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By Kimber Streams

The Razer Mamba (2012) is one sexy, sexy gaming mouse. Its sleek ergonomic design is perfect for any size right hand (sorry lefties) and its functional rubberized texture actually prevents the staining associated with too much "gamer hand." The scroll wheel and dock also have eye-popping, customizable colored LED lights. From the get, the Mamba looks and feels great, gaming with it was a treat!

The newest addition to Razer’s gaming peripherals arsenal is the 6400dpi 4G Dual Sensor System. The Mamba also has a second sensor that can tell what surface it’s on and how far away from that surface it is (which works particularly great for sniping). When we took the mouse off of the surface and set it back down, the cursor barely moved instead of the usual shooting off the screen that happens with normal mice. The Dual Sensor System can also be configured to work at any desired distance from the surface, adding a whole new layer of customizable gaming.  

One of our favorite features about the mouse is it’s wireless capability. There's virtually no lag between commands and their execution thanks to the its 1ms response time. We’ve read a few reports about stuttering cursors and poor performance, but in several hours of testing we didn’t encounter a single delay! It may have been an issue that was solved in the latest firmware update (which I downloaded before testing).   

For a rechargeable wireless mouse, the Mamba’s battery life is astounding. Fully charged, it's advertised to last for 16 hours of continuous heavy gaming.  We tested it for about five and was about a third of the way through the battery life. That's solid! The handy little LED lights on the front left of the mouse actually display how much battery life is remaining. And if the battery’s running low, plugging in via USB allows the Mamba to work while it’s charging. Razer advertises a seamless transition between wireless and wired modes, but I wasn't so sure. It took about a second or two for the computer to recognize the device, not much more.  

And if all these features weren’t enough, the Mamba comes equipped with a total of 7 programmable buttons, all of which are ergonomically designed and easy to reach. The two side buttons are perfect in proportion and the two buttons on the top left can actually scroll through 6 different sensitivity presets. We found this really useful for a bunch of gaming scenarios, and We didn’t encounter any lag while switching. Of course, if you don’t need to switch sensitivities on the fly these buttons can be programmed to anything at all.

The Mamba’s software is free to download from the Razer Support website, and is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The software allows for up to 5 different profiles, saved directly to the mouse so that it will retain those settings on any computer. The only problem we encountered with the software was time, it takes forever to rewrite and save all of the profiles! Every time we wanted to change one setting, or customize the LEDs, we were forced to wait 3-5 minutes for the software to overwrite all of the data.  

Alas, I wrote a love letter to Razer’s Mamba, and even with the hefty $130 price tag, it’s  still a very sweet buy. At first, I couldn’t imagine ever needing to spend that much for a gaming mouse, especially when a $10 two-button wired mouse usually suffices. But actually trying out the Mamba changed everything! We wound up finding a lot to drool over.

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