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Tech Junkies -- Razer Mamba Mouse

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Posted August 24, 2012 - By Grant Kohrmann


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Tech Junkies -- Razer Mamba Mouse

The Razer Mamba mouse is a utilitarian wireless mouse with flashy packaging, a host of special features, and excellent battery life. While not being ambidextrous it fits well in a wide range of hand sizes and is designed after some of Razer's most successful mice. As with most of their new mice, the Mamba can be used both wirelessly and also in a wired mode if you suddenly find yourself running short on juice.

This time Razer has removed the wireless/wired mode switch leaving the bottom of the mouse clear of any extra or unneeded buttons. If you want to charge your mouse just place it gingerly on the base. I didn’t find myself having to charge as often as when using the Naga Epic though so it has exceptional battery life.

As mentioned there are a two buttons on the bottom of the mouse. A power slider makes sure that if you’re traveling with the Mamba it isn’t waking itself up with every time you take a step or hit a bump in the road. There’s also a connect button which will allow you to sync the mouse to the base, but this is usually only needed once when setting the mouse up for the first time. On the side of the Mamba are three red/green LED diodes that note battery level and optical sensitivity. Using the two extra buttons at the top left of the mouse allowed me to change sensitivity on the fly and I could immediately see which level I was at by watching the LED diodes go up or down.

With two 4g-rated optical laser sensors, the mouse is almost too responsive. While playing low-energy games that call for precision a single stray fiber can make the mouse hesitate as it moves over the offending thread.

The Mamba really comes into its own on a silicon coated or hard surfaced mouse mat. The sensors can also be configured to adhere to a custom cutoff distance. When you lift a typical optical/laser mouse off its surface it will cease reading mouse positions using its sensors. When you’re playing a high-energy competitive game like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, or StarCraft you have the tendency to pick up the mouse slightly as you change directions or simply to place your wrist in a more comfortable position. With the custom cutoff you can tweak the sensors to keep your mouse tracking even if you raise your hand over the standard limit.

Tech Junkies -- Razer Mamba Mouse

When combining these features you begin to realize that the Mamba is fully intended as a wireless entry to the top tiers of gaming mice. But beyond its functionality and performance minded features lies a new level of color customization. In their 2012 line, Razer has two mice, the Mamba and the Naga Epic, which feature the ability to change the color of their back lighting.

This might seem senseless at first, but when you have 4 different peripherals on your desktop all with different back lighting colors you’ll find yourself wishing your device had the customization options that the Mamba has. With nearly 16 million different color values, I was able to match the Mamba to any of my headphones or keyboards by using the Razer Synapse 2.0 control panel. Synapse would also keep track of my key settings or other options, store them in Razer’s Internet based cloud system, and no matter which computer I went to my settings followed.

Make sure to check out our review of the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate to see if it's the perfect keyboard to go along with your new mouse.

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