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Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse

Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse

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Software and Performance

The mouse does not come with a CD but contains a card directing you to the Razer website for the latest software/driver download. (Mamba Driver Page)

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The Mamba is supplied with a comprehensive software application containing all of the expected configuration options. The first page allows you to fully customise the button assignments and also lets you load them straight from a profile via any of the drop down boxes.

The second page contains the most important settings that you will need to access, starting with the DPI settings. You can configure up to 5 DPI presets and pick from the 100-5600 range at 100 DPI increments, the X and Y axis are also able to be adjusted individually.

Just below is the acceleration setting is an option to completely disable it. This is an extremely important feature for gamers and should really be turned off for any gaming whatsoever. With acceleration on, the cursor will move a different distance depending on how fast you move the mouse, so 10 inches of movement on the surface might not correspond to the same distance on the screen every time you move the mouse, therefore resulting inconsistencies will ultimately hinder gameplay.

At the bottom of this window is the polling rate option, one of the real standout features of this mouse. Thanks to the 2.4GHz wireless technology you’re able to set the polling rate to 1000Hz which is exactly what gamers want, sending X and Y calculations to the computer once every 1ms. Additionally, the Mamba continuously scans 21 channels for the clearest signal and each individual mouse has its own MAC address to avoid conflicts with other devices or Mamba mice.

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The final pages give you access to profile, macro and lighting settings as well as listing the current driver and firmware versions. All your settings can be stored and transported via the Synapse onboard memory.

Performance-wise the mouse certainly lives up to expectations, the specification sheet doesn’t lie and this mouse is firmly up there with the best.

To begin with the mouse is extremely comfortable to use, especially with the grips on either side; much needed additions with the extra weight of the battery pulling the butt end down when you lift the mouse for repositioning on the surface.

The Teflon pads are small yet very effective and the mouse is easily wielded with accuracy thanks to the well judged weight. With the battery pack in the mouse weighs 129g, which isn’t the lightest mouse we’ve seen but is absolutely phenomenal for a wireless mouse carrying a hefty battery. The feel of the buttons in action doesn’t let you down either – all providing a crisp, tactile click when actuated. The scroll wheel is slightly soft but gives definite feedback when used and I haven’t experienced any issues with swapping to the wrong weapon by accident in FPS games.

Sensor response is brilliant, lag is nonexistent; it literally feels like you are using a wired USB mouse, you can’t tell the difference and quickly forget that you’re using a cordless device.  Additionally, with the Mamba boasting up to 200 inches per second/50g acceleration you are going to find it difficult to fault the mechanics no matter your play style. Personally, throughout rigorous testing I was unable to get the laser to skip or force negative acceleration, sweeping the mouse across a huge distance for 180 degree turns. That said, the sensor feels like it is almost too sensitive; I find at times that the cursor can sometimes move a pixel when I use the left click button (due to it rocking slightly on the surface), this problem appears to be alleviated when I apply more pressure to the mouse vertically and if I switch to a harder surface rather than my preferred cloth.

The mouse can be charged via the cradle or by being directly plugged in and according to the manual takes 3 hours to reach full charge. As Razer claim the mouse can last on a full charge for 14 hours of continuous gameplay and 72 hours of casual play, we decided to put those figures to the test. Unfortunately after extended testing there appears to be an issue with our specific battery; we are unable to get it to display the full charge indication and could only get 5 hours of hardcore gaming from it.

Razer has been contacted regarding the issue and we are awaiting a response. Any details regarding this will be appended and added to this review.

EDIT 20th March 2009: Razer have replied to this issue and have confirmed they are taking immediate action on a firmware update which will fix the problem. Until this is released and made available to the public the full charge can be achieved by leaving the mouse in the "off" position.

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Stuart Davidson

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