A sub-100g wireless mouse with unlimited play-time. And a £250 price tag.Manufacturer : Razer
Model : Mamba and Firefly HyperFlux
RRP : £249.95
Read bit-tech’s review on the Razer Mamba and Firefly Hyperflux…
Most of us are, to one degree or another, perpetually limited by battery life in our daily lives. From smart watches to cars, our portable devices rely more and more on having regular access to charging ports, and for PC hardware enthusiasts that may nowadays include one or more peripherals. But what if you never had to reconnect a USB cable to your mouse again? That is, essentially, the promise of the Razer HyperFlux kit, which merges a tweaked wireless Mamba mouse with a (wired) Firefly mousepad with integrated wireless charging for the princely sum of £250. Read the rest of the review here.
The Razer HyperFlux kit exists without much competition; the only real contender that’s actually out is the Logitech PowerPlay hardware. Where Logitech offers its mousepad and two compatible wireless mice separately, though, Razer only offers this one bundle, and it’s at least £40 more than Logitech’s most premium offering (G903 plus the PowerPlay mat). It’s unclear at present if Razer plans to extend the HyperFlux ecosystem.
£250 really is a hefty sum to pay considering that excellent wired mouse are available for about a quarter of this price, and it’s also a pretty big difference between this and Logitech for the sake of getting below 100 grams. I will admit that it’s quite cool having so light a wireless mouse and never needing to charge it, but I also resent that I’d have to forgo my lovely full-size deskmat or have the HyperFlux sitting on top of it awkwardly. Also, if I’m going to go wireless, I’ll actually go wireless and have a hidden receiver rather than a cable going to my mousepad.
Clearly, then, the HyperFlux kit was never really designed for me. Maybe you’ll feel the same, but maybe you’ll see the appeal of a sub-100g wireless mouse more than I do. In that case, in fairness to Razer, I can’t really criticise the Mamba HyperFlux’s design much, as it’s very comfortable and a great performer, and Synapse 3 is elegant too. The electromagnetic induction works flawlessly, and setting up the mouse couldn’t be simpler. If what the HyperFlux kit offers appeals to you and you can afford it, I can’t really find a reason not to recommend it, but it does seem overly expensive compared to Logitech’s competing kits, so they’re worth investigating too.