The Razer Orochi Review
The Razer Orochi is a mobile gaming mouse designed for people on the go who don't want to sacrifice the benefits of a gaming mouse for a portable one. It offers connection via Bluetooth, with the use of batteries, and a detachable threaded propriety gold-plated usb cable, which is about 3ft long (a little under a meter for our European friends) and on-board along with Razer's new Synapse technology to carry your profiles with you when you're on the go. It offers an ambidextrous design, which will satisfy the masses.
So to begin this review I can state that when it comes to gaming mice I may not be the most knowledgeable but what I do know for certain is that I have gotten to know the Razer Orochi over the last year and have seen it perform in a variety of operations such as photo editing and gaming with and without bluetooth functions enabled. I bought it originally for mobile use and now use it as my desktop mouse.
So let's begin with a little bit of technical information. On the bottom the Razer Orochi uses a 4,000 DPI laser sensor, which can be adjusted, at intervals of 150. Personally I tend to stick to around 1,500 DPI for general use and about 2,250 when requiring faster movements. Along with this sensor the bottom of the mouse includes 4 mouse feet that have not worn away much throughout my use of it and a switch to turn on and off the Bluetooth functionality.
On the top of the mouse you are greeted with a matte plastic cover (unless you purchased the glossy version which is a finger print magnet) with the razer logo etched out towards the end. The cover is removable and holds 2 AA batteries, which Razer is generous enough to include. The cover is held in place by 3 cleverly placed magnets which can make it a little troublesome to put on, but does offer a nice fit. Then you have the right and left click buttons, which are very pleasant to use. The scroll wheel is notched and can be used to adjust the DPI (look down for more information.) The scrool wheel lights up blue along with a small line towards the middle of the mouse that is used as a battery indicator when using the bluetooth functionality.
On each of the sides of the mouse there are 2 easy to reach buttons that can be set as macro keys and can be different depending on your custom-set profiles.
To configure the mouse you can use the graphic Interface which is available from Razer’s website and is rather simple to use. It allows you to change the function of every button, every light, and other important features such as polling rate and DPI. The drivers are both PC and Mac capable making it great for everyone.
So now that the mouse has been covered it's time to see how it did when in real life usage.
When used in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator the Razer Orochi performed adequately. However since the mouse is so small I have developed a unique claw grip to use it. This was my first gaming mouse and therefore I have stuck to this style, but for those not used to it they may overshoot and take sometime to perfect their precise movements with the Orochi. But, the part that was most helpful with photo-editing is the on-the-fly DPI adjustment I have set to the scroll wheel. This helped me when it came to doing very small but precise movements. Even though the mouse wasn’t perfect for photo editing because of it’s small size, it will definitely out-perform any other portable mouse.
When it comes to gaming I am not very picky. I played a little bit of everything from Battlefield 3, to StarCraft 2, and League of Legends as well. And my weapon of choice for these games was my Orochi. Now for anyone interested I did pair the Orochi with a Kabuto mouse pad, which is visible in the pictures below. When playing these games I noticed how important the DPI adjustment was. Especially in Battlefield 3, when playing as Recon my DPI tends to be lower than while playing as Engineer. However, I am upset that there is no “sniper button” that lowers the DPI with the click of a button my DPI could be lowered for zoomed in sniping.
I will say I did play with the mouse plugged in just to reduce the possibility of lag. However after long periods of time my hand would cramp up due to the short nature of the mouse and it’s design. One could blame this on my style of holding the mouse but I digress. The mouse did handle gaming well and , when paired with a nice cloth mouse pad, glided smoothly.
In conclusion the Razer Orochi is perhaps the perfect mobile mouse. While offering options for gamers on the go, that most mice don’t, it does fall short in some categories. The benefits of the mouse were definitely the DPI adjustment and the Bluetooth capabilities but mouse’s awkward shape can be undesirable for many. In the end it comes down to a personal taste and however you decide to hold the mouse.
PC and Mac Compatible
Extra macro keys
Expensive (MSRP $79)
Short USB cable
This mouse is a great buy and , just like Engadget, I give this mouse the award for best portable mouse. Many others offer similar features but none of them perform them as well as the Orochi.
For those who buy one and later decide they want the “Chrome” cover, that can be purchased separately for a relatively low price.
The Kabuto Mousepad is a wonderful addition and compliments the mouse pad on the go wonderfully.
Yes. I did purchase this mouse myself and have used it ever since.
Please excuse the not so superb camera pictures. They were taken with my phone. Next time I will definitely find a better way to take them.
This picture shows the threaded cable with some wear and tear and the gold-plating
This picture shows the Orochi on the Kabuto and the size comparison
A close-up of the little beast
A picture of what the Orochi would look like in use. LED On, Cable In, On Mouse Pad