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Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review

Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review

It would be fair to say that Razer are fond of refreshing existing products, either updating older models or releasing various twists on a design. Today’s review falls into the former category, a significant update to a mouse which was first released in 2009, this is our Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review.

Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The new Maba arrives in some fairly standard looking Razer packaging however once we open that, things take a step up as we find a nice metal tin. Inside that the mouse and other items are all encased in foam. With the mouse we get product documentation, stickers, a charging base/wireless transmitter, USB cable for the base (or mouse) and a small tool which is used to adjust the mouse. More on that shortly.

Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review – The Mouse

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The first feature of note about the new Mamba is that it retains its dual mode functionality. That means we can plug the USB cable into the dock/stand and use the mouse wireless (placing it on the stand to charge) or we can plug the cable into the mouse directly and use it wired with full change being maintained. The port for the USB cable can be seen in the centre on the front of the mouse and Razer add a couple of perforated panels on each side for some extra style.

The top surface of the mouse is a textured plastic and on the heel is a Razer logo which does not light up. As far as extra buttons go, we get two in the area behind the scroll wheel (which is LED lined) and allows press, scroll and left/right action. Two LED tracks run down the side of the mouse and as far as dimensions go, the mouse measures 128x70x42.5mm with the weight listed as 125g.

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Turning the mouse round to look at the sides we see that the right side is fairly plain. Just a rubber section to give us some grip. Over on the left we get that same textured rubber with two thumb buttons available.


On the base of the mouse we get three low friction feet, the on/off buttons, charging pins (the mouse is rated for 20hrs gaming) and sensor. The sensor is Razers 5G laser model with 16000 DPI rating. The IPS for this is 210, acceleration 50G, 1000Hz Polling and 1ms response time.

The other item of note is that the new Mamba has two screws on the base. These can be turned using the bundled tool and when this is done the resistance required to press the left or right button is altered.

Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review – Software

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As with all recent Razer products the new Mamba uses Synapse for configuration. Our first screen offers the option to configure each of the buttons on the mouse other than left click as well as set profiles. On the second screen we can configure DPI in 1 unit increments as well as adjust the acceleration, polling rate and stages for our DPI up/down buttons.

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On the lighting screen we have the ability to choose from 16.8million colours as well as various effects (Breathing, wave etc) and can control the dock lighting too. Calibration allows us to match the mouse to our gaming surface for maximum performance and tweak the lift off distance. Finally the power screen lets us set the sleep mode, battery warning/status and displays the current charge level.

Razer Mamba 16000 DPI Review – Conclusion

The Mamba has its origins in an era where Razer pretty much perfected the basic shape of the gaming mouse. It and the DeathAdder were two great, comfortable products, so the new Mamba has some strong foundations. (As a side note, for those keeping track from previous reviews, our original DeathAdder is still going strong… now into its 8th year and still used on our main benching PC!) The shape is good, ideal for claw or palm use. The finish is flawless with nice grip from the side panels and the weight gives the Mamba a nice chunky, but not heavy, feel.

Looking around the mouse the LED lighting works well, its nice and bright with the only minor disappointment being the lack of lighting on the Razer logo. Button placement is good and we still very much like the fact Razer allow us to use the mouse wired, or wireless. As far as battery life goes, we had no issues. Razer note 20 hours, we hit around 17 before needing to think about recharging and that took just a couple of hours to complete.

On the software front, no complaints. This is the same Synapse control panel we have used for a while now and it works well. The screens are intuitive, the functionality good and one panel can control various Razer devices which is always nice.

As far as the new features go, the variable buttons work well, allowing us to tweak for our needs but they could have been implemented better. Requiring a specialist tool (and a very tiny one) is just going to result in people loosing the ability to tweak as their tool gets misplaced. A simple flat head screw would have done. On the sensor front, the 16000 DPI sensor is ridiculously fast when at full. Most users are probably not going to go far above 12500… at least that’s where we started to notice our accuracy dropping off. Tracking was flawless throughout our testing.

Summary: A nice evolution of the Mamba. Good software, solid hardware and excellent performance.

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1 Comment

  1. M0nk3m4n

    Something tells me the only way to see the difference on something this crazy is side-by-side tests. I still use a 1300 dpi mouse, i couldn’t possibly need anything more precise or fast. Sometimes I think the tech world’s just bored. lol

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