Razer Mamba: High-end gaming mouse reviewed
With the Mamba Razer introduced a new mouse for gamers. PC Games Hardware reviewed the final product.
The Razer Mamba can either be connected to the PC either with a USB cable or a wireless connection. A receiver and a power cable are included in the range of deliver. If the Mamba should run put of energy during wireless usage, you can plug the power cable of the docking station directly into the gaming mouse - from that moment on, data is transmitted via the cable. With this feature the Mamba is a alternative worth considering for gamers who don't want to abdicate a wireless mouse for workday routine.
Razer Mamba: Ergonomics and features
All seven buttons of the Mamba can be freely assigned with the Razer software. Accessibility of the two primary buttons is very good and the pressure point is clearly defined, not to low and you don't need to get used to it as it has been the case with some older Razer products. The position of the two thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse is designed for normal sized hands although the rearmost button can be operated a little easier. But all this criticism on the highest level - all the mentioned points have been a lot worse on previous Razer products, like the otherwise excellent 3G. On the upper side, left of the left mouse button is a small button for switching the dpi settings. Why Razer had to reinvent the wheel in this situation and didn't place this button in font or behind the mouse wheel, is incomprehensible. This position is suboptimal and you shouldn't try to change the sensitivity in hectic situations. The display of the dpi level on the other hand is exemplary.
The 2-way mouse wheel appears to be solid, even on heavy usage, and switching between weapons in first person shooters for example is no problem at all. The pressure point of the mouse wheel is firm. Because of the very low position of the wheel inside the mouse corpus, the position of the fingers is relaxed and comfortable. The same applies for the whole hand - the Mamba offers good support for the hand without being too obtrusive. The weight distribution of the 130 grams on the other hand is a little annoying. Gamers who often lift the mouse from the surface have to get used to the heavy rear end of the Mamba.
Razer Mamba: Usage
No matter if used wireless or with the USB cable, the Mamba doesn't reveal any weaknesses in matters of precision and latency. Even fast movements don't make the cursor jump or affect the surface scanning. Our tester had been a little skeptical at first but the Mamba was easy to handle in MMORPGs.
Razer Mamba: Software
With the Razer software you can adjust the dpi settings and assign marcos, commands or functions to the mouse buttons. The macro recording also recognizes the time a button is pressed down. Furthermore the USB Polling rate can be adjusted, but during our tests we didn't recognize an effect on the mouse response. The lighting features (mouse wheel - very cool, battery life and docking station) can be controlled via the software, too.
Razer Mamba Pro & Contra
- Wired/Wireless mode
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