Razer Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux
Gaming Mouse (Wireless)
Technological advances in mouse technology usually happens at a slow but steady pace. In the wireless field this has led to new devices being able to emulate the performance and stability one usually associates with a wired alternative. Meaning there’s no shortage of great wireless options from all the main hardware players. But going wireless means batteries, charge time, and alternating between plugging-in and unplugging at the whim of a small flashing light.
The new Razer Mamba + Firefly combo presents a new approach, a lightweight battery-free Mamba mouse pared with a Firefly pad that provides power through the magic of magnetic fields. And we say magic because even with all the spare time in the world we wouldn’t be able to replicate the underlying technology.
For one, it requires access to a fancy workbench.
In practise though, the Razer Mamba + Firefly perfectly. With enough room and comfort to make the alternative look, well, dated.
The first thing you notice with this wireless Mamba is just how light it is, weighing in at only 96 grams. The second thing is how it instantly becomes usable once it makes contact with the Firefly mousepad. Setting up both in Windows 10 requires little effort and is as simple as plug-and-play. Looking at the Mamba mouse, the only real difference to the current wired/wireless revision from Razer is the removal of the RGB Chroma lighting strips on either side of the grip. Everything else remains the same, which is to say that it’s a premium gaming mouse with exceptional performance across the board. With the same great build quality and grip feel too.
The real star of the show, and perhaps the reason for the high price-tag, is the Firefly mousepad with Razer HyperFlux Wireless Power Technology. Which is designed to provide power directly through the mousepad without ever having to stop and charge. Now, the downside to this is that the Mamba won’t work as a wireless mouse without the pad. But does offer a wired option with the same USB cable – a nice touch. What you do get though is an exceptional mousepad that features a reversible soft or hard contact surface with a Chroma lighting strip that can be seen on all sides. That also syncs seamlessly with the Chroma lighting present on the Mamba mouse itself.
Through extensive testing we found that the mouse loses “charge” after about ten to fifteen seconds of losing contact with the mousepad. Once “reconnected” the Mamba lights up and continues like nothing happened - in less than a second. This is important because being able to pick up the mouse and move it to a different point on the Firefly pad is something that we found that we were doing each time we fired up a game or switched between back and forth from typing.
- Sensor: Razer 5G optical sensor
- DPI: 16,000 fully customisable
- LED Color: RGB (Razer Chroma)
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: Nine (programmable)
- Weight: 96g
- Cable Length: 2.1m
- Mousepad: Razer HyperFlux Wireless Power Technology
- Mousepad Dimensions: 355 mm (Length) x 282.5 mm (Width)
Razer’s 5G Optical Sensor is one of the best, and thankfully performance isn’t hampered when paired with this new wireless tech. In fact, the lightweight design makes it perfect for first-person shooters. Which we tested with several titles, including the brilliant slice of old-school action that is Amid Evil. A game that mimics the fast-paced movement of classic shooters like Quake. Now, there are people out there who like to customise the weight of their mouse via additional weights – of which this Mamba doesn’t supply or support. Probably because they might interfere with the underlying magnetic wireless tech. Anyway, that’s just a guess. So, you could say that’s an omission.
But, the core design behind the Mamba + Firefly is the combination of two ideas – the removal of having to recharge a battery with the appeal of a lightweight wired gaming mouse. In that sense this is indeed a triumph, thanks to Razer going the premium route to ensure that both the mouse and the mousepad are of the highest quality. With exceptional performance across the board the only real downsides we see with the Razer Mamba + Firefly is high price tag and the lack of a wrist pad for the Firefly.