Reviews Razer Mamba: TE Review

Published on September 4th, 2015 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Razer Mamba: Tournament Edition Review

Since the Steam Summer Sale of 2014, I’ve owned a Razer Deathadder 2013, and it’s treated me pretty fantastically thus far. My only real issue with it thus far has been the lack of additional buttons other than the standard back & forward. With that in mind, you can imagine my excitement over getting a Razer Mamba: Tournament Edition to review.

What did I think? Read on and find out!

Tech Specs

There are a ton of specs, but here they are:

  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Nine independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable

Changes

From the Deathadder to the Mamba, there are a few differences aside from the two DPI adjustment buttons right under the scroll wheel. To those with a Deathadder considering making the plunge, I’ve taken pics of the other major adjustments.

Body Shape

DeathAdder & Mamba: TE Side-By-Side

Deathadder on the left, Mamba on the right

The base has retained the same width while the Razer logo has gotten a bit of a material adjustment, very likely due to the Chroma. Its quite a bit more visible when the lighting is off now. The key split is retained, with the addition of two programmable DPI buttons and light arrows added as reminders that you can click left & right with the scroll wheel.

One of the major differences is the extension of the left mouse button and the additional ridges on the edges of both buttons which have a great feel to them.

Scroll Wheel

Mamba vs Deathadder Scroll Wheels

Deathadder on Top, Mamba: TE on the bottom.

The scroll wheel was the first difference I could feel immediately. The scroll wheel on the Deathadder is quite smooth to the touch, but in the Mamba: TE it has a ‘ribbed’ texture to it which makes it much better. Rest assured that scrolling isn’t remotely an issue. Audibly, the sound of the middle click is a bit more subdued.

 

 

Thumb/Left Side

Mamba Left Side

Deathadder on top, Mamba on bottom

Once you get to the left side of the mouse, you see a good amount of differences. The mouse buttons are resized and the seam has been made to support Chroma. My favorite adjustment is the added size to the traction pad. There’s a lot more grip there, and the rubber grip feels great to the touch.

Right Side

Mamba Right Side

Deathadder on top, Mamba on bottom

The right side has been given a similar treatment, with the pads being stretched a bit higher and further down the side of the mouse, making it a ton easier to catch a grip with your pinky and ring fingers.

Chroma

Razer Synapse Button & Chroma Profile Screen

Razer Synapse Button & Chroma Profile Screen

You’ve seen in the screenshots above that the chroma works just fine. There are multiple modes to the coloring, I tend to choose ‘Breathing’ though, as it gives you two colors and fades continuously between them. The screen that you adjust your Chroma coloring is the same one you choose your button profile on, so that’s a nice little bonus.

Thoughts

After a few weeks with the Razer Mamba: Tournament Edition, I think its safe to say I can’t go back to the Deathadder without feeling left out. While the Deathadder is a lovely piece of kit, the Mamba: TE is so much of an upgrade that I can’t just go back.

The grip additions on the sides and scroll wheel, the DPI buttons that can be programmed to other keys, and the chroma all combine to make this mouse a much better choice than the Deathadder. The two buttons alone were reprogrammed immediately to be my “M” key for pulling up the map and the “=” key so when I’m playing H1Z1, I can auto-run. Without letting go of the mouse? Lovely.

The only thing I’d add to it is the Adjustable Click Force from the original Mamba. Beyond that? This is my go-to! If you need a mouse with a good amount of customizability and programmable buttons — but not as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse — the Razer Mamba: Tournament Edition is a fantastic choice.

Razer Mamba: Tournament Edition [Amazon.com]

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About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



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