User Experience and Conclusion
Looking first at the build quality of the Ouroboros we have a mouse which feels solid in the hand. For many years we loved the soft touch coating of Razer mice and in more recent times they have tried out plastic surfaces but this is the first time it feels like a quality we would associate with a high end brand. There is plenty of grip in the textured surface and the solid feel of the mouse is enhanced by the good weight (especially with battery). The side panels also fit well and feel sturdy enough that the uneducated user wouldn’t even know they were removable then adding an extra level of quality the cable is braided which is always good to see.
Could the build quality be improved? Not in any significant way, no.
Moving to design it is clear that with a 3-4 year development process which involved pro-gamer, end user and ergonomic scientist feedback the Ouroboros has a fair bit of thought in every physical aspect. On the whole each area has been executed well and the variable side panels along with extending length and arch height changes allow us to find a shape which best suits our grip. This is something which is aided by the interchangeable side panels.
What did we opt for? Left rest, right flat, full length, low height with a palm/claw mix of grips. This arrangement actually highlighted a minor change which we feel would benefit the design. At its shortest the Ouroboros is compact, at its longest it isn’t much different to some competitor mice and a few extra steps on the length may have benefited those with larger than normal hand size. Variable angle for the thumb side panel would be an additional bonus and the ability to install some weights in the arch would also add some extra configuration options.
For value we have a simple comparison in this case as the Ouroboros very clearly goes head to head with the Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 and there we find a small problem. The RAT is £30 ($50) cheaper than the Ouroboros. Razer do offer a far more intuitive and attractive software suite and an extra couple of thousand DPI but that range isn’t necessarily enough in the day to day use to justify that much of a difference. A more aggressive price, even by £10 would serve Razer well here.
On the performance front the Ouroboros excels. It tracks well on every pad we tried, Razer or not and the calibration tool offered a noticeable improvement on some surfaces which is great to see. The speed available at 8200dpi is easily competitive with other high end mice and the mouse switches to lower DPIs instantly which is key for some games. Some may find the side panel buttons a little difficult to master but they do become easy to use and the mouse glides with ease which is essential.
A mouse which offers a high level of customisation, great build quality and stand out appearance. The sensor technology ensures we get great performance and a good software suite rounds off a great product.
|Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse|
|Where to buy…|
|PCWorld.co.uk – £109.99|