There’s a new era of wireless mice appearing across the market. Gone are the days of constantly needing to plug in and charge. Now a few brands have come out with the ingenious idea of making the mouse mat the charging point and no mouse has committed to this has heavily as the Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux. This combination mouse and mouse mat can only work in tandem which gives you what will almost certainly be the lightest mouse you’ve ever held on a mat specifically made for it.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux Review – Like Aiming With a Cloud
Hardly needing any battery to speak of makes this mouse by far the lightest wireless one I’ve ever held. Coming in at 96 grams, it’s effortless to drag around its purpose-built charging map and at first, I was actually worried I’d want that extra heft. Thankfully, the HyperFlux mat offers two different surfaces out of the box which can be switched at your leisure. One is a smooth plastic-like surface but I far preferred the felt. This stopped my mouse from feeling like it could just slide around and gave it enough traction that I felt like I had full control. Pairing this with the incredible lightness of the mouse itself makes this one of the smoothest experiences I’ve had in a wireless unit for both first-person shooter aiming and browsing the web.
The only downside with the mouse and mat combination is you can’t use this one at all off the mat. Five or so seconds in the air and it may as well be the lightest paperweight in the world. It’s more than enough to pick up and put down during regular use but if you’re someone who likes to use their mouse on their lap at times you just can’t. This was completely fine for a desktop situation like mine but for others may need to have a second mouse if you’re still considering the Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux.
The design is also what you’d expect from a high-end gaming mouse and brings a high level of comfort. I’m quite picky and like a mouse that fits snugly to my hand and the shape of the Mamba curves into my palm nicely. It also has these odd rubber almost gill-like sections to the sides where my fingers curl around. They were weird at first but the texture and squishiness started to feel nice and familiar fairly quickly. Now I’ve noticed I always feel like I have a firm grip on the mouse without crushing it, which is nice for those more intense moments.
To be fair, at $249.99 this is also one of the more expensive wireless mice on the market and being smooth as hell alone wouldn’t be enough to justify that. Thankfully, the Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux combo impresses in a lot of other ways.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux Review – Complete Control
The Mamba sports the minimum amount of mappable buttons I like to see on a mouse with only two allocated to the left side for thumb use. Originally, I was a little uncertain about this but after delving further into the included software, I discovered that this is not the end when it comes to what you can get out of this mouse.
The Razer Synapse software allows you to completely customize your Mamba to suit your playstyle. If you want more buttons it even has a hypershift function which allows you to essentially have a dual mapping for most keys. You’ll have to sacrifice one key to act as the Hypershift button but it’s not a bad trade if you need a little extra.
You can also customize it to various playstyles for different games and in some cases, it can autodetect the game in use and automatically swap you to the profile you’ve allocated to that. If not, it’s a quick button to cycle through them, which is helpful for if you’ve got setups for different characters in a game like Overwatch.
Unfortunately, also in a game like Overwatch, the Razer software can cause a few problems and I found that I had to uninstall Chroma and reinstall the software completely without it before I could get this game to launch. Hopefully, there’ll be a fix for this at some point in the future but as it’s only an aesthetic feature of the mouse.
Thankfully, you can still do plenty to bring beautiful RGB wonder into your life even without Chroma installed.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux Review – Just Look at It
If you have a cool gaming mouse that doesn’t have RGB functionality, do you even have a cool gaming mouse? Razer is no stranger to bringing awesome colors on the scene and obviously, this one is no different. You’re also not sacrificing your wireless mouse battery to get these effects, which is great. All the charge is still coming from the mat at all times and it’s more than enough to bring your wildest RGB dreams to life.
The Razer Synapse software lets you color your mouse the way you want and also bring in different effects. If you don’t play any games that run into issues with it, Chroma allows you to fully customize all the lights on your mouse and mat. You can set things up so they move at different or complimentary speeds and effects and make something that really suits your set up. For a classy look, you can choose from a more limited color pool that matches your other accessories, or if you’re like me, you can bask in the beautiful rainbow lights.
Without Chroma, you are more limited and this is unfortunate, given its issues with some games. You can still change a variety of effects and I was thankful to be able to change my power switches from the default green which was too eye-grabbing during gameplay.
When working together, they’re an incredibly nice looking pair of kit. The lights around the mouse pad frame the mouse nicely and make it easy to play even in the dark. As someone who prefers wireless mice, it’s nice to be able to have one with all the bells and whistles and not worry about the battery.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux Review – The Nicest Wireless Mouse at a High Price
I can easily say that this is the nicest wireless mouse I’ve ever used. I’ve noticed my terrible game skills be slightly less terrible and never having to worry about the battery on top of that has been fantastic. It will take a bit of getting used to having to stick to the mat area but once you acclimate, it moves like a dream and looks incredibly cool while doing it.
The only real downside to this mouse is the price and it’s no small thing to spend this much on peripheral. If you’re a real wireless mouse fan like myself who just can’t handle cable drag, this will be the answer to your dreams especially if you can afford the hefty price tag. If you’re not that fussed about being tethered down, then the mouse gets a little harder to recommend. The distance between accuracy for a wireless and regular mouse is closing and you’d be hard pressed to find a better one to try for the first time than this. However, you can still get comparable mice like the wired Razer Mamba for aa lot less. For myself though, it’s worth the extra to not have to deal with cables or batteries ever again and still have a competitive and slick mouse.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Razer Firefly HyperFlux was provided by Razer through Double Jump Communications.