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Razer Ouroboros Review - Armchair Empire

Razer Ouroboros Review

  • 8/10
    Design - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Durability - 6/10
  • 8.5/10
    Features - 8.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Performance - 7.5/10
  • 6/10
    Value - 6/10
7.2/10

Our Rating


Razer Ouroboros Quick Specs
Sensor Laser
Connection Wired/Wireless
Max DPI 8,200
Max Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Programmable Buttons 11

Razer has become one of the premier brand of gaming peripherals. It’s for good reason, as they consistently come out with products that combine the aesthetics, efficiency, and functionality that we as gamers look for when we’re building or improving a rig.

The Ouroboros is a mouse that, in most respects, furthers that tradition with some great hardware and adjustable settings that may even be too much for some gamers.

Design

Like we’ve stated, this is one feature rich mouse with compelling design. Out of the box you’re getting 11 different programmable buttons, including two thumb trigger buttons on the sides, adjustable DPI buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, among other things. What’s more is that this mouse has a sensor system that uses both an optical sensor and a laser sensor. We like this implementation because it makes it a beast on just about any surface. The 8200dpi sensitivity works very well even when you need a bit more touch. The accuracy here is good all the way up to 200 inches per second with a substantial polling rate of 1,000Hz.

While that’s a pretty substantial design choice in and of itself, what we really like is the on-board 32-bit ARM processor. This allows for the mouse to work really quickly. The processor boosts the Razer mouse to 1ms response time without suffering its sensor calibration in wireless mode. When you do end up hooking a wired connection to it via USB 2.0, you’ll see an even quicker response time. When you’re not using the mouse, the USB 2.0 cord will charge the mouse via a cool little charging base station and stand. Not only does it work well and is functional, it doesn’t look bad on your desk, either. Also, in wireless mode, the Razer Ouroboros will work off of a single AA battery that will give you half a day’s battery life. Not bad.

Lastly, but definitely not least, the Razer Ouroboros give probably the widest customization options we’ve seen in awhile. The design is in a way that allows adjustable length palmrest (up to an inch). It’s for the purpose of adjustment of the mouse to the size of your hand. The palmrest can also be adjusted to different angles with the help of a knob that can be lowered or raised as you see fit. We absolutely love all of the customizable options here, though they can be a little hard to get it the way you want it, especially if you’re not used to adjusting mice or things this small.

Features

We like what they’ve done with the features, especially their ambidextrous accoutrements. There aren’t too many mice out there who go the extra mile with comfort and functionality. Razer handles it like this – they include four magnetic side panels that can be attached to the sides of the mouse. It comes with two grip panels and two finger rest panels. In doing this, you can adjust the grip to your liking. It makes it one of the more impressively comfortable mice that are considered to be high end, though there are a couple of drawbacks here. For example, while we really appreciated the fact that this is a truly decent mouse for people who are left and right handed, there isn’t an option for weight. It’s not a bad thing as the heft we feel is good, it’s just an odd thing to overlook when you can adjust just about everything else on the mouse.

However, we almost think that they kind of make up for it with their Synapse 2.0. This cloud dashboard is awesome for a few reasons. One, it’s cloud connected, which is just a nifty and forward-thinking feature choice by one of the best peripheral companies in the industry. Synapse 2.0 allows you to assign macros, set up various profiles for any game that you play, and edit button assignments. What’s more is that you can leave and log into your mouse with any PC that has Synapse installed without having to worry about settings. If you’d like, you can also pair any of your other gaming stuff with Synapse and use it, too! So, if you have a favorite Razer keyboard or what have you, you’re all set.

Performance

The Ouroboros will not disappoint when it comes to gaming. After all, it was designed exactly for that reason and it will do whatever you want. In testing in both first person shooters and Minecraft, the Ouroboro was about as accurate when chopping blocks as it was sniping someone from afar. One of the more interesting things is that we considered before the play test was that the DPI setting buttons would get in the way in operation. That wasn’t the case.

It was also pretty comfortable, but that was due to the library of different settings on the mouse, so we could basically make the mouse feel however we’d want to, save for the weight. Lastly, the it was almost seamless when it was wired or wireless, so there are definitely no complaints there.

Conclusion

All in all, this is a mouse that should be at least on a list to check out. We’re a big fan of the fact that the gamer can honestly tweak darn near everything they’d want to, making a mouse that’s unlike any other Ouroboros. We also are huge fans of mice that allow for both wired and wireless. When a cool charging base is included, it kind of makes it easy to recommend if the peripheral works well. However, it’s not the cheapest mouse that you can buy, but that’s the case for many a Razer mouse.