Razer’s Mamba HyperFlux is the latest innovation in the gaming peripheral market. The device is apparently the world’s first battery-free wireless gaming mouse. The idea of a battery-free mouse seems absurd, but there’s actually a good reason why this peripheral does not come with a battery inside.

Earlier this week, Razer announced at CES 2018 its new peripherals, the Razer Mamba HyperLux and the Razer Firefly HyperFlux. The two devices were launched together because they actually complement each other. The Mamba HyperFlux is a gaming mouse, while the Firefly HyperFlux is a mouse pad.

Razer designed the Mamba HyperFlux with the goal of creating one of the lightest high-performance wireless gaming mice in the industry. This explains why some parts of the mouse were intentionally left out, including its battery.

Making up for the absence of battery in the Mamba HyperFlux is the Firefly HyperFlux mousepad that also serves as a power mat. By way of a magnetic field, the Firefly HyperFlux transfers power directly to the wireless gaming mouse to make it work.

“While other companies have attempted to do wireless charging for mice, they have been unable to achieve true wireless power as their mice still need a battery to be charged. HyperFlux Wireless Power Technology is a game changer in the world of wireless gaming,” Razer CEO and Co-Founder Min-Liang Tan said.  “Gamers are no longer held at the mercy of a battery or cable. Instead, there will be true wireless freedom with a cordless gaming mouse that’s the same weight as a wired mouse.”

So how light is the Mamba HyperFlux? Razer says it only weighs a mere 96 grams. This makes the new peripheral 2 grams lighter than Logitech’s G900 Chaos Spectrum wireless gaming mouse, as pointed out by DualShockers.

Talking about the features of its battery-free mouse, Razer said that it is equipped with the company’s Adaptive Frequency Technology that’s also present in its other wireless gaming mouse called the Lancehead. The inclusion of this technology means the device has superior signal strength. “This ensures industry-leading wireless signal stability between the mouse and computer by adaptively scanning and switching to the strongest signal within the 2.4 GHz frequency band,” Razer explained.

The Razer Mamba HyperFlux also has a 16,000 dots-per-inch (DPI) 5G optical sensor, 1000 Hz polling rate, nine programmable buttons and Razer Chroma RGB lighting.

Meanwhile, Razer’s Firefly HyperFlux comes with a dual-sided hard and cloth surface, so that users can comfortably move the mouse over it depending on their playstyles. The hard side is recommended for speedy mouse actions, while the cloth side is for precise aiming and control.

Razer is selling the Mamba HyperFlux and the Firefly HyperFlux as a $249.99 bundle. The company has yet to announce an official release date, but the products are expected to arrive sometime during the first quarter of this year.

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