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Review: Razer Orochi V2 Portable Wireless Gaming Mouse

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Review: Razer Orochi V2 Portable Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Razer Atheris is a mobile wireless companion of mine that has been traveling with me to CES, E3, and Pax West since 2017. Having a highly portable mouse with a gaming grade sensor was quite handy during my convention visits. Not only did it power my productivity at those conventions, but it also allowed for some gaming on the go whenever I had down time. Recently, Razer released another submission into their collection of gaming-on-the-go solutions in the form of the Razer Orochi V2. Featuring Razer HyperSpeed Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity options, this compact and lightweight mouse looks to impress with its performance and exceptional battery life.

Let’s dive right into the Razer Orochi V2 wireless gaming mouse to see what it brings to the table for $69.99.

Razer Orochi V2 Base Specs
Form FactorSymmetrical right-handed
ConnectivityDual-mode wireless (2.4GHz and BLE)
Battery LifeUp to 425 hours (2.4Ghz), 950 hours (BLE) with included Lithium AA battery
RGB LightingNo
SensorOptical
Max Sensitivity (dpi)18000
Max Speed (ips)450
Max Acceleration (g)40
Programmable Buttons6
Switch Type2nd-gen Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches
Switch Lifecycle60 Million Clicks
On-board Memory Profiles1
Mouse FeetUndyed PTFE mouse-feet
SizesLength: 108 mm, Width: 60 mm, Height: 38 mm
Weight< 60 g / < 2.2 oz (mass centralized)
Specs taken from product page.

The Razer Orochi V2 purchase comes with a manual, a AA battery and the Razer Orochi V2 wireless mouse. The wireless USB dongle stows away neatly under the mouse’s removable palm cover, right next to where the batteries are inserted.

Build, Features and Comfort

The Razer Orochi V2 is a wireless 6-button mouse with dual-mode wireless connectivity, Bluetooth and Razer Hyperspeed via a wireless USB dongle. You have left click, right click, two thumb side buttons, the scroll wheel button, and a center button that defaults as a sensitivity toggler. The left and right clicks feature Razer’s 2nd-gen mechanical mouse switches which tout a 60-million click life span. This mouse is designed for portability with its small form factor and less than 60G in weight. Despite that, its takes no steps back in performance quality thanks to its Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor, which can track as high as 18000 DPI. On the bottom, you have 100% PTFE mouse feet for smooth gliding and on-board memory on the inside.

Speaking of the inside, it is worth mentioning what Razer has done with the battery here. The Razer Orochi V2 supports both AA and AAA batteries. You can only use one or the other, but it is pretty handy that the mouse is ready for both battery types whenever you need to replace them in a pinch. Next, the battery slots are set diagonally, which allows the mouse to maintain even weight distribution across the center.  Lastly, yet most importantly, is the ridiculous life max span you can get. Measuring with a AA lithium battery, you can get up to 950 hours of Bluetooth usage or up to 425 hours using Razer Hyperspeed Wireless (USB dongle).

As far as style as style goes, the Razer Orochi V2 does not offer Razer Chroma RGB lighting. This is again because the mouse is designed to maximize its battery life. However, that does not mean that the Razer Orochi V2 is devoid of any sort of style. You can have its appearance custom made through Razer Customs. Through this Razer service, you can either choose from a library of licensed designs or create your own through Razer’s website.

After using the rubberized Razer Atheris for as long as I have, I was curious about how the all-plastic Razer Orochi V2 would feel. While the mouse sports a mostly symmetrical body, it is in essence a right-handed mouse. The thumb-groove contour is on the left of the mouse, sitting under the two side buttons. This groove allows the mouse to handle well with claw grips.

Razer Atheris on left, Razer Orochi V2 on right.

Comparing it with the Razer Atheris, the Razer Orochi V2 has a higher rear arch where a palm would normally rest. So while the Razer Orochi V2 does not have the rubberized sides that the Razer Atheris has, the thumb-groove and raised back still allows for some solid handling. That raised back is just that much more pronounced, allowing for a much more easier palm grip than I had expected from a mouse this compact. Also, what you lose from that rubberized grip, you gain in a long-lasting cool grip during those longer play sessions. All in all, the Razer Orochi V2 houses a solid build that combines the portability of a compact mouse with the level of handling you would expect from most standard-sized gaming mice out today.

More Features and Performance

The Razer Orochi V2 is ready for work or play as soon as you connect it to your PC. The default button arrangement handles well in most usage scenarios. The middle button defaulting as an on-the-fly sensitivity toggle starts you off with five stages of sensitivity. The stages are set at 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400 DPI, which gives you a nice variance of ranges right off the bat.

However, as with the vast bulk of Razer products, the Razer Orochi V2 is also customizable via the free Razer Synapse peripheral customization software. Razer Synapse lets you tweak the features of your peripherals, create auto-loading profiles, or create macros that you can assign to any button. If you want to repurpose any of the buttons on the Razer Orochi V2, Razer Synapse gives you a wide assortment of behaviors to assign and choose from.

You can even determine the amount of sensitivity stages as well as the specific DPI levels for each stage. Of course, you can also opt to repurpose this middle button to any other function you want if sensitivity changes are not your thing.

Using the Razer Synapse software with the Razer Orochi V2 was pretty straightforward. I easily set up my usual desktop and gaming profiles. My desktop profile was active whenever I was not in-game, where the thumb side buttons handled basic Windows copy and paste functions. With some quick tweaks, those settings then reverted to Mouse 4 and Mouse 5 automatically whenever a game was running in the forefront. Of course, this only skims the surface of what the Razer Orochi V2 can do through Razer Synapse. It is just a simple setup I employed to be able to seamlessly bounce between work and play at a moment’s notice.

Speaking of play, the Razer Orochi V2 mouse does not disappoint. Razer Hyperspeed wireless connectivity allowed for virtually latency-free handling in-game. The Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor and those smooth 100% PTFE mouse feet kept me on target throughout the hours of Arenas matches I played through in Apex Legends. If lost or missed my shots, I certainly was not blaming the Razer Orochi V2 for it. I played for hours on end, consistently forgetting that the mouse was both wireless and designed for gaming-on-the-go. It simply played as well as any wired gaming mouse would, yet in a smaller yet comfortable frame.

Final Thoughts

Just like that, the 3-year stretch of the Razer Atheris following me to convention after convention is over. The $69.99 Razer Orochi V2 is my current new traveling companion now that in-person Pax West and CES is in the horizon. It sports a build that is comfortable to handle, a gaming grade sensor that maintains precision throughout frantic gameplay, and a battery life that is more than ready for the long haul. Best of all, that Razer Hyperspeed connectivity more than holds up in the responsiveness department, making latency virtually nonexistent.

If you are looking for a solid mobile gaming mouse that delivers at a very respectable price point, check out the Razer Orochi V2 for yourself by clicking here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Razer Orochi V2 gaming mouse for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.