Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands on the market, having a huge range of mice that are suited for virtually any kind of gaming environment. Their latest mouse, the Orichi, is certainly a bit different from the usual crop of Razer gaming mice, but that doesn’t mean we’re not expecting great things from it. The Orichi features a compact design, making it ideally suited for those who travel a lot. Having a huge gaming mouse isn’t always ideal when you’re playing on a notebook, or even if you just have limited space, or simply prefer a smaller mouse. The benefits are obvious, as a smaller mouse is lighter and much easier to store, but has the cut-down size affected the performance.
Bluetooth technology is great and virtually any modern laptop comes equipped with it, meaning you’re no doubt already capable of quickly connecting the Orichi and getting into the action. Of course, when it comes to gaming competitively, there are many who refuse to use wireless tech, but don’t worry, as the Orichi comes with a dual function and can be used in a wired mode for lightning fast response times.
“Engineered with Bluetooth 4.0, the Razer Orochi is designed for portability and is the ideal companion for gamers who are always on the move. Switch conveniently to the wired mode to experience gaming-grade performance, control, and accuracy at a blistering 1 ms response time.”
Equipped with an 8,200 DPI laser sensor, wired and wireless modes, extra long battery life, 16.8 million colour RGB lighting and more, the Orichi is certainly well equipped. Let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
The packaging follows the usual Razer theme of black and green, as well as a nice image of the mouse on the front of the box, and a few major features detailed along the bottom.
Around the back, we can see more features, such as the dual function wired/wireless, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and the ambidextrous design.
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you ready to play. There’s all the usual documentation, some cool stickers, a protective carry pouch, USB cable and two Duracell AA batteries.
A Closer Look
The first thing you notice about the Orichi is just how small it is! At just 99mm long, it’s certainly a lot smaller than virtually any other gaming mouse, meaning it’ll fit snug in your pocket if you really needed it to.
Down the left side, there’s a very sturdy rubber grip, as well as two programmable buttons. The button design is quite slim, but they’re still easy to use with the edge of your thumb, allowing you to keep your grip on this tiny mouse.
The right side is identical to the left, with more grip and two more buttons. This obviously means the mouse is ergonomic, so you can use it in either hand, but this also leaves you with two spare side buttons, handy for a few cheeky macros or shortcut keys.
The Orichi obviously isn’t big enough for a palm rest grip style, but the tough rubber sides, as well as the heavily scooped out shape of the mouse buttons does give you a lot of extra control, making it a great shape for claw or fingertip grip styles.The mouse wheel is nice and big, especially for such a compact mouse, giving you a textured rubber grip and a nice tactile bump when turned, giving it extra precision.
The mouse is light and small, but still comes with large slipmats on the base, giving it exceptional glide on any gaming surface, something that will no doubt please players of twitchy shooters such as CS:GO. Those eager to save a little battery life will also be glad to see there’s a master power switch on the base.
The large cutaway of the mouse wheel leads to a well hidden Micro-USB port.
Which is perfect for the USB cable, which comes with a custom shaped connector.
The cable blends in perfectly, you wouldn’t even know it detaches to become wireless.
The top panel of the mouse can be unclipped easily enough, giving you access to the battery compartment. Nice that Razer also includes two good quality Duracell batteries, meaning you can get straight into the action wirelessly or wired.
As I said before, the Orichi is quite small, which you can see in the image below. It’s a great little mouse to hold though, and those rubber sides give it great grip and control.
The sensor performance is typical Razer, by which I mean faultless across the whole DPI range. I won’t bore you with multiple test images, they’re all virtually identical. Admittedly though, it does take a little practice to get my accuracy on this, as I’m used to a much bigger mouse. I like this sensor, but give me the Razer Mamba any day for precision work.
The RGB lighting is nothing too fancy, only adding lighting to the scroll wheel, although this is more than enough to add a little flair to the Orichi, as well as help you indicate your profile settings. One light is also going to be less demanding on battery life too.
The Orichi is fairly straight forward, it’s compact, lighting and very nimble on any gaming surface. When it comes to gaming, I still prefer a larger mouse, but I can’t complain about the performance this mouse offers. The silky smooth sensor is great for gaming and work tasks, making it a solid all-round performer.
The buttons are snappy and responsive, with a nice tactile feedback that works great for fast paced action. Firing off a series of rapid clicks in League of Legends proved no issue and the high DPI settings are great for fast navigation.
Fully programmable buttons are great too. Having two sets of side buttons leaves a little room for deploying some macros, which I find to be very handy for MMO gaming. The downloadable software is easy enough to use and allows you to tweak every setting and button configuration till your heart is content, so tuning the mouse to each game is a simple enough task. The wireless performance feels great and very responsive, perhaps a little better when wired, but it’s honestly too close to call.
The Razer Orichi isn’t particularly cheap, clocking in at £64.99, it’s certainly not the most affordable wireless mouse, but then again it wasn’t designed to be affordable. With high-end hardware and a quality sensor, this is every bit a serious gaming mouse and given the range of features, it’s pretty decent value for money in the end.
The Orichi is certainly a break from the norm when it comes to gaming mice. I’ve seen so many in the office over the years and many are quite similar, with a larger design, lots of buttons and typically, they’re wired and made for gaming. The Orichi breaks that mould be shrinking everything down, making it a great solutions for those who travel a lot. If you’ve got a slim laptop or ultrabook, chances are you have an equally slim and compact bag for it, so lugging around a chunky mouse seems illogical at best. The Orichi is super easy to store and the little zip up pouch that comes included will help keep it free from scratches when you’re on your travels.
Of course, the Orichi is just as well suited to being used at home, some people just prefer a smaller design, especially if you use a fingertip grip. The lightweight design, especially if you have the batteries removed makes it super fast and nimble, even on thicker cloth gaming surfaces; this provides a lot of benefits to twitchy FPS gameplay. Being able to use the mouse wirelessly certainly has its benefits, so long as you have a Bluetooth radio on your device, although most notebooks and many newer motherboards have this feature, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I do prefer using wired myself, but at least the Orichi comes bundled with a cable to allow you to reap the benefits of faster response times, as well as not having to rely on the batteries.
The tiny form factor certainly hasn’t hit the performance, as the high-end sensor, premium grade swtiches and featured packed software are right on par with what we’ve come to expect from any other mouse in the rather sizable Razer gaming range.
- Lightweight design
- Great for claw/fingertip grips
- Wireless (via Bluetooth) or wired (USB)
- Batteries included in box
- Feature packed software
- Fully programmable buttons
- Ambidextrous design
- RGB lighting
- The price is a little high, but given the range of features and the performance, it’s reasonably justified
“Gaming on the go or at home, free from wires or directly connected with USB, left of right-handed, and fully programmable buttons – The Orichi certainly has a lot of options to suit your needs, making it a versatile tool for any gamer!”
Thank you Razer for providing us with this sample.