For people looking for a truly good, compact keyboard for gaming, Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60 are two great choices. These models come in the 60-percent form factor, which means that they are even smaller than the tenkeyless models that simply remove the numpad from the body. So, how do Razer Huntsman Mini and HyperX Alloy Origins 60 compare against each other?
Key points from the comparison of Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60:
- Both keyboards are extremely compact, but the Razer is noticeably lighter than the HyperX
- Both Razer Huntsman Mini and HyperX Alloy Origins 60 have durable PBT keycaps
- In terms of aesthetics, HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is superior due to the alternate keycaps
- Razer Huntsman Mini offers more on-board profiles and has better software
- Both keyboards’ switches have excellent quality, just with slightly different feel
For people who are unfamiliar with the term, a 60-percent form factor refers to the ultra-compact design which incorporates only 60 – 65 keys from the usual 104 keys of a full-size keyboard. In the case of Razer Huntsman Mini and HyperX Alloy Origins 60, each of them has 61 keys. Read also: Redragon K552 vs K582.
This ultra-compact design is achieved by eliminating the numpad that is usually found on the right side of a full-size keyboard, the same strategy used by the tenkeyless model, but it goes further by also removing navigation keys like arrows, Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End. You only get the alphanumeric keys and the primary system-related keys. The other functions are accessible via Fn key combinations.
The advantage is obvious: you can save a huge chunk of your desk’s free space for your mouse and other stuff. If you have a multi-monitor setup, you will also appreciate the keyboard’s compact size that enables you to rotate and orient it easily. Furthermore, both Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60 have detachable USB Type-C cables, which make them very portable.
Now, however, if we are talking about portability, there is a notable difference between these two keyboards. The dimensions are quite close, except for the weight.
Razer Huntsman Mini is a bit smaller, but it is noticeably lighter. This keyboard measures 11.5 x 4.0 x 1.5 inches and 0.99 lbs. On the other hand, HyperX Alloy Origins 60 measures 11.7 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches and 1.63 lbs. The weight difference is quite noticeable when you carry the keyboard in your backpack.
|Razer Huntsman Mini||HyperX Alloy Origins 60|
|Product Dimensions||4.07 x 11.56 x 1.45 inches||11.7 x 1.5 x 4.2 inches
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds||2.14 pounds
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Design and Build Quality
In terms of build quality, both models are very good. But HyperX Alloy Origins 60 has a better edge due to its aluminum base (which is indeed the reason behind its weight). It also scores better in aesthetics because it comes with cool alternate keycaps.
Razer Huntsman Mini is not bad at all. It is available in two color variants, Classic Black and Mercury White. It has double-shot PBT keycaps that are very robust. The keycaps will not wear off, and some of them have additional labels that indicate their secondary functions. Interestingly, if you press the Fn key, the keys that have secondary functions will light up, hence making Razer Huntsman Mini quite intuitive to use even for someone who never used a 60-percent keyboard before.
But HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is simply better. The aluminum base is very tough and durable. The extra weight is also beneficial in making the keyboard more stable. It won’t move around during use. It also comes with robust double-shot PBT keycaps with marked sides that indicate the secondary functions.
This keyboard includes a keycap puller and an alternate Esc keycap and spacebar. The alternate Esc keycap has the HyperX logo, whereas the alternate spacebar comes with topographic shapes that take full advantage of the RGB backlight. Although these alternate keycaps are made of ABS instead of PBT, they look extremely cool and make a huge visual upgrade.
These two keyboards are similar that they each have 61 keys, use a detachable USB Type-C cable, and utilize Fn key combinations for media controls and navigations. Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60 also have programmable RGB backlight, on-board profile storage, and N-Key Rollover anti-ghosting.
Razer Huntsman Mini, however, scores better in terms of features because of two things. First, it can have up to 5 on-board profiles, which can be very handy if you actively play several games or if you are sharing the keyboard with someone else. Second, it has better software.
Razer Huntsman Mini works with the Razer Synapse software, which gives you the ability to customize the RGB backlight, sync it with other Chroma-compatible devices, create specific profiles for different apps and games, personalize the five on-board profiles, and remap the keys. Just keep in mind that there is a limit to the remap function; you can’t change the default Fn key combinations that are used for accessing the media controls and navigations.
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 only has 3 on-board profiles. It is perhaps sufficient if you usually only play a few games at a time. This keyboard works with the HyperX Ngenuity software, which provides similar functions like changing the RGB backlight, creating custom profiles, and remapping the keys.
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 offers one small advantage. All of the keys are programmable, including the Fn key combinations. Unfortunately, the software does not feel really polished. Sometimes, you may get confused which profiles are in the keyboard’s on-board profile storage and which are not. It is functional, but it is not very easy to use.
Both Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60 come with their own proprietary switches. In general, both have excellent quality. They just have slightly different characteristics. Depending on your preference, one may be better than the other.
Razer Huntsman Mini is available with Razer’s latest optical switches. You can get the Purple version, which is clicky and tactile, comparable to Cherry MX Blue, or the Red version which is smooth and linear similar to Cherry MX Red. For gaming, most people prefer the Red version because it is more responsive.
In general, because of using optical instead of mechanical switches, Razer Huntsman Mini feels faster. If you like a keyboard that is hair-trigger sensitive, getting Razer Huntsman Mini with the Red switches will be ideal. You can enter commands rapidly with it.
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is armed with HyperX’s proprietary mechanical switches. You get more options here. You can get this keyboard with the Blue, Red, or Aqua switches. The Blue version is clicky and requires the most force to press. The Red version has a linear response. Meanwhile, the Aqua version is somewhere in-between, it still has a tactile feel but requires less force to press. It is also a little quieter than Blue, although not as silent as Red.
In general, HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is more suitable for people who prefer a more balanced keyboard that allows solid, precise, and confident keystrokes. It is not very sensitive, which makes it significantly less likely to have accidental presses. It also feels nicer for typing.
Razer Huntsman Mini vs HyperX Alloy Origins 60
Both are great gaming keyboards. Razer Huntsman Mini is generally more recommended because it has a better software. Razer Synapse is powerful yet easy to use. Razer Huntsman Mini also has more on-board profiles, a lighter design that allows better portability, and faster keystrokes. However, HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a fine alternative if you prefer more balanced keystrokes that are not too sensitive.