Exactly 12 years ago, Razer released a mouse that was very different from its other models. Small, light, wireless and easily portable, Orochi was at first glance an ideal mouse choice for laptop gaming systems. But thanks to its short body and light structure, Orochi has also become a favorite of claw grip and small mouse lovers. Moreover, unlike other wireless Bluetooth mice, you could also plug in the cable and use it with high performance. It was such an unrivaled and good product in its class that Orochi managed to stay on the market for 12 years without interruption.
But in recent years Orochi has seen serious rivals and it’s time to renew. What is interesting here is that Razer has changed everything while renewing such a successful product and has officially created the product from scratch. Its form, technology, connection options, dimensions… Frankly, when you put two Orochi side by side, you don’t think they are the same series. How meaningful it is to completely change such a beloved product, especially to change its iconic design and grip is debatable. Those who love Orochi for claw grip may find this new design strange. But if you ask me, the result of all these changes has created the best gaming mouse I’ve ever used.
Design for every style
Let’s start with the form of the Orochi V2. With its symmetrical and simple body design, small dimensions, and few keys, Orochi V2 has a style that we have not seen before from Razer, and it looks more like Logitech’s G series. With this new design, the Orochi fills the hand better and in fact becomes a mouse suitable for any grip style. As I said, the claw grip is weaker than before, it elongates a little, the button and the decrease in the recesses on the sides reduce the control. But for other grip styles, it has become much more comfortable, fast and controlled. If you don’t particularly like large or asymmetrical mice, the Orochi V2 will likely feel very comfortable.
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What makes the Orochi V2’s form both comfortable and dynamic is that its upper curve is more boldly drawn than other mice. So when you look at the mouse from the side, you see that the back is quite high, but the front part is very low towards the end of the buttons. You can also see that the mouse, which looks flat and symmetrical at first, is full of small details that will make your hand feel comfortable. For example, slight curves on the keys, a small indentation under the thumb. You feel that the designers have crafted every millimeter of this mouse, just like a watchmaker.
Double wireless, not just wireless
One of the important changes brought by Razer with the new model is the complete removal of the cable. In the past, Orochi could be used with Bluetooth or wired. The new Orochi V2 has two separate wireless connection modes. If you wish, you can use it in Bluetooth mode, so it can easily connect to more devices and the battery life is much longer. If you want, you can use 2.4GHz Razer Hyperspeed wireless mode with its own USB receiver without delay, you will not have any problems in games. I don’t play very competitively anymore, but I haven’t had any lag or performance issues with any game I’ve tried. The fact that it is completely free of cables without sacrificing performance makes the Orochi V2 much more attractive than the first model, in my opinion.
Depending on your usage mode and frequency, the Orochi V2 can be used for two months to a year with a single AA battery. One of the features that I admire is that it works with AA or AAA batteries. This not only brings ease of use, but also allows you to fine-tune the weight of the Orochi V2. Also, the placement of the batteries should not disturb the balance of the mouse. Depending on the battery selection, the weight varies between 68 and 73gr. There’s also a slot next to the battery compartment where you can store the 2.4GHz receiver, so you can easily carry it with you.
Another feature that makes this new model comfortable is the rather large slippery contact points on the bottom. Small mice are lighter and faster, so they need to glide easily on the mousepad. The PixArt optical sensor with 18,000dpi 40G response on the mouse has no difficulty in these high speed and sudden movements. Thus, you can use it very comfortably even at very high DPIs. They pair very well with Razer’s Sphex V3 hard surface mousepad if you want to get really fast. Of course, you can make your fine adjustments through the Synapse software and store your profile in the internal memory on the mouse. A feature that comes for the first time in Orochi V2 is that you can also plug in a wireless keyboard via its USB receiver. So two devices can work with a single receiver, but I haven’t had a chance to try it.
One mouse per hand, per use
The sharp and satisfying click of the mouse keys is one of Razer’s most iconic features of mice. The mechanical keys used on the Orochi V2 are simply amazing. It’s perfect with its hardness, reaction and sound. Also the use of the wheel and the two forward/back buttons on the left is very good both in position and response. Unlike the previous one, the two extra buttons on the right have been removed and a DPI adjustment button has been added. I’ve been using the first Orochi for 12 years, maybe I’ve never had a daily mouse, but since it comes with me on my laptop or on every trip, it has been used for a total of 2-3 months every year and it still works like the first day. Both the body and keys of the Orochi V2 feel very high quality, and frankly, it seems to me that it will last longer. But this time it won’t just stay on your laptop, it looks like it will displace all my mice.
The only thing we can complain about the Razer Orochi V2 is that it is expensive. But when all these features, an incredible design and production quality come together, this is inevitable. I found it in Vatan for 690TL, yes, there are competitors on the market that are comparable and 30% cheaper. But the Orochi V2 is so good that I think it’s worth making the difference.