Remember back when mice had balls? Remember the bi-monthly clean out of the buildup of dust and dirt from those internal wheels? When the balls were removed and infrared sensors became a staple, the humble mouse was changed forever.
Then, in a further progression in tech, the wire was removed making our desks slightly neater and mouse movement a fraction less obtrusive.
Taking things one step further, Razer has built a wireless (of sorts) gaming mouse that has no battery! Wizardry? Not so much.
The Razer Mamba Hyperflux is a precision gaming mouse using wireless charging technology thanks to its companion, the wired Firefly Hyperflux mousepad.
Laden with Razers chroma illumination the Mamba mouse is comfortable in the hand, light and most certainly precise.
In addition to the standard left and right mouse buttons and scroll wheel on top, it also features two more customisable buttons which sit conveniently under your thumb on the left flank.
Below the rather annoyingly noisy scroll wheel are two more buttons used to quickly adjust the sensitivity of mouse movement on the fly. This is a feature that’s likely not used by anyone outside the professional gaming space, built into a mouse that’s not likely suitable for use within that same space, but we’ll get to that.
Movement of the Mamba across the large Firefly mouse pad is smooth as silk. It glides with just the right amount of resistance making for really solid and precise control of your crosshairs, pointer, or whatever. The mousepad surface has two sides to it to suit your preference ; your standard soft, wetsuit like fabric or flip it over to the smoother plastic side for less resistance.
The most prominent feature of the Hyperflux combo though is the “wireless” power technology it boasts.
The super conductor built into the Mamba maintains charge for up to 15 seconds which keeps the mouse powered during those brief moments where you might inadvertently slip off the mousepad or lift the mouse up to readjust your position. It’s also significantly lighter than a battery which means the mouse is noticeably lighter.
Clever? Yes. Necessary? Not so much.
In a gaming setting there were a few occasions where the mouse lost power where I had unintentionally moved the mouse partially off the mousepad during loading screens resulting in having no power by the time the game started. Quickly rectified by placing the mouse back on the mousepad this was nothing more than an infrequent and minor annoyance. Though in a professional gaming setting the risk of unexpected power drop outs could be disastrous.
This fancy technology is further hindered by the price point. The Mamba/Firefly package brandishes a RRP of a massive $399.00 AUD. For a mouse and mousepad!
Alternatively a wireless Razer Mamba retails for $190.00 AUD, which as far as we can see is essentially matched in specs and features save for the disastrous inconvenience of having to change a battery every 12 months or so.
The Mamba Hyperflux is comfortable, light weight, silky smooth and offers surgical precision with seemingly zero latency. But an unnecessary feature which, while clever, creates more problems than it solves and unnecessarily pushes the price up to excessive heights.
At a cost comparable to a decent upgrade to your PC which would arguably generate significantly more enjoyment, anyone buying this package likely has more dollars than sense.
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