The Hardware Review: Razer Orochi Bluetooth Mouse
All in all, the Orochi is a good mouse. The functionality you get with Synapse is useful and for those who game on the road and like to create macros or customize buttons easily, it’s a good route into that. The performance is solid, the Orochi is a high end piece of hardware in terms of DPI and polling rate via Bluetooth. There are faster polled wireless mice out there, but they tend to need a dongle where the Orochi doesn’t (assuming your machine has Bluetooth). It handles reasonably and is comfortable for extended sessions. After a few days, my touch lightened to the point where I was no longer right clicking all the time thankfully.
Razer is a pretty premium brand and their stuff isn’t cheap (Amazon US $69.99 for the 8200 DPI version, Amazon UK £68.95 for the Bluetooth 4 version), but I’ve found it tends to be well put together. If you’re just after a normal wireless mouse with some simple left/right and back/forward button click functionality, you don’t really need the Orochi, particularly at the price point chosen by Razer. If you’re a gamer who wants to make use of Razer’s Synapse software for storing profiles and macros both at home and on the road, it makes more sense.
Personally, even when I was on the road a lot, I didn’t tend to game much on a laptop so the Orochi isn’t something I would have considered. Ultimately, I still feel that small mice designed for portability and use with laptops are still generally too small and lacking the functionality/comfort of a good desktop mouse to be used in all situations, but if you’re on the road a lot and after a decent gaming mouse for your laptop, you can definitely do worse than the Orochi.
In that sense, it’s not the Mercedes SLS, but neither is it the flying economy scenario. It’s probably somewhere between half a pint and half a rack of ribs. It’s a good device, but (as ever with small mice aimed at laptop users), I find myself needing more.