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Written by Tom Jaskulka   
Friday, 08 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Razer Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: Razer Ouroboros
Razer Ouroboros Detailed Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Razer Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: Razer Inc.
Product Name: Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
Model Number: RZ01-00770100-R3U1
UPC: 879862004712
Price As Tested: $129.99 (Amazon / Razerstore)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self supplied.

In 2009, Razer started working on a mouse with some ambitious goals. It would be a gaming-grade, wireless hybrid mouse. It would be ambidextrous, even adjustable - allowing the user to create that perfect fit. It would pack in the latest sensors and gaming technology, complete with a cloud-based driver solution. Three years later in late 2012, Razer finally released the Ouroboros. As soon as it was released, it quickly sold out of stock online and in stores and has since disappeared from regular channels. At Benchmark Reviews, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse, and take it for a spin.

Razer has normally named all of their gaming mice after snakes (the idea being, snakes eat "mice"), and the Ouroboros is no different. The name comes from a mythical tale or idea, essentially describing anything of a cyclical or "eternal" nature; commonly depicted as a snake eating its own tail. The Razer team picked the Ouroboros as a symbol to describe the process in which this gaming mouse was created - inspired by the Lamborghini Reventon and the Tumbler from Batman Begins, the design went through many drafts and revisions before finally being released in the form it is today. The Ouroboros page on the Razer website shows an interesting history, a rare peek into the development of a modern gaming peripheral. Did they end up accomplishing their goals?

Let's take a closer look.

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Ouroboros Features

  • Fully Customizable Ambidextrous Ergonomics
  • 4G Dual Sensor System
  • 1ms Gaming-grade Wireless Technology

Specifications

  • Customizable ergonomics to fit all hand sizes and grip-styles
  • 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
  • Gaming-grade wireless technology with dock
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 11 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • Up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration
  • Approximate Size: 122 mm to 137 mm / 4.80" to 5.39" (Length) x 71 mm / 2.80" (Width) x 42 mm / 1.65" (Height)
  • Approximate Weight: 115 g / 0.25 lbs. (without battery) to 135 g / 0.29 lbs. (with battery)
  • Battery life: (Approx) 12 hrs (continuous gaming)
  • PC / Mac with USB port
  • Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.6-10.7 and above)
  • Internet connection
  • 100MB of free hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

Specifications taken from the manufacturer's product page.



 

Comments 

 
# availabilityvik 2013-03-20 21:20
if you hear anything about the supply issues please let us know! been waiting for stock myself.
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# StockJacob 2013-05-21 17:09
Actually I just ordered mine today at best buy, you can get it online but there's only like 8 more instock
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# Thanks TomJustin 2013-03-20 21:26
A great review Tom, thankyou.

I love this mouse personally. I share the 'claw and palm' hybrid grip with you, and have a 'batwing' on the left side, and one of the rubbery grips on the right. Works very well, especially with the ability to adjust the arch properly. This is the first mouse that I could atually make properly comfortable.

I believe the 'grippy' material used on the base of the wireless receiver is the same stuff used on a 'GripGo' car phone holder. They describe it as 'a million little suction caps', and it has a very similar effect to that of the base of the Razer.

Also agree with your thoughts on Synapse - functional, but perhaps excessive a little. I'd have rather seen onboard memory for profile storage, as opposed to a Cloud service. I have the DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard also, and it works quite well for that too.

Thanks again for the review mate, a great read :)
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# Other Reviewskzinti1 2013-03-21 01:09
I suggest everybody considering this mouse read all of the customer reviews at Amazon's site. Most say the software is quite buggy and there is a few seconds when the mouse will lock when attaching/detaching the cord.
I'm not saying that there's a single thing wrong with the review here, you should just consider other peoples thoughts on their mice, as well.
I've been trying several different mice lately, but can't find a single one that can come close to being the equal my good old Microsoft SideWinder X8.
Strange thing that. There are/were a lot of people that heaped a pile of hate on the SideWinder X8 for several various reasons that never applied to the two I own.
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# RE: Razer Ouroboros Elite Gaming MouseBrian in RI 2013-03-21 06:17
I use the Death Adder now... happy, but the first one did not last as long as I expected.

