Razer Mamba Wireless – 2020 Review

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Razer updated their Mamba wireless Chroma mouse in 2018, improving the specs on this popular gaming mouse. We decided to check into this mouse a couple of years on, to see how it stacks up in 2020.

Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse: 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Chroma RGB Lighting - 7 Programmable Buttons - Mechanical Switches - Up to 50 Hr Battery Life

Overview

Released in 2018, the Razer Mamba wireless mouse is a rechargeable optional wired/wireless gaming mouse, and like any of Razer’s products, it has been created for gamers, promising precise and unparalleled gaming performance.

This version of the Mamba offers a few upgrades on the previous Mamba 2015 version (view our Mamba 2015 review here): The old Mamba from 2015 used a laser sensor, which is known to have issues such as jumping/cutting out upon mouse lift. That’s no longer a problem with the 2018 Mamba Wireless release – which uses a 5G optical sensor instead of laser. Onboard memory is another improvement.

In addition, battery life has been improved dramatically from the advertised 20 hours on the 2015 version, to 50 hours on the Mamba Wireless. Side grips have been changed slightly, and the wireless charging dock of the 2015 version has been done away with.

Some features have been stripped out, however – the 2018 Mamba Wireless has lost a couple of buttons and the tilt function that the scroll wheel of the 2015 Mamba had. Also, adjustable click-force technology, which allowed users to adjust click button tension, has not been included in the Mamba Wireless.

Here’s an unboxing, which also compares the 2015 Mamba with the 2018 Mamba Wireless so you can see the changes:

Video credit: RaZeR – JaCk –  Click here to view directly on YouTube

 

Features and Specifications

  • Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor with true 16,000 DPI
  • Up to 450 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Up to 50 million clicks
  • 7 independently programmable buttons with tactile scroll wheel
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with improved side grips
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Hybrid On-Board Memory and Cloud Storage
  • Razer Synapse 3 enabled (Razer’s software)
  • Approximate size: 125.7 mm / 4.95 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.75 in (Width) x 43.5 mm / 1.70 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 106 g / 0.213 lbs (excluding cable)
  • 2.1 m /6.89 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
  • Battery life: Up to 50 hrs (4 hr charge time)
  • Compatible with Xbox One for basic input

What We Like

The Mamba Wireless boasts some great features, making it a solid gaming mouse even years after its initial release.

The 16,000 DPI is user-adjustable through the Razer Synapse software, but out of the box there are 5 on-the-fly settings that you can switch between using the DPI adjust buttons: 800, 1800, 4500, 9000, 16000.

Along with most of their other products you get RGB chroma lighting, allowing you to program 16.8 million different color options as you wish.

You have the option of going wired or wireless with this mouse, via the provided braided micro USB cable. When plugged in the mouse will charge, so you can continue to use it in wired mode, even if the battery has died.

Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse: 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Chroma RGB Lighting - 7 Programmable Buttons - Mechanical Switches - Up to 50 Hr Battery Life

Speaking of the battery, the 50 hour advertised battery life sounds great, but we believe it’s a figure based on having lighting disabled and other power-saving features enabled – like having the mouse go to sleep after a certain period of inactivity. We’ve seen a few people reporting that they have had trouble reaching the 50 hour mark (presumably because they’ve not tweaked their settings to optimize power). Once the battery drops below 5%, lights will flash red until you plug it in. Battery life is also visible in the Razer Synapse software.

Since the Mamba Wireless comes with on-board memory, you can store up to 5 different settings profiles that are easily accessible via the profile changer button on the underside of the mouse. This allows you to switch between saved mouse profiles even if you’re using the mouse with a computer that doesn’t have Razer’s Synapse 3 software installed.

Razer also included a small USB wireless receiver adapter in this package, which is basically an extender to improve the reach of the mouse’s USB receiver, as described in this Razer FAQ.

Common Gripes

Being a pretty standard mouse, there’s not too much to go wrong here. Although it’s not the most recent release in 2020, the Razer Mamba Wireless still represents a very solid gaming mouse with good battery life.

Final Opinion of Razer Mamba Wireless

The latest Razer Mamba Wireless is a solid wireless mouse straight out-of-the-box, and users may find more value by customizing their mouse profile using the Razer Synapse 3 software.

With a long battery life, and reliable 5G optical sensor with up to 16,000 DPI, this should suit practically any gamer’s needs, even in 2020.

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