The Razer Mamba mouse is one of the best gaming mice you can buy, especially if you are looking for a mouse with customizable buttons. The mouse has eight programmable buttons, with a total of five different profiles. Each profile lets you change the button functions without having to re-program the mouse. It also features an advanced sensor that tracks your hand movements in just 1/100th of a second.
Razer has recently launched the Mamba gaming mouse and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now. A while back, we reviewed the Razer Blade Stealth, a Windows-based ultrabook that was stylish and solid. It offered a lot of value for its price, but it came with some quirks that made it an acquired taste. Now that Razer has launched the Mamba, a smaller version of the original model, we had to revisit our review and see if it improved upon our criticisms or missed out on what makes the Stealth so great. A few major complaints were that the Blade Stealth couldn’t be used with mouse pads and its battery could last just five hours under load. So here we are, a couple of weeks later. To answer our questions we decided to use 4 different mice in testing: Razer Naga wireless USB wired gaming mouse, Logitech G Pro Combo (wired+wireless), Microsoft Mobile Mouse 3500 scroll wheel model, and Finalmouse Gladiator. We’ve been using one of the Mamba-equipped Razer laptops for a while now and are happy to reveal that it holds up extremely well. Since we last checked in, Razer has updated its drivers several times, fixed an issue with the trackpad scrolling sensitivity, and made software updates available at no charge. That’s just a small sample of the numerous updates that have come our way—the Razer Mamba is a great gaming mouse.
Using it for over 1000 days consecutively, I can mention the obvious “cons” and in this case, you will find none from me 🙂 Really wired feeling on your hand’s thanks to ridges on side panels; excellent tracking performance with low-to-moderate sensitivities; long battery life when traveling and connected to power; button placement is perfect and delivers definite click feedback. Keep comments coming, but also keep reading!
None of the issues we had with earlier Razer mice were really big dealbreakers though I agree that you would expect better build quality for how much money they are charging – still, it’s acceptable at this price point. It’s got everything on paper you’d want in a gaming mouse: tracking performance, software features, and accessories like customizable
Razer Mamba Specs
- Sensor: Optical.
- Model: Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor.
- Sensitivity: Up to 16,000 CPI.
- Polling Rates: 125, 500, or 1,000 Hz.
- Programmable: Buttons 7.
- LED Zones: 2 RGB zones.
- Connectivity: 2.4 GHz wireless via USB Type-A dongle; wired via USB Type-A cable (included).
- Measurements (LxWxH): 4.95 x 2.75 x 1.7 inches (123.73 x 69.85 x 43.18mm).
- Weight (without cable): 3.74 ounces (106g).
Design and Comfort
Surprisingly, Razer decided to keep the $90 price tag of its previous model. The reason is clear – it wants you to spend a bit more on add-ons like software tools and additional buttons that aren’t even included in the design cost.
The multiple customization keys are rather odd since they do not have anything else except -yes, in case you’re using Windows 8 or 10 as your OS (and I was). amebae are logical additional buttons that you can use to perform actions when they’re pressed while gaming, so the lack of them is questionable and would have been good
Now I am sorry for my audio quality not being great in this video but these things happen on any recording where there are fans. It was a frosty evening and it was difficult to capture clear sound with wind present at all times which unfortunately makes up most of what we hear. Oh well.
I’ll tell you that it’s a wicked, good-feeling mouse. Under the hood things are as we’d expect with Razer: lightning-fast sensor tracking performance and more advanced software than ever before like DPI choice buttons to CUE (which is simply TrackPoint on steroids for gaming). The ambidextrous design allows gamers to pick one hand or the other depending on how their games feel most comfortable using dual left/ right mouse buttons, too.
While dials and assignment keys are stylish, they don’t come in handy for me since I play with my computer predominantly through Rift on the Oculus home hub. So aside from not being able to rebound if you were using Windows 8/10 or any other new operating system where Razer chose to leave out programmable hardware input options, it’s all but a moot point as it has none of the utility over a traditional mouse.
On the other hand, ditching tactile input keys is a smart move on Razer’s part and something that I welcome since it adds to the simplicity of me switching between Windows 8/10 OS’es depending upon game use preferences. And overall if anything can be said about this mouse, it was designed with the intent from day 1 in mind as made perfectly clear by its streamlined design sans unnecessary buttons.
Razer Mamba Wireless Mouse Gaming Performance
Performance is what I’ll balance out with a score in the end but literally, every aspect of this mouse leads me to believe it’s built for speed. The sensor performance on its own is enough (not outstanding) and coupled with even more advanced software like DPI choice buttons and CUE, you can dial up your control preferences to go from hyper-fast action all the way down to operating at the lowest level imaginable – basically just about “off”. And even still, while I found the mouse to always perform well and anyone should be able to play at least as fast with a mechanical right-handed mouse under 20ms of latency ( no matter what their unique control configuration preferences), that is if you utilize it in harmony with software DPI adjustments. It’s just another benefit of its intelligent firmware since on top of controlling sensor performance so easily allows for more customization from us – something which will likely be an increasingly important aspect of gaming moving forward.
The actual movement of the mouse should come as no surprise even with its minimalist design and since it was made by a company that built its reputation on winning speed matches (RAZER TEAM), I’m typically not surprised when testing takes place with these mice, regardless if it’s in wired or wireless connectivity. The length to comfortable height ratio ensures you can use relatively small amounts of elevation while still running your main hand through the “crosshairs” and with faster stroking speeds, you’re able to get back in that zone of no lag. Aesthetically speaking though it’s almost astonishing at how sleek this mouse is but since I didn’t place any importance on aesthetics while testing, what do I care? The one thing all mice have a difficult time being good at is not looking like something Alex Trevorrow ran over by a truck or motorcycle. It’s function-over-form at this point, after all.
The Rival 670 is an advanced gaming mouse that employs the company’s “Devour” sensor and more than enough customization options to keep its many potential users from getting bored of it – both on the software side as well as hardware levels through mechanical switches, detachable side buttons, programmable RGB lighting via SteelSeries’ Prism shift technology (which later went on to make its way into their Arctis 5 wireless headset too) and even switching between up to 3 profiles or “modes.” This is all stuff you can’t really learn about by just looking at a mouse review, but it’s important information if the current user base of the Rival Series.
Razer Mamba Wireless Mouse features and software
While the programmable side buttons and RGB (or USB) lighting can be considered “cheap additions” to your mouse, Razer’s software suite is something completely new in terms of mice – at least for me. Games by default won’t let you set up custom profiles so I’ll get right into what separates the Mamba Wireless from other gaming peripherals on the market. One thing that surprised us was how ridiculous all these software features are. Razer’s Synapse application allows you to create “profiles” (that is profiles within a profile) that contain anywhere from 1-5 macros, which can be changed at your whim. The upshot of all this? Warping or customizing the way any and every program functions just got a whole lot easier without having to load Cuphead (with its submersible albatross), Oculus Rift, and 60++ other programs at the same time. This is where I think Razer starts to shine, in that they’re not just throwing functions and ease of configuration out there – they know how gamers work (and play).
“Cuphead with RGB lighting,” probably isn’t what you want if red & blue light doesn’t mix well with your 5Ghz stream’s audio…that being said, let me explain how we managed to get around this shortcoming. As part of our workflow, we have Team Liquid Global Moderator Josh “Lzgamer55” Plotkin (aka Blanket) set up his GeForce GTX 970GTX through Gamecaster and OBS. This way he can use the mouse in-game as a macro tool for multitasking. Well, it just so happens that Razer has included an option within Synapse called “GameSense,” which uses open-source Turtle Beach tracking software to record in-game macros.