The Razer Orochi V2 had a lot of hype behind it as fans of egg shaped mice have been looking for another option. After testing it extensively, I’m happy to report that the Orochi V2 exceeded my expectations and it’s well worth taking a look at if you’re in the market for a new wireless mouse. I will say that the marketing behind this mouse was a bit confusing considering that it’s targeted both to laptop users as well as hardcore gamers. That being said I don’t think any gamers who have really high standards for their equipment will feel let down by Razer’s latest offering.
57g (64g with lithium AAA)
Unboxing and Extras
The Orochi V2 comes in a small box with minimal extras apart from a lithium AA battery.
Design and Build Quality
While it’s been billed at as an egg shaped mouse, the Orochi is distinct that it chooses a shorter length and distinct asymmetrical curves. The left side of the mouse offers a countered groove to place your thumb which gives better control while holding the mouse. This mean’s its not perfectly ambi but for right handed users I think that’s a plus. The design looks minimal and it’s just a great looking mouse in even its stock form.
The build quality is top notch and some of the best I’ve experienced from Razer. While it’s cheaper than the flagship Razer Viper Ultimate, the mouse delivers a sturdy frame that feels super durable. There’s no holes but the weight without a battery feels just right for it’s small frame. I experienced no flexing , creaking or other build quality issues out the box. It should be noted that the top shell can be replaced with a variety of custom painted versions including designs by notable members of the mouse community. It’s nice to see Razer offer this level of customization and with so many options, I’ll look to try out a custom shell at some point in the future if I keep using this mouse.
Buttons & Scroll Wheel
The main clicks use a modified Kaihl GM 4.0 switch which feel nice paired with the upper shell of the mouse. The clicks are quite loud and have good tactility. There’s a bit of pre-travel and noticeable post travel but button wobble and side play are minimal unless you’re clicking at the very top tip of the mouse. The buttons feel overall very sturdy for such a small mouse and it’s satisfying to use for precise clicks. The middle DPI button is well positioned and you won’t be pressing it by accident. I found my aim to be really crisp and satisfying with these clicks, I could carefully feel one taps, bursts and sprays effectively intuitively while using it. I would say that these clicks might feel even better than regular GM 4.0 switches but I’m not sure if that is attributed to the switches themselves or the mouse feel.
The side buttons are a highlight on this mouse. They stick out further from the shell than on previous Razer mice and these are much better than the side buttons on the Razer Viper Mini or the VPU. The side buttons are super crispy and tactile and feel excellent. These are a contender for the best side buttons I’ve felt on any small wireless mouse.
The scroll wheel reminds me of that on the G Pro Wireless and its tensioned in a similar way. It feels more tactile but the movement isn’t as smooth as on that mouse. The scroll wheel is way better than average and I don’t have any complaints about it. The middle click also offers up a satisfying click. One consideration is that the smaller width of the top of the mouse might make this scroll wheel a bit less comfortable to user for larger handed gamers as they won’t have as much surface area to rest on the main buttons when not scrolling the wheel. This can cause some cramping if you’re always adjusting your grip to scroll.
Shape, Performance and Software
The shape is often compared to the Logitech G305 but there’s some key differences in how this feels in comparison. It’s noticeably shorter and has a lower button height which are both pluses for me. I can comfortably use this mouse with claw or fingertip grip and transition between grips easily. The shorter length gives me more room to adjust for quick flicks. There’s also a nice intended area on the left side of the mouse that allows for better grip and easier access to the side buttons. I prefer this shape to the more rounded sides of the G305 which feel like they bulge out farther, while the curves on the Orochi are more subtle and flatter. The shape really excels for fingertip grip as it’s just easy to whip the mouse around and make subtle adjustments. Hybrid grip also works great for me as I’m able to claw when I need more stability and switch seamless to fingertip when I need precise aiming. That being said don’t get this mouse if you’re a larger handed claw gripper or medium palm grip.
Had no issues with tracking or flicks with the sensor. It felt quite good out the box and as good as the wired Razer Viper Mini. That being said it does seem like its set to a higher LOD but you’re able to adjust that from the default 2mm to 1mm in the software. Razer Synapse is a love it or hate it affair as per usual but I do think the software is getting slowly better over time. I can see myself main’ing this shape as I really do play well with it and have fun while using it. The only things that might stop me from using this mouse all the time are the slightly back heavy weighting and the fact that my hands do sometimes cramp using this mouse over longer sessions.
Sensor and Skates
The skates are an upgrade from past Razer mouse. They’re well rounded and feel smooth right out the box. They aren’t as fast as some other feet but they do feel pretty nice to use in general. They could stand to be a bit thicker but these are good enough to not have to replace with aftermarket feet right away.
Don’t get confused with the marketing of the Orochi V2 as a mouse for travel or laptop gaming. This mouse will live up to standards of hardcore gamers. If you claw or fingertip and you’re looking to try a smaller shape like this, the Orochi V2 should check a lot of boxes for you.
Awesome feeling main and side clicks
Great build quality and feels like a sturdy durable mouse right out the box
Unique shape that fixes some of the issues I’ve had with the G305 shape in the past
Slight post travel is noticeable on main clicks
Weight can be back heavy with a battery in
With a lack of smaller ‘egg’ shaped wireless mice on the market, the Orochi V2 is the best among them right now. I would love to see a rechargeable built in battery version of this mouse in the future as shaving a few grams off the weight would make this a near-perfect mouse for me.
Where to Buy the Razer Orochi V2 Mercury White