Razer HyperFlux Mamba review: Brilliant ergonomics meet wireless charging
Last year, Logitech shook up the gaming mouse landscape in a big way. They debuted the first wireless gaming mouse that was capable of being wirelessly charged while in use. At the time, the Logitech Powerplay was a hugely exciting piece of tech - both in concept and execution.
Speaking personally, as someone who used to use a lot of wireless mice but was eventually driven away by their enduring tendency to run out of battery life at the worst of moments, Logitech’s G PowerPlay wireless charging kit presented some pretty thrilling possibilities.
What’s more, in the months since then, it’s become clear that the competition has wasted no time in playing catch-up and maybe even cleanly outpacing what Logitech did with the PowerPlay. Resurrected gaming brand MadCatz brought their own wireless charging gaming mouse to this year’s CES, as did Razer in the form of the new HyperFlux Mamba and Firefly. However, HyperFlux is more than a carbon copy of the Powerplay. Unlike Logitech’s solution - Razer have removed the battery outright and simply let their mice draw all its energy off the mousepad it arrives alongside.
With the Razer Hyperflux Mamba and Firefly, some of gaming’s best ergonomics meet some of its most exciting tech.
Mouse Type: Wireless
Dimensions: 124.7mm x 70.1mm x 43.2mm
RBG: Razer Chroma Lighting / Synapse-enabled, 16.8 million colors
Mouse Mat: Hard and soft sides, reversible.
In terms of design and aesthetics, the Hyperflux Mamba and Firefly are a pretty close match for their non-wirelessly-powered counterparts. However, that’s not to say there isn’t anything worth getting excited about here.
For one, that base-line is a pretty solid place to start. The original Mamba and Firefly were good products. They felt good. They looked good. They fit together nicely and came ready to team up with all of Razer’s other Chroma-integrated goodies right out of the box. Not to lay on the hyperbole too thickly, but the new Hyperflux variants are - naturally - all of that and more.
As it turns out, adding wireless power to the equation simply serves to make an already solid hardware experience even better. The weight and feel of Mamba itself is also noticeably lighter. The original Mamba weighed 126g. Sans the battery, it now weighs 96g and is an absolute breeze to hold in your hand. It doesn't hurt that the high-DPI 5G optical sensor inside does a great job of translating this real-world feel-factor into digital responsiveness - but more on that later.
Setup & Performance
Though the Mamba gaming mouse itself doesn’t require any wires, the Firefly mouse pad does. Specifically, it needs to be plugged in to your PC via a USB 2.0 port. However, once that tiny bit of setup has been done, you pretty much just drop the Hyperflux Mamba onto the mousemat and you’ll be good to go.
And go forth you shall. The first time you use the Hyperflux Mamba it feels great. As with the Deathadder and Naga, Razer continue prove themselves the best in the business when it comes to the ergonomics and raw feel of their gaming mice. Even if it is mostly plastic, the grip and refined sense of control while using the Hyperflux Mamba resonates just as strongly as it did with the regular Mamba.
Better yet, that feeling doesn’t exactly fade over time so much as it becomes supplanted by the knowledge that the experience isn't going to be interrupted or cut short by battery failures. With the Hyperflux Mamba and Firefly, it feels Razer has finally addressed a fundamental pain-point of the wireless mouse experience and even if they aren’t the first to do so, it’s an advancement that’s appreciated almost immediately.
The last pillar worth touching on here is the Chroma-integration. Functionally, this is pretty much the same feature that was in the original Mamba and Firefly and, as always, the more devices you have using RBG tech like Razer’s Chroma, the more appealing the final result is. The fact that the Razer Hyperflux Mamba and Firefly come together mean you get multiple sources of synchronized lighting out of the box - and that means you get right to the good stuff.
If anything, the only drawback here is the price. You probably could get yourself a top-notch regular wired or wireless mouse for about half what the HyperFlux costs - and most mouse-mats are dirt cheap. The other thing is that this setup does come at the cost of some flexibility. You can’t really trade the Firefly out for another mouse-mat or gaming surface. Razer’s is the only option on the table - which is a limitation that might rightfully irk some.
The Bottom Line
Still, if you want the future of wireless mice now, it’s there for the taking - assuming you’re willing to jump the hurdle of cost. For some, spending $250 for a mouse is a steep ask. However, for others it's a worthy price to pay.
Give it time, and eventually wirelessly-powered mice will probably become as ubiquitous as the rest. For now, though, the Razer Hyperflux Mamba and Firefly feel like the future.
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