I’ve written several Razer gaming mice reviews in the past, so you’d think they couldn’t really surprise me anymore. Especially since I haven’t always talked about them in the most favorable light (Mostly because I’ve often felt that you’re paying more for a brand than a quality peripheral).
However, one of their more recent mice completely flew under my radar for quite some time, until a kind reader sent me a message and told me about it. What mouse am I referring to? The Razer Mamba 2016 edition, of course!
I’ll have a full review and summary below, but let me just say this – the Razer Mamba wireless laser gaming mouse is one of the most well-built, feature-rich mice I’ve ever used. It’s right up there with the Logitech G502, and I’ve raved about that beauty for months!
But what makes this wireless mouse so good? And more importantly, why is it worth your hard-earned money?
Read on for my Razer Mamba Chroma Review, and all your questions will (probably) be answered!
Razer Mamba Review
Pros & Cons
- + Up to 16,000 DPI for ultimate reaction times
- + Excellent ergonomics and design, comfortable for hands of all sizes
- + Wireless
- + Awesome LEDs (This is a Chroma/RGB mouse – its colors are fully customizable)
- – Some tracking issues depending on the surface you use (A mouse mat should solve this problem)
- – No on-board memory, so Razer Synapse (The associated software) must be running at all times to communicate your customization preferences with the mouse
- DPI: 16,000 DPI sensor, adjustable in 1 DPI increments
- Size: 2.76 X 1.67 X 5.04 inches
- Weight: 4.5 oz (Bit heavier than other gaming mice)
- Color: The mouse itself is black, but the LEDs are fully customizable – you can choose from 16.8 million colors (Basic RGB lighting 101)
Is This The Best Gaming Mouse of 2016?
Quite possibly yes! The Razer Mamba is surprisingly well-built for a Razer mouse (The only other mouse I really love from them is the Naga Hex), and it also has more features than other Razer gaming mice I’ve used in the past.
The first thing I should discuss is the build quality & design.
The Razer Mamba wireless mouse is one of the most well-built gaming mice I’ve ever used. The buttons don’t feel cheap, the scroll wheel is smooth and responsive and the mouse itself feels exceptionally sturdy.
Durability is absolutely critical when it comes to gaming mice. Even putting aside the occasional fit of nerd rage, the amount of trauma a gaming mouse will sustain over its lifetime (Millions of clicks, accidentally dropping or banging it against something, etc.) is often enough to cause problems in the functionality of a mouse.
One of the most common problems that crop up in wireless mice over time is damage to the interior hardware. This is a big problem for wireless mice in particular, because a wireless mouse that can’t communicate with its wireless receiver is completely worthless. This is most common in cheap wireless mice, though, and the Razer Mamba is anything but cheap!
The next thing I wanted to cover in this section is the design. The Razer Mamba is contoured perfectly to fit just about any grip, but I’ve found that the claw grip is the most comfortable way to hold it, personally.
But shape isn’t everything, and Razer understood that this time around. With really nice rubberized grips on both sides of the mouse, the Mamba is extremely pleasant to maneuver – it also doesn’t attract grease or fingerprints as easily as an entirely-plastic mouse would. Always a plus in my book!
The scroll wheel’s ridges also help with maintaining your grip, but they feel a bit unnecessary to me. I can’t think of a time when I’ve ever lost control of my darn scroll wheel, but hey – different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Now we get to what truly makes the Razer Mamba special. One of the reasons I’ve disliked Razer’s other peripherals in the past is due to the lack of additional features. You could generally get a cheaper mouse with more extra functions just by going with a different brand.
The Razer Mamba’s features, while still not as robust as certain other gaming mice on the market, are pretty sweet. First of all, you have your DPI buttons just below the scroll wheel (When will Razer learn to stop putting DPI buttons there?) – These can be re-bound to anything you like, though.
