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With a recent trend toward more affordable gaming laptops, it's no surprise that peripheral-makers are jumping onto the bandwagon to create accessories for a market clearly in need of more portable gear. Razer, one of the more prominent makers of gaming mice and keyboards, has made its Orochi mouse for just such a customer. Usable in both wireless Bluetooth and wired USB modes, the sleek black mouse has a comfortable rubberized grip, plenty of customizable buttons, and a sensitivity of up to 4000dpi. At $79.99, is it worth the investment? We have to admit, there seems to be very little lost in translation with this sized-down Razer mouse. It all depends on whether you like a mouse to be a little larger in the hand, or can work with a smaller form like the Orochi.
First of all, be forewarned that the Orochi's at its most hyper-accurate in wired USB mode only. In Bluetooth mode, the Orochi's resolution drops down to 2000dpi--absolutely fine for any basic mouse user, but a dip nonetheless. A fabric-sheathed USB cable plugs below the scroll wheel at the front of the mouse, seamlessly integrating into the Orochi. When plugged in, the mouse can be programmed to map any of its two main buttons, four side buttons (two left, two right), and scroll wheel with features, including a macro recorder that also accounts for key-press timing. It's nice that the mouse supports left- and right-handed gamers with its symmetric design, and the smooth, grippy surface of the Orochi feels comfortable.