and play scenarios. When using my “standard” work profile, I set mouse 4 and mouse 5 to copy and paste functions, respectfully. I felt right at home managing article drafts and changing DPI settings on the fly as I swapped between basic use and capturing precise screen clippings. When gaming, the Razer Atheris’s tracking felt just as great. Snap shots while sniping and 180 degree turns felt crisp and precise once I got my DPI settings just right. Thanks to that 2.4 GHz USB dongle, input delay was either non-existent at most or negligible at best.
While I did appreciate the option to use either the USB dongle or Bluetooth to connect to my PC, using the dongle far outweighed using Bluetooth. Surely, for gaming this was obvious since if you are going to go wireless, you’d want the most reliable of connections. However, it is via USB that you can make use of customizations, since Razer Synaspe cannot detect the Razer Atheris over Bluetooth. Not to mention, in Bluetooth mode, only the mouse’s vanilla settings are in play. Additionally, even though Bluetooth pairing is easy, the Razer Atheris wouldn’t work after either the PC or the mouse was shut off. Basically meaning, if you wanted to use Bluetooth, you’d have to re-pair your devices before each use. EDIT 10/16/17: Looks like Razer took care of the issues of using the Atheris via Bluetooth via some software updates! I was able to use Synapse functions whilst the mouse is connected via Bluetooth.
All that said, I still liked the Razer Atheris for what it is – a great mobile productivity companion that is game-ready, has a high DPI sensor, and can tackle endless use cases. A standard pair AA batteries keeps the Razer Atheris running for 350 hours, keeping you focused on the task at hand, not the battery. Best of all, you get all of this for a respectable $49.99. If you’re in the market for a solid mobile mouse for work, which just so happens to strong enough to game with, then you definitely need to check out the Razer Atheris for yourself here.
Razer Atheris provided by Razer PR for review.