Next up, you have your two side buttons on the left (Also fully programmable to just about anything you want), conveniently placed for easy access. Personally, I recommend binding those buttons to your DPI switches and binding the default DPI switches to something else, but that’s just me.
One of the coolest things about this mouse is the scroll wheel’s “secret” buttons! Simply nudging your scroll wheel left or right counts as two additional fully programmable buttons. This is obviously a feature Razer borrowed from Logitech, but I’m not going to complain – it’s a really nice touch, and it lets you bind some of your least-used actions or abilities (In the case of an MMO or RPG) to something other than your keyboard.
The tracking of the Razer Mamba is nothing short of spectacular, especially for a wireless mouse. I couldn’t see any lag time or stuttering whatsoever when using the mouse, even with the DPI cranked up and fast mouse movements. The tracking and accuracy is as good as any wired mouse, to be honest.
However, some people have reported some issues where the Mamba occasionally stops tracking – This was fixed by a firmware update (A quick google search should point you in the right direction if your Mamba is one of the affected ones) for many people, and at worst a free Amazon replacement in rare cases. Again, this issue does seem to be quite rare, but I felt it was worth mentioning.
That’s about it in terms of extra “physical” features, but your ability to customize and tweak the mouse doesn’t stop there..
As with most modern PC gaming peripheral companies, Razer has their own software that lets you customize just about all of their products – everything from their mice & keyboards to their headsets. This software is called “Razer Synapse”.
It’s a fairly lightweight and easy-to-use software, and it’s kind of neat to slowly accumulate more and more Razer products to use with it. But anyway, I’m getting off topic.
The Razer Mamba, as I’ve touched on before, is fully customizable in just about every way. You can customize the tracking height (The distance from a surface that it stops registering movement. Great for when you need to pick up and move your mouse to another part of your mousepad), the DPI, button bindings and – of course – the colors!
Before I go into the software itself, I just want to mention that Razer’s “Chroma” technology allows Razer Synapse to synchronize multiple Chroma-ready Razer peripherals with the same color scheme. This is a minor thing (And totally optional), but it’s pretty cool to be able to adjust all of your peripherals’ colors at once.
As you can see, Razer Synapse lets you customize quite a bit. You can also save macro, lighting and calibration preferences to “profiles” to suit your mood or specific gaming needs (You may not want 16,000 DPI in an RPG or puzzle game, for example).
I personally stick to a simply blue-green “breathing” effect for my mouse, but I’m sure all of you crazy people will come up with plenty of wild color settings to show off at some point.
This is another minor touch, but you can see that you have the option to switch off all lighting effects when your computer display is turned off. This may seem trivial at best to most of you, but this really helps prolong the Mamba’s battery life. I recommend leaving that setting “checked” at all times.
Razer Synapse also has a built-in “calibration” feature for the Razer Mamba (And, presumably, other razer gaming mice), but I didn’t really notice much difference before and after using it. Whether this is a testament to the excellent tracking of the mouse by default or simply another case of a useless feature, I do not know.
Price & Availability
Time to get down to brass tacks. One of the complaints I have with the Mamba is its price tag – the RGB lighting is gorgeous, the tracking is great and the ergonomics & build quality are excellent but…
…Whether or not all of that is worth the current price tag is really up to you to decide. Sitting at roughly $140 currently (Bear in mind that the price is subject to change at any time), this is one of the most expensive gaming mice on the market. While I personally think it’s definitely worth it, it depends on your budget and your gaming needs.
In terms of availability, I’ve found that the best place to grab it is Amazon. This is due mostly to their awesome return policy – very few questions asked, refunds are prompt and replacement shipping is fast.
That being said, Newegg or even your local Best Buy (If they stock it) would be perfectly fine as well. In other words, buy it from whomever you’d like! There won’t be any real difference between retailers. Just make sure you’re getting the following model: RZ01-01360100-REU1
Thanks for reading my review, everyone, and I hope your experience with the fantastic Razer Mamba is as positive as mine was.
What’s your favorite gaming mouse?