Razer Mamba: Hands-on test of the gaming mouse
At the CES PC Games Hardware was able to make brief tests with the Razer Mamba. Is the new mouse really convincing? Read for yourself.
"Good things come to those who wait”. After brief tests this saying seems to be applicable to the Mamba. Razer had announced the mouse eight years ago, shortly after the introduction of the Boomslang in 2000. But because of the .com crisis around the turn of the millennium the required funds for the development had not been available. In 2009, in March 2009 to be more precise, the Mamba will finally hit shelves. According to Razer the development of the Mamba took so long because they wanted to create a wireless mouse that is even better than the best available Razer product.
Razer Mamba: Wireless
The Mamba is a wireless mouse that can be adjusted to the requirements of the user in several ways. A 5,600 dpi sensor that can be regulated in 125 dpi steps between 125 and 5,600 dpi via the software, delivers high precision. Up to five presets can be activated with the two buttons which are placed next to the left mouse button and can be reached easily. Small lights indicate which mode is active.
Razer Mamba: Technology
Compared to the Lachesis the position of side buttons has been enhanced and thus they can be reached easier. The battery of the Mamba is said to last for 14 hours of continuous use and can be fully recharged in about four to five hours. For recharging the mouse is placed on the USB docking station. Alternatively it is possible to remove the USB cable from the docking station and plug it into the Mamba directly. Thus not only the battery is recharged, but all signals are also transferred via the cable if the intelligent wireless technology should encounter any problems. If the cable is used on the mouse, which weights 129 grams, the battery can be removed to decrease the weight of the device by about 20 grams.
The latency of the signals which the Mamba sends to the PC is not lowered if the cable is used and still is specified with 1 millisecond for wired and wireless mode. The price of the Razer Mamba is said to be 129 US-Dollars.
My personal conclusion: The Razer Mamba fits perfectly into my middle-sized hand, the side buttons are perfectly positioned and the ergonomic design should prevent fatigue for hours. Wired or wireless, response and precision of the Mamba have always been very high and I didn't notice any differences while playing. The price of the Mamba is very high. A full review will have to reveal if the mouse is absolutely recommendable.