Wirelessly charging mice are formally a pattern now that the Razer Mamba Hyperflux is the third such peripheral to vow constant and fixed wi-fi operation when paired with a particular ‘Firefly’ mouse pad.
Whereas it would seem to be Razer is late to the sport, the Mamba Hyperflux treads new floor by ditching any form of inner battery within the title of being the world’s lightest wi-fi gaming mouse. The result’s a wi-fi peripheral that mainly can’t be used wherever however on its mouse pad.
That’s a tall order to ask of players, and the $249 (about £180, AU$320) worth level of this wi-fi combo solely makes it more durable to rationalize as a worthy buy.
Though the Logitech G903 and its complementing PowerPlay mouse pad are additionally priced at $249 (£259, AU$449), it’s a much more compelling selection since you should use the mouse wirelessly by itself. Moreover, spending $169 (£169, AU$299) on Corsair Dark Core RGB SE and its MM1000 Qi mouse pad is a comparative a discount that additionally boasts the utilitarian Qi charging system.
Unsurprisingly, the Mamba Hyperflux shares essentially the most of its general design with Razer’s flagship Mamba – save for a couple of options.
Probably the most notable distinction concerning the Mamba Hyperflux is the dearth of RGB strips working alongside each side of the machine. Excellent news is it nonetheless packs a good quantity of RGB with lighting constructed into the scroll wheel and the corporate brand.
The Hyperflux model of the Mamba can also be lacking the Adjustable Click on Drive system, which might have allowed us to tremendous tune the quantity of drive wanted to actuate the 2 major buttons. Fortunately, it’s not one thing you’re actually going to overlook except you really liked the characteristic on the unique model.
Though minor, it’s laborious not to have a look at all these omissions and never see the Mamba Hyperflux as a cut-down model of the unique it was modeled after.
On the very least, we will say the Mamba’s ergonomics haven’t suffered. The mouse’s general form is similar as its Hyperflux-less brethren, which ought to delight right-handed customers – and would possibly annoy everybody else.
As with different Razer mice we’ve examined prior to now, the tall body and sloped again facet make it extremely comfy for each a palm and claw grip. The Hyperflux additionally options giant rubber grips with a protracted, wavy lined design paying homage to the corporate’s newer peripherals, together with the Atheris and Lancehead.
You additionally received’t discover one other wi-fi mouse lighter than this. Weighing in at simply 96g, the Mamba Wi-fi feels gentle as a feather. Razer was solely in a position to this after dropping the battery that will have in any other case added one other 29g.
In fact, dropping this important element additionally means the mouse has to both always draw energy from its bundled mouse mat or be linked straight into different units through USB.
As talked about earlier than, the Firefly Hyperflux is the opposite half of this peripheral’s wi-fi charging package deal. This particular model of Razer’s RGB mouse pad generates a small, localized magnetic subject that the Mamba Hyperflux turns into a continuing stream of power by means of electromagnetic induction.
Although the Mamba Hyperflux lacks a battery, it’s outfitted with a brilliant capacitor – element that shops and transfers electrical energy. You would possibly assume the peripheral like this might die the moment you lifted it off the pad, however it could truly maintain a cost for 5 to 10 seconds, relying on how excessive your lighting results are.
Any extra time than that, and also you’ll have a useless rat in your fingers, however dropping it again onto the charging mat will carry it again to life inside a second or two.
With this setup, you’ll nonetheless must route a USB wire from the mouse pad to your PC, however at the least you received’t want one other port for the transmitter, as a result of it’s truly constructed into the mouse pad. Whereas that is good for slicing down on muddle and liberating up a USB port, it additionally means you actually can’t use this mouse with out the Firefly Hyperflux.
In any other case, the one different of means utilizing this peripheral is connecting it on to your PC by means of a USB connection – however this feels prefer it ruins the entire level of it being ‘wi-fi’.
On this means, the Razer Mamba Hyperflux appears like a ‘wi-fi’ mouse intrinsically tethered to a USB charging pad. That may be tremendous for customers who imply to solely use it for gaming at house, however for the amount of cash it prices, we’d need a peripheral that we will take wherever.
The Corsair Darkish Core RGB SE and Logitech G903, then again, are fully competent wi-fi mice on their very own which are then additional complemented by their respective wi-fi charging mousepads.
Electromagnetic resonance know-how and all its novelty apart, the Mamba Hyperflux is one other stable gaming mouse from Razer. At no level did we discover lag or watch our cursors instantly spin uncontrolled on account of a wi-fi sign malfunction.
Quite, the mouse was correct to a pin level, due to its 16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor. In fact, it helps that Mamba HyperFlux works greatest on a pad particularly designed for it and PC gaming.
The twin-sided mouse mat provides us a tough, slick floor on one facet for fast actions wanted for navigating the extensive maps in XCOM. Then, the tender pad turns out to be useful for video games that require extra accuracy, like pulling a dozen headshots in Nazi Zombie Military: The Trilogy.
Regardless of all the things Razer needed to reduce to get the Mamba to its sub-100g weight, we’re considerably glad it did. And not using a wire so as to add drag, you received’t discover one other mouse you’ll be able to sling throughout the mousepad as rapidly as this.
Razer’s Hyperflux peripherals are a novel idea and so they obtain all the things they got down to do. Nonetheless, whether or not these variations of the Mamba and Firefly are for you’ll rely in your PC gaming setup. When you’re completely cool with shopping for a wi-fi mouse and charging pad combo that you just’ll by no means take outdoors, it is likely to be a worthy enterprise.
If it have been as much as us although, we’d somewhat spend our cash on Corsair or Logitech’s extra sturdy wi-fi options. Nonetheless, the capabilities of Razer’s wi-fi charging know-how can’t come quickly sufficient to the corporate’s different peripherals, just like the Lancehead, and we hope Razer decides to maintain the battery subsequent time.