I’ve been a little bit of a wired mouse die-hard for some time now. It simply made quite a lot of sense — no want for batteries (or to recharge the mouse), no considerations about latency, lighter weight. The advantages go on.
So, after I bought an opportunity to check out Razer’s new Orochi V2 wi-fi gaming mouse, I used to be ready for disappointment. Thankfully, the Orochi V2 is something however disappointing.
Razer’s latest mouse trades superfluous extras like RGB lighting and a number of programmable buttons for an extremely easy and efficient resolution. The firm positions it as an excellent possibility for “ultra-light gaming on the go.” However, as somebody who video games totally on my desktop, I nonetheless discovered the Orochi V2 an excellent possibility. If you’re available in the market for a wi-fi mouse, the Orochi could also be an excellent alternative.
Choice the place it counts
First up, the Orochi V2 affords loads of alternative the place it counts. You can join the mouse to your PC utilizing both Bluetooth or Razer’s ‘HyperSpeed Wireless,’ which lets the mouse connect with a USB dongle plugged into your PC. As a bonus, should you use a Razer keyboard, it may well connect with the identical dongle, decreasing the variety of ports occupied by your peripherals.
On the underside of the Orochi is slightly change to toggle between Bluetooth and the HyperSpeed Wireless mode. I primarily used the Orochi with the HyperSpeed Wireless, however the Bluetooth works effectively, too.
Either approach, Razer says you’ll get loads of battery life with the mouse. On the firm’s web site, it claims as much as 950 hours on Bluetooth or as much as 425 hours on HyperSpeed Wireless.
The Orochi additionally lets customers select between utilizing a single AA or single AAA battery — Razer’s web site additionally features a battery life calculator that permits you to punch in your mouse settings, like wi-fi or Bluetooth, lithium or alkaline and AA or AAA batteries. Finally, customers can enter their utilization, embody “gaming hours” and “non-gaming hours.” Then, Razer spits out an estimate of what number of days you’ll get out of the mouse.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the Orochi V2 lengthy sufficient to check these battery life claims, however within the few days I’ve had the mouse it’s held up effectively.
Sure, you possibly can’t select what RGB lighting you need — there isn’t any — however Razer nonetheless affords different methods to customise the look of your mouse. The complete prime plate of the Orochi V2 pops off to entry the battery and storage slot for the included USB dongle, which additionally makes it customizable. Razer’s web site permits you to create customized Orochi V2 designs, which is nice for anybody who isn’t a fan of the essential black or white choices. Unfortunately, the plastic top-plate additionally makes the mouse really feel a bit low cost.
Just a little small, however nonetheless comfy
Perhaps my largest problem with the Razer Orochi V2 is that it’s small. Granted, the dimensions isn’t a foul factor, particularly should you plan to make use of the mouse how Razer intends — whereas on the go. I simply discovered the dimensions was rather less comfy to carry than the opposite mouse I sometimes use, a Glorious Model D.
To be clear, the Orochi V2 isn’t uncomfortable to carry; it simply doesn’t match my hand as effectively. However, the Orochi can be surprisingly gentle, weighing in at 60g (just a bit lighter than the 68g Model D).
Size apart, the Orochi V2 has another advantages. For instance, Razer says the Orochi makes use of mechanical switches — this makes for a really tactile click on, which I really like. The firm touts it’ll be good for as much as 60 million clicks.
There’s additionally a well-placed groove on the left aspect of the mouse in your thumb — sorry lefties, the Orochi doubtless received’t work effectively for you. Just above the thumb grove are two programmable buttons and the scroll wheel can be clickable. Plus, the scroll wheel has very tactile cease factors. It makes for a rougher scrolling really feel, however it’s nice for switching by means of stock gadgets whereas gaming.
Just a little software program magic completes the expertise
Razer’s Synapse software program rounds out the expertise with a bunch of additional customization choices for individuals who need it. That consists of adjusting completely different buttons to alter how they work — for instance, altering the scroll click on to launch a program.
There are additionally a bunch of efficiency settings. This consists of letting you alter dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity anyplace from 100 as much as 18,000. Users can set 5 DPI sensitivity phases that they’ll cycle by means of with a button on the highest of the Orochi V2 mouse. One of the few LEDs on the Orochi V2 resides below the DPI cycle button and exhibits the corresponding color for every stage of DPI sensitivity.
The efficiency display screen lets customers customise the polling price for the mouse as effectively.
Finally, the Synapse software program lets customers calibrate the Orochi in your mouse mat floor and customise the facility settings for when Orochi enters power-saving mode.
An ideal little mouse for avid gamers on-the-go
Overall, I discovered myself very impressed with the Orochi V2. Is it the very best mouse I’ve ever used? No, however it’s positively a stable possibility. If my wants had been slightly completely different, I might positively see the Orochi V2 being a best choice.
If you’re in search of a wi-fi mouse, particularly one which’s low-weight and small, the Orochi is a superb alternative. The tiny measurement makes it additional transportable, a particular bonus whenever you need to take it with you for some gaming on-the-go. On prime of that, the mouse is extremely responsive, affords a number of wi-fi modes for nice connectivity and accepts a number of battery varieties so you possibly can preserve gaming with no matter you’ve bought out there.
Plus, the value isn’t unhealthy — at $89.99 CAD, the Orochi V2 is unquestionably an affordable wi-fi possibility for avid gamers. The Razer Orochi V2 is out there now on Razer Canada’s web site.