Razer Orochi Bluetooth Mouse Review (For MacBook Pro & Windows)

I was a Windows user for almost 20 years. First with MS-DOS, and progressing till Windows XP, I decided to make the switch to a Mac, and with it, made the choice to go completely wireless with my keyboard and mouse. At first, I decided to keep it all under one roof and get an Apple bluetooth keyboard and Apple bluetooth mighty mouse, but I ended up being disgusted with the might mouse’s performance and feel, and only kept the keyboard.

Since then, I bought a Radtech BT600 full-sized bluetooth mouse, but that had bluetooth issues with my Mac. Finally, I found out that Razer had a bluetooth gaming mouse that could be used on both Windows and Mac, called the Razer Orochi after the fabled snake in Japanese folklore. It didn’t take long before I decided to take the leap and buy the Razer Orochi Bluetooth Gaming Mouse from Amazon.

The packaging that the Razer Orochi arrived in was gorgeous and bordered on extravagant. It even came with a certificate welcoming me to the “Cult of Razer”. Granted, it’s a gaming mouse and Razer’s developing a brand, but even that seems to be pushing the envelope a little too much. Other that that, it had a fresh set of Energiser AA batteries, a USB cord, and a travel pouch for the mouse. And a ton of manuals – just check out the picture, there’s like 5 little booklets included.

Everything is cool with this mouse. Even inserting the batteries is cool – you take the entire top cover of the Razer Orochi off, and you slot in the batteries, kind of like inserting shells into a futuristic mini shotgun. Bluetooth connectivity is easy too, my Macbook Pro immediately detected the Razer Orochi, and I was using it within seconds of having setup the connection.

The mouse sleeps and wakes up without problems, and tracking is excellent, with all movement and clicks registered properly. I was actually thinking that I would never ever use the included USB cable, but it turns out that the Razer Orochi can actually have a blue glowing scrollwheel, but the problem is, your Razer Orochi needs to be connected via wire before you can configure the settings. And to get the settings, you’ll need to download the free Razer configuration software. This is offered for both Mac and Windows, so it’s fine, but it’s just that I already had the USB Overdrive software, and it would have been nice if it could have come with it turned on by default (I know, it’s just a glowing blue scrollwheel, but it’s so much cooler!).

The wire that comes with the Razer Orochi is pretty cool too – it’s unlike the typical USB cables that you get with other peripherals. The USB cable that comes with the Razer Orochi actually looks cool and has gold-plated connections, and a nice little cap for the USB end. The end that goes into the mouse itself is contoured and fits into the Orochi so that it’s flush with the surface. Pretty cool.

If that wasn’t enough, the cable’s black and has a braided shield too.

One of the weird things that I experienced with the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse is that it works fine on my table, but doesn’t work if I use it on a piece of paper, nor on a mousepad. That’s pretty important to me, because my table’s surface actually gets worn out if I use my mouse directly on it. I’m pleased to say that the Razer Orochi does not have this problem, and it works excellently on paper, mousepads, and my table surface.

Dirt and grime doesn’t show up on the surface of the Razer Orochi too, even after 2 weeks of use. With a white mouse, especially with the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, dirt and grime show up after just a day of use. The surface of the Razer Orochi is this smooth kinda-rubberised texture, that’s incredibly comfortable and looks really good.

Is this mouse worth the money? Definitely. This is the third bluetooth mouse that I bought, and I am happy because I have finally found a comfortable, functional, good-looking bluetooth mouse that works with my Macbook Pro. Get the Razer Orochi Bluetooth Gaming Mouse from Amazon.

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

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