Razer has now officially made a mouse for every type of gamer. The Razer Orochi is a specialized gaming mouse for traveling gamers who play on their laptops more often than at home. Outfitted with wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, the Orochi is small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket and powerful enough to use fulltime.
That’s not to say it’s for everyone. With an eight millisecond response time when connected via Bluetooth, the Orochi is considered slow by professional gamers. It’s eight times slower than your typical wired mouse, and chances are if you asked a pro gamer about using the Orochi for serious gaming, they’d tell you to stick with a wired mouse.
However, if you want a mouse that doesn’t restrict your movements in cramped quarters, like a hotel desk or someone else’s personal office, the Orochi may be a perfect fit. On the same token, the difference between one and eight milliseconds is practically nothing. Wireless mice like Microsoft’s SideWinder X8 are still tethered to a wired transceiver, which means more wires, and thus more mess. The motto behind the Orochi is simple: game on the go without fuss.
The Orochi has some limitations. It’s Bluetooth, so both the response and refresh times are slow. It runs on AA batteries and not on a built-in rechargeable. A three-foot USB Micro cable is included for plugging the Orochi in, which instantly puts it on par with the other mice in our roundup. The small size limits the grip type players can use, so some will find it too small. The thumb buttons require more pressure than they should, presumably to protect them during travel.
Regardless, the Orochi is an excellent solution for travelers because of its size. Compared to non-gaming portable mice, it easily overwhelms the competition with its design. Gamers likewise will be impressed, although not if they expect much online play. Our time with it online proved that the slower refresh rate and response times do hinder gameplay, but not so much that we can’t recommend it. Playing single-player titles while connected via Bluetooth works just fine. Some players may feel a slight lag, although the lag is much more noticeable online, where it’s combined with your and other player’s Internet connections.
The Orochi’s has a rated battery life of three months, and unfortunately for this review, we were unable to confirm or deny that claim. Our hours of testing, both with gaming and standard use, were accomplished with one set of AA batteries.
Overall, the Orochi is a tough buy. It’s made for road warriors with a gaming rig, but not your regular at-home PC gamers. For $80, it’s hard to argue for purchasing one unless you fall into this niche category. If you do, the Orochi is the best option. If you don’t, you may be better off just dealing with cables and larger mice.
Gaming Performance: 3
Non-Gaming Performance: 3.5