Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Razer Solves Wireless Gaming Mice' Biggest Put Off: Weight

Razer 2018 International CES, demonstrated its solution to the biggest complaint serious gamers have with wireless gaming mice - their weight. Wireless mice run on batteries, and even if not bulky AAA ones, the relatively lighter lithium ion batteries in some of the more expensive wireless mice still add unnecessary weight that affects gameplay, particularly in games that demand rapid mouse movements. This isn't that much of a problem for non-gamers. Razer's solution to the problem is an implementation of electromagnetic induction, the same phenomenon that enables things like wireless charging, transformers, and modern human civilization to function.

The new Razer Mamba HyperFlux is a two-piece product - first is the mouse itself, that looks like a Razer Mamba, one of the company's most popular ambidextrous gaming mice; and second - the Razer Firefly HyperFlux mousepad. This is a medium-size, 4:3 cloth mousepad, which has an induction coil underneath. The surface is detachable (for cleaning). The mousepad plugs into one of your USB ports for power, while the mouse talks to your PC over a wireless USB dongle. The mouse needs this particular mousepad to function, which sparks an interesting debate on the logic behind this product.
Is the mouse truly wireless when its mousepad needs to be plugged in? At least being a wireless mouse without a battery, it's feather light, and solves the problem of weight and drag of a cord (solved only partially using a mouse bungee). On the other hand, it presents its own set of problems such as the added Z-height of the special mousepad (and its impact on your carpal tunnel), on what happens to the mouse when you rapidly lift it off the pad in the middle of the game, etc. I guess we'll have the answers to these questions and more when the Razer Mamba HyperFlux + Firefly HyperFlux combo hits shelves later this quarter (before April), at USD $249.99. Source: Gizmodo
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10 Comments on Razer Solves Wireless Gaming Mice' Biggest Put Off: Weight

#2
silentbogo
So, they cloned Logitech G PowerPlay and removed the battery (e.g. the only layer of redundancy)...
Betcha half of those will be RMA'd within a month or two.

P.S. Never thought that weight was the primary issue in wireless mice...
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#3
Franzen4Real
huh, I guess I'm weird as I actually prefer a mouse that has some weight to it..... In the past I even looked into the mice that had the little compartments to add ballast and create your own preferred weight.
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
Ive become a Corsair fanboy over the last year or two. The onlything I havent really swapped out that isnt corsair is my mouse because that G602 is just too good on battery life.
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SaltyFish
CrAsHnBuRnXp, post: 3780986, member: 44048"
Ive become a Corsair fanboy over the last year or two. The onlything I havent really swapped out that isnt corsair is my mouse because that G602 is just too good on battery life.
Apparently, every manufacturer under the sun is putting out their own wireless charging mouse like it's the new hotness or something. Corsair has their own version, but it's not quite the same.

Corsair's Scimitar looks like a nice refinement of the MMO/phonepad mice (Razer Naga, Logitech G600, etc.), but I hate how they're charging extra for on-board profiles (the "Pro" version). I've been put off from Corsair products after my K70 non-RGB suddenly died shortly after the warranty period expired. It's nice that Corsair really put enough effort into figuring out MTBF and warranties, but it understandably left a sour taste in my mouth.
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#7
yotano211
I'm on a Logitech m705 mouse wireless, I dont find the extra weight that much of a problem. I like the extra weight.
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
SaltyFish, post: 3781014, member: 106232"
Apparently, every manufacturer under the sun is putting out their own wireless charging mouse like it's the new hotness or something. Corsair has their own version, but it's not quite the same.

Corsair's Scimitar looks like a nice refinement of the MMO/phonepad mice (Razer Naga, Logitech G600, etc.), but I hate how they're charging extra for on-board profiles (the "Pro" version). I've been put off from Corsair products after my K70 non-RGB suddenly died shortly after the warranty period expired. It's nice that Corsair really put enough effort into figuring out MTBF and warranties, but it understandably left a sour taste in my mouth.
Yeah, I looked at that corsair mouse that they announced yesterday. While I like it, the battery life is not the same. I can go about 2-3 months on the same 2 batteries with my G602 from Logitech.
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#9
SortOfGrim
Lets hope you never spill a drink and fry the mouse pad. Btw, why didn't razr list the weight if it is such a big deal?
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yotano211
CrAsHnBuRnXp, post: 3781039, member: 44048"
Yeah, I looked at that corsair mouse that they announced yesterday. While I like it, the battery life is not the same. I can go about 2-3 months on the same 2 batteries with my G602 from Logitech.
The Logitech m705 model says it can go 3 years or so. I usually go about 11-15 months between battery but I have rechargeable.
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