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Razer OUROBOROS ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse
Mar 1, 2013
By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada
Razer OUROBOROS ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse
Any way we can improve game play is a good thing, especially for those of us who struggle to keep up with the pros. One way, of course, is to use a better mouse. We've seen a number of them over the years, but the folks at Razer are trying to take it to the next level with the Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mouse .
So let’s review it.
The Ouroboros is an ambidextrous fully customizable next-generation ergonomic wireless gaming device that’s designed to help you focus on the game and less on the device so you can maximize your gaming experience.
Having recently viewed The Dark Knight Rises , I found its design to be somewhat familiar, resembling a scaled version of Batman’s transformative mode of transportation, complete with cool green backlighting. A Google search on Ouroboros returned the definition, as being “an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.” Some might say it resembles another mouse, the RAT. You can make up your own mind about that.
The Ouroboros mouse is very light, weighing a mere 147g, yet is built quite sturdy. It’s been created so that regardless of your hand size and whether you’re left or right handed, chances are you'll be able to find a comfortable fit. The length of the mouse can be extended by up to 15mm and the back arch can be adjusted to have a flatter or steeper incline to rest your palm at the best angle for you.
It has two sets of interchangeable magnetic side rest panels, one textured and one almost bat-winged to allow you to rest your finger and thumb and grip the mouse the way it feels most comfortable.
It can run either wired via USB or wireless via Bluetooth with its matching receiver/dock plugged into the computer. It runs on a single AA rechargeable NiMH battery (included) that can run for up to 12 hours of continuous gaming, once you figure out how to insert it into the hidden battery compartment.
It’s precise and fast. It utilizes a 4G dual sensor system, one laser one optical, that can track up to 8200DPI and can move up to 200 in./s and 50g acceleration. It has a 1000Hz ultrapolling / 1ms response time.
Razer Synapse 2.0 Configuration Software
The Synapse 2.0 cloud-based software allows you to fully customize your 11 programmable buttons and more. But first, you’ll need to download it, set up a free account and activate. Buttons can be assigned functions as well as tasks. So for example if you prefer to have the right click button on the left, you can do that. If you want to scroll down by pushing the scroll wheel up instead, you can do that too. You can also assign the button to do different tasks like changing them into keyboard functions. And if you so choose, you can actually completely disable a button. This can be handy if you find that it accidentally gets in the way and it’s something you don't use.
I really like that you have full control over the mouse's performance. You can adjust the sensitivity, i.e. how fast; in dots per inch (DPI) your mouse pointer whips across the screen. It can be set anywhere from 100 to 8200dpi. The latter is screaming fast, perhaps overkill? Change can also be done on the fly from the clutch on the mouse itself. Acceleration (i.e. its speed in relation to the mouse's movement) can also be adjusted as well as the Polling rate - how often the data is sent to the device.
In addition, you can configure the brightness of the mouse’s cool green LED lighting or turn it off completely if you’re someone who finds it distracting. It can also be configured separately for when you're in wired or wireless mode. One set of LED lights is actually a battery indicator that can be set to flash when your charge gets down to a predetermined level.
Now, not everyone uses the same surface or pad. No problem, there’s a tab for that! You can actually calibrate the sensors to the surface that it's sitting on, whether you're using a Razer designed mat, your own or the surface that you're using. This is particularly handy when experiencing, or to avoid experiencing, tracking issues.
You can also easily create macros, a recorded sequence of actions, whether keystrokes or button presses, that can be used to execute quickly during play.
Once you're done configuring your mouse, you can save your settings to a profile in your account that you can access anywhere you have an Internet connection. You can also set up multiple profiles to allow different settings, including button assignments, for different games or for different users.
Literally, for the serious gamer, having the ability to ensure that the glove fits just perfectly, adjusted to each finger is key to optimizing your gameplay.
For the less experienced player you might find, at first, this mouse to be slightly overwhelming with the ability to fine tune so many different attributes rather than running with all the defaults. However, once you start to get the hang of it. It begins to feel like a nicely broken in pair of shoes.
You find that the more you play and the more you tweak the better your scores will be.
Overall, this is a very well designed and well thought out mouse. It’s funky, sleek and looks pretty cool. Being able to adjust to hand size is a definite plus, although ideally, it might have been nice to have the ability to move the side triggers ever so slightly. The software gives you a plethora of options to fine tune to your needs and to each situation and store your configurations online. Of course it does mean yet another account to maintain and a password to remember.
I had no issues with the mouse beyond installing the battery and the occasional stutter shifting DPI on the fly – although that could have just been me.
The Razer Ouroboros retails for $129.95, possibly a little hefty for a mouse but perhaps worthwhile if you’re serious about gaming. I'm sure a chunk of that is the fancy design, artistic value and customization features.
It runs on a Mac (OS 10.6 & up) or PC Windows (XP/Vista/7) and has a two-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
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