|Razer Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka|
|Friday, 08 February 2013|
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Razer Ouroboros Detailed Features
Let's dig a little deeper into the features of the Razer Ouroboros.
Next up: the wireless receiver/charging dock. While you may recognize some core Mamba influences here, Razer really trimmed up the design and I feel it is better overall. The smaller profile is appreciated, and the restrained use of glossy surfaces is a nice touch as well. The smaller profile does make it more difficult to actually dock the mouse - since there isn't a "ledge" to hang the mouse on like the Mamba dock, it takes a little trial and error to get it lined up correctly. Not a major issue, as you'll get better with practice - and thankfully, you can try as many times as you'd like without that dock slipping around on your desk, as Razer has obtained some sort of alien material to line the bottom of the base. This stuff does not move once placed on a smooth surface. It even requires a fair bit of force to lift off the surface it is placed on...which led me to place the dock on a vertical surface (the front of my desk drawer). It didn't fall off. Just stuck right to it. No adhesives. Seriously, whatever material this stuff is made of, it was probably classified until now. I haven't encountered anything like it, and I feel compelled to investigate further as I'm pretty sure it's advanced technology of some sort. It doesn't even feel sticky! As far as I can tell, it has yet to lose it's ability to grab hold of whatever surface you place it on - dust is easily wiped off, and you're back in business. It might be strange to be blown away by a wireless receiver, but that material on the bottom is amazing. Razer, please put this material on the bottom of your mousepads. That is all. Seriously, I can't emphasize enough how cool this stuff is.
While I could continue to talk about the dock for some time (they should put that material on EVERYTHING - I'm pretty sure I could walk straight up a wall if it were coated in that stuff) there are some other abilities the Ouroboros possesses. Namely, its ability to adjust in various dimensions to provide a custom fit. Along with the ambidextrous design, most users should be able to find a fit that's comfortable for them. Above you can see the two different grips and where they attach, as well as the adjustable palm rest (in its shortest position - it can extend 15mm or .59 inches).
The rear palm rest is attached by two sliding rails, secured by a push button mechanism (it lifts two pins that allow you to slide the palm rest in or out). Here again, the customizability of the Ouroboros is a great feature, but I found myself wishing for a little more adjustability - the palm rest has six positions, but never shortens enough to cover the battery LED indicator. Personally, I would have loved the option to shorten the palm rest enough to close the gap to the main mouse buttons, allowing for a true fingertip grip as well. At least you can dial in a wide range of angles for the rear palm rest - using a small wheel at the rear of the mouse, you can easily adjust it to your preference. It will adjust from almost flat to a pretty steep rear angle, almost touching the top of the side grips. The curved surfaces make it pretty tough to measure, but the range is adequate enough to find a comfortable fit.
The battery (AA size) is a rechargeable nickel metal hydride type, good for around 12 hours of continuous gaming. Even at 1000Hz polling rate, I didn't run into a situation where I needed to plug in to continue playing - if it were required, a simple USB cord swap from the receiver dock to the mouse would allow you to continue without interruption.
This brings us to Razer's cloud based solution for their devices. Synapse 2.0 was released this past year and packages multiple features into one driver. The idea was to have your Razer devices' settings available from any machine that you used them on, downloading your settings instantly from "the cloud." Personally, this was a strange decision in my mind; this feature was already available with many of Razer's previous products with the use of on-board memory that would store individual profiles...accomplishing essentially the same thing without an internet connection. I wasn't excited about setting up yet another account for an internet-based product, especially one that was "always on." Thankfully, a recent update allows for an offline mode that seems to work well. Razer devices can be used without Synapse, if you are satisified with the default settings.
In any case, the software itself seems to work well - I didn't experience any crashes or difficulties getting it to work and detect the Ouroboros. In a departure from the bright green stylized windows from previous Razer products, the Synapse product uses dark metallic textures and manages to look pretty sophisticated and polished for a gaming product.
The "Customize" screen above is familiar to those that have assigned functions to a programmable mouse, and is simple to use. All of the expected functions are here; assigning single keys, macros and media shortcuts is straightforward.
Of course, you can customize up to five different sensitivity stages to switch between using the default DPI up/down buttons using the "Performance" tab, as well as setting mouse acceleration and polling rate. An independent X-Y sensitivity setting is available here as well.
For those that wish to squeeze a little more life out of the battery in wireless mode (or aren't a fan of green lights) the LEDs can be adjusted using the "Lighting" tab of Synapse.
The Razer Ouroboros packs two sensors - an 8200 DPI laser/optical combo that allows for precise tracking on many different surfaces. It has been tuned and tested on most of Razer's mouse mats, and can be instantly calibrated by selecting which of their surfaces you are using. It is nice to see the option to add your own surface as well; after following a zig-zag pattern the sensor will adjust to whatever surface you are currently using.
Finally, the "Power" tab contains a few settings to adjust the sleep timer, as well as a peek at the current battery status.