|Razer Orochi USB/Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 21 February 2010|
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Razer Orochi Detailed Features
The look and feel of the Razer Orochi is as magnificent as the packaging and presentation. It seemed so tiny (fits right in the middle of your palm) I was unsure if this mouse would be any good. For full-sized gaming mice, such as my Microsoft SideWinder, my entire hand fits on the mouse and my pinkie rests comfortably on the side. It took some getting used to for the Razer Orochi because it only fits 4 fingers, and my pinkie ends up scraping the gaming surface. Once I got used that the fit is extremely comfortable.
The Razer Orochi is essentially symmetrical, and all buttons can be customized, so this mouse is ready for everyone. There are in total 9 different inputs to customized, including 7 buttons (4 side buttons, 2 main, and mouse wheel) and mouse up/down.
The sides of the Razer Orochi have nice curves to allow a comfortable grip. The buttons happens to be right above my thumb, the best possible location for macro-buttons.
Razer Orochi's lighted scroll wheel makes an excellent decoration on your desk. Note that the Orochi scroll wheel is quite tight, much tighter than what I'm used to. For me the mouse scroll is an essential part of everyday use as I rarely page up and down any other way. This is not something you would need to worry about unless you use your mouse very hardcore and plan to use it that way for more than two years.
The USB cord that comes with the Razer Orochi is very short, about 90cm long. This will not reach from the top of a table to the USB port on a PC on the floor unless you hook it up to the front USB panels. But this short length happens to be perfect for plugging into a laptop sitting on the desk. The cable is gold plated and comes with a cap to protect the head of the USB. The wire also isn't your everyday rubber coating.
The switch for turning on Orochi's wireless mode is right below the laser sensors. The bottom of the Orochi has four very slippery pads (teflon feet) that the mouse moves on. The pads happen to be very effective. My Razer DiamondBack and Microsoft SideWinder all have the "scratchy" sound when moving around on hard surfaces, but the Orochi slides without any noise. The smoothness however often makes accuracy a pain, as friction has been reduced to a minimum. This really is more of a plus than minus, but will be something gamers need to adapt to. On a slightly different issue, the Orochi happens to be difficult to maintain. Lots of dust gets stuck right under the pads and become almost impossible to clean unless a tooth-pick is used to scratch out the dust.
When plugged in, the cable fits snugly and tightly into the Orochi. Removing it will require a hard tug on the wires unfortunately, as the bottom rippled grip offers no help since there's no place to grip on the top.
The packaging and presentation of the Razer Orochi is impressive. It offers a suprisingly comfortable grip.