Razer Mamba is the best RTS gaming mouse of 2017
Our Razer Mamba Review
In 2015 Razer pleased gamers all over the world with two Mamba models - the Razer Mamba and Razer Mamba Tournament Edition. The two gaming mice are nearly identical, apart from the fact that the Mamba can go wireless, it is fitted with an “adjustable click technology” and costs nearly double than it’s sibling - the Tournament Edition. In this review we will have a look at both models and try to help you make the best choice.
- 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
- Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Charging dock - only with Razer Mamba
- Adjustable Click Force Technology - only with Razer Mamba
- Dual gaming grade wired/wireless technology - only with Razer Mamba
- 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time*
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
- Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
- Nine independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
- 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
- Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in (Width) x 42.5 mm / 1.67 in (Height)
- Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs
- Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)
The Mamba has a right hand oriented design with fairly standard size to fit claw and palm grippers. The palm rest goes downwards from left to right what makes the mouse not suitable for lefties. The top of the mouse has matte-black coating and the sides are covered with textured rubber for better grip and there are also two thin LED light stripes that go all along the sides of the mouse. This is one of the most comfortable gaming mice we have come across with it’s nine programmable buttons and the scroll wheel that can tilt left and right in order to scroll page up or down. Apart from the four directions scroll wheel, the scroll, left and right click, there are also two sensitivity buttons just below the scroll wheel and two thumb side buttons.
The Tournament Edition has the same palmrest orientation and comfortable design. The thing that makes the Razer Mamba different from the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is the adjustable click force technology that actually gives you the opportunity to adjust the click feedback of the left and right click buttons. At the bottom of your Razer Mamba there are two screws that allow you to adjust the resistance from 45 to 95 grams, by twerking it with a hex-wrench. We have tested the possibility as per the recommendations to use the fast 45g click for MOBAs, but the truth is we didn’t get any more clicks then when the mouse was tuned to 95g.
So here really comes to the way the buttons feel in your hand and which setting you simply find more comfortable and not putting pressure on your wrist.
Another thing that makes the Mamba different from the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is the fact that it is wireless. Similar to the Razer DeathAdder the Razer Mamba comes with a charging dock that also serves as a receiver. The Mamba delivers one of the best performances in a wireless mode we have come across. It rarely loses tracking and it is as accurate as when plugged into the mini USB. It features a single rechargeable battery that can withstand up to 16 hours of continuous gaming according to Razer, and according to our test this number is correct. The question here is, are you such a great fan of the wireless peripherals to spend around $150? If not, then the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is the gaming mouse to go for for about half less the price. We already established that it is as comfortable and accurate as the Razer Mamba, but it is not wireless. Another thing is that the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is lighter as it is wired and doesn’t have the additional weight of the battery that the Razer Mamba has.
When it comes to features, both models are fitted with a 16000 DPI 5G laser sensor that has no competition in sensitivity levels so far. As we have mentioned in some other reviews, this is too high for everyday use, but still it is quite cool to know that the option is there. As all other Razer products, the Mamba and Tournament Edition can be customized by using the Razer Synapse 2.0 software. You can play with the sensitivity levels, the polling rate and the colours of the lighting. In comparison with other Razer products, like the Razer Orochi for example, the lighting of the Razer Mamba and the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is quite bright and makes the mouse look cool, it just adds up to the already sleek design.
Of course, after you have played around with colours, you can go on and customize the programmable buttons by assigning skills or Macros. The Razer Synapse also gives you the option to track the surface in order to fine- tune your mouse’s performance. However, you can not use this option when the Razer Mamba is in wireless mode.
Both the Mamba and the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition performed very well in different game genres. The mice are super accurate and great in RTS and FPS games. They can also be a great fit for MMOs as there are additional programmable buttons to assign skills to, but probably not as many as a pro MMO gamer would like to have.
In conclusion, the Razer Mamba is one of the best gaming mice available now, but the price tag is a bit high. If you are not dead set to get a wireless gaming mouse, than we would recommend to go for the Tournament Edition. It has 90% of the features the Razer Mamba has, it is good looking and comfortable and it sells for nearly half the price.