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Razer Mamba TE Review

Razer Mamba TE Review

The Mamba is considered by many to be a classic gaming mouse. Loved by many it offered great performance and features at launch (back in 2009!). A second model, bringing things up to date was released in 2012 and recently Razer refreshed the range again. Today we review that mouse in our Razer Mamba TE Review (Tournament Edition).

Razer Mamba TE Review – Packaging and Bundle

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As far as packaging goes, the Mamba Tournament Edition arrives in a fairly compact box which initially gives us a glimpse of the styling and note of the enhanced LEDs. The front of the box opens up to reveal the mouse and bundled with it is some product documentation and a couple of stickers.

Razer Mamba TE Review – The Mouse

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The main aspect which separates the last Mamba from the new Tournament Edition is wireless operation. The TE is a wired mouse whereas the “standard” Mamba is wireless with a charging dock. The Mamba also has the ability to tweak the click force on the buttons, something which doesn’t feature on the TE. So, focusing on the TE we have a right handed mouse which has a textured plastic top surface. The logo on the palm area is backlit, more on that later, as are the sides of the rubberized scroll wheel which acts as an additional mouse button (with tilt too). Behind it are two further buttons which are set to DPI up and down by default.

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Turning round to the right side of the mouse we see that there are lighting strips down the side and that beneath them are textured rubber panels. On the left side we find two thumb buttons. As expected these like the others on the mouse are programmable and set to browser forward/back as standard.

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On the base of the mouse are three low friction feet, two at the front and one at the back with a large product sticker in between. The sensor is located in the middle of the mouse and has a rating of 16,000 DPI (5G Laser). The IPS rating is 210, Razer note a 50G acceleration and as always we get 1000Hz polling with 1ms response time. The mouse measures 128x70x42.5mm (LxWxH) with weight of 133g. Finally, extending from the front is the 2.1m braided USB cable.

Razer Mamba TE Review – Software

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As always with a Razer device we configure it through their Synapse software. With inter device syncing, online cloud storage of settings and automatic updates it offers a good range of base functionality. Looking at the Mamba TE panel we see that it is possible to set various profiles and configure the buttons on screen one. Next up is performance where we can configure DPI from 100-16,000, acceleration on a scale of 1-10 and set polling rate. It is also possible to click through to the levels used by the DPI selection buttons on the mouse and then we have the lighting tab. The Mamba TE offers 16.8million colours with various effects including wave, breathing a cycle. Direction and brightness can be altered too.

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Our next panel allows us to tailor the mouse for the best performance on different surface, including pre-presets for Razer surfaces and of course Macro’s can be configured. Our final screen takes us into an additional interface where we can view stats on our mouse (and other Razer Device) use in various key gaming titles.

Razer Mamba TE Review – A little something extra, The Firefly

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During our time testing the Mamba TE we used another of Razer’s new products, the Firefly gaming surface. It uses a hard micro-textured finish which is designed to offer speed and precise movement. This is enhanced by slightly reflective properties which offer maximum responsiveness from our sensor. The base of the Firefly is rubber to ensure it stays put on our desk and there is a glossy edge around the pad which has total dimensions of 355x255x4mm (LxWxH) weighing in at 380g… and the stand out feature is Chroma lighting which also means this is a USB based product and compatible with Razer Synapse which allows us to set brightness and effects such as wave and breathing.

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Razer Mamba TE Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the Mamba Tournament Edition we have a mouse which feels great in the hand. The textured surface on the top offers a little bit of grip, the overall shape is spot on for a palm grip. The textured side panels offer a significant amount of grip and the thumb buttons are lightly textured which is a nice change compared to some older Razer mice. As far as the lighting goes, it looks great. Loads of options, bright and well defined.

Regarding the Firefly surface which we also tested, it worked well on a couple of different mice. Razer and non-Razer. Movement was smooth and we noted no issues with build quality and lets face it, who else has a LED lit pad? That said, it might have been a cool idea for Razer to add some LEDs to the raised section at the top of the pad, spreading light across the surface.

Back to the Mamba TE, its performance was excellent. In fact we would go as far as to say flawless. The buttons offer just enough resistance to not activate by accident but with minimal force. The thumb button positioning ensures those activate with ease too and the scroll wheel offers a mix between distinct clicks and low movement between them. Tracking was perfect on the Firefly, the high DPI setting and varied acceleration offers super fast performance for those who need it while the dpi levels offering 1 unit increments means we those who require precise, detailed movements will be catered for too.

Summary: An excellent addition to the Mamba family, the Tournament Edition offers comfort, features and performance mixed with some excellent styling.

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