RAZER OROCHI V2 REVIEW
The Razer Orochi V2 is a compact and ultralight mouse, capable of operating wirelessly via Bluetooth or 2.4 Ghz. Compared to the previous Orochi, its ergonomics are improved and its design can be customized from the Razer site.
The mouse is positioned as an alternative to the Logitech G305 and Corsair Katar Pro Wireless, with a much more contained weight but a higher price at 79.99 €.
Razer Orochi V2 review
If you are looking for a wireless and lightweight gaming mouse, you should generally look to ones with an internal rechargeable battery. Problem, the vast majority of models available are offered above the 100 € bar ( G Pro X Superlight , Viper Ultimate , Prime Wireless).
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Razer Orochi V2 – Test and opinion on the brand’s new wireless gaming mouse
With the Razer Orochi V2, the manufacturer hopes to change the situation and offers for the first time a mouse combining lightness and battery power. Enough to overshadow the famous Logitech G305 or the most recent SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless .
Design & Ergonomics
If we recently had the opportunity to present you with very compact mice with the Razer Viper Mini , Xtrfy M42 and other Cooler Master MM710 , the new Razer Orochi V2 goes even further. With dimensions of 108 x 60 x 38 mm, it is positioned as one of the most compact mice in the sector and only the recent Xtrfy MZ1 comes close to its size.
In reality, this format can be explained by the very DNA of the Orochi range, initially designed to meet the needs of the most mobile gamers, and in particular laptop PC users.
To believe the visuals offered by the brand, this Orochi V2 retains this idea, but many “ Desktop” players are now also looking for this compactness giving them better handling.
And precisely, with its rounded shape more commonly called “Egg Shape”, the new mouse from Razer is an example of comfort and handling. Compared to the previous version, this V2 displays much more worked symmetrical lines and you quickly feel at ease once your hand is placed on it.
The Orochi V2 against the competition
If with its contained dimensions we will not necessarily recommend it for Palm Grip aficionados , in Claw Grip or Fingertips the Orochi V2 works miracles.
The grip is stable, secure and comfortable enough to chain parts without feeling discomfort or pain.
Its light weight also limits fatigue while making it easier for the mouse to move around when playing with reduced sensitivity.
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Razer Orochi V2 ergonomics
The weight precisely, let’s talk about it. Razer announces on its technical sheet only 60 g for this new Orochi, but this is a measurement made without its battery. And as it is necessarily necessary to add one, this indication is more misleading than anything else.
Here, the brand offers several options. By removing the upper shell of the mouse, there are indeed two locations allowing you to choose between an AA or AAA battery.
Also, note that unlike the competition, the locations here are inclined so as to better distribute the total weight of the mouse. Rather well seen!
Mouse is powered by one AA or AAA battery
Also under the shell, we will note the presence of an insert for storing the USB dongle so as not to lose it when traveling.
With the AA lithium battery in the box, we arrive at a weight of 74 g. If it is more than the 60 g announced by Razer, it remains well below a Logitech G305 at 99g (AA alkaline battery) or a Corsair Katar Pro Wireless at 96 g (AA alkaline battery).
In practice, the mouse is closer to wireless models incorporating a battery. Such as the Glorious Model O Wireless at 69 g, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless at 66 g or the Razer Viper Ultimate at 74 g.
Mouse shell can be customized
In practice, the rendering of its personalized cases is quite clean and allows the mouse to stand out a little more from the competition. On the other hand, it will take 20 € more for these custom models, pushing up the bill to 99 €. It stings a bit.
On the controls side, the Orochi V2 goes to the essentials with 5 programmable buttons and its dial. The two main clicks are equipped with switches designed in collaboration with the Kailh brand and offer a perfectly responsive activation.
No post or pre-travel to report, nor any horizontal play.
Mouse buttons are all responsive
The dial has its side of notches rather well marked and its use is again very pleasant. Behind, a last button allows by default to navigate between its different DPI levels and a light indicator allows you to check the selected sensitivity.
Also, if you are using Razer Synapse, a popup will briefly appear in the corner of your screen with your DPI level. Since the mouse is mainly designed for right-handed players, only the left front has two side buttons.
