This Mamba still got its moves.
When I look at the small ’4G’ sticker on the new Mamba’s award-like case, I am instantly reminded of those detergent adverts which claim their product has been “new & improved”. I then comically quiz out loud: if the product is ‘new’, then how is it ‘improved’? Que inside loll’ing.
In the case of the Razer Mamba 4G, the term ‘new’ does not apply. It certainly is not. But improved it is, packing both optical and laser sensors that Razer has decided to brand it ’4G’ (not to be confused with the mobile broadband). It also features a higher DPI setting, 6400 to be exact, although I still cannot fathom using it anywhere, let alone gaming.
But I digress. So, without any further adieu, let’s get this baby rolling.
Firstly, let me give props to the packaging. We have seen some great packages for various hardware, some from Razer themselves but this is something truly unique. The mouse comes mounted on a clear plastic pedestal inside a tall Plexiglass case – the wireless transceiver, battery, USB cable, manuals and other useless promotional material are all hidden inside cardboard drawers that slide of the base as though it were jewelry box. The packaging, of all things, reminded of a wrapper for a candy i used to hog on at a time when razor was still spelled with an ‘o’ and came on a stick with a curved head. But the packaging is very impressive, implying that you have not bought home a device that will help you sort your 18+ collection but a trophy, a recognition for being a gamer. Amazing stuff from Razer here.
Now, onto the mouse. The design is very much like one of Razer’s most popular mouse, the DeathAdder. It almost sports the same design with a few touches here and there to distinguish it. The Mamba has no fewer than nine action buttons: there’s the usual large left-and-right button on top, two large thumb buttons on the left side, and two small buttons on the left of and slightly below the top left mouse button. They are the dedicated buttons to change the DPI settings on-the-fly, eliminating my complaint i had with the DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition where you would have to sacrifice the functionality of the thumb buttons to have a feature similar to that. On the left hand side you will also find three LED lights displaying the level of DPI you are on and the status of your battery.
On the underside, you will find the large Razer Precision 4G Laser and Optical sensors, a wireless sync button, an on-off switch, an eject button to remove the charge cable, three small Teflon pads and the battery slot. Don’t be too worried by the awkward position of the battery placement, it does not interfere with the smoothness or the performance in any way.
The surface is protected by a non-slip surface ensuring that you will never loose a grip and that you will have an ugly-looking mouse within days after the sweat smudges completely destroys the look. A shame because the mouse has a sexy form factor, and has its curves in the right places to seduce any gamer. The mouse immediately felt comfortable in my palm, never felt cramped, and provided me with consistent smooth movements.
The transceiver is connected via the USB cable and works as a charging dock and as the wireless station. It has a large sync button in the middle, and while it looks simple, the trademark light blue glow around its base makes sure that it carries a sense of stylish as well. The USB cable can be plucked out from the transceiver and be fitted directly into the mouse to provide users with an alternative way to charge the mouse while also transforming it into a wired device when it runs out of juice.