The unique style and added buttons in new places interests me I must admit... But, I am NOT a fan of wireless.

I play BF3 (FPS) and CCTA (MMO).
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# RE: RE: Razer Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mousevik 2013-03-27 20:13
I am still using my original Razer Diamondback, this just does not want to die. I am literally wearing away parts of the texture; had it for over 8 years now. I'm itching to get the Ouroboros, assuming they solve the software issues and keep the ole Diamondback as a trusty backup. I'd probly keep it in wired mode though.
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# RE; Razer OuroborosR. Jegust 2013-03-29 12:06
Very disappointing ..My sons 20 dollar mouse works better..The Ouroboros jumps ,will not connect wirelessly
how ever does look impressive makes a nice dust collector ..
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# Epic reviewHarry 2013-06-08 02:32
I'd just like to say that this review was really good! I've had a hard time finding mouse reviews that cover EVERYTHING, which you've done nicely. Due to lack of desk-space, I can't get a mouse with a large receiver and nobody wants to talk about the receivers - ever. I'll be coming back here for more large in-depth reviews that also provide good reads. Thanks :)
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# Very badAxel 2013-06-13 23:41
I had mamba 2012 had the opportunity to test this one as well there is no difference betwen them ....Except the jump from 6,4k to 8,2k dpi but trust me no1 uses the mouse any mouse above 6,4k dpi unless you got 60" monitor....Yes the looks ofc many will say that is a buy point not rly...
From what I had in my hands to best r.a.t 7 and 9 mamba naga epic and few others sucks do to the twin eye sensor they bad from designed and to have a normal performace to the mouse you need a G.L.I.D.E 7 or 9 but 9 it's pretty hard on the mouse usage...Atm I use a roccat kone pure and the mamba stays in the box cuz I dont work so smooth even on G.L.I.D.E 7 thats compared to the roccat
As a bottom line yes razer looks better yes madcatz (r.a.t) have more option for customizetion but overall the roccat works best at least for whats on the market atm...and trust me I used a bunch of mices before I tryed a roccat and they all had problems and they cost a # lot of cash
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# fordford 2013-10-10 08:58
Dont make this mistake, I had it replaced same problem, buy a corded model cordless has to many problems DPI movement is the worst. Start stop jittery, razer wont take it back or exchange even for a lesser price corded model?
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# No please... Noooo!!!!!!!GzStation 2013-12-07 09:08
Hi there!

My name is Jonathan.

I bought this mouse Ousoboros cause my old microsoft explorer as died after 12 ears of great services... I've repair it few times to cut the wire and resolver it.... But now it's over...

I took it was time to make a change and buy another one of the same quality i bought like 12 years ago.

I'm an average gamer... Gat an arcade machine and pinball too.... 3 X-Arcade stipend building some for friends...

Got very exited when i receive my Ouroboros from NewEgg. I
've plug the mouse for 12 hours for a full charge without testing it and when i woke up.... Step un my computer and try the mouse...

Everithing was very nice... The mouvement of the mouse was perfect after e few setup until i press the sensitivity clutch button...

The lag was so impressive i took i was left my Magic Mouse on the way and moved it buy mistake... turned off all other thing unused and try it again... Same thing...

I was verry disappointed when i've look over few post from October 2012 from people that have the same problem...

I've pay big price for a mouse of this quality ( Verry very well done mouse... The concept is really amazing ) But i cannot use it like that...

what are your suggestion...

I would like to keep it but not at 150$ cause i could disassemble it to make a trackball for my paralised friends... but mage a refurbishing is a solution...

Thank's for your help...

I'm verry disappointed... Mabe i had too much hope on this mouse...
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