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Razer Orochi Gaming Mouse Review

Andrew Lee Aug 6, 2012 0
4 out of 5 Rating

There are plenty of mice that consumers use for their mobile gaming, but none are like the Razer Orochi.  While in my entire life of gaming on a laptop, I have never owned a specific gaming mouse before.  Before aquiring the Razer Orochi, I had been gaming for the last couple of years with a Logitech V450 Nano. The 450 Nano is decent on the go and is pretty compact as a whole.  However, as with any wireless device, they tend to be susceptible to electronic interference, not to mention probably not airplane safe.  But with the Orochi, it works as a wireless mouse through a bluetooth connection as well as a hard wired mouse through a supplied USB cable.   With that said, here are some fun facts about the Razer Orochi.

The Orochi comes with Razer’s precision 3G laser sensor, which allows tracking up to 100 inches per second. Weighing at 68 grams, the mouse itself is of ambidextrous design, accommodating for use by either a right or left hand. It also includes Razer Synapse On-board Memory, which saves your personal settings to your mouse and allows you to connect it to any gaming rig without reconfiguring it again. Configuring the mouse however, requires both the Razer Orochi plugged through its USB cord and the Razer Orochi configurator installed on the computer. From there, many aspects of the mouse can be tailored to your personal taste such as, dpi settings, polling, as well as button assignments. The Razer Orochi also possesses Zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon mouse feet, which allow the mouse to be played on nearly any smooth surface. The wired connection for the Orochi is a gold-plated USB connector with a braided cord of roughly two feet, which allows for unhindered gameplay.

Using the Razer Orochi did take some time getting used to as the weight difference between my previous mouse and the Razer Orochi were noticable.  Even though it required the same hand position to grip them, the reduction in the Orochi’s profile was a lot smaller in comparison to my previous mouse.  In testing the Razer Orochi, the sensitivity was a big surprise as it required a lower sensitivity of in-game settings for the mouse to respond in a normal manner. Despite this small hurdle, the Razer Orochi was very responsive on many different settings such as 1000hz or 2000 dpi as an example.  For testing purposes, I’ve used the Razer Orochi on several surfaces which include a standard plastic mousepad as well as the Razer Kabuto.  The result is that the Orochi does not have any inconsistencies in the smoothness of the mouse being moved, regardless of the surface. In addition, having the AA batteries installed in the Razer Orochi does add some noticable weight to the mouse which may be a good or bad thing depending on one’s personal preferences.

In terms of performance, the Razer Orochi seems to keep up with any kind of game that I manage to throw at it.  Being able to adjust the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly and other customization options, the Razer Orochi certainly makes the person using it very competitive.  When not in use for gaming, the Razer Orochi performs very well under normal every day conditions which makes it very flexible in design.  While it may have the functionality of a gaming mouse, the Razer Orochi makes a bold statement in style.  The glowing blue LED lights for both the mouse wheel and the battery indiciator complement the sleek, stealthy design of the Razer Orochi as well as sharp angles for the mouse as a whole as the sharp angles of the left and right mouse buttons meet with the smooth area of the back half of the mouse.

In Conclusion, the Razer Orochi is a slick, stylish, mobile gaming mouse that keeps its user competitive without compromising performance or portability. Having two ways to connect the Razer Orochi and the plethora of customization options, it gives the consumer plenty of choices of how they wish to wage combat, regardless of the game.  Retailing at $69.99 in most electronic stores, the Razer Orochi is reasonably priced for a gaming mouse as most everyday mice cost about half the price.  The only downside is that depending on your settings and use, the battery life is expected to last about any where between one to three months at a time.  While this can be offset by using the included USB cable, this might be a preferred way of connecting as the consumer would always be able to configure the Orochi’s settings as needed.

Retail packaging of a Razer Orochi

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