The Razer Orochi Elite
Razer Orochi Elite is a wireless gaming mouse aimed for gamers on the go. It has compact ambidextrous design which fits gaming laptops and it also comes with a nice carrying case. It is one of the not so often seen gaming mice that uses Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connection, instead of the more standard USB connection. One of the greatest things about Razer is that all their gaming mice can be programmed with Razer Synapse, a software that gives you the opportunity to customize your mouse and make it fit your needs. The Razer Orochi makes no exception - it has 7 programmable buttons that you can assign commands to with the help of the Razer Synapse. We will get more detailed about the design and features in our Razer Orochi Elite review.
- Dual wired/wireless Bluetooth 4.0 technology
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling (Wired) / 125 Hz Ultrapolling (Wireless)
- 1 ms response time (Wired) / 8 ms response time (Wireless)
- 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor
- 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Battery life: Approximately 60 hrs (continuous gaming) or 7 months (normal usage)
- Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
- 1 m / 3.28 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
- Approximate size: 99 mm / 3.90 in (Length) x 67 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 35 mm / 1.38 in (Height)
The Razer Orochi is a small gaming mouse (3.9 x 2.7 x 1.4 inches) and will better suit gamers with small hands or with a clow type of grip. The idea behind the small size is the mouse to fit better laptops and all mobile gaming devices, as it is really crazy to think that playing an FPS for instance on a touchpad is actually a good experience. So, a small wireless gaming mouse like the Razer Orochi is a nice addition to your gaming gear on the go. The design itself is not impressive, but simple and comfortable. The Razer Orochi has a nice textured rubber on the sides that helps for better grip and the buttons offer just the right resistance.
Talking about buttons, the Razer Orochi is fitted with 7 programmable buttons layered in a simple ambidextrous design. Apart from the reft and right click buttons and the scroll wheel, which in this case is illuminated, there are four more thumb buttons layered symmetrically on each side of the ambidextrous wireless mouse. The thing with ambidextrous mice is that actually the buttons layered opposite side of your thumb end up not being used and people often disable them, so practically with the Orochi you will have 5 fully usable buttons. It is not a great amount of buttons, but just enough for a small mouse to use on the go.
Another nice touch to the Razer Orochi is the fact that it comes with a carrying case that adds up to the idea of having portable little mouse everywhere with you.
Apart from being small, the Orochi Elite is quite light as well. It is powered up by two AA batteries, that according to Razer will last up to 7 months with regular use. We haven’t used the mouse for so long, but after a couple of days of continuous use for about 8 hours each day, the battery level was still indicating 100%.
As we are talking about the batteries of a wireless gaming mouse, we need to mention that the Razer Orochi Elite is actually a dual mode mouse that can be used in wired mode as well. Unfortunately, probably this will be the better way to use it, as it actually uses Bluetooth connection instead of USB. The good thing about Bluetooth is that you do not need to mess about with the little dongles that often end up lost (especially if you are using laptops and you are on the go), but there are few drawbacks. First of all, the connectivity is not so great as when using a USB one and it happens that the Bluetooth enabled laptop can’t recognize the Razer Orochi. If you manage to get over it and you have your mouse finally set to work, the truth is that the connection drops and we all know that this always happens when you are in the most heated of battles. However, if you are using a laptop that is made in the past couple of years and it is fitted with a reliable Bluetooth, than you will have no troubles with connecting the Razer Orochi Elite and enjoy your favourite games everywhere you are.
As all Razer products, the Razer Orochi can be fine-tuned as per your likings through the Razer Synapse 2.0 software. You can play around to customize the sensitivity choosing from 200 to 8200 DPI, you can also perform surface tracking and adjust the polling rate. Of course, you can assign different commands or Macros to the programmable buttons and save settings for the particular game profile. Another thing that you can play around is the backlighting. The Razer Orochi offers 16.8 million colours, although you can hardly make the difference between them and practically they are quite dull. The only thing that lights up in the Razer Orochi is the scroll wheel and it doesn’t look as fancy as the lighting of a Razer mamba for instance, but still the option is there.
The Razer Orochi is very light, comfortable and accurate. It performed well in all game genres we tested it and it didn’t stand out in any of them, which makes it a great all-purpose wireless gaming mouse. We don’t find it particularly suitable for MMOs, as it just doesn’t offer the comfort of having loads of buttons to assign skills to, but if you are on the go and you need a nice little mouse, than the Razer Orochi will suit your needs.
In conclusion, the Razer Orochi Elite is a quite capable little mouse, that offers all the goodies Razer usually puts into their products. It is cheaper than other wireless gaming mice available on the market right now, but the fact that it uses Bluetooth instead of USB connection might be a drawback depending on your computer’s Bluetooth connectivity. If you are on the go, then the Razer Orochi Elite is a great fit for you, but you need to keep in mind that there are wireless gaming mice with greater customization levels.