Review: Razer Ouroboros

Razer designs some of the most elite PC peripheral out there, offering mechanically advanced keyboards, mice, headsets and so much more. One of their latest entries is arguably the most expensive mouse anyone could pay for, but it’s not all flash. With an incredibly quick millisecond response time, lightweight design and customizable buttons, the Razer Ouroboros is looking like a sure hit among the hardcore gaming community.

The Ouroboros is an ambidextrous mouse, meaning that anyone who is left handed won’t be left out. The device is completely symmetrical with even the back and forward buttons being replicated to the right-side. This helps both types of users as it adds extra buttons to be customized, allowing cycling through profiles to be a breeze. The package also comes with interchangeable side panels which allows the thumb to rest on, and even acts as a trigger when pressed inwards. In addition to button placement, whether users have large or small hands, the Razer Ouroboros will be a comfortable fit for anyone thanks to the adjustable rear palm rest. There are roughly six different states that can be adjusted, sliding the rear portion of the mouse forward and back depending on user preference. This is incredibly handy as the default position feels too far forward and reaching the back button the side can be a bit troublesome.

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Looking past the sharp design, additional back/forward buttons and side triggers, the rest of the layout is relatively basic. Despite its lightweight structure ,this isn’t a cheaply made device; even the adjustable and completely removable rear palm rest doesn’t feel flimsy at all. The left and right mouse buttons can be a bit sensitive at times, but nothing that will horribly affect casual use or competitive gaming. Finally, the middle mouse wheel works well and the traction on it feels great. Overall, the Ourorboros’ form is astounding. The little adjustments that can be made make this a mouse that can fit into anyone’s hands. It does take a little while to find the right adjustments and placements of all the options, but in the end, it will be as if the mouse has been built specifically for each your hand.

The Ouroboros requires Razer’s Synapse 2.0 configuration program to be installed and it comes with a bevy of adjustments to toy with. There are thirteen overall buttons (if you include the scroll wheel), with only one not being customizable. The rest can be assigned to key strokes, program launchers, multimedia controls and other functions. In terms of performance, gamers who wish for precise and speedy control will find a sensitivity option upwards of a staggering 8200 DPI along with an acceleration rate between 0-10. I’m unsure how anyone could take advantage of that much precision, even in competitive games such as the recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, but it’s there if needed.

The LED lighting can be adjusted from dim to bright in two different modes (wired and wireless) in only Razer’s patented green. I almost wish this had multiple colors to choose from, but the green seem to fit the elite nature perfectly. There’s also a power savings option if users want to go wirelessly, adjusting time for when it goes into sleep mode and when it should start indicating low battery. The only issue here is that the battery level indicated is never entirely accurate as it can sometimes decrease at a much higher rate. Other than that, the program allows users to calibrate the mouse to a certain Razer mat and even set specific macros that can be assigned to different buttons.

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It’s also important to mention that this is both a wired and wireless mouse that comes with a rather compelling dock. The dock itself has a suction bottom that will easily attach itself to most solid surfaces, and better yet, there is a little bit of a magnetic pull between the connectors, allowing for a sturdy charge. It can come off if a user bumps into it, but as long as it’s in a relatively remote location on their desk, it should be completely fine. Another point I want to stress is how much Razer really knows their audience. No one wants to pay a premium and have to spend even more on a potentially locked out feature; instead, Razer has included a single AA rechargeable battery to be used, so don’t fret about having to go out and buy extra batteries for wireless to function.

After about two weeks of testing, it’s clear that the battery life of the Ouroboros is rock solid. An hour charge will give users about seven hours worth of consumption, whether it’s browsing the internet or playing online. This of course also deals with the level of brightness on the LEDs as it can show upwards of a twelve percent difference if set to bright. I would also recommend that purchasers read the manual as a lot of the function, such as turning the device off, isn’t automatic and will run the mouse dry. If you prefer the standard wired mode, the cable is lightweight and won’t drag the device if connected to a machine stationed on the ground. Overall, while there were a couple insignificant hiccups in wireless mode, it is a smooth and painless experience.

There’s only one problem that may turn a lot of potential customers away: this is an expensive piece of hardware. While some may be content with their twenty dollar mouse that serves its purpose, the Razer Ouroboros retails for $149.99. That’s a huge chunk out of anyone’s pocket, even for those PC gamers who spend hundreds of dollars on upgrades every year. But as mentioned above, there’s plenty of reason for the high price tag. Wireless connectivity, a sleek, ambidextrous design and thirteen buttons (with twelve of them being customizable), Razer has gone all out. Even the package comes in is high class, resembling that of a glass display case as the mouse is being modeled.

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Closing Comments:

The Razer Ouroboros is arguably one of the best gaming mice available, but it comes at the cost of an empty wallet. This is the elite of the elite as it offers a slew of features that an average user probably would never use, but then again, this is clearly aimed towards the hardcore gamer who need the most technologically advanced piece of hardware, and this is it. Full of customizations, both in software and hardware, the Razer Ouroboros is more than worth its asking price for those with the dough and incentive to pick it up.