Our friends at Razer hit us with a one-two punch that will make any serious PC gamer excited about the coming year. First up, the snake-crazy peripheral manufacturer will be bringing a new gaming mouse to market. The Ouroboros incorporates everything we loved about the dual sensor design of the Taipan with the unprecedented customizability for comfort.
Razer shared with us that three things go into comfort when using a pointing device: length of the mouse, angle of the back and the grip profile. Each of these will be configurable on the Ouroboros with a palm rest that can almost move almost an entire inch. Much like the updated Razer Naga MMO (which will be publishing a review of soon), there will be interchangeable side grips to accommodate both palmers and clawers. The back of the mouse will also have an adjustable angle to ensure that the lower palm of your hand has support.
Of course, comfort is only one part of the equation. The Ouroboros will offer the same dual-sensor 4G technology, 8200 dpi and 1,000 Hz polling rate of the Taipan. Of course, it will be supported by Synapse 2.0 for both PC and Mac use along with portable profile configurations. This newest slithering entry will have options for both wired and wireless usage. When cordless, the mouse will be powered by a single rechargeable AA battery for up to 12 hours of active use. Once that’s depleted, you can plug it in for continued use or leave it on the dock to juice back up.
You can pick up your very own self-devouring snake mouse in early 2013 at the MSRP of $129.99. Here are the rest of the relevant details:
Customizable ergonomics to fit all hand sizes and grip styles
- 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
- Gaming-grade wireless technology with dock
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- 11 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response time
- Up to 200 in. per sec./50 g acceleration
- 2.1 m/7 ft. braided fiber cable
- Battery life: Approx. 12 hrs. (continuous gaming)
- Approximate Size : 116 mm to 136 mm/4.57 in. to 5.35 in. (length) x 71 mm/2.80 in. (width) x 42 mm/1.65 in. (height)
- Approximate Weight: 115 g/0.25 lbs. (without battery) to 135 g/0.29 lbs. (with battery)
Of course, what is a good mouse without a stellar keyboard to go with it? Razer is refreshing the entire Black Widow line (the Black Widow, Black Widow Stealth, Black Widow Ultimate and Black Widow Ultimate Stealth) and introducing a new, more portable tournament design to the mix. There are some key differences across the board for those considering an upgrade from an existing mechanical keyboard (especially something from the Black Widow line).
Each of the returning models now supports 10-key anti-ghosting. Ghosting is what happens when multiple keys are pressed at the same time, but inputs aren’t recognized. Currently, the best the Black Widow line can offer is 6-key anti-ghosting with the Ultimate Stealth model. The 2013 refresh means that every single one of your fingers (and thumbs) will be able to press a key at the same time and the hardware and software will recognize it. Razer will be delivering the most any gamer with normal anatomy will need.
Each of the units also supports USB pass-through and audio/mic ports. This means that you can connect everything to the back of your computer and more easily switch mice and headphones by plugging them right into the keyboard. I currently use the USB port for my mouse and it offers much more flexibility and less chance of getting tangled.
The Ultimate varieties will have improved backlighting in the traditional Razer green rather than the cool blue that the current models offer. I love having a backlit keyboard, but even in the dark it can be hard to read the printed items that don’t illuminate. From the pictures, this looks to be rectified a bit.
The Stealth units will utilize Cherry MX Brown mechanical keys with an actuation force of 45g. The other two use Cherry MX Blue with 50g required. Compared to 60 – 80g for most of their competitors, the Black Widow line is about making the most of the speed that mechanical devices already affords.
These will be available in August 2012 at the following prices:
- Black Widow – $99.99
- Black Widow Stealth – $99.99
- Black Widow Ultimate – $139.99
- Black Widow Ultimate Stealth – $139.99
The new member of the family, the Black Widow Tournament Edition, loses the number pad for the purposes of portability. The unit comes with a protective sleeve and the same Cherry MX Blue mechanical keys found on the Black Widow and Black Widow Ultimate. If you opt for the Stealth version, you’ll get the Cherry MX Brown keys. The small, light keyboard features 6-key anti-ghosting (upgraded to 10 when in “gaming mode”), on-the-fly macro recording and profile switching for up to 20 configurations and, of course, Synapse 2.0 support.
You can pick the Tournament and Tournament Stealth up next month for $79.99.
Lots of very cool things coming out of Razer, but I just have one question… when I can throw money at them for the Artemis Mech Controller?