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Razer Orochi, Naga & Imperator Review

gotdamojo06    -   April 22, 2010
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Testing:

To properly test the line-up of Razer mice (Orochi, Naga & Imperator), I will be testing it on four different aspects: speed, comfort, precision, and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to handle. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the number of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs. The Orochi mouse will be tested as a wired mouse.
 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Mice:

 

First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.

 

 

 

 

The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to extreme discomfort.

 

 

In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no headshots and a 10 would mean all headshots.

 

 

Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easily it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft Intelimouse received a 1 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).

 

Orochi:

The Orochi scored a solid 8 on the speed test, slightly limited by the 3G laser sensor's DPI settings of 4000DPI. While this is still quick for your everyday tasks, many gamers are going to want to have something that is going to fly from one side of the screen to the other in a split second. Plus, when you compare the 4000DPI settings to the 5600DPI and above that a majority of the mice are now equipped with, it does not stack up. When it came down to the comfort testing on the Orochi, I had to give it an 8 as well - the only reason that it lost some points here is due to the fact that the mouse is very small in my hand. While the mouse will be comfortable for use in a tight space or while on the move with your laptop, everyday usage of the mouse would not be something I would want to do. The Orochi lost some points in the precision testing, achieveing a mere 7, due to the fact that it was not the most comfortable mouse to hold during a gaming session. The customization of the mouse was quite good, scoring an 9 in this test. You are able to customize all the buttons on the mouse, as well as convert it between a wireless and a wired mouse.

 

Naga:

The Razer Naga was able to score a 10 in the speed test because of its 3.5G laser sensor giving it a maximum of 5600DPI. This allows the mouse pointer to cross a 24" monitor at 1920x1200 resolution very quickly. The comfort of the Naga was not the absolute most comfortable mouse that I have ever held, however it was able to score a 9 in this test due to the fact that it does provide support for all my fingers on the mouse and gives my palm a nice resting place that it can comfortably sit on for a long gaming session without needing a break. The comfort has a direct relationship to the precision testing - if your hand is not very comfortable, you will not be able to perform to your best. That is one of the reasons the Naga was able to get an 8 in the precision test. The customization of the Naga is going to have to get a 9 just like the Orochi, due to the fact that you are able to customize all 17 buttons on the mouse to whatever you may need them to do.

 

Imperator:

Like the Naga, the Imperator gaming mouse received a solid 10 in the speed testing due to the same reasons - a 3.5G laser sensor giving it a maximum of 5600DPI, which again allows the mouse pointer to sail across the 1920x1200 desktop very quickly. When it came down to the comfort testing, the mouse scored a 9. Razer focused on ergonomic design and as a result, the Imperator was quite comfortable. The grooves on the mouse were quite drastic and were a bit too sharp and steep for my hand, giving it an unnatural feel while I had my hand sitting on the mouse. Nevertheless, it did give support to all my fingers and my palm while I was gaming with it. The precision of the Imperator in my testing was an 8, due to a mixture of the speed and the comfort of the mouse. As with the other two Razer mice, the customization of the Imperator was quite good. I was able to change all the buttons on the mouse, as well as being able to slide the side thumb button into three different positions (front, middle, and back).




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Orochi
  3. Closer Look: Naga
  4. Closer Look: Imperator
  5. Configuration: Orochi
  6. Configuration: Naga
  7. Configuration: Imperator
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing
  10. Conclusion
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