Accessorise to Survive: Razer Mamba

Razer’s catalogue of gaming peripherals is expanding to all shapes and sizes, but when discussing the company’s output it’s always the standardised PC inputs that the conversation turns to. From the wallet-friendly models to the high-end devices, Razer has a line-up that would make most […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageRazer’s catalogue of gaming peripherals is expanding to all shapes and sizes, but when discussing the company’s output it’s always the standardised PC inputs that the conversation turns to. From the wallet-friendly models to the high-end devices, Razer has a line-up that would make most peripheral producers jealous, and the Mamba is surely designed to do just that.

The Mamba is no entry-level product. The price point is arguably the biggest – and perhaps only – hurdle for adoption. Offered at a princely £114.99 GBP on Razer’s official site at the time of writing, the Mamba is undoubtedly valued at more than many family desktop computers these days. Electronic Theatre ImageAnd rightfully so, as there’s a world of difference between a £15.99 one-size-fits-all human interface device and the Mamba.

The list of hardware features packed into the subtle looking mouse is near endless, but most impressive is surely the battery life. The Mamba includes a rechargeable battery as standard, along with an illuminating charging dock. Plug-in the dock and marry to the mouse on any Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 system and the installation process is near instantaneous, place the mouse upon the dock and the battery life indicator – cleverly positioned on the inside of the mouse’s left grip – will let you know when charging is complete. Once fully charged you can expect no less than a dozen hours of constant gaming before a further recharge is needed.

Further to this, the Mamba can be used as a battery-operated device or wired. The charging process is much slower when used while charging, as would be expected, but nonetheless it means that the user is never without their highly prized input device when needed, be it specifically for gaming or general use. As the Mamba features only the basic inputs (two top buttons, two side mounted, two pointer-control buttons and a wheel) it is of course suitable for both.

One of the biggest selling points of the Mamba is it’s ‘4G’ dual detection system, which is billed as being faster than any other sensor. Using both optical and laser sensors, the device is inarguably precise just as gamers would demand, andElectronic Theatre Image the five predetermined cursor speeds are representative of this: even under the most demanding, high-speed usage the Mamba holds-up.

The initial set-up process for the Mamba (prior to the actual installation) feels ridiculously laborious for a seemingly standard wireless mouse, but that’s most definitely because Razer has created anything but a ‘standard’ device. Everything about the Mamba screams ‘quality,’ from the matt-gloss contrast on the device itself to the ludicrously elaborate packaging design. The pull tab for easy battery removal, the gold plated USB cable, the illuminations and the magnetism on the recharging dock, the; these are all unnecessary extras, but they are additions which further instil a sense of pride in Razer’s productions values.

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