Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse Review
It took Razer three years to develop a mouse that aesthetically looks and feels great. The result of this three years of research by the Razer ergonomic scientists and engineers is their latest Ouroboros Gaming Mouse, a mice that certainly feels like something out of a Sci-Fi flick.
The Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse is the latest wireless offering with a fully adjustable and customize-able design that doesn't fails to impress however the know-how of familiarizing some of the key components of the mouse may get a bit tricky for some users.
Razer Ouroboros - The Lamborghini of Gaming Mice
As said earlier, the design of the Razer Ourobors is simply great and takes a push forward by Razer in offering more customizable gear for both casual and hardcore gamers. And for the customization options, Razer has included four interchangeable magnetic side panels, a rechargeable AA battery, Charging mount/ Receiver, memory profile stick and a USB cord (If you are not into wireless). A first look at the customization of the Ouroboros may give similarities to the Cyborg's RAT series especially its front that looks more or same as it but in reality and specifications wise, Razer's Ouroboros is far more superior that Cybrog's offerings its three key factors are essentially what's needed in crafting an ambidextrous mice such as itself.
Razer Synapse 2.0 is a free utility and is one other reason to select Razer gaming products due to its ease of use and easy installation/compatibility with all the latest hardware support. Managing gaming profiles with Razer Synapse using Ouroboros was fairly easier, we have given a detailed article later in this review so keep reading on. You can find technical specifications of the Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse below:
Razer Ouroboros Technical Specifications
- Customizable ergonomics to fit all hand sizes and grip-styles
- 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
- Gaming-grade wireless technology with dock
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- 11 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
- Up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration
- Approximate Size: 122 mm to 137 mm / 4.80" to 5.39" (Length) x 71 mm / 2.80" (Width) x 42 mm / 1.65" (Height)
- Approximate Weight: 115 g / 0.25 lbs. (without battery) to 135 g / 0.29 lbs. (with battery)
- Battery life: (Approx) 12 hrs (continuous gaming)
- PC / Mac with USB port
- Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.6-10.7 and above)
- Internet connection
- 100MB of free hard disk space
- 1 x USB Cord
- 1 x AA Batery
- 1 x Charger + Receiver
- 4 x Interchangable Side Panels
- 1 x USB Stick W/ Drivers + Manual
As you have noted from the specifications some impressive features, topping out the list is its 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System coupled with an absolute lag free 1ms wireless latency that aims to deliver the most precision and responsiveness while playing any of your favorite shooters.
The Ouroboros weighs at only 135 grams including the battery which sits on the rear. The battery is placed with such precision that it doesn't hold down the mouse iteself for gamers, as for the battery itself it is standard AA meaning it could be replaced easily since its available almost anywhere. The battery is said to offer almost twelve to thirteen hours of wireless time while playing, we will see if Razer's claim holds up in our test later in this article.The mouse offers options to adjust both the length and back arch so that the mouse fits inside the palms of hands of all sizes.
Furthermore, the interchangeable side panels come with magnetized locks and fit in their respective places easily. The two types of side panels modifies the side grip profile of the mouse, ensuring your thumb and pinkie are well placed. Claw or fingertip users will prefer the textured Finger Grip Panel that maintains the narrow footprint of the mouse while palm grip users can rest their pinkie on the winged Finger Rest Panel to ensure smooth and precise swiping.
On both sides and beneath the scroll wheel are buttons which Razer has dubbed as the clutch-trigger. What these do are let players increase and decrease the DPI on the go while gaming. You can lock/unlock these switches from beneath the Ouroboros mouse and can set the DPI mode appropriately as you see fit. The clutch-trigger can tone down the DPI to 800 letting you take the perfect headshot of your nemesis. The clutch-trigger keys on the sides may get a bit hard to reach for people with bigger fingers. You can note that later when we mention it in the review.With the technical bits sorted out, let's head over and unbox the Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse.
Unboxing The Package
The Razer Ouroboros was shipped inside a case which had a bit of a military feeling to it, nevertheless its one of the best packaging i have ever seen for a gaming mouse or even any kind of hardware/gadget itself. The casing had a Razer logo on top of it.
Note: The casing is a limited edition only for press/reviews. Retail model doesn't ships with the same case.
Opening the two locks on the case gives us a look of the Ouroboros itself sitting asleep aside its customization gear and the extra accessories.
The Accessories include the four side panels, each equipped with magnetized locks that can easily fit onto the sides of Razer's Ouroboros.
Razer Ouroboros also ships with a USB cable that you can either use with the receiver for wireless usage or the mouse itself. Since wireless offers almost no lag at all while gaming, its a better option to use and with the extra AA battery you can game for hours without any hiccups.
The wireless receiver and charge is packs quite a range and runs without any hassle, the Razer Ouroboros fits on it easily.
Inside the package you will also find a tiny USB stick that packs the Manual and Drivers for Razer Ouroboros. This does comes with the reviewer's package but is not available in the retail versions. Its a pretty handy device and it looks great too with the embedded Razer logo on it.
A Closer Look at the Razer Ouroboros
A closer look at the mouse gives us a look at the fantastic build design of the Ouroboros. It feels as if you're holding a Batmobile in your hands.
From the front, you can easily see the giant scroll wheel coupled by a USB port connector placed well beneath it in the center. The sides have a carbon mesh which gives a aesthetically pleasant view of the gaming mice.
There's a metallic wheel which can be turned in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions, it is used to adjust the palm grip on the Razer Ouroboros.
