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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 Detailed Features

Let's dig a little deeper into the features of the Razer Ouroboros.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Simply click on the button you wish to customize, and select the desired function. The Ouroboros is an eleven button mouse, so there's a lot of customization that can be done. While nine buttons are obvious, the remaining two are located under the side grips and are labeled "sensitivity clutches." When selecting these two a custom screen pops up, allowing you to select a DPI to instantly switch to when the clutch is depressed. If you think "sniper button," you're on the right track. If squeezing a mouse from the sides throws off your aim in the first place (like it does for me), the clutch switches can be individually "locked" from sliders on the bottom of the Ouroboros.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finally, the "Power" tab contains a few settings to adjust the sleep timer, as well as a peek at the current battery status.



 

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# 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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