Despite a fairly thin design, they remain perfectly accessible and benefit from a straightforward and responsive activation. It changes the somewhat “soft” clicks of the Logitech G Pro X Superlight for example.
PTFE pads provide good glide
At the rear, the mouse has two large PTFE pads and a third surrounding the optical sensor. The glide is very correct and we enjoy excellent handling in combination with its light weight and wireless connection.
Still on the base of the mouse, there is also a switch to switch between the different wireless connection modes.
Connection & Autonomy
Unlike a G305, the Razer Orochi V2 has two wireless connection modes: via Bluetooth or 2.4 Ghz using a USB dongle. These are also its only connection modes, since it is not possible to use it wired.
The 2.4 Ghz mode allows you to enjoy a wireless connection without the slightest latency and it is obviously the one we favor when gaming.
During our tests, nothing to complain about the reliability of the connection but we would still have appreciated finding a USB extension in order to be able to bring it closer to your mouse.
The dongle for the 2.4 Ghz wireless connection
The Bluetooth connection can be used to connect the Orochi V2 without going through the USB dongle. As often, this connection can generate a certain latency and we recommend it only for office automation or games that do not require perfect responsiveness.
As for the autonomy, it is difficult to give you a precise figure because the results can vary widely depending on the connection mode but also on the type of battery used.
With the AA lithium battery provided in the box, Razer advertises up to 950 hours in Bluetooth and 425 hours in 2.4 Ghz mode.
Switch Connection Modes
A switch allows you to switch between the two wireless connection modes
Obviously, with an alkaline AA battery as well as a smaller capacity AAA battery, keep in mind that these results will have to be revised downwards.
To get a better idea of the autonomy of the mouse according to your usage habits, Razer offers on its site a small utility to facilitate this calculation.
Finally, note that the mouse only works wirelessly.
Razer Synapse software
The mouse is compatible with Razer Synapse software, which you can download for free from the manufacturer’s website. From there, you can create different configuration profiles according to your games or applications and load them automatically.
From the “Customize” tab, it is possible to modify the mapping of all the buttons of the Orochi V2, except that of the left click. The brand offers a rather comprehensive list of actions, but it is also possible to create your own macros.
There is also the option “HyperShift”, which allows to assign a secondary action to the buttons of the mouse. To access it, you will need to assign the “HyperShift” command to one of the buttons and then hold it down to switch to secondary actions. Enough to double the number of shortcuts in the blink of an eye.
Last feature of this tab: device synchronization detailed a little earlier in our article.
Software and Manual Guide Support
Feature for Raccot Orochi V2
From the “Performance” tab, it is possible to adjust up to 5 sensitivity levels between 100 and 18,000 DPI with a step of 100 DPI. You can also configure the polling rate up to 1000 Hz.
There is then a tab to calibrate the sensor according to its mouse pad as well as options related to the power supply. Here we can in particular set an automatic standby time or activate a “Low consumption” mode from a certain percentage of autonomy.
The mouse has a Razer 5G optical sensor. It is probably a variant of the PixArt PMW3335, capable of climbing up to 18,000 DPI, handling speeds of 450 IPS and accelerations of 50G.
In use and as is often the case, not much to complain about on this side. The mouse responds perfectly to the slightest movements and impossible to unhook the sensor for the common people.
Razer Sphex 3
To accompany the release of its Orochi V2, Razer has also unveiled a new Sphex V3 mouse pad. It is also a very compact and above all very thin model, with dimensions of 270 x 215 mm for a thickness of only 0.4 mm.
As with the mouse of the day, it is designed to be easily carried in a bag or laptop bag for example. It has a rigid gliding surface and its grippy base helps stabilize it when placed on a desk.
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This Razer Orochi V2 is a nice surprise! Comfortable, manoeuvrable and versatile, it is placed like a competitor of size vis-a-vis the Logitech G305.
Lighter than its opponent, it should be able to appeal to FPS players but also office-oriented users thanks to the addition of a Bluetooth connection.
- Compact and lightweight
- Excellent comfort
- Dual wireless connection
- Customizable case
- General performance
- High price
- No wired connection
- Slightly thin side buttons