Beneath the center of the dial is a button which when pressed opens up the AA battery slot. Razer has opted for simple AA battery making it easier to replace.
The power level of the battery is indicated by three LED switches located beneath the DPI adjustment buttons.
On the back side we can spot two locks, one for each of the side buttons used to adjust the DPI. The Dual sensors are placed at the center while charging spot is situated a little on the back.
Following are pictures of the Razer Ouroboros in both Claw and Side-Grip configurations.
Razer Synapse 2.0 Software
Razer Synapse is a useful utility developed specifically for Razer's gaming peripherals. The Razer Synapse 2.0 software automatically stores your gaming profiles on the Cloud server and can be loaded automatically from anywhere at anytime. You can download the utility from Razer's official webpage at:
Let's have a look at what the Razer Synaspe 2.0 has to offer with the Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse.
The first panel on the Razer Synapse 2.0 utility shows the profile page, you do have to login to your profile to get in the Synapse menu.
The bottom of the utility shows all of the Razer peripherals attached to your PC, the main panel shows the mouse itself with key points on it.
Razer Synapse can view the mouse from both sides, each button can be configured from the utlity.
A total of five stages can be adjusted to set the DPI mode upto 8200, acceleration can also be adjusted to from the performance panel.
A total of 5 sensitivity configuration stages are available to users which can be manually set from 100 DPI all the way upto 8200.
The Lightning panel allows you to adjust the brightness of the mouse in both Wired and Wireless mode. During my testing, i kept the brightness to the highest level since it looked good. However higher brightness means lower battery times.
Finally there's the power panel which shows the battery level icon and can also adjust sleep mode timer and battery flash indicator when the Razer Ouroboros runs out of power.
Razer Ouroboros Gaming Performance
For gaming performance testing, i personally used the mouse in a variety of games especially of shooter, RTS genres and a few hack n slash titles.
In wireless mode, i tested the game in a couple of sessions through Battlefield 3. I took the sniper class on one of the biggest maps "Operation Firestorm" just to test out how well the clutch-trigger worked. After nearly an hour of desperation, i finally started picking up the pace and got some nice body shots. A few hours later and with some improvements, i was finally able to grab a trio of headshots and it felt spectacular. Do note that i am bad at sniping and with my current mouse "Razer Spectre" i wasn't able to take off any great headshots from the same distance as which i achieved with the Ouroboros.
Manually, i had configured the DPI down to 1100 through the Synapse 2.0 utility and it took a mere seconds adjusting it with the clutch-trigger keys allocated to the Ouroboros. With some hours of testing, it was revealed that the mouse was able to live up a well 11 hours and 42 minutes with its AA battery. I preferred the added weight of the AA battery since the mouse that way felt like it actually existed. Without the battery, it just floated out of my hands, most mouse do float out of my hands so it may be a difference experience with other hands. But one thing is for sure, even in wireless or wired mode, the mouse offers excellent precision and responsiveness to gamers.
A while after charging, i played through a game of Devil May Cry whilst equipping the winged side panel to ensure smooth swiping. The game played out pretty well since it requires alot of movement plus alot of clicks on the mouse key. The whole gaming experience with Razer Ouroboros while it lasted with me for a week was superb and quite fun. Its a recommendation for all sorts of gamers.
Razer Ouroboros General Feel and Performance
General feel of the Razer Ouroboros is perfectly well and you can always customize it the way you suite fit. As mentioned, the Razer Ouroboros takes some time getting used to but you'll start loving the feel around using it when you get past the learning curve of this amazing mouse.The side clutch-triggers may get a bit tricky to reach however for those with bigger fingers and you have to pull your fingers a bit down to reach the DPI buttons under the scrolling wheel.These are highly important factors for competitive gamers but for general users and casual gamers, i see them perfectly in place.
The Razer Ouroboros has no problem in general tasking, you can surf the web, open applications, work around your PC in ease with the gaming mouse. It is build specifically for gamers but if you are going for aesthetically pleasing looks than the Razer Ouroboros is perfectly fit for everyone.
So let's get to the point, the Razer Ouroboros has great build quality. It may not be perfect for some users but its still looks and feels fantastic after a certain time of use. The adjustability and customization options are there but the side buttons can be an issue with the claw side-panels. The 4G 8200 DPI sensor is quite a marvel here, it has the range and lag-less feel of a true high end mouse even when using it in wireless mode the mode performs exceptionally well.
Razer ships the mouse with a single AA battery, a spare one had been a good addition but knowing that it uses a simple AA battery which is easily acquirable from any electronic store it wont be an issue for users. The battery can easily last upto 11 hours in wireless mode but for those hardcore gamers who can span over 12 hours of un-interrupted gaming than its advisable to keep a spare battery or plug the charging cord in wired mode.
The packaging is hot and incredible, the case in which the Razer Ouroboros ships is of fantastic build but its sad to know that the retail version doesn't comes which such a packaging since this limited edition case is only provided to reviewers. Razer's Synapse 2.0 offers complete control and button customization over any Razer gaming peripheral including the Ouroboros, you can adjust the lightning level with the Synapse 2.0 software however it doesn't allow you to change the LED colors so users would be limited to the dark green theme color on the mouse.
The Razer Ouroboros ships at a price of $129.99 which is quite a bit for a mouse but considering that it is a limited edition model and a high-end mouse the pricing is fair. I wanted it to be more around the $99 mark, do note at the retail price you don't get the same packaging or the USB stick as the reviewers copy. Nevertheless, the Razer Ouroboros is a high-end mouse which any gamer or user would love for its performance and build quality.