Reviewed by: Darryl Linington
While some of us are used to using a conventional mouse, others seem to prefer something a little more comfortable, voluptuous and technologically advanced. This is where the Razer Ouroboros comes into the picture. Weighing in at around 115 grams (without the battery), the Ouroboros is fully ambidextrous gaming mouse that comes packaged with four interchangeable side panels; a rechargeable AA battery, a receiver and a USB cord.
Apart from it being ambidextrous, the Ouroboros is also extremely customisable. Gamers can change the length, back arch and grip profile in order to obtain the most comfortable position achievable. While comfort is the name of the game, the Ouroboros also allows you access to full scale button mapping via its Synapse 2.0 application software.
According to Razer, Synapse 2.0 is an application that instantly stores your Synapse device settings and Razer add-ons online in the cloud and lets you retrieve them from any location. You’ll be able to control the Ouroboros’ sensitivity and lighting, and you’ll even be able to customise just about every key binding on the mouse itself.
Additionally, Synapse 2.0 makes the most out of the optical sensor in the Razer Ouroboros and you can set your own lift-off cut off distance for accurate headshots. You can also choose which Razer mouse pad you’re using with the Ouroboros, and it will automatically optimise the sensor for that specific mat.
While the Ouroboros and Synapse 2.0 gel quite well together, I did however come across a few hiccups along the way. There were a few occasions when the Ouroboros seemed to lose its sync with the software, which resulted in extremely erratic behaviour by the mouse. This behaviour caused the mouse to either be overly sensitive or extremely under sensitive during movement. While this may be an issue with certain operating systems, or just a temporary glitch, it is still something that needs to be attended to.
Under the hood of the Ouroboros lies a 4G Dual Sensor System, which is a combination of an optical and laser sensor that allows for z-axis tracking and surface calibration. The laser sensor achieves up to 8200dpi (dots per inch) for increased performance. Additionally, you do not entirely need a branded Razer mouse pad for the device to perform optimally as the optical sensor calibrates the mouse specifically to the surface you are using. This is done by recording the surface texture, colour and distance from the sensor.
If you have already picked up a Razer Ouroboros, you may have noticed two lock and unlock buttons on the bottom of the device… these are used in order to lock and unlock the two side trigger buttons.
When it comes to look and feel, the Razer Ouroboros has a stunning design that resembles something that came straight out of a super hero movie (it may have been designed by Batman himself). Furthermore, although it seems a little heavy at first, it feels remarkably sturdy.
When it comes to gaming, the Razer Ouroboros is quite simply one of the most comfortable devices I have used. I found that the device functioned rather well with various FPS and RTS titles; however, when the above mentioned glitch kicked in it seemed to take a lot away from the entire experience.
Overall, the Razer Ouroboros is an eye catching device that is accompanied by a robust design that has been made to last. This mouse can take a knock; however, we do not recommend testing just how much of a knock it can take.
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
Ouroboros Technical Specifications:
Customisable ergonomics – back tilt, length, grips.
Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled.
8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System.
Gaming grade wireless technology with dock.
12 programmable Hyper response buttons.
Up to 200 inches per second/50g acceleration.
PC/Mac with USB port.
Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.6-10.7 and above).
100MB of free hard disk space.
Razer Synapse 2.0 registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.