Mouses have become an essential accessory when it comes to working on the go. This rings more true when it comes to gaming. However, there hasn’t been a mouse a that can seamlessly transition between the two and fit in a professional’s arsenal. That’s just where Razer sees the niche for the Razer Atheris.
The Razer Atheris is a sleek black mouse which is both stylish and super versatile. Unlike other mouses on the market, the Atheris is able to blend seamlessly into a professional’s utility without screaming its gaming prowess.
Hitting the Goldilocks Zone in Size, But Maxing Out Efficiency
Razer made some deliberate choices in designing the Razer Atheris to make the design unique and subdued. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the mouse may make other people envious thanks to the handsome curves, sharp edges and subtlety. They also made it pretty ambidextrous in the design with an overall symmetry which is only thrown off by the two buttons on the left hand side – they can’t be moved over to the right for left handed users.
The best part of the Atheris is its size. It falls within a Goldilocks zone of being “just right” when it comes to size. Even for large hands like mine, the Atheris feels purposefully designed to be ergonomic and comfortable to use.
However, the size of the Razer Atheris didn’t stop the company from being able to fit two double A (AA) batteries and the 2.4GHz receiver in the body of the mouse. The batteries don’t only power the mouse; they provide just enough weight to the mouse that it feels pretty premium and natural when you use it. Probably the design choice is to magically ensure that all the bulk of the battery and 2.4 GHz receiver disappears under the shell of the mouse making transporting and packing the mouse a breeze. It’s also a relief to have a dedicated place to keep the receiver so you don’t end up losing it.
That said, the battery life on the Razer Atheris is pretty impressive. For a mouse using only two AA batteries, it lasts for months on end with regular work use. The unit we were using lasted over 5 months and considering we work on the go pretty often – that’s a lot of battery for the small package.
Precision, Utility & Extendability
The Razer Atheris isn’t your run-of-the-mil portable mouse; it comes with an optical sensor with 7,200 DPI sensitivity. This makes maneuvering around a large display a non issue but more than that, it allows you added precision which comes in handy when you’re doing design work, editing video or even pictures. But more than that, it comes in handy when you’re playing first person shooters such as Overwatch, Apex Legends or PlayerUknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG).
The precision adds even more utility and allows you added dexterity when it comes to doing work which requires it. The middle button above the mouse wheel also allows you to toggle between five different preset sensitivity stages so you can seamlessly jump between tasks that require the added dexterity and your regular settings.
The extendability of the mouse comes via the Razer Synapse application. The application allows you to program macros and also assign and customize buttons on the mouse to suit your needs. You can bind mouse keys to their default function or even keyboard key combinations. This means that your workflow on programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro or even Illustrator can be streamlined to function solely based on mouse clicks.
The Razer Synapse program also allows you to calibrate your mouse to perform better on surfaces that you constantly use. It allows you to get most out of your mouse by customising everything to you from low battery notifications to how often your settings synchronise between the program and the mouse.
Near Perfect for the Working Gamer
The Razer Atheris allows you to flip between work and play with ease. It is arguably one of the better mouses out in the market when it comes to gaming prowess and professional outlook. However, the hardcore gamers may find the extendability of the mouse limited – which while understandable may turn them away from the mouse in favour of slightly bigger, chunkier mouses. That said, for designers, gamers and regular users who require a mouse with more extensible functions; the Razer Atheris fits the bill to a tee. I’d go so far as to say, its more than worth the investment.