Today Razer is updating some of their most classic accessories. The Diamondback mouse was first released way back in 2004, and it was the first gaming mouse to feature an optical sensor, the Orochi is Razer’s mobile gaming mouse, and Razer is also launching an updated version of their Kraken headset.

As I mentioned the Diamondback is one of Razer’s oldest peripherals dating all the way back to 2004. For 2015, the Diamondback has kept the ambidextrous design which is going to make left-handed people happy. Most gaming mice seem to cater only to right-handed people. The big addition for this year is a new sensor with the mouse now featuring a 16,000 DPI laser sensor. Razer states that it can handle up to 210 inches per second with 50 g of acceleration. The DPI levels can be adjusted at 1 DPI at a time using Razer’s Synapse software. The mouse has a lift-off cut-off distance which is adjustable down to 0.1 mm so players can reset the mouse without affecting their positioning.

The Diamondback also features Razer’s Chroma lighting which lets you set the LED lights to one of 16.8 million colors. Macros can be assigned to any button on the Diamondback using the software and you can set individual game profiles for DPI levels and other settings as well.

It features nine programmable buttons, and offers 1000 Hz polling on USB. Without the USB cable, the mouse weighs in at 89 grams, or 0.2 lbs. The cable itself is a 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable.

You can pre-order now on Razer’s store for $90, with availability in October.

The second mouse is a portable gaming mouse. The Orochi is now updated with a new sensor as well. It moves from a 6400 DPI sensor to an 8200 DPI laser sensor, which Razer says is the highest DPI sensor to ever be put in a mobile gaming mouse. It features the same 210 inches per second and 50 g acceleration specs as the Diamondback.

What is kind of neat about the Orochi is that it can be used as a wired or wireless mouse. For the 2015 model, Razer has turned to BlueTooth LE to be able to double the battery life of the outgoing model. The two AA batteries are now rated for up to 60 hours of continuous use, which Razer says should last for around seven months of normal usage. When the mouse is hooked up over USB, it offers 1000 Hz polling, and when connected wirelessly it drops down to 125 Hz. Response time is rated at 1 ms for wired and 8 ms for wireless.

Razer has also outfitted the mouse with rubberized sides for better grip, and the Orochi also features Razer’s Chroma lighting. The mouse comes with a 1 m / 3.28 ft braided fiber USB charging cable, and the mouse itself weighs in at 110 g or 0.24 lbs.

The Orochi is also available for pre-order at $70 and ships in October.

Finally, Razer is adding a new model to their headphone lineup, which is the Kraken Mobile. These headphones use the same 40 mm drivers as the regular Krakens, but now feature a detachable in-line microphone and remote made for Apple iOS devices. Razer will also be offering an accessory pack for Android device use. Basically think of the Kraken headsets, but mobile branded to be used with your smartphone and allow the headphones to control playback on the phone, and accept incoming calls.

The Kraken Mobile headphones will be available worldwide in six colors beginning this month for $90.

Source: Razer

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  • Valantar - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    Yep, that battery needs to be replaced. The G700s should last you at least a month.
  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    It won't last a month under my usage, though a few hours does seem suspect. I get the better part of a week out of it. Now the Anywhere Mouse MX, that'll last me a month at least. I don't use it for gaming, but I do use it quite heavily.
  • mr_tawan - Sunday, September 6, 2015 - link

    I think the casual Logitech mouses last a year or two on batteries. The bluetooth one is much shorter, but I've never seen one with only a month battery life before .
  • meacupla - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    The worst part about Orochi, is that you can't use it without batteries, unless you plug it into a USB hub.

    For some really stupid reason, Orochi will refuse to work without batteries while plugged into the computer directly. That kind of defeats the purpose of having a plugin option, when the batteries are drained. And to top it off, the batteries drain out at the same rate, even when the mouse is plugged into a USB port.
  • Mannypace - Saturday, September 5, 2015 - link

    This isn't true, you do not need the bottom power switch of the mouse turned if your using a usb cable.

    I have not tried the mouse via usb with no batteries in it but I have used it with flat batteries via usb

    I was also experiencing poor battery life since I have ownibg the orochi but recently pulled it out of my draw to use again on my laptop. As long as you turn the mouse off at the end of each day you should see about 2-3 weeks of usage out of a set of batteries.

    No where near as good as the Microsoft touch mouse I used, but respectable.
  • meacupla - Sunday, September 6, 2015 - link

    Nope, I had one, it worked without the power switch in the 'on' position for the first week.

    Then it got an update that disabled that.

    My Microsoft sculpt mouse doesn't care about being on or off, it lasts 2 months on cheap disposable batteries.
  • DanNeely - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    As a Lefty, I'd recommend going with the Left handed Death Adder or Left Handed Naga mice. For as much as Razer mice cost, get something that's ergonomic as well. A potential bonus is that the Death Adder works with the older non-cloud version of their software.
  • BMNify - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    Yup, Death Adder is a nice mouse and is affordable and ergonomic as well( Both left and right hand versions)
  • Gunbuster - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    Did the competitions bank account dry up? I was expecting a sock-puppet account proclaiming how shitty Razer quality is to have posted by now...
  • meacupla - Friday, September 4, 2015 - link

    They are shit, IDK why you would think otherwise?

    Here is the difference though. With other brands, take logitech for example, their overly expensive products retain some shred of quality and longevity, while their cheaper products tend to be shit.
    Razer peripherals, on the other hand, are shit from top to bottom and are priced insanely high for the quality and longevity they offer.

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