The competition for mobile input devices has heated up of late. The increasing power of tablets and mobile devices has lead to many gamers taking their favourite pastime on the go, and for many classic titles that touchscreen interface simply can’t compete with the impulse control of a mouse. Razer are keenly aware of this, with the Orochi designed specifically for the purpose of filling that void.
The reduced size of the Razer Orochi is both a blessing and a curse. While it’s undeniably easier to transport it’s hard not to feel as though the bulk of the device has been misjudged. An extra centimetre or two in length would have been far more useful than the bulk intended as a palm rest, especially when the shape of the device ensures that your palm will never meet this surface during use.
Elsewhere the Razer Orochi is much more successful. The device comes complete with both a lightweight braded USB cable or the option to use batteries, and both options present a high quality performance. The battery life of the device is remarkable, but just to ensure you don’t miss a vital moment there’s a battery life indicator mounted on top of the device. The Bluetooth connectivity was easy to establish and worked flawlessly during Electronic Theatre’s time with the Razer Orochi, though you may wish to use the cable for added assurance. Either way, you’re guaranteed a top performing mouse.
Four side mounted buttons – two on each side – and a symmetrical design make the Razer Orochi an ambidextrous mouse, an uncommon asset in gaming devices. Given that you can use the device with our without batteries – the weightiest part of the package – you have some control over the heft and thus the force exertion required to impact upon your input. It’s far from the depth of Logitech’s G500s’ adaptability, but given the diminutive size of the device will be deemed a welcome adjustment by many.
The basic inputs, wheel and feet of the Razer Orochi are of a fairly standard measure, without flair but in the same light without issue. The Razer Orochi isn’t about to blow away your preconceptions of mouse control, but it is an elegantly designed device aimed to bring all of these ideals to mobile gaming. With that it’s sure to find an audience, and it’s unlikely many who adopt it will be disappointed.