Razer are calling their new 2015 version of the Mamba the world’s most advanced gaming mouse. We take a look at the features on this mouse and see if the reviews hold the same opinion.
Released in June 2015, the latest Razer Mamba Chroma is a rechargeable optional wired/wireless gaming mouse, specifically created for unparalleled customizable performance in gaming applications.
This version of the Mamba offers some neat upgrades on the previous Mamba 2012 version, including adjustable click-force technology, chroma lighting, a much more advanced laser sensor for optimal precision, and increased battery life.
A related mouse is the latest Mamba Chroma Tournament Edition; this version has all the features of the Mamba Chroma apart from the adjustable click-force technology but is a permanently wired setup so there’s no need for a separate charging dock.
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Features and Specifications
- 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
- 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Dual gaming grade wired/wireless technology
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
- High performance Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
- 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
- 9 independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
- Adjustable Click Force Technology
- Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
- Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
- Inter-device color synchronization
- Charging dock
- Razer Synapse enabled
- 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 full master guide manual is available here.
What We Like
The Mamba boasts some pretty cool features, though some of them are arguably a little gimmicky.
The 16,000 DPI is user-adjustable in 1 DPI increments, and the 5G laser sensor has a user-configurable lift-off distance cut off which is as sensitive as 0.1 mm. Impressive stats, but it’s questionable whether or not the average gamer will be sensitive enough to fully appreciate this level of precision.
What we like in particular is the adjustable click force technology – a way to customize the actuation pressure on right or left mouse clicks. A screw mechanism on the bottom of the mouse with 15 distinct click-stop settings allows for complete customization of the right and left mouse buttons to actuate on anywhere between 45g to 95g of pressure.
Other features that Razer has implemented in the latest Mamba is their chroma lighting, giving you access to 16.8 million different color options.
Keeping with the original Mamba design, you have the option of going wired or wireless with this mouse; the response rate is as low as 1ms in both modes, allowing for virtually no lag.
The charging dock for the Mamba doubles as it’s wireless receiver, and the design is as it’s previous version – futuristic looking lighting for optimal visual effect, whilst still offering the flexibility to charge your Mamba while in use by bypassing the dock altogether. Simply unplug the micro USB cable from the charging dock and plug directly into the mouse instead to use it in wired mode.
Though it’s undoubtedly a very feature-heavy mouse, some users have found fault in a few areas when it comes to the Mamba Chroma.
The first is Razer’s Synapse software, which requires users to sign up to the Cloud in order to even register an account. There doesn’t appear to be any on-board memory on the Mamba, so unless running with Synapse constantly open the mouse will revert back to default settings; you lose a lot of customizability if you choose to run without the software. For instance, without running Synapse you will lose the ability for left/right tilt on the scroll wheel.
A small number of people are also reporting issues with disconnections and jittery tracking, which Razer has responded to by the release of a firmware fix for affected users.
Finally there’s the price. The world’s most advanced gaming mouse costs a pretty penny at $121.43, though you can get the tournament edition for less – $83.66. If you’re after the best value for money, you could probably do better, but we agree that all the features of the Mamba do look pretty enticing if you have the money to spare.
Final Opinion of Razer Mamba Chroma
The 2015 release of the Mamba keeps the same ergonomic design but does bring some very cool features to the table, particularly the adjustable click force technology for the ultimate customizable mouse.
Performance wise, it’s extremely flexible in offering both wired and wireless operation, without compromising on response times. The precision 5G laser sensor and 16,000 DPI is more than you’ll ever need in a mouse and should suit even the most sensitive of gamers, if you’ve got enough cash to fork over for this beast.