The Razer Orochi is one of our favorite wireless gaming mice for good reason. Despite being a wireless mouse , it's not bulky at all thanks to its sleek & simple design. It's also one of the cheapest wireless mice around.
The Razer Orochi is a pretty decent mouse that features an ambidextrous design and it comes with a 6400 DPI 4G sensor. A significant advantage that it has over many mice is the fact that you can use it in a wireless mode. Of course, if you’re thinking about getting this mouse, make sure you go for the 2013 model as it has several considerable upgrades over its previous versions.
Firstly, its DPI has been increased from 4000 to 6400. While it isn’t really game changing due to the fact that anything above 3000 is definitely more than sufficient, it still gives you something to brag about to your friends.
Also, its previous battery life of about 15 hours has been doubled to an astounding 30 hours or so of continuous usage, which means that you can game with it for days or perhaps weeks without needing to recharge it.
Looks and Design
The overall design looks pretty sleek from the online pictures but I’d have to say, it looks a lot better in real life. I really like the new green illumination at its scroll wheel and logo at the lower back area that it now has over the previous blue of its older models. Couple that with its new matte finish and it just looks plain awesome. You might want to note that the color of its illumination cannot be altered however if that’s your thing.
As mentioned earlier, the Orochi 2013′s surface texture is made out of a black matte finish instead of the previous glossy surface. In fact, all the 2013 models of the Razer mice comes with this type of surface texture. This is certainly an improvement as the glossy version tends to get a little sticky after a while, especially if you have sweaty palms. You also get a lot more friction with the matte version.
The battery compartment is located under the buttons at the top instead of the usual slots beneath the mouse, which is pretty cool. The mouse’s top is attached via 3 separate magnets and it can be tricky to remove the top initially so you should be careful about that. Wouldn’t want to break anything off this precious little thing now, would we?
Speaking of which, the Razer Orochi 2013 is relatively small in size compared to the other Razer mice, or any other mice for that matter. This is really something to think about if you have large hands. I would say it’s a good 30% smaller than the DeathAdder. Take a look at this picture below for a comparison in size.
With regard to its weight, it does feel kind of light which isn’t surprising at all given its tiny dimensions. More specifically, it weighs a meager 2.4 ounces, which effectively makes it the lightest mouse we’ve come across so far (at least within the gaming mouse category).
To give you an idea of how light it is, the average mouse weighs about 3.5 ounces and the heaviest would be around 5.3 ounces.
This means that the Orochi is literally about 1/3 lighter than the average mice and more than twice as light as the heaviest ones. And unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a weight tuning option so it might take you a while to get used to it.
It also comes with a little casing since it is aimed as a portable gaming mouse, in which it fits in pretty snuggly.
As for its buttons, it comes with a total of 4 additional programmable buttons, with 2 on each side of the mouse, seeing as how it is an ambidextrous mouse. All of its buttons click really nicely and do not feel spongy or cheap in any way at all.
Whilst it’s a great looking mouse, performs really well and has an excellent build quality, it feels a little too light for my taste as I enjoy using heavier mice because of the more solid and precise feeling that it gives me. Plus, its miniature size is another slight disadvantage due to my inherently large hands and my general preference for larger mice.
If you’re fine with all these though, then by all means, go for it because it’s great in all the other aspects. That’s it for the Razer Orochi review! If you wish to check out the other wireless options that are available to you, check out the related posts below.