Razer Mamba vs Deathadder | What’s the difference?

When you’re looking to get a new mouse for gaming, or even for causal use, you’re going to come across Razer’s range of mice. Aside from being aesthetically very good looking, they’re also some of the most practical and responsive mice on the market. And although they’re great ergonomically, they still don’t have a vertical mouse on the market.

There are several different ranges that Razer offer, and it can be quite difficult to know which one of these might suit you best. Two series that they offer are the Mamba series and the Deathadder series. These are both within a similar price range, so often it can be difficult to tell them apart.

Aside from this, they also have many of the same features, like having 7 programmable buttons each and being compatible with Chroma RGB lighting. But if you’re trying to decide between the two, which should you choose? Let’s take a look at the Mamba first, and then a look at the Deathadder too.

Razer Mamba vs Deathadder

The differences between the Razer Mamba and the Razer Deathadder are actually quite minimal – in fact, the Mamba is often referred to as the wireless Deathadder. This is the main difference – the Mamba comes as a wireles mouse, whereas the Deathadder Elite is wired.

This isn’t their only difference, but it’s the main one. You can also check out which Razer mousemat is better too. Let’s find out more about the Mamba.

Razer Mamba

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Razer Mamba Wireless: Gaming Mouse with True 16,000 DPI 5 Generation Optical Sensor, 50 Hour Battery Life, Powered By Razer Chroma
  • Extended Battery Life: With extended battery life of up to 50 hours on a single charge, you experience pure gaming freedom for longer. You can even use the mouse while it’s charging, so you never have to deal with downtime

The Razer Mamba has been one of the brands bestselling gaming mice over the past few years, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The high 16,000 DPI is the stuff gamers dreams are made of, with a high sensitivity being one of the main things gamers are looking for.

The Mamba is available in both a wireless and a wired version, and you can find special releases of it sometimes too (I’m thinking of the Gears of War Edition that was released a year or so ago). It’s one of the best gaming mice on the market if you’re looking to spend a reasonable amount.

The wireless version of the Mamba weighs a little more than 100g, which is relatively heavy for a modern gaming mouse. It actually wasn’t when it was first released, but with so many other options released on the market, there are lighter options available nowadays.

Pros

This mouse is, as you’d probably expect, extremely well designed and made to last. there’s a reason why it’s remained one of the more popular Razer models for some time now.
One good thing that the wired Mamba has is that you can use the scroll wheel tilt to change from left to right, which can prove useful for gamers. The wireless doesn’t have this function, unfortunately.
You can charge this mouse up pretty easily, and on a single charge you’ll get a few weeks use out of it (it lasts for more than 50 hours, so I guess it depends how often you’re gaming!).

Cons

The older models of the Razer Mamba had a tilt wheel on them, which can come in very handy for gaming. But, the wireless version of the Mamba doesn’t have that, instead changing it for a standard scroll wheel, which is a definite downgrade.
Although this is a well built mouse, overall I’d say that the Deathadder Elite has the better build quality of the two mice.
As normal with Razer mice, you actually can’t use the cool Chroma lighting on the mouse itself without downloading their software, which is just annoying.

Razer Deathadder Elite

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Razer Deathadder Elite: True 16.000 5G Optical Sensor - Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches (Up To 50 Million Clicks) - Esports Gaming Mouse
  • Gaming mouse with one of the world's enhanced optical sensor with true 16000 DPI, 450 IPS and 99 4 percent resolution accuracy

Like the Razer Mamba, the Deathadder Elite’s main selling point is that it offers great sensitivity – it also has up to 16,000 DPI capabilities. This is one area where you can’t really decide between these two mice, but that’s not a bad problem to have (at least you know either one you opt for will be responsive!).

Pros

As someone who’s used the Deathadder Elite extensively over the years, it’s difficult to look past the strong build quality of the Deathadder Elite, which makes it one of the best gaming mice out there.
It’s very comfortable to use the Deathadder Elite, and it comes with rubber grips on both sides of the mouse to increase it’s stability.
Out of the two mice, the Deathadder Elite can typically be found for a little bit of a cheaper price than the Mamba.

Cons

Although many people have asked Razer to make one, there’s still no wireless Deathadder available for us to purchase, with the Mamba essentially filling this gap.
Another area where I’d like Razer to improve the Deathadder Elite is in it’s scrolling wheel, which isn’t the smoothest and after time can get pretty squeaky.
Like the Mamba, one of the most annoying things about the Deathadder Elite is the software that it comes with!

Conclusion

It’s very difficult to decide between these two as they’re so similar to each other. The Mamba is often referred to as the “wireless Deathadder”, so you can see how alike they are and how users think of them.

Quite simply though, if you really want a wireless gaming mouse, then opt for the Mamba. If you’re rather a wired mouse, then I’d stick with the trusted Deathadder Elite.

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