Razer is back with another refresh, this time bringing their flagship mouse – the Razer Mamba up to date with their popular RGB ‘Chroma’ feature and adding a few extra features. The Razer Mamba has always been the pinnacle of their gaming mouse range incorporating the popular Razer Deathadder design and a wireless/wired setup. With this new iteration, can the company still prove the Razer Mamba’s flagship status?
- 16,000 DPI 5G Sensor
- Up to 210 inches per second / 50G Acceleration
- 1,000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
- 9 Programmble Buttons
- Charging Dock & USB Cable Included
Tried and Proven Design
The Razer Mamba has shared the same ergonomic body as it’s little brother – the Razer Deathadder since it’s birth and if you don’t know already, the Deathadder is one of the most popular mouse within the gaming community. The Razer Mamba features a high arc centre point and curves that allows your hand to sit naturally. Palm gamers will feel at home here with it’s design.
The Razer Mamba also features that signature Razer coating around the mouse that’s matte but also smooth to touch. This allows for better grip of the mouse without any slipping plus prevent sweat from interrupting gameplay. The side also features rubber grips for greater control with your thumb and pinkie.
There’s nine programmable buttons on the mouse: the normal right and left click, the two thumb access buttons on the left side of the mouse plus the scroll wheel which you can click in and shift from left to right. All buttons are easy to access to without any issues with responsiveness as they feature an audible click when pressed.
Razer has also added the ability to adjust the Razer Mamba’s click response by using the included Phillips head screwdriver and turning the dials on the bottom of the mouse. This allows you to choose from a lighter softer click to a more harder resistance click depending on your play style. For me, I prefer mine much more responsive and light as I spam ‘accuratte’ (more than likely inaccurate) shots in Dirty Bomb. This is a neat feature to add.
Since Razer has introduced their RGB ‘Chroma’ feature – they have been integrating it with their current line-up gradually and the Razer Mamba was next in line. The Razer Mamba features two lighting strips that run up the side corners of the mouse. The scroll wheel on the mouse and the included dock also lights up.
If you have the previous Razer Mamba or Deathadder, you won’t find anything different with it’s design and feel. It’s a tried and proven design that doesn’t need any drastic changes.
The Razer Mamba can be tuned dramatically to suit your playing style. The ‘insane’ 16,000 DPI sensor is beyond ridiculous and highly doubt anyone uses this but thankfully you can tweak it. The Razer Synapse allows performance tweaks like adjusting DPI, polling rate, acceleration, buttons and the lighting.
The Razer Synapse software is pretty easy to get used to and works well. Each feature has been separated so you can easily tune each part of the mouse. There’s lots of lighting options to play around with each part of the LED strip customisable. So if you want a rainbow setup on the Razer Mamba, you can. If you’re not familiar with the Razer Chroma tools, you can adjust the effects of the lighting as well. There’s various of effects to choose from wave to reactive or if you just want the static (always on or off) light you can.
Another great thing about the Razer Synapse is the ability to assign the same lighting/effect to your whole Razer Chroma enabled setup, so if you have a Razer Blackwidow Chroma or Razer Firefly – you can assign the same profile.
Wireless v.s. Wired
The Razer Mamba is mostly sold as a wireless mouse but you can use it as a wired mouse. Razer believes there’s minimal lag with the Razer Mamba with a response rate at 1ms on wireless. I had no issues with lag as I couldn’t feel any delay with movement in response. The mouse however can sometimes fail to sync which is quickly fixed by placing the mouse back on the dock and off.
The battery seems to handle a good run with games but doesn’t seem to hit the expected 20 hours that Razer marketed it as. With continuous usage in the office from a full battery, the battery lasted from 8am to 4pm until it needed to charge – which is about 8 hours. For me, if it handles a day or night session of usage and gaming – then it’s good enough. 20 hours is kind of over the top (10 hours is probably the real lifetime here) but would be great to see some realistic values here from Razer.
If you forget to charge the battery and yes, we all do then you can use the mouse through the wired mode for a play and charge setup. Since the mouse uses a micro-USB to USB cable, you can easily charge it while you use it. There’s a bit of a delay (up to 3 seconds) before the software recognizes that you swap from wireless to wired (vice-versa) but then you’re good to go.
With the previous Razer Mamba, users can swap out batteries because the compartment was accessible. Unfortunately, the new Razer Mamba 2015 doesn’t allow access to the battery which is big deal when the mouse is at this price range. Batteries don’t last forever and if the embedded battery starts to deplete, you won’t have the ability to buy a new battery and swap it out.
Gaming with the Mamba
The Razer Mamba performs exceptionally well in wireless mode. There’s no apparent lag or delay which is great when I played with the usual titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and SMITE. The design of the mouse is perfect: well placed buttons, great grip and responsive clicks – there’s was virtually nothing I could fault with the Razer Mamba as I prefer it over any mouse I have in my arsenal. It’s pretty much my new replacement.
The wireless with the Razer Mamba even though works fine for me can be a bit of a hard sell to competitive gamers. While you can’t really feel it, it’s kinda always there with wireless. Competitive gamers take their hardware seriously and wireless is not an option they have always sit well with. Thankfully Razer has an alternative which is the Razer Mamba 2015 Tournament Edition – it’s pretty much the same gaming mouse but comes as wired standard and a few lighting features missing. Other than that, it’s the same thing which sells towards players who take their games seriously.
The Razer Mamba 2015 introduces a few good things: like the adjustable click force and the insane customisable options with the performance and lighting. The design of the mouse is perfect and ergonomic which for someone like me who plays games virtually everyday 9-5, it feels great. There’s a few things however stopped this from being the best mouse ever and that’s the missing interchangeable battery as mentioned above and the price.
The Razer Mamba 2015 comes in at a whopping price of $259.95 AUD RRP. Yes you heard that right, the mouse sits in the really high premium price range which is rather expensive. If you shop around, you can find the mouse for around $229 which is within the okay area but it’s still a hard sell. It’s probably the biggest turn off about the product.
If you don’t want to spend that much and don’t really care about the wireless – you can get the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition which retails for around $159.95 AUD RRP. It’s a better price point and you get all the design features of the mouse except for the adjustable click force. I can’t really justify the price but if you want the best Razer mouse there is then the Razer Mamba is the best in the company’s line-up.
Price: $229 AUD Market Avg. | Available Now | A review unit was provided by Razer.