Wireless technology has afforded us great conveniences. No longer are we slaves to wired telephones, wired internet, or even wired keyboards and mice. Unfortunately for the serious gamer, early wireless peripherals were not up to snuff. Their low polling rate, poor connection stability, and bad battery life made many gamers swear wireless technology off for good. Fortunately, things are changing and, as wireless technology has improved, Razer and other gaming mice manufacturers have taken notice and have been diligently researching, designing, and improving wireless technology. The Mamba is Razer’s first attempt at a truly wireless gaming mouse.
Mamba Wireless Technology
Though the industry standard for wireless device response time hovers near 8 milliseconds, Razer has reduced this by eightfold, to 1 millisecond. While this sounds impressive, we’ve found the results to be lacking in the real-world. Most gamers would struggle to feel an appreciable difference between an 8 and 1 ms response time.
If we think about it, the response time is hard to isolate, particularly in online gaming. Let’s say you have the Mamba and your opponent has a regular wireless mouse (not a really crappy one, just one that responds slower). Well, all other things equal, you have a huge advantage. All things aren’t equal though. More often than not, the ping time to the server will completely negate any gain made by a faster response time on your mouse.
All of that being said, the Mamba is one of the smoothest and best-performing mice on the market, thanks mostly to its 5,600 DPI.
The Mamba uses an internal rechargeable battery, rated for 17 hours of continuous gaming action and 72 hours of “normal” use. There are two options for refueling the Mamba — you can plug in a special hidden USB plug into the front or you can stick it on the provided charging dock. The dock doubles as the wireless transmitter for the mouse and is aesthetically pleasing. Resting on the charger, the mouse is set at a nice angle.
If you need to recharge and still use the mouse, the wired USB solution is perfectly viable, if not nearly as elegant as the magnetic system found on Microsoft’s Sidewinder X8. The USB connector provides full wired functionality while the mouse charges, meaning that if you aren’t sold on wireless gaming performance, you could theoretically buy a Mamba and operate it exclusively in wired mode.
The appearance of the mouse is not entirely dissimilar to the incredibly popular Razer DeathAdder wired mouse. On the Mamba, the thumb buttons are located higher up on the arch, giving the user easier access to them. The Mamba also introduces much-needed DPI control buttons, which are located to the left of the left-click button. During gameplay, we noticed that these buttons were not as differentiated as we might have hoped from the left click button, meaning that sometimes instead of laying waste to our opponent, we were changing our DPI.
While not entirely simplistic like the Xai Laser is, the Mamba still holds that basic feel and does not try too hard to add extra plastic.
The Mamba is an exceptional mouse, wired or wireless. Though we may have wished a few things were slightly different, it delivers in terms of performance, comfort, battery life, and looks. It is solidly constructed and won’t fall apart — there are no cheap-feeling surfaces or parts.