When it comes to gaming mice, a gamer needs to look at what factors suit them. Is it style, comfort, DPI performance or perhaps button placement? Could it be the scroll-wheel, cables or wireless? There are a number of features to consider when purchasing a mouse that is right for you. When it comes to mobile gaming, it’s even harder again. You need a mouse that harbours great performance, yet doesn’t take up too much space in your laptop bag, and is small enough that you can use it on a multitude of surfaces. Enter the Razer Orochi.
Bluetooth & wired connection – The Orochi was created for gaming on the go, so its a godsend to have a wireless and wired connection. The mouse uses Bluetooth 2.0 with easy setup on your OS X or Windows based laptop. A quick scan and a few clicks, I had this bad boy running on my MacBook like a dream. However when I was using the mouse for extended amounts of time at my desk, I found myself plugging it in via the detachable, 1 metre USB cable that was included. Not only did this save on batteries, but it also upped the DPI settings.
We take a look at the Razer Orochi, a 2000 DPI mouse made for mobile gaming. Features BlueTooth 2.0 and is compatible with OS X and Windows.
While it was great to have the ability to plug the device in via USB, it is worth mentioning that getting the actual USB cable to slide into the slot, which is located between the scroll-wheel and base, is a pain in the arse. I was never able to have it slide in first go (as you can see in our video review), which detracts from the experience.
Programmable buttons – If you’re the type of gamer who likes a few extra buttons on their mouse, the Orochi has you covered. With an extra two buttons on each side of the mouse, users can program button combinations via their application, or the Razer software. Handy for sneaky knife kills in your favourite FPS!
Multiple DPI settings – The Orochi sports an impressive 2000 DPI when used in wireless mode, however when plugged in vai the game, that is doubled to 4000 DPI. For those who like to adjust DPI on the fly, you can program that feature to the extra buttons using the Razer software. While this isn’t an ideal replacement for dedicated buttons, it manages to keep the mouse small and lightweight.
Easy to power – The Orochi runs off just 2x AA batteries, and so far I’ve clocked in three weeks of heavy use without the need to replace them. This means users can just carry two spare batteries around, and always be prepared. Failing that, you can always plug the mouse in and keep on going, which is always a welcome feature.
What did we think of the Orochi? Considering this is meant to be a mobile gaming solution, it stands up quite well as a mid-range mouse with a decent set of features. Being able to plug the mouse in, alongside running it wireless was super convenient, despite it being agony plugging the cable into the small slot provided. The mouse is rather comfortable in the hand, and is ambidextrous which means lefties everywhere will unite. It’s small and lightweight, which makes it perfect for gaming on the go, which allows you to use it on even the most cramped of surfaces.
Would we recommend it as a desktop mouse? Not on your life. The Orochi is simply too small, lacks some important features, and feels a little cheap when compared to higher end Razer products and their competitors. However if you are looking for a decent mobile mouse, then you should look no further than the Orochi.