Razer Ouroboros Detailed Features
Let’s dig a little deeper into the features of the Razer Ouroboros.
Next up: the wireless receiver/charging dock. While you may recognize some core Mamba influences here, Razer really trimmed up the design and I feel it is better overall. The smaller profile is appreciated, and the restrained use of glossy surfaces is a nice touch as well. The smaller profile does make it more difficult to actually dock the mouse – since there isn’t a “ledge” to hang the mouse on like the Mamba dock, it takes a little trial and error to get it lined up correctly. Not a major issue, as you’ll get better with practice – and thankfully, you can try as many times as you’d like without that dock slipping around on your desk, as Razer has obtained some sort of alien material to line the bottom of the base. This stuff does not move once placed on a smooth surface. It even requires a fair bit of force to lift off the surface it is placed on…which led me to place the dock on a vertical surface (the front of my desk drawer). It didn’t fall off. Just stuck right to it. No adhesives. Seriously, whatever material this stuff is made of, it was probably classified until now. I haven’t encountered anything like it, and I feel compelled to investigate further as I’m pretty sure it’s advanced technology of some sort. It doesn’t even feel sticky! As far as I can tell, it has yet to lose it’s ability to grab hold of whatever surface you place it on – dust is easily wiped off, and you’re back in business. It might be strange to be blown away by a wireless receiver, but that material on the bottom is amazing. Razer, please put this material on the bottom of your mousepads. That is all. Seriously, I can’t emphasize enough how cool this stuff is.
While I could continue to talk about the dock for some time (they should put that material on EVERYTHING – I’m pretty sure I could walk straight up a wall if it were coated in that stuff) there are some other abilities the Ouroboros possesses. Namely, its ability to adjust in various dimensions to provide a custom fit. Along with the ambidextrous design, most users should be able to find a fit that’s comfortable for them. Above you can see the two different grips and where they attach, as well as the adjustable palm rest (in its shortest position – it can extend 15mm or .59 inches).
The rear palm rest is attached by two sliding rails, secured by a push button mechanism (it lifts two pins that allow you to slide the palm rest in or out). Here again, the customizability of the Ouroboros is a great feature, but I found myself wishing for a little more adjustability – the palm rest has six positions, but never shortens enough to cover the battery LED indicator. Personally, I would have loved the option to shorten the palm rest enough to close the gap to the main mouse buttons, allowing for a true fingertip grip as well. At least you can dial in a wide range of angles for the rear palm rest – using a small wheel at the rear of the mouse, you can easily adjust it to your preference. It will adjust from almost flat to a pretty steep rear angle, almost touching the top of the side grips. The curved surfaces make it pretty tough to measure, but the range is adequate enough to find a comfortable fit.
The battery (AA size) is a rechargeable nickel metal hydride type, good for around 12 hours of continuous gaming. Even at 1000Hz polling rate, I didn’t run into a situation where I needed to plug in to continue playing – if it were required, a simple USB cord swap from the receiver dock to the mouse would allow you to continue without interruption.