Software, performance and conclusion
The software that ships with a mouse may not be a significant consideration for most gamers but Razer deserves credit for producing the most coherent and user friendly software on the market for gaming mice. The Synapse software separates into three logical tabs - mouse, macros and stats. The mouse tab includes the majority of the tweaking options such as acceleration, button assignments, DPI adjustments, lighting effects and surface calibration, and this is where gamers can fine tune the mouse to their liking.
The lighting tab usefully splits off adjustments into two separate layouts. The primary window allows users to pick between preset effects (wave, breathing, reactive, spectrum cycling, static, off), as well as pick the direction of flow and the brightness level. A second more advanced layout can be entered by clicking through to the Chroma Configurator which allows for individual customisation of each of the 16 LEDs depending on the mode in question.
Furthermore, the macros tab houses the functionality to create and assign custom macros to any of the reprogrammable buttons. The final tab, stats, opens up a new window which provides in-depth statistics on the user's button presses, mouse clicks and mouse movement if the user chooses to enable the statistical tracking function.
Synapse benefits even more from being able to support multiple Razer products at the same time, including an option to sync lighting effects across Chroma-compatible devices. Further still, the ability to save settings profile to the cloud means Razer product owners can easily download their preferred settings onto any machine.
The Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is a fairly small and lightweight mouse making it ideal for fast-paced gaming. On the other hand the up to 16,000 DPI facilitates slow movers in that even small mouse movements can result in a large cursor response. The user, therefore, has a great deal of flexibility in the usage model they want to pursue. 16,000 DPI may at first seem unnecessarily high but getting used to such a high sensitivity is a rapid process and may suit many gamers, for those users who prefer lower DPI levels it is possible to go as low as 100.
Accuracy is virtually impossible to verify within a normal usage scenario though the Mamba Tournament Edition feels precise and nimble at hand, whether in gaming or around the desktop. Despite packing a laser sensor there is no sign of acceleration, jitter or any negative effects irrespective of a hard or soft mouse surface. To further add to the seamless gaming experience the two thumb buttons are impressively tactile and easy to access with quick response times. The decision to relocate the two other buttons from the edge of the left click to the centre makes these significantly less accessible so frequently required actions should be bound to the side thumb buttons.
In terms of ergonomics the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition isn't the most comfortable we've ever used. This is partly because the mouse lacks the width and the height to easily support the ring and pinky fingers (a palm grip) which causes some fatigue over extended usage scenarios since the mouse doesn't support the full weight of the hand. The Mamba Tournament Edition is, however, well suited for the claw-style grip that lends itself to a competitive gaming style. Prospective buyers will need to consider how long they use their PC in one sitting to determine whether the Mamba is ergonomically right for them, and as always, peripheral size and shape is something of a personal preference.