Razer Brings Back Diamondback, Orochi Mice; Adds Kraken Mobile Headset

Fresh off the announcement at PAX Prime for its updated Nabu wearable and new Wildcat Xbox controller, Razer is revealing three more products during the IFA conference in Berlin. This time, it's focusing on adding to its audio lineup as well as providing updated versions of two of its mice.

Kraken For Mobile

The company's Kraken headset roster contains features such as in-line and retractable microphones, the new Chroma lighting and even virtual 7.1 surround sound. However, the latest Kraken is meant to be more on the lifestyle side than on gaming.

The Kraken Mobile comes in six bright neon colors, the same color palette as the Kraken Pro Neon series, and 40 mm drivers so you can clearly hear calls on your phone as well as listen to music as you travel. In the box, there's an in-line microphone and a remote that works exclusively for iOS devices. Android users can also purchase the Android version of the microphone and cable online.

At the moment, the cheapest Kraken headset on Razer's store page is the Kraken USB at $59.99. If you want the Kraken Mobile, it will cost a bit more when it comes out this September, to the tune of $89.99.

One For The Laptops And A Revival

Most mice are portable, but the sub-category of laptop mice are created for those with a slightly smaller form factor. The latest iteration of the Orochi would be considered a laptop mouse, but Razer also wanted it to be a gaming-focused device as well. On the outside, the only visible change is the rubberized grips on the side. However, the more notable improvements are in the interior.

The previous version had a 6400 DPI 4G sensor, but this time around the new mouse has the same sensor but with an even higher DPI of 8200. Connected with Bluetooth 4.0, the mouse has a response time of eight milliseconds. When connected via wire, it's reduced to one millisecond.

In terms of power, it still uses two AA batteries. However, Razer claimed that it's extended battery life even further to 60 hours when consistently used for gaming (previously 30 hours) and up to seven months in casual use (previously three months). Even with the battery life, the company was able to put Chroma lighting on it, specifically on the mouse wheel. The new Orochi won't be available until October, but fans can pre-order it now online for $69.99.

For those wanting a larger mouse, the company resurrected an old model from its legacy collection. The Diamondback returns, with its slim, yet long form-factor. Just like the Orochi, it also has new rubberized grips on the side. However, its symmetrical build makes it an ambidextrous mouse as well. In addition, it has nine of what the company calls "Hyperresponse buttons."

The new 5G sensor gives the player up to 16,000 DPI to work with, and with the Razer Synapse software, they can adjust the sensitivity down to increments of just one DPI. Just like most of Razer's current list of peripherals, it also includes Chroma lighting on the logo, mouse wheel and the curved edges. The new Diamondback will also be available in October for the price of $89.99.

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  • CRamseyer
    Mark me down for a new Diamondback.
  • randomizer
    16000 DPI? Even the bacteria on the surface will add noise.
  • BulkZerker
    All that DPI and still not better than a intellimouse 3.0
  • SkyBill40
    I still have my DA 3.5G and I love it. The new D-back is an intriguing choice for sure, but I don't know if it's worth it seeing as the 16k DPI doesn't mean all that much to me since I run my current mouse at maybe 1600. The ambi form factor is meh. The Chroma ia cool but just another gimmick in my eyes (I'm old school blue). I've eyed the Imperator for a long time and wish they'd give it their updated treatment. If not, I'll probably just get a DA Classic and call it good.
  • rantoc
    Since the synapse BS that you need to register just to get a frigging mouse software Razer have been a no go company for me
  • Joe Black
    The rubberization around the razer mouse wheels tend to go loose or get damaged with moderate use in my experience.