This Mamba still got its moves.
Installation and Software:
By now we are all accustomed to the Razer Configurator – the front end software that allows detailed customization of your Razer mouse. The software has been updated to v2.0 and has a snazzy (slightly) new interface and a couple of new additions just for the Mamba 4G.
Under the ‘Tweak Performance’ tab, among the sea of numbers, dials and tick boxes (which are very important, btw), you will also find an option called ‘Surface Calibration’. This new option brings the dual optical-laser sensors to better understand the surface the mouse is being used on and adjust itself to offer finer precision and something called a ‘life-off’ range. If you are scratching your head right now, let me explain: a lift-off range is when the mouse is made to believe it’s still on the surface and continue feeding position coordinates even if it’s the ‘air’. The lift-off range can auto-calibrate, although Razer has thrown open the option to users to fine tune to their hearts delight.
Another set of features, which might be common between both the Mambas, we aren’t sure, is a slightly juiced up ‘Lighting and Power’ tab. The software brings the much needed ‘flash battery’ indicator when the charge level drops below a certain point. It also allows the Mamba to fall asleep after a certain period of time, saving precious charge as a result.
Let there be no doubt, the Razer Mamba is still one of thee best wireless, and otherwise, gaming mouse ever created. It just brings ergonomics, features and performance and fits it in the palm of the users to unleash.
I noticed precision improvements in my Battlefield 3 Beta escapades. Of course, no technology in the world can compensate for skill, so I did get annihilated from all corners of the map, however there were less moments of over compensation. With the lift-off add-on and it’s superb tracking mechanism, the Mamba 4G excelled in all levels in terms of performance, offering smooth, precise movements across the screen. I am not a high DPI users, so I have never really given the crazy 6400DPI a shot, but I don’t really doubt that the Mamba 4G can’t handle it.
Razer claims upto 15% extra battery life with the Mamba 4G, and that sounds in all honesty. I got a good 8 hours (mix) from the old Mamba; the Mamba 4G however gave me approximately 9-10 hours. It’s a marginal improvement, although still disappointing.
I see this as a missed opportunity, really. Makers like Cyborg, and heck, even Gigabyte, are offering dual battery solution that offers upto 20-25hours juice in total (the Gigabyte Aiva M8600 offers 100 hours). The Mamba is still stuck with just one, and it barely holds up to the others. What also doesn’t help is how cumbersome it is to plug the mouse to the USB. When it slips in, it can be up and running in mere 5 seconds. But we all have bad days, and we all have those days when we can’t plug a damn wire into its socket and that’s where the Mamba annoys. The USB plug is just not accessible, simple or easy to use at all. I have to twist and turn the mouse, and literally ram the USB wire in to get it going.
As Razer unleashes the Mamba 4G worldwide, there is no doubt that it is what will be available of the Mamba in a few months. Thankfully, fans will not be crying and whining over the old model. The Mamba 4G, for one, is exactly the same as its predecessor. Razer thought wise before tinkering with an award winning design, although we wouldn’t have mind a few changes here and there, namely dual battery solution, and maybe weights. The 4G’s dual sensor are godly precise, and in the hands of an experienced professional, it can create it’s own brand of wrath.
That said, the Razer Mamba is a hard one to recommend. In 2010, just last year, it was the epitome of design and performance. But since then we have had the likes of Cyborg R.A.T 9 come along, and that has changed the game entirely. The R.A.T 9 offers dual battery solution, weight systems, adjustable palm and thumb rests, a Sniper-mode button, and a similar price tag. Does 4G makes a world of a difference? No, not quite. It’s brilliant but not worth the extra features the R.A.T 9 provides. Razer got an opportunity to correct a few things here, but it seemed they were too hesitant to change absolutely anything. At it’s price point, I do not recommend the Mamba 4G over the Cyborb R.A.T 9. Over everything else? Oh hell, yes.