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Razer Orochi Notebook Gaming Mouse

Gearing Up, Road Warrior Style
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I have always hated notebook mice. They’re small, lack a high sensitivity, and usually come without side or dpi buttons. Razer has finally addressed this issue with its Orochi notebook gaming mouse.

The ambidextrous Orochi maintains the small profile found in virtually every notebook mouse, but adds an exponential amount of functionality. This is one of the only notebook mice to boast seven different buttons (left, right, middle, two left side, two right side), all while maintaining a size not much bigger than a stack of Post-It notes. If you’re a righty like me, the two left side buttons are for web browsing while the right side buttons can switch dpi on the fly. This is great for when you need to increase the dpi for those mobile gaming sessions.

The Orochi is also a wired/wireless combo mouse, meaning it can operate via traditional USB cable or Bluetooth. If you find yourself at a comfortably large desk, then wired is the way to go. However, if you’re using your netbook somewhere a little less conventional and don’t want to be bothered by wires, the Bluetooth mode is convenient. Simply unplug the USB cable from the Orochi and flip the wireless switch on the underside. The Orochi uses two AA batteries, which are installed by flipping up the top of the mouse. The average user will get about two months of use before a battery change is needed.

Like many of Razer’s mice, the Orochi boasts a 3G infrared sensor, which has a sensitivity of up to 4000dpi (2000dpi in wireless mode), and a 1000 Hz ultrapolling rate. The downloadable driver is also akin to the rest of the Razer lineup, offering macro support and full mouse button/sensitivity customization.

$69.99 is a hard number to swallow for a notebook mouse, but when you consider the features on the Orochi, you realize that you’re buying one of the most versatile notebook mice on the market. Up until this point, I would simply carry a desktop mouse with me on my travels, but the Orochi is without a doubt the best notebook mouse I have ever used.

The Orochi is available at Newegg for $69.99

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    tamick88 , February 3, 2010 6:45 PM
    Nice article, I really like that backpack. I might have to get it after the one I have finishes falling apart lol.
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    BrentonMcGhee , February 3, 2010 10:57 PM
    nice read, i travel for work around the country and i am normally gone from home 25 days out of the month. I actually already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget collection but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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    BrentonMcGhee , February 3, 2010 10:58 PM
    nice read, i travel all over the country for work and are gone normally 25 days a month. I already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget arsenal but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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    ethaniel , February 3, 2010 11:14 PM
    Adding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.
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    dconnors , February 4, 2010 10:17 AM
    ethanielAdding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.


    Thanks for the comment, ethaniel. That Dell you were talking about isn't a bad little machine, but the graphics on the 1201N are actually better. ION (aka Nvidia GeForce 9300/9400) beats Intel IGP any day of the week. Plus, the 1015 doesn't have HDMI out.

    The optical drive is really optional. Nowadays you can get by without one, especially if you have a desktop at home to rip ISOs with.

    -Devin
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    allenpan , February 4, 2010 2:10 PM
    headphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?
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    antemon , February 4, 2010 3:58 PM
    how about that Alienware netbook? :|
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    Tomsguiderachel , February 4, 2010 4:58 PM
    allenpanheadphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?

    Well, the mouse is bluetooth. The headphone is not, simply because we have yet to see a gaming headset in bluetooth. However, there are many headsets available with bluetooth for voice applications.
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2010 9:50 PM
    I know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.
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    Tomsguiderachel , February 4, 2010 10:19 PM
    m11x guyI know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.

    Well, I think the MllX weights a little more than an a pound over the Asus 1201n's weight...so if weight is a consideration the Asus wins.
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    palmor , February 5, 2010 12:04 PM
    The Dell Studio 14z, while a little more $$ is 4.30 lbs, gives you a core 2 processor and a GeForce® 9400M G card etc. I'm sure I'm a little bias because that is what I for my mobile setup but I like it a lot more then most netbooks I've played with
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    palmor , February 5, 2010 12:04 PM
    The Dell Studio 14z, while a little more $$ is 4.30 lbs, gives you a core 2 processor and a GeForce® 9400M G card etc. I'm sure I'm a little bias because that is what I for my mobile setup but I like it a lot more then most netbooks I've played with
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    chechak , February 5, 2010 8:02 PM
    i like logitech G330 it's awesome
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    carol_51 , April 18, 2010 5:07 PM
    I just powered on my new 1201N today and did the setup and now I can't shut it off. I did as I was directed by the user guide (press and hold the power switch) but instead of powering off, it went into suspend mode. I haven't used a laptop before so maybe this is partly my lack of knowledge but the user guide is not at all comprehensive and offers nothing to help me resolve this issue. I sure would appreciate some help. Thank you.
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