Razer Ouroboros Review
Extremely high sensitivity, extreme comfort and a high range of customization, Razer Ouroboros is the gaming mouse every PC gamer dreams about.
Now I want to start this review by saying a few things first. This is probably my first big tech review and my first ever Razer product and what better way to kickstart our Tech Review category than with the review of the amazing Ouroboros. I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember, mainly a PC gamer (been since the Wolfenstein 3D/Doom times), but lately I switched to the consoles. I switched because I couldn’t afford a powerful gaming PC to play the latest games. It sucks not having money to fuel one of my biggest passions in life, but what can I do. So I kinda suppressed that itch of wanting a gaming rig well, that was until I got my hands on the Ouroboros.
Razer was extremely nice enough to send me a review unit and let me tell you that I have never seen and used a more beautiful and badass mouse than the Ouroboros. Throughout the years as a PC gamer, I have used many mouses (or mices) made from Logitech, LG etc. but none of those were proper gaming mouses (mices). Lately a friend got a RAT 5 from Mad Catz and I spend some time with that and I liked very much. But none of the previous ones can be compared with The Ouroboros.
Now the name, Ouroboros. Other than sounding incredible and continuing Razer’s legacy of badass names like Blade, Naga, Kraken, Black Widow etc. for those of you who might like myths and legends, the Ouroboros is also the serpent that eats its own tail. He does that to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal becoming infinite. And after more than two weeks of usage, I think the mouse stand up to its name, I think this will be my mouse for like, forever!
It is incredible. The sensitivity is insane. For all the nerds out there, the sensor of the Ouroboros combines a laser and an optical sensor to enhance tracking precision and detects surfaces ten times faster than previous generation sensors. The DPI can go as high as 8200 and special buttons, like the DPI clutch, let’s you temporarily reduce or increase the DPI as you game in an instant giving you an extra edge in whatever game you are playing, FPS, RTS, RPG etc. The Ouroboros also features an ultra-low 1ms latency wireless play that is as responsive as it is when it is corded. Super customizable, where you can change everything from button functions, X-Y sensitivity, acceleration, polling rate and pre-record a sequence of keystrokes also known as Macros.
Now the “normal, not so nerdy, guys” version: The Ouroboros can be either a wireless or a corded mouse and there is no difference between the two like lag or feel or anything. The sensitivity and the accuracy the mouse offers is beyond anything you have ever used, but you might ask “WTF is DPI and is 8200 a good number for it?”. Well, the DPI means “dots per inch” and what that means is how many dots can your mouse travel along the screen in an inch of movement. For example if you have your screen resolution at 1920×1080 and you set your DPI at 1900, it would take an inch to move the cursor side to side. So you might ask “If this is the case, why there is a 8200 DPI?”. Well, some gamers like to have insane sensitivity on their mouse to pull those insane 720 trickshots or want insane camera speed when playing Starcraft or Dota 2 and the Ouroboros caters perfectly to them. But this DPI is also very useful if you have two or three monitors hooked up to one PC. I tried this on a Mac Book Pro/27 inch monitor setup and the Ouroboros performed better than expected. I raised the DPI when I wanted to move the cursor between the two screens and then bring it back down.
And all of this can be done very easily using the two “sensitivity stages” buttons that are on top of the mouse, just below the scrolling wheel. The Ouroboros is said to have 13 buttons, but it really have only 8 unique ones (not counting the Scroll Up/Down and the duplicate ones). That is because the Ouroboros has an ambidextrous design, meaning that it can be used either by right or left hand users. Here’s where the duplicate buttons come in play. On each side there are three buttons, so it has the right and left click, scrolling wheel up/down/click and two sensitivity stage buttons totaling in 13 usable buttons. Switching between right and left hand is easy and it can be done in seconds using the Razer Synapse 2.0 software.
To use Ouroboros and any other Razer device, I presume, you need to install Synapse 2.0. The software is not that good at this stage, but the concept behind it is simply groundbreaking. It’s the world’s first cloud-based storage for personalized gaming settings and although sometimes it doesn’t work, you can see the genius behind it. Anyway I installed it and I started messing around with the Ouroboros settings. You can customize pretty much everything, from the button configuration, DPI settings, power management to the brightness of the LEDs. Another cool thing is that you can customize everything and you can save it as a separate profile, but the cool thing is that you can link a program to that profile. For example, I messed around with the sensitivity and the acceleration, saved my custom profile and I linked it to Half Life 2. Now every time I open that game, those custom setting automatically load on the Ouroboros. And you can do this for every program, for example, on Chrome I use the side buttons for back and forward, on iTunes next or previous track etc. The possibilities are endless. On Synapse 2.0 there’s also a Macros tab, but over the two weeks of use I never understood what it was for and frankly, I was not that very interested to know.