World Class Performance Mouse
Aug 2, 2010 (Updated Aug 3, 2010)
Review by mindtool
Rated a Very Helpful Review
-Best wireless response, period.
-High dpi settings.
-On-the-fly dpi changes.
Cons:-Proprietary RAZER USB cable.
-May pick up speaker vibrations.
The Bottom Line: Highly recommended to graphic artists and gamers.
The Razer Mamba feels great. I am upgrading from a logitech MX510, which felt smaller and lighter. I bought this mouse because of the wired/wireless capabilities (the only mouse I know of with such capabilities). Now to start, I typically HATE wireless mice. I feel the lag and can't stand using them -- I am very picky. With that said, one cannot even tell that this mouse is wireless. It has an amazing 1ms response time (as opposed to the typical 8ms response found in typical wireless mice). There is no noticable lag between the action and movement of the curser, even when gaming.
Recommend this product?
The mouse comes mounted like a trophy, sitting on a pedestal amd waiting to be admired in its clear case. It's flashy and over-the-top. But I guess after you burn through 100 bucks, you want to feel special. It's a nice little absurdity.
I have read some reviews with the RAZER drivers having compatibility issues with the logitech "setpoint" program. In my situation, this IS NOT the case. I am using a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (with drivers and setpoint installed) and then installed the Razer software/drivers. There were absolutely ZERO ISSUES with performance, failures, etc. I am running Windows 7 Home 32-bit edition. I am running the latest firmware (version 1.13) on the mouse (which came with it, did not have to upgrade) and the latest drivers (version 1.07).
The DPI resolution is incredible and even overkill. It's nice to have the options. I leave my default setting at about 3000 dpi and it is really sharp and responsive. The highest 5600 setting is a little fast, but you can always lower the windows mouse sensitivity in control panel to accommodate that. Battery life is great too; currently running for 9 hours and the battery reads 2/3s full. Also charging is not inconvenient, just plug the usb cable into the mouse and you can charge while using it (or you can dock it if you're not using it).
The mouse looks great and feels better. The contours are very nice for a natural, resting fit (right-handed). It may fit more comfortably with larger hands.
Installation was easy enough, just plug in the mouse with the cable and insert the disk. Follow the instructions and install the software. Once the software is installed, you can remove the usb cable from the mouse and insert it into the dock, then sync the mouse with the dock by holding the "wireless radio" buttons together (one on the bottom of the mouse, one on the dock).
Very straight forward and easy-to-use software. You can control the lighting on the mouse, the 5 dpi settings to store (and can scroll to on-the-fly), profiles, as well as driver and firmware updates. A bit flashy, but well laid out.
If you have a subwoofer or large speakers on/under the desk, the mouse can pick up the vibrations because it is so sensitive. I have 2 large speakers that sit right next to my desk on either side. Now I have only come across this problem once, the music was cranked and the mouse was sitting on a soft mouse-pad. Once taken off the pad, the vibrating curser was significantly subdued to almost nothing. If you have a solid table top, this shouldn't be an issue.
All in all, this is a very high quality mouse, even the braided usb cable is very high quality. The cable/mouse connection is very firm and solid. But, is it worth $100? If you only go through one mouse every 6 or so years, then to me, it's definitely worth it.
Scores out of 10:
Ease of setup/installation 9
(Lack of) Issues (higher score = better) 9
Overall (not an average) 9.5/10
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Amount Paid (US$): 104.88
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