Razer have launched a brand new model of their ultraportable Orochi gaming mouse in the present day, giving this dinky, mobile-focused mouse a contemporary new look, a sooner, extra responsive sensor and never one, however two totally different wi-fi modes that each provide you with tons of of hours of battery life. Dubbed the Orochi V2, this factor is correctly tiny. Weighing simply 65g with its bundled AA battery (60g with out) and measuring a mere 10.8cm in size – a superb centimetre shorter than your typical gaming mouse – even my tiny lady palms are sufficient to dwarf this symmetrical, however nonetheless very a lot right-handed gaming mouse, and I can solely think about how titchy it is going to really feel for folks with normal-sized man palms. Still, should you’re after an ultralight gaming mouse that may actually go the gap, the Orochi V2 is nicely value contemplating.
Unlike lots of different wi-fi gaming mice, the Orochi V2 is totally battery-powered, supporting both AA or AAA batteries relying on what it’s important to hand. There are compartments for each beneath its easily-removable shell (together with a small cut-out to retailer its wi-fi USB dongle), and Razer say you may stand up to a formidable 425 hours out of it when it is related to your PC over 2.4GHz wi-fi, or a stonking 950 hours over Bluetooth LE. Compare that to the 60 hours you may get on my present favorite wi-fi gaming mouse, the Logitech G Pro Wireless, with out its RGB lighting flashing away (or 45 hours with it on), and there is merely no competitors.
Of course, a part of the explanation why the Orochi V2 has such good stamina is as a result of it does not have any of Razer’s RGB Chroma lighting consuming away at its energy banks. The solely gentle you get is a small standing dot slightly below the scroll wheel, which is able to flash purple when your energy will get low. The draw back, although, is that it successfully turns into a glorified paperweight if it occurs to die once you’re out and about and not using a spare battery at hand, as there is not any USB port to cost it again up once more. I imply, you’d must be fairly unfortunate to have it die on you contemplating how mammoth its battery life is, nevertheless it’s one thing to consider all the identical.
Still, I used to be pleasantly stunned by simply how comfy the Orochi V2 was to make use of every day, particularly after the difficulty I had with Razer’s equally pint-sized Viper Mini mouse final 12 months. I believe that is partly all the way down to its wider design, as I used to be in a position to relaxation nearly all the ball of my hand (that is my second, third and fourth fingers) throughout its 60mm chassis and grip it correctly with out feeling prefer it was about to slip off at any second. The Viper Mini, however, is noticeably skinnier, measuring 53mm throughout its slim waist part, which was simply sufficient to make my hand really feel worryingly unsteady.
The Orochi V2’s two aspect buttons had been very straightforward to achieve with my thumb, too. I did not must stretch or contort it in any approach to give every button a agency press, and even the central DPI button beneath the scroll wheel was fairly straightforward to get to in a pinch as nicely. You can, in fact, program all of those additional buttons to do no matter you want by downloading Razer’s Synapse 3 software program, and you can even set three totally different capabilities to the scroll wheel and altered the suitable click on button. The solely factor you’ll be able to’t change is the left click on.
Much like different Razer mice, these programmable capabilities embody keyboard bindings, multimedia controls, utilizing them to launch packages, web sites, write preset chunks of textual content and carry out Windows shortcuts, along with swapping round different mouse capabilities, and adjusting the mouse’s sensitivity or DPI speeds. As talked about, the central DPI button will allow you to cycle by way of 5 sensitivity choices out of the field (I discovered possibility 3, 1600 DPI, to be the simplest one for on a regular basis use), however you’ll be able to modify these to no matter pace you want in increments of 100 (starting from a dead-slow 100 DPI to a blisteringly quick 18,000 DPI) by way of Synapse 3, or utterly transfer this button operate to one of many aspect buttons should you choose.
There are a number of different sensitivity choices to select from as nicely, together with a sensitivity clutch button, which drops the mouse’s sensitivity pace to no matter DPI you want so long as it is held down, and an on-the-fly sensitivity operate which, when pressed, permits you to modify sensitivity pace utilizing the scroll wheel. The former can be significantly useful for aggressive FPS gamers who prefer to gradual proper down when aiming down their sights, whereas the latter offers you a bit extra flexibility to seek out simply the suitable pace exterior of the 5 presets talked about above. In quick, you’ve got acquired loads of customisation choices with the Orochi V2, and you should not have any bother in any respect establishing simply the way in which you need it.
I did not have any bother utilizing both of the Orochi V2’s two wi-fi modes to play video games, both. Razer’s Hyperspeed 2.4GHz wi-fi know-how felt simply as fast and responsive as utilizing a conventional wired mouse after I blasted by way of the opening stage of Doom (2016), and even its Bluetooth LE assist was serviceable, too. There was maybe a tiny little bit of lag when utilizing the mouse over Bluetooth, admittedly, so I’d advocate sticking with its Hyperspeed dongle for shooters and different quick, aggressive video games, however I used to be in a position to play a wonderfully respectable chunk of Final Fantasy XV with it over Bluetooth with none actual drop in efficiency. Moving the digital camera round felt one-to-one and clicking the Orochi V2’s mechanical switches to swing Noctis’ sword and roll out of the way in which of monsters by no means left me feeling annoyed. The mouse was very fast to wake from sleep, too, permitting me to choose up precisely the place I left off with out requiring any additional laughing to get it going.
All in all, the Razer Orochi V2 is a superb ultralight wi-fi gaming mouse, and it is most likely among the best Bluetooth gaming mice I’ve examined lately, too. The reliance on batteries might not sit nicely with some folks, and people with bigger palms than me might wrestle with its titchy proportions as nicely, however should you’re a fan of small, ultralight gaming mice then the Orochi V2 is nicely value including to your consideration pile. Its value of £70 / $70 is maybe a bit of steep in comparison with different gaming mice on the market, however I reckon its epically lengthy battery life, cozy design and quite a few customisation choices go an extended approach to make up for it. Get the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless should you’re after one thing a bit larger and cheaper that may do Bluetooth and a pair of.4GHz wi-fi, but when it is a low weight you are after, the Orochi V2 is a superb step-up.