Razer Mamba Wireless (2018) Gaming Mouse Review
Razer is great at coming out with new and different versions of their gear and their latest is no exception. The Razer Mamba Wireless promises to do everything you’ve come to expect from the Mamba class does but now with improved battery life for 50 hours of wireless play. Let’s look a little deeper in our review of the Razer Mamba Wireless!
- Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor with true 16,000 DPI
- Up to 450 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
- Seven independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches with 50 million clicks life cycle
- Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
- Ergonomic right-handed design
- Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
- Hybrid On-Board Memory and Cloud Storage
- Razer Synapse 3 enabled
- Extended battery life of up to 50 hours
- Weight: 106g
Let’s break down some of those features and what I think of them.
Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor
Razer’s 5G optical sensor is their propriety “eye,” built with gaming in mind. It’s rated to track up to 16,000 DPI. Razer claims 99.4% resolution accuracy, which places it at the top of the market.
The mouse also has an impressive maximum speed of 450 IPS and and acceleration of a whopping 50G. If you’re not familiar, acceleration can be defined as how quickly something can go from zero to its max speed. This quick change in speed results in a force measured in “G” force. The higher the G the quicker the change in speed. The Razer 5G optical sensor allows for up to 50Gs, which is quite impressive for a wireless gaming mouse.
The speed of a mouse is measured in inches per second (IPS). This is the maximum speed the mouse can move before tracking accuracy is lost. The sensor in the Razer Mamba Wireless measures up to 450 IPS (that’s equivalent to swiping 36 feet) in one second.
As is becoming the standard these days, the Mamba Wireless also features a full 1000 Hz/1ms polling rate. Polling rate, if you’re not familiar, is how a mouse it reports its position to the computer. For example, if a rodent is rated with a 125Hz polling rate, it reports its position 125 time every second (or every 8ms). Higher polling rates allow for decreased lag between when you move your mouse and when that movement shows up on screen. The maximum 1000Hz polling rate found here allows for super quick response times that feel instantaneous. In competitive games, you need that responsiveness, so it’s good, but also not surprising that Razer decided to include it here.
Razer Synapse 3 - Control the Mamba!
Using Razer Synapse 3 brings a wealth of customizations to the Mamba: Polling rate, DPI, surface calibrations, even when to enter sleep mode when the mouse is left unattended while wireless, saving your battery life. You also have the ability to reprogram each of the 7 buttons with a secondary function using the Razer Hypershift key.
You can save all your key rebinds, macros and profiles onboard or using cloud storage. This is a new initiative on Razer’s part, ensuring that if anything goes amiss, you can redownload your profiles from anywhere in the world. Or, conversely, if you fill up the 5 profiles available on the Mamba’s onboard memory, you’ll be free to upload more for use in the cloud. Synapse 3 is also where you’ll control the Mamba’s illuminated logo and mousewheel light ring with full Chroma customization.
50 Hours of Wireless Freedom
Razer quotes the mouse as having 50 hours of battery life. In my testing, I decided to leave the mouse on and found this to be pretty spot on. Even on its last legs of battery life it was still performing great. This is an important point. We’ve entered the time when wireless mice can now compete with their wired counterparts but poor battery life and failed tracking as it weakens could destroy the entire benefit. The Mamba does neither and is a wireless success because of it.
Let’s talk about how the mouse felt. It's size and weight felt good in palm or claw grips. It’s not the lightest mouse on the market coming in at 108g, so fingertip users might find it a little heavy, but most gamers should find it quite comfortable. The rubber side grips work well to keep it secure in your hand and its contours felt natural for my hand. The scroll wheel, left, and right buttons also felt fluid with satisfying clicks. They’re also rated for 50M clicks each, so you shouldn’t have to worry about the dreaded “double click” issue that plagues other gaming mice.
I tested out the mouse on various games and software ranging from FPS to RPG and video editing to Photoshop. The Mamba Wireless felt buttery smooth weather it was wired up or wireless. This was my first venture into the new land of wireless gaming mice and I have to say I was very impressed with the Mamba. I couldn’t tell a difference whether it was wired up or not, even on low battery life. The freedom of movement from not dragging a cord was a definite plus and felt liberating.
Using Razer Synapse 3 allowed me to set up a few profiles I could mess with. I also saved a few to the on-board memory and tested it out on my laptop which worked fine. The amount of color options available to play with via Razer Chroma was really great and could add some snazzy effects to the Mamba. RGB may not be your thing like it is many of us at MMORPG but being able to change the look of your accessories on the fly is a great option that saves you from having to buy a whole other mouse (or full set of peripherals) just to change your look.
Overall, the Razer Mamba Wireless feels like a solid addition to Razer’s line-up of gaming mice. With its 16,000 DPI & 1000Hz Ultrapolling, you get the precision you need for any kind of game or software. The extended battery life also ensures that you’ll have plenty of freedom for work or play without worrying about running low on juice and needing a charge, and the ergonomic design helps to ensure that you're comfortable while doing those things. Recommended.
- 16,000 DPI
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling
- 50 hours of battery life
- Quality material used
- Ergonomic right hand design
- Profiles can be saved to cloud or on-board memory
- Razer Chroma
- Only the scroll wheel and Razer symbol light up
- Lefties need love too
The product discussed in this article was provided by the manufacturer for the purposes of review.