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Razer Mamba 2012 Review, gaming in style at its best

Torn between wired versus wireless mice? Razer has a solution to those who want the best of both worlds. Introducing the Razer Mamba 2012, Razer’s top-of-the-line Elite Ergonomic mouse offers users a wide array of customization, from the assignment of keys to the color of the LED lights up to the responsiveness of the mouse.

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This mouse comes in a clear plastic packaging which looks really cool (see for yourself). The package includes Razer documentations, stickers, manual, a charging dock, an 1100mAh Li-ion battery and a 7ft. long braided usb cable.

Razer Mamba 2012

The Mamba 2012 is also based on its predecessor, the Mamba. The matte finish on the palm up to the left and right click buttos is really comfortable especially during long gaming hours when your palm starts to sweat. It also has a touch of glossy plastic on the sides which gives it a really classy two-tone feel. It has 7 programmable buttons with the help of the driver software.

Bad news for lefties though as this mouse is designed for right handed users only. The mouse feels just right for my medium-sized hand. It also had 3 LED lights on the right side of the mouse and if you read the manual, you’ll know what light pattern indicates what as it shows the battery life and the sensitivity you are currently using.

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The Razer logo isn’t lit on this mouse unlike their other mice, only the scroll wheel. But Razer didn’t disappoint because you can customize the color of the lighting in a large palette of colors, let’s say 16 million colors combinations! And it gets even better, the LED light on the Dock matches the color of the light on the mouse.

On the underside, you’ll see the on/off button and the pairing button (for the receiver). You’ll also notice the “œeject” button on top of the pairing button. The “œeject” button keeps the cable in place whenever you use wired mode.

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Razer really put their best design team on this mouse because the dock even looks cool. It has an LED light underneath which really fits the theme of the mouse. The dock charges the mouse and also serves as a receiver when on wireless mode.

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Like what I said in my previous review of the Razer DeathAdder mouse, Razer has one of the best mouse sensor technology available in the market today. Imagine the best, and stepping it up another notch and you’ll get the Razer Mamba 2012. The Mamba 2012 features the newest 6400dpi 4G (4th generation) Dual-sensor technology. It a laser and an optical sensor, which means you can use it on virtually any surface (except glass, haven’t tried it though).

I used to game on my bed and the cursor doesn’t jump like crazy. One thing that might upset some users is when you change surfaces, i.e. from a mouse pad to your desk; It doesn’t recalibrate to the new surface and the mouse becomes unresponsive. You have reconnect it so it can recalibrate. The performance is really top-notch, the Teflon feet underneath is better than the one in the DeathAdder and glides on any surface smoothly, as in very smoothly.

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Another update from the older Mamba is the better battery life. With around 15% more battery life, and more options to optimize the battery life in the software, your wireless gaming needs will be satisfied for around 12-14 hours of gaming. I used it for 6 hours straight, just gaming with it (yes, 6 hours) and it still has 3 LED lights  after a full charge. You don’t have to worry anymore about losing juice because you can just plug it in normally like a wired mouse.

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Overall, the Razer Mamba is really a high-end mouse that really delivers for its price. If you’re looking for one of the best gaming mice in the industry, the Razer Mamba 2012 should be included in your list, if you have a spare Php7,149 lying around that is. That’s the SRP but you can get one for as low as Php6,800.

Pros: Cons:
  • Top-of-the-line performance
  • 6400DPI 4G Dual-sensor
  • Comfortable for long hours of use
  • 16 million possible LED color combinations
  • Great feedback on the keys
  • Not for left-handed people
  • Price but you’ll get what you’re paying for

Razer Mamba 2012 Specs:

  • Gaming Grade Wireless Technology
  • 6400dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
  • Dual mode wired /wireless functionality
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling /1ms response time
  • Multi-Color Lighting
  • Up to 200 inches per second* /50g acceleration
  • Approximate size: 128mm x 70mm x 42.5mm
  • Battery Life: Approx 16 hrs (continuous gaming)
  • SRP: Php7,149

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Andrei Lim with some slight revisions by the editor. Andrei was born with a game controller in his hand, started gaming at the age of 6 when he first got his NES and SNES. He has beaten a lot of games and continues this legacy with his gaming rig.

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  • Griswold

    awesome looking mouse!!! I would love to use something like that pero wala pa akong money. hahaha. ok yung combination ng wired and wireless since pwede mo pa rin magamit habang nagchacharge. no disposable batteries!

  • Walrus Medalla

    wow… a very nice mouse… sana nga meron dn ako ganito.. sir ok lang ba ipa contest nyo ito? hehehe…

    its price is worth it.. mas mahal pa kesa sa external na 1TB..hehe

    • Not this one, but we’ll have a raffle. Stay tuned! 😀

  • Kychi Sugimoto

    do you know where i can exactly buy this mouse near quezon city?

  • David Pascual

    Where can I buy this mouse?

  • Andrei lim
  • Leon988

    Is it the Z-Axis issue still exist? i mean while you lift off your mouse and life on again the cursor will run one inch above the screen.

    • Andrei Lim

      I haven’t encountered the issue. Tried lifting my mouse and the cursor stays in place. This is the 2012 version so I guess they fixed it.

  • Razer never fails to amaze me.
    Another great product from Razer, the design is pretty sleek, and the idea of being able to change the LED colors is pretty awesome.
    Another nice thing is it can be wired and wireless.

    Of course, I still have to try it to see if it’s worth the praise, haha.

    • Oh yes, it definitely is worth the praise AND worth the price. I’ve been using it since I’ve got it, and it has been awesome. One issue though, sometimes my single click registers as a double-click. Will try to contact Razer for the issue.

      • It must be really good then.
        I’m still thinking about getting the DeathAdder or this, and the primary use will most probably be for gaming, and a lot of people have been saying “Wired Mouse over Wireless mouse if you’re going to use it for gaming!”
        But, according to your review you played for 6 hours straight, and I assume you enjoyed every bit of it.

        So, if it weren’t for the price, which of those two mice would you prefer for gaming? (I usually play MOBA and FPS, sometimes MMO. I kinda play everything I guess …)

        • Well, you do have the option of using it wired or wireless. I’d recommend the Mamba since it has 2 extra buttons which can be used to switch DPI settings which is very useful for FPS and RTS games. I’ve been playing a lot of League of Legends and I have a profile that binds my summoner spells to the DPI adjustment keys.

          It’s up to you in the end, if its within the budget, I’d suggest the Razer Mamba. The DeathAdder is a beast of a mouse too though.

          • Wow, that’s a nice idea, using the DPI buttons for the summoner spells.
            Makes me want to buy it!

            I’ll totally go for the Mamba if I’ll be able to have it haha.

            Also, I’ve read the article about Razer resellers. And I just want to ask, will the Mamba 2012 be available at most of those stores or, will it be most likely available at Datacore and Cutting Edge?

          • Its hard to say, the article was there for the ones that you are sure to find the Razer Mamba 2012. I’m not sure if it’s easily available elsewhere.

          • Awesome. I just hope they have full stocks by next Saturday. I’m excited to use a Mamba.

            Thanks a lot for your help, I appreciate it. Now I know Razer is a REALLY good option for gaming peripherals. 😀

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