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This is an awesome gaming mouse - don't believe the horrible reviews!,
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First off, I want to express my disappointment in the misleading bad reviews for this mouse. Yes, there were some issues with this mouse when it was first released. Razer has since fixed all of them with firmware updates. So, did the folks who originally left bad reviews come back to update the status to "fixed"? Nope. So, that leads the consumer to believe that this product is terrible, when in fact Razor has address their customers concerns and feedback and worked quickly to resolve them. I DID my homework and it took a whopping 5 minutes. Once I received the mouse, the first thing I did was read the instructions on how to properly set up the docking station and mouse. Next, I went straight to the Razer website ([...]) and downloaded two software updates; 1) "Razer_Mamba(2012)_FirmwareUpdater_v1.04" and 2) "Razer_Mamba_Driver_v2.00". Razer has issued three firmware updates to the base and the mouse since it was released earlier this year to address some of the issues that have been pointed out in some of the reviews. The current version for both the base and the mouse firmware versions is v1.04. Both the mouse and base I received required updating; the base came with firmware version v1.01 installed and the mouse had firmware version v1.02 installed. The process was simple and the software program walked me through the entire process with easy to understand instructions. Both the base and the mouse are now updated to firmware version 1.04 and work flawlessly both in wired and wireless modes. The software drivers for the mouse enabled a lot of different functionalities to include the ability to creat profiles, adjust the "on-the-fly" DPI setting and number of DPI steps (1 through 5 steps are selectable), and yes change the color eminated by the base and the mouse and there is a large amount of colors available for selection, or you can even select the color to cycle throughout the entire color range.
So, here are the Pros and Cons of the Razer 2012 Mamba mouse:
- Mouse ergonomics are excellent and feels natural
- Mouse management software easy to install and setup - make sure to go to the [...] website for the latest version; both software drivers and firmware versions!
- Mouse wireless performance is flawless - and yes, 6400 DPI is now fully supported in wireless mode!! Most likely, this issue was resolved with the firmware updates
- Mouse wired performance is flawless - this is to be expected!
- Mouse can be charged either through the base (when docked), or when connected in wired mode using the included USB cable - this allows for the greatest amount of versatility that allows you to take the mouse with you on the go without requiring the need to take the base stand
- Ability to create profiles for individual games and store up to five profiles on the mouse - you can even change the associated color to particular games if you want! And yes, the mouse will autoswitch to the pre-programmed profile for a particular game when it's launched (autoswitch mode is optional, so you will need to select this for each profile)
- Mouse software allows you the option to show the DPI setting on screen - this is very useful when gaming so you aren't guessing which DPI setting is currently selected! This is also an option that the user can turn on or off
- DPI settings range from 100 through 6400! I particularly like this because it provides a 100 DPI setting for sniping in FPS games which I prefer over 200 DPI. In comparison, the Logitech G700 and G500 mice only offer a 200 DPI to 5700 DPI range
- Battery life is outstanding at an average of 8 hours! And power management options are available through the software - profiles can be designed to include sleep mode activation when no activity is present (inactivity time can be adjusted by 1 minute increments) and the brightness of the LED on the mouse can be lowered to safe battery life (each step of brightness equals 1 hour of battery life)
- Mouse and base will most likely require firmware updates - so this will slow you down from being able to use your mouse immediately right out of the box
- DPI buttons are in a slightly awkward postion and takes some getting use to as you may have a tendency to click the left mouse button when trying to change DPI settings. With some practice and time spent using the mouse, this becomes less of an issue
- Overall cost of the mouse is a bit high for most folks to take in - the Logitech G700 is a great alternative and sells for about $40 less - I own both, so I am not biased as to which I like more (except for the DPI range) ;)
CONCLUSION: Razer has done it again! Just when you thought the original Mamba couldn't have been improved, Razer comes out with a worth successor. If you are looking for a wireless gaming mouse with a great amount of versatility and high quality, look no further! Just make sure to do your homework before getting the mouse. The investment is well worth it and you will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2011 11:47:27 AM PDT
King Akhenaten says:
Believe the horrible reviews, not a Razer employee or fanboy. Missed button clicks and mouse jumping erratically is unacceptable, especially since the first Mamba seems to have similar issues. Went back to my Sidewinder X8.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011 6:49:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2011 6:51:00 AM PDT
Don't believe in uneducated replies to valid posts by trolls!! And evidently you do not know how to read. In Ninjawithagun's review he stated that he also own a LOGITECH G700 wireless gaming mouse!! Wouldn't still own it and use it if he was a 'fanboy'. Enjoy your crap mouse from Microsuck.
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 10:19:20 AM PDT
Wow - Truthseeker really does need to enroll in anger management classes.
Posted on Oct 16, 2011 7:41:17 PM PDT
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James Kwan says:
I just wanted to pop in and say that I don't care how well the product works now. They released the product months ago. It should have worked then. Seriously, for such a hyped up product, the least they could have done was BETA test it. It is acceptable to have some bugs / missing features during the initial release period. But these are just blatant errors in quality control.
Posted on Nov 5, 2011 7:19:22 PM PDT
Believe the horrible reviews. I bought 2 of this mouse, one for myself and one as a gift to my brother. both still have wireless issues, missed clicks and cursor jumping even after installing the latest firmware and drivers you mentioned.
We both have it plugged in now, totally unreliable in wireless mode.
Since both don't work properly in wireless mode, I'd say that you were lucky with yours.
I do love everything about the mouse aside from the wireless issues. But since i bought the mouse for wireless, It's a big deal to me.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 5:51:16 PM PST
Ryan P. Lau says:
yeah i too have bought 2 of these mouses and tried them on multiple computers and have those same issues.
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 1:05:52 PM PST
Kyle Warford says:
just you know, i took your review seriously and spent $130 gd dollars on this mouse. the bad reviews are right. i've latest drivers, with firmware updates - fresh windows 7 hp install, activated and updated automatically. yet i still can't play for more than an hour without the wireless crapping out and requiring me to plug the wire in. the receiver is 6 friggen inches away and still it drops constantly.
i've taken to just leaving it plugged in. it is not a wireless mouse, as wireless doesn't work. i'd like to see you come back and update everyone on how well it's worked for you. will you be honest if it has crapped out on your more than once?
Posted on Jan 3, 2012 12:53:50 AM PST
A. A. Alansari says:
As most have said, believe horrible reviews. I was misled by this review and bought this mouse. When it works, it works great like any other good gaming mouse. But for some reason it will from time to time: Freeze, miss-click, Change Profile settings(as in switch from profile1 to profile2) in middle of game. I had to keep 2 mouses hooked into my PC so when it fails I swap back to my old mouse.
2-3 months later, The rechargeable battery died and I mean completely died as soon as I remove it from dock/cable it shut down for good. According to warranty plan, battery not covered. Oh and they don't sell the batteries yet. Thus, I am stuck with cable.
My opinion is, buy a razor, buy a Logitech there is nothing wrong with any of them just don't buy this "beta' piece of junk. Every company make mistakes and I hope razor admit that at some point.