We’ve had a look at some great gaming mice lately, all designed for the desktop gamer but what about the dedicated LAN or mobile gamer? Well, the Razer Orochi is here to suit all you’re on the go gaming needs.
The Razer Orochi is a small form factor, stealthy, competent mouse designed to be easily transported from LAN to LAN, or easily accessible for that impromptu lunch time gaming session. Most likely a partner to a lot of Razers new mobile gaming range (Razer Blade or Razer Blade Stealth) it’s certainly a dedicated laptop peripheral however it can be used for desktops should you be in a pinch, however it’s probably not recommended if you can help it.
Aesthetically the Orochi sports a smooth, sleek and simple design with the standard quality you can expect from a Razer product. With excellently braided detachable cabling, smooth shell and standard Razer logo watermark across the hand rest it certainly looks the part in the Razer line-up.
The Orochi weighs in at around 60-65g without batteries added so when using it as a wired mouse, it comes across as extremely light whilst somehow managing to maintain excellent traction on most surfaces. With the two AAA batteries added it adds some nice weight and feels surprisingly solid for its size.
Besides feeling lighter than air it is a difficult mouse to get used to if you are more familiar with the full sized mice normally used for gaming. Exact dimensions are 99 mm (Length) x 67 mm (Width) x 35 mm (Height), so think roughly half the size of the Logitech G402 or Thermaltake Level 10M advanced and you’ll have a good idea of the overall size. Not exactly a perfect fit compared to what I’m used to as a desktop gamer, however the lightness and small form factor is very well suited to the mobile gamer.
As mentioned before the Orochi has a wired and wireless option, using Bluetooth 4.0 technology for the wireless option, it’s aimed directly at the mobile laptop gaming crowd. Unfortunately the wireless option response time does take a hit dropping from 1ms response time wired to 8ms response time wireless, however during testing this didn’t seem to have much lag during game play, not to mention excellent battery life while in wired mode (reported to be up to 60hrs). With a reasonable 8200DPI (Dots Per Inch) laser sensor and a healthy 210IPS (Inches Per Second) motion tracking and responsiveness is decent, especially considering the small form factor.
The Razer Orochi is also marketed as an ambidextrous mouse, and for once, this boast is 100% accurate with the left and the right side of the Orochi being a mirror image of each other. Up to seven independently programmable buttons and chroma lighting beneath the scroll wheel, for such a small gaming option, the Orochi manages to deliver a much wider range of features than you might have thought.
There are still a couple of issues as a standard desktop gamer that make this a difficult mouse to recommend. One being the overall size of the mouse, whilst designed beautifully and not causing me any ergonomic issues while using, its small……really small. Something that I found difficult to get used to. The other issue is whilst there is a wireless option, as a desktop gamer my preference is to always go for a wired option, and with the cabling available for the Orochi measuring in at only 1m in length, unless your gaming on top of your PC, it will not have the reach required to comfortably connect.
So if you are a laptop gamer that regularly hits up LAN’s and likes the option of being able to game on the go, then the Orochi is one of the best mobile wireless mice going around, with exceptional tracking, portability and battery life in wireless mode it’s tough to beat. As a desktop gamer though, it definitely doesn’t have the size, weight and extra bells and whistles you may expect from a mid-range gaming mouse and there are plenty of cheaper options that will suit your gaming needs. With a $70-$90 price tag the Orochi is definitely not on the cheaper side of things. With that said, there is always something alluring about the sleek, sexy style of Razer peripherals and the Orochi is no exception. I don’t think I have any use for it being a dedicated desktop gamer, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it there as a just in case option!
An excellent on-the-go mouse for the mobile gamer, but be prepared to pay a premium for it.
With excellent features in a super small form factor, the Orochi is a pocket rocket with exceptional wireless capabilities for laptop and mobile gaming. Does the performance justify the $90 price tag? Probably not, but it if you are looking at a Razer peripheral you’re not looking for a bargain are you?