Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse Review
There are many things to cover with the Ouroboros, so let's crack on. The packaging is incredible, the Ouroboros comes in probably the most blinged-out package of any mouse, ever. Just a shame this will not be the retail packaging. You would need a certain level of confidence if you took it to your local LAN party so you didn't look like a ATGNI guy as you undid the briefcase.
The software is, as we expect from the Synapse 2.0, brilliant. It's intuitive, fast and has a small footprint. With the cloud storage you're not only able to use your settings wherever you are, but don't need to worry about backing them up before a reformat. We can't be the only people who have reinstalled Windows and then realised with horror we'd forgotten something. You can be up and running in moments thanks to the speedy battery installation solution and ease of the cable connection. The Ouroboros can be run in a play-and-charge mode, so no waiting around when you first get it either. Although it's worth noting that there isn't a spare battery provided, nor a method to charge one whilst using the Ouroboros. Of course, as it uses AA batteries, most of us have some on charge somewhere nearly 24/7.
The sensor is spectacular. Really something special. At every sensitivity from the bottom of the scale all the way up to the 'mere mortals need not apply' maximum of 8400DPI, it's responsive, smooth and certainly could never be used as an excuse for why you're dead. Amazingly it's just as capable when you're wireless as it is when tethered. The days when choosing a wireless mouse would impede you at the highest level are nearly history, and certainly the lines are getting blurred. We're not good enough to notice the performance drop off, and we're damn good.
The design of the Ouroboros is a little harder to quantify. Like all mice it can be used with any grip of your choosing. The adjustments available to the back, both length and height, imply it should be used with a palm style of play. However, the positioning of the forward and back buttons definitely are designed for a claw grip, because they're too just far back. If we didn't know better we'd have thought the designer had lost their thumb at the joint. They are perfectly placed for a claw grip though, which makes the adjustable back section pointless because nothing ever touches it.
The Ouroboros has been one of the harder things to decide upon an award. The packaging is stunning, the sensor is exceptional, the software brilliant and the buttons have a solid, reassuring click to them. The battery is centrally mounted and uses the common AAs so it's easy to replace if needed. The wireless is probably the best we've experienced and the choice of slender or shelf-style side panels mean it's everything you could want. All things that would lead to a Gold. Except the placement of the side buttons is wrong if you're using a palm style and the adjustable back, and right if you're using a claw style which renders the adjustable back needless. This isn't helped by the adjustability leading to a design that's very much a love it or hate it thing.
If the Ouroboros was priced with other high-end mice at £80 or £90 then we'd be slightly cautious but the positives would be enough. When it's £120 it has to be flawless, and it just isn't. For £120 we'd want to be able to change the colour of the LEDs, and if you're going down the customisation route we want to be able to move the side buttons too. Finally although the changeable side-panels are nice you'll know which you want straight away and the other pair will just gather dust. In the end the Ouroboros is nearly brilliant, but all adjustability leads to compromise and at £120 we don't want any compromises at all, and for that we award it the OC3D Silver Award.