Razer Mamba Elite Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Razer Mamba Elite Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office/Multimedia
5.0
Travel
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
8.8
Video Games (MMO)
7.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Mamba Elite is an excellent right-handed wired gaming mouse. It has a sleek, black design that looks very similar to other Razer mice, but has 20 customizable RGB zones to help it fit in with any gaming setup. It's great for gaming thanks to its low click latency and customizable CPI and polling rate. While it's a bit on the larger side, it should be fine in palm grip for any hand size, though those with smaller hands may find it slightly big for fingertip or claw grip.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

This mouse is good for mixed usage. While it's designed as a gaming mouse, it's very good for almost every use except travel, thanks to its ergonomic and well-built design, programmable buttons, and customizable performance. It also should be comfortable for any size of hand with any grip type, unless you have a small hand, in which case only palm grip is recommended.

Pros
  • Very low click latency.
  • Outstanding performance with customizable CPI and polling rate.
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
  • Lots of button-mapping options.
Cons
  • Rigid, braided cable is prone to kinks.
  • Bulky design may be too large for smaller hands with some grips, and difficult to travel with.
7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Mamba Elite is a good mouse for office use. It's comfortable and well-built, which makes it good for all-day use. Its programmable buttons are also great for desktop shortcuts, to help you get through work quicker. It can be used for palm grip with any hand size, though for fingertip and claw grip, it may be too large for smaller hands.

5.0 Travel

This mouse isn't designed for travel. Its wired design may not be ideal to work in small spaces like on a plane and it likely won't fit in most laptop bags.

8.2 Video Games (FPS)

This mouse is great for FPS games. It has great click latency, great ergonomics, and feels very well-built. It also has outstanding performance, with adjustable CPI as well as polling rate to help you fine-tune it to your personal preference. It can be used for palm grip with any hand size, though for fingertip and claw grip, it may be too large for smaller hands.

8.8 Video Games (MMO)

While this mouse isn't a dedicated MMO mouse with a plethora of extra buttons, it's still excellent for MMOs. This is because almost all of its buttons are programmable, including the up and down scroll. It's also quite comfortable in every grip for all hand sizes, though those with small hands may find it slightly large for claw or fingertip grip.

7.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

This is a fairly good ultra-light gaming mouse. While it isn't nearly as light as some mice dedicated to ultra-light gaming, it's decently light for a gaming mouse. It's great for all gaming due to its low click latency and outstanding sensor performance as well. It's also quite comfortable in every grip for all hand sizes, though those with small hands may find it slightly large for claw or fingertip grip.

  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.0 Travel
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Mamba Elite has a sleek, black look that's very similar to other Razer gaming mice, like the Razer DeathAdder Elite, except with more RGB zones. There are RGB lightning strips along both sides of the mouse, each with nine zones, allowing for tons of customization options.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
131 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
99 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
99 g

The Razer Mamba Elite is a fairly lightweight mouse, though not as much as ultra-light gaming mice like the Cooler Master MM710 or the Final Mouse Ultralight2. The weight of this mouse also can't be customized.

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 4.9" (12.3 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 2.7" (6.9 cm)
Volume
22.21 Cu. Inch (364 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired gaming mice, this mouse isn't the most portable option. It may not fit in most laptop cases, though this likely won't be an issue for people looking for a gaming mouse for their desk setup.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

Like most Razer mice, the Mamba Elite feels quite well-built. It's made of dense plastic and has no loose or wobbly parts. However, the scroll wheel feels slightly loose due to its horizontal tilt.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
65 mm

The Mamba Elite has a slight ergonomic slant which makes it only suited for right-handed use. There are latex grips on the side, which makes it easy to grab the mouse firmly, and the buttons are easy to click and reach. While this mouse is good for all hand sizes with palm grip, it may be slightly too large for those with small hands if you prefer to use the claw or fingertip grip.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Due to the shape of this mouse, palm grip is the most recommended for all hand sizes.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse has a fairly long body shape which may make it tougher for small hands to use the claw grip, and there are likely better alternatives out there.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse has a fairly long body shape which may make it tougher for small hands to use the fingertip grip, and there are likely better alternatives out there.

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Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This is a wired-only mouse. If you want a very similar mouse that has a wireless connection, check out the Razer Mamba Wireless.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Mamba Elite uses the typical braided Razer cable which is quite rigid and maintains a lot of kinks, which may be bothersome if you have a cluttered desk.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Mamba Elite mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
11 ms

The Mamba Elite's click latency is great and even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any lag.

9.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-0.9 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Mamba Elite has outstanding performance. Its CPI is adjustable in increments of 50, which is nice, and can go high enough to please most gamers. The polling rate can also be set to 125, 500, or 1000, allowing you to customize the fluidity of your cursor movements.

8.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
9
Number Of Programmable Inputs
11
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Mamba Elite has two additional buttons on the side, as well as a profile and a CPI button on top, and L/R horizontal tilt buttons on the scroll wheel. Other than the profile switch button, all of them are programmable, including the scroll up and down, giving you 11 total programmable buttons.

