Razer is one of the more prominent brand names in the gaming peripherals market, and the Razer Mamba was easily one of the best wireless gaming mice to hit the market upon release a few years ago.
But it was a pricey investment then and now, the homegrown company has launched the updated version of this classic, at a lower price point of just US$100. Add in a longer battery life, the Razer 5G Advanced Optical sensor, and more, and it looks like Razer has another winner in the making.
At first glance, the new design is still familiar, especially if you had the original Mamba to begin with. The mouse is beefy, measuring in at 125.7 mm X 70.0 mm X 43.2 mm, but still very lightweight at 106g. It retains the textured grips on both sides, and is still quite comfortable to use for prolonged periods.
Gone are the original LED strip, and the dock that was used to receive and transmit signals has been replaced by a simple USB dongle.
There is also an extension cable included just in case you need to put the receiver somewhere more convenient, and it can be used to charge the mouse as well. We did not experience any signal loss, lag, or missed clicks, but it is nice to have this option when the situation calls for it.
The Razer 5G Advanced Optical sensor also lives up to expectations, allowing the mouse to track both accurately and precisely over most surfaces. Whether we were in the thick of the action in Overwatch or directing armies in Total War: Warhammer 2, the Mamba performed admirably without a hitch.
The Mamba sports seven independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons – left/right buttons, the clickable scroll wheels, two side buttons, and two dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity buttons. Much like many gaming mice today, it is not overly complicated and has everything you will need right off the bat.
And if you are worried about the lifespan of your switches, rest assured, Razer estimates that the Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches can withstand a 50 million clicks life cycle. Our time with it so far has not disappointed, with each click being responsive and having a decent tensile feel.
Razer products always come together with their proprietary software, and the Mamba is no exception. The Razer Synapse 3 is a definite improvement than its predecessor, and you can access a suite of functions to customise the Mamba.
Assigning buttons, calibration, the Chroma lighting, and profiles can all be adjusted, and the Mamba can also be synced with other Razer products for a holistic experience. It is streamlined and fuss-free and should be easy to come to grips with easily.
All in all, the Mamba Wireless enhances what was already a solid foundation. The team over at Razer has kept up with the times, introducing a better sensor, improving battery life, cutting the price, but still retaining everything that worked with the original. While it may not be the best wireless mouse available now, it is a great alternative to have at an awesome price.
GEEK REVIEW SCORE
An upgraded classic with a great price point, if you are looking for a good mouse, this is it!
Aesthetics - 8/10
Build Quality - 8/10
Performance - 8/10
Value - 10/10
Geek Satisfaction - 8/10