The Razer Cobra, along with its counterpart, the Cobra Pro, are the newest customizable gaming mice to come out of the gaming enthusiast brand. While our commander-and-chief is hard at work reviewing the Cobra, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with its more budget-friendly Cobra and was more than pleasantly surprised. While it doesn’t come equipped with some of the bells and whistles of the Pro, the Razer Covbra still packs a solid punch when it comes to features and build quality.
The Razer Cobra is a sleek-looking mouse that leans into a minimalist aesthetic. Leveraging a symmetrical design, the Cobra strips away any unnecessary bits, and we are left with a purpose-driven design. It’s simple and elegant.
Following Razer’s trademark matte black finish, the Razer Cobra’s only accent comes in the form of a glossy black crevis that helps accentuate the eight programmable buttons. In typical Razer fashion, the company’s logo rests as an illuminated symbol at the base of the palm rest, with full RGB lighting controlled via Razer’s Synapse software. This same software also handles the Cobra’s underglow RGB lighting, with everything working in unison to create a sharp and minimalistic look.
“The Razer Cobra is a sleek-looking mouse that leans into a minimalist aesthetic. It’s simple and elegant.”
Weighing in at only 58g, the Razer Cobera fits perfectly in hand and easily glides across any surface thanks to the 100% PTFE feet. With a USB Type-A SpeedFlex cable, the Razer Cobra easily moves around with minimal cable drag. It feels great in hand, and with the two right side buttons positioned perfectly for my thumb rest, the whole thing fits like a proverbial glove.
Everything about the build quality holds to Razer’s long history of premium mouse design. It feels solid to use and glides smoothly across the mouse pad. It holds to the high standard the Razer continues producing in all its mice.
Perhaps one of the best things about the Razer Cobra is its plug-and-play functionality. The Razer Cobra hits the ground running and is instantly recognized by Windows. With 5 preset DPI speeds pre-programmed, you can be up and running in seconds. It’s great for gamers who want to get right into the action.
While there are options to customize the profile via the Synapse software, the Cobra can, unfortunately, only retain one onboard profile at a time. This means you will still need to make adjustments from within the software when you want to change things up. It is a bit of a drawback for those used to being able to swap profiles on the fly, but when considering the price point and the target demographic, it is the feature that makes the most sense to take to the chopping block.
“The Razer Cobra hits the ground running and is instantly recognized by Windows. It’s great for gamers who want to get right into the action.”
The Razer Cobra is equipped with an 8500 DPI optical sensor that is exceptionally responsive. With a max IPS (inches per second) speed of 300, the sensor will have no problem keeping up with even the most gruelling gaming moments. In my tests with DOOM Eternal and Diablo 4, the Cobra never missed a beat and could easily handle everything I threw at it.
Equipped with Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3, the same switches used in the Razer Cobra Pro, Razer DeathAdder V3 and the Razer Naga V2 Pro, the Razer Cobra isn’t sacrificing where it counts. These optical switches are designed from the ground up to be some of the most responsive and durable made. With a 0.2ms response time, the Cobra once again can keep up with whatever you throw its way.
This is achieved by using the optical signal generated when the switch is pressed. Instead of traditional physical contact, which by its very nature creates an input delay and bounce effect that can be interpreted as multiple signals, optical switches require no physical connection to generate the signal. This eliminates unwanted delay and potential bounce effects.
As a result, the Gen-3 optical mouse switches boast zero double-clicking problems caused by unwanted accidental inputs from the aforementioned bouncing effect. I found this to be accurate in testing, as I never once encountered double-click problems. I haven’t thoroughly tested the 90 million click lifespan, but I can say that it’s one of the longer lifespans on the market for switches.
The Razer Cobra Gaming Mouse is a solid piece of hardware. It may lack some of the features of its more robust siblings, but the core mouse experience is exceptionally solid, responsive and in line with other mice in the Razer range. It lives up to the standard we have come to expect from the developer.
Where the Razer Cobra really shines, however, is in its price. At $54.99, it offers a quality product at a fraction of the price of other mice with the same build quality and features. It’s the perfect mouse for gamers just starting out who want a premium mouse experience without the premium price. Although it lacks some of the nice features found in the Pro version, the Cobra is still an excellent buy for those looking to get into the game without breaking the bank.