7.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
Yes
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Mamba Elite has a pretty standard incremented scroll wheel with RGB lighting. However, unlike some other Razer mice, it has horizontal L/R tilt buttons, which are programmable.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

Razer Synapse 3 is good mouse utility software that works great with the Mamba Elite. While the Razer software isn't available for macOS, your mouse will keep its customized settings when you plug it into other PCs, including Mac, thanks to its onboard memory. Razer's Synapse 3 software also has some additional features if you create an account, like saving profiles to the cloud and linking all your Razer products.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

While this mouse is fully compatible with Windows, Razer's Synapse 3 software can't be installed on macOS. If you program a button on a Windows PC, it'll only keep those settings on a Mac as long as they aren't Windows-specific commands (like Ctrl+C, for example).

Compared to other mice

The Razer Mamba Elite is quite comparable to the Razer DeathAdder Elite but has a bit more RGB lighting. This mouse has outstanding performance and very low click latency, which is common with Razer mice. However, it has a typical Razer cable, which is prone to kinks and creates drag. See our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best mouse.

Razer DeathAdder Elite
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Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite and Razer DeathAdder Elite are very similar wired gaming mice. They're both right-handed mice that are good for all hand sizes with palm grip, and all hand sizes except small for both claw and fingertip grip. The DeathAdder Elite's CPI is adjustable by increments of 1, which is outstanding and helps you precisely fine-tune its performance for your preference. On the other hand, the Mamba Elite has two more programmable buttons, as well as on-board memory so you can maintain your settings if you switch PCs.

Razer DeathAdder V2
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Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are similarly performing mice. They're almost the same size and are good for all hand sizes with every grip type, except claw or fingertip for small hands. The V2 is quite a bit lighter and has a much better and less rigid cable. It also has a higher CPI and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the Mamba Elite's mouse wheel has L/R tilt buttons, which is nice.

Razer Basilisk
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Basilisk and the Razer Mamba Elite are both great wired gaming mice that are very similar. While they're both right-handed mice, the Basilisk might be slightly more comfortable due to its thumb rest on the left side. Both mice are suitable for all hand sizes for palm grip, and all hand sizes except small for both claw and fingertip grip. The Basilisk has one additional programmable side button, but the Mamba Elite has L/R tilt on its scroll wheel.

SteelSeries Rival 600
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Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the Razer Mamba Elite are both great wired gaming mice. While the CPI is very low on the Razer, the SteelSeries is still low enough that it shouldn't be noticeably unresponsive. The Razer has more programmable buttons, and a more customizable CPI range, while the SteelSeries' software can be installed on both macOS or Windows, which is nice. However, those with smaller hands will likely be better off with the Razer, as they should be able to reach all the buttons more comfortably.

Razer Viper
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Viper is a better gaming mouse than the Razer Mamba Elite. It's lighter and its cable is slightly better as well. Its shape might be a bit better suited for fingertip grip users and people with smaller hands, but the Mamba Elite is better for people who like a palm grip and people with larger hands. If you're a fan of RGB lighting, the Mamba Elite also has side LED strips.

Razer Naga Trinity
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Naga Trinity and the Razer Mamba Elite are both great gaming mice. The Naga has a unique design with three swappable side panels to give you the option between 2, 6, or 12 additional side buttons. Meanwhile, the Mamba Elite has two side buttons. People with smaller hands may find the Mamba Elite more comfortable, as the Naga isn't recommended in any grip type for small hands. They both have very low latency and wide customizable CPI range, which is excellent.

Razer Mamba Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite and the Razer Mamba Wireless are very similar, except that the Elite is wired while the Mamba Wireless can be used wired or wirelessly. Other than that, the two look almost identical, and both feel very well-built and comfortable. The Mamba Elite has a lower lift-off distance, less CPI error, and L/R tilt buttons on the mouse wheel. On the other hand, the Mamba Wireless is easier to take around with you as it doesn't require a cumbersome cable, and has a low click latency even when used without a wire.

Logitech G502 Hero
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite is a ever so slightly better mouse than the Logitech G502 Hero as it's lighter and is more comfortable to use for most people. However, if you have big hands, the shape of the G502 Hero is great. Its cable is also a bit less stiff than the Razer's.

Razer Viper Ultimate
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Mamba Elite is a wired gaming mouse, while the Razer Viper Ultimate is wireless. Both mice are fairly lightweight, though the Viper Ultimate is lighter. The Viper Ultimate is most recommended for people with small or medium hands and those with very large hands will likely only find the Viper Ultimate comfortable in fingertip grip, while the Mamba Elite can be used in all grip types by all hand sizes, except claw and fingertip grip with small hands. Both mice have low latency, a very wide CPI range, and two additional side buttons.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Razer Mamba Elite is a slightly lighter-weight and wired gaming mouse, while the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is wireless-only. They're both great for all hand sizes with palm grip, though the X is better in claw grip for small hands, and both will likely only be comfortable in medium or larger hands with fingertip grip. They have the same customizable CPI range, and almost the same click latency. While they both have two additional side buttons, the Mamba Elite has more programmable buttons overall due to the CPI switch buttons on top and its L/R tilt mouse wheel.

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