Realy Comfort Mouse?
Introduced in 2009 and renewed in 2015, the Mamba is now one of Razer’s flagship mice. This time, it is available in an Elite version with a new “5G” optical sensor. Comfort oriented, the Mamba does not change shape in its Elite version. We therefore always benefit from a medium-sized mouse (125 x 69.9 x 43.3 mm), rather rounded and which accommodates the hand well.
We gladly put the whole palm on it, although the larger hands are invited to grab it in claw, fingers a little curved, for more nervousness in fast games in particular. Its reasonable mass (100 g on the scale, 96 g without cable according to Razer) makes it also quite handy, a little less clumsy than a Naga Trinity , for example, although it cannot claim to equal the most agile mice. dedicated to FPS or Moba, often thinner and lighter (at Razer always, the Basilisk or even the DeathAdder ).
Regardless, the Mamba Elite is appreciated above all for its versatility and is suitable for a wide variety of uses, in video games as in office automation. The grip is very good thanks to the curved edges and equipped with elastomer inserts.
When it comes to sliding too, the Mamba Elite behaves very well with its two large PTFE pads – a much smaller third pad surrounds the sensor and provides additional stability in addition to limiting the risk of dust getting lodged under the optics of the sensor.
Quality of Product
In terms of finish, we appreciate the good quality of the matt plastics used and the impeccable adjustments that this Mamba Elite benefits from. The mouse remains sober, only the backlit areas bring a little fantasy and color. Razer also highlights the Chroma effects of this RGB backlight distributed over 20 zones. Whether it’s just enjoying color variations or activating light alerts, it brings a touch of originality to the mouse with neat lighting and smooth transitions.
As for the buttons, we appreciate the good reactivity of the main switches signed Omron. Guaranteed for 50 million activations, these have the good taste of not being noisy and remain relatively flexible. The slightly concave buttons also help to keep the fingers well in the center. The two buttons on the left edge are not left out.
Well positioned, they are easily activated and are also reactive. Two other buttons take place above the dial to adjust the sensitivity of the sensor on the fly. Less well placed, these impose a certain digital gymnastics. Operating them in the heat of the moment is not advisable and we can hardly count on them for other functions, despite the possibility of assigning them other commands via the Synapse software.
The dial, for its part, is a treat to use. Sufficiently flexible to perform fairly fast scrolls, it remains well notched. It is associated with three switches: the classic one that activates when you press it, but also two lateral ones that activate when you tilt it to the right or to the left; these are used for side scrolling in office automation, but can also be associated with any other function.
Design And Precision
Like the other “Elite” mice, the Mamba Elite is equipped with the “5G” optical sensor manufactured by PixArt. A sensor first introduced with the DeathAdder Elite, but which is also found in the Lancehead Tournament Edition, the Basilisk and the Naga Trinity. Very efficient, it supports speeds of up to 11.43 m / s and accelerations of up to 50 g. We have never been able to find fault with it. Even the fastest players can’t win it. We can thus perfectly use the Mamba Elite in low sensitivity and subject it to lively and wide movements at the same time, the viewfinder follows the slightest movement without problem.
Razer’s “5G” optical sensor, at the heart of the mouse. A use in high sensitivity is conversely quite possible, the sensor being able to climb up to 16,000 dpi. Remember, however, that at this extreme level, a movement of 2 cm is enough to make the pointer travel the width of 3 Ultra HD screens. It is therefore perfectly unnecessary with current screen definitions, but as with speed and acceleration, who can do more can do less. However, manufacturers should rely on other commercial arguments to praise the qualities of their mice.
When it comes to surface recognition, the Mamba Elite accommodates a wide variety of materials and our satin test desk does not pose any problem. Optical technology requires, however, glass and other transparent and reflective materials are to be banned. We always recommend a good mouse pad anyway, especially for gaming, in order to enjoy optimal glide and precision, and also to reduce wear on the pads at the same time.
Easy Setting Of Devices
Common to all Razer devices, Synapse provides access to several settings. First of all, you can change the function of the nine mouse buttons and assign them previously recorded macros. A second tab gives access to the sensor parameters, in particular to choose the sensitivity levels (up to 5). The third tab is dedicated to backlight effects. You can choose one of the five pre-recorded, or create your own effect in Chroma Studio. The last tab is used to calibrate the sensor for the area of use of the mouse.
The settings can be saved in several profiles that can be associated with software so that they are loaded automatically when the software is launched. The mouse can accommodate up to 4 personalized profiles in its internal memory, the profile change can then be done without resorting to software, simply by pressing the dedicated button located under the mouse.
- Comfortable handling.
- Good build quality.
- Excellent optical sensor.
- Soft and well notched at the same time, with side clicks.
- Neat backlighting.
- 4 personalized profiles in internal memory.
- Hardly accessible sensitivity change buttons.
Without forcing, the Mamba Elite remains the precise and comfortable mouse we’ve known since its first version. This new Elite version changes almost nothing in shape, but benefits from an optical sensor at the tip and responsive buttons. A mouse that is always so recommendable if you are looking for versatility.