Razer Naga Review

Update: There's a 2014 version of the Razer Naga, so you should definitely check that out if you haven't. The Razer Naga series, which are made specifically for MMO gaming, are available in a couple of versions, namely: 1. Razer Naga 2012 Expert MMO 2. Razer Naga Epic 3. Razer Naga Molten 4. Razer Naga Hex Each of these have slightly varying features but the most of its specifications are similar. The Razer Naga Epic is however the only wireless model in the Naga series and ...
8 Total Score
Razer Naga

Easily one of the most popular MMO gaming mouse out there. Really bulky and button placements can be a little overwhelming though. Not the best of designs.

Amazon Rating
8
Editor's Rating
7.5
Build Quality
8
Features & Functions
9
Value For Money
7.5

Update: There’s a 2014 version of the Razer Naga, so you should definitely check that out if you haven’t.

The Razer Naga series, which are made specifically for MMO gaming, are available in a couple of versions, namely:

1. Razer Naga 2012 Expert MMO
2. Razer Naga Epic
3. Razer Naga Molten
4. Razer Naga Hex

razer-naga-comparisonEach of these have slightly varying features but the most of its specifications are similar. The Razer Naga Epic is however the only wireless model in the Naga series and that is reflected in its price of a staggering $130. The rest are similarly priced at $80. That’s a $50 jump in price just for the wireless option. Is it worth it though? That would be entirely up to you. Personally though, I’d rather invest that extra $50 into other peripherals like a monitor or a speaker.

The Razer Naga mouse is easily one of the most popular MMO gaming mice that is currently available on the market. Indeed, it has garnered the most reviews (in Amazon) out of all the other gaming mice out there, thus proving its popularity. Whichever you decide to opt for however, I highly recommend staying away from the Naga Hex version for a variety of reasons, which you’ll find below.

Now, let’s get into the detailed specifications of these mice.

 

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Looks and Design

If I have to describe this particular mouse in a single word, I’d go for “curvy”. Bulky? Not so much. The pictures do make them seem bigger than they actually are. Indeed, if you were to compare it to the DeathAdder, it’s actually slightly shorter in length though it’s certainly thicker in its height and width.

You know what’s bulky? Logitech. Here’s a picture showing the differences. The Razer Naga would be the second mouse from the left.

As for its surface texture, it’s made out of black matte plastic (with the exception being the Naga Hex, more on this below) which surprisingly comes with fingerprint resistant attributes. The right side out of the mouse consists of a panel which sticks out rather noticeably for resting your ring and pinky fingers.

If you’re worried about the comfort factor of this particular panel, fret not. It comes with 2 additional interchangeable side panels, which makes it extremely customizable.

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The Naga comes with a ton of programmable buttons and that’s probably the primary reason for its tremendous height. Specifically, the Razer Naga 2012 and Epic have 14 additional programmable buttons each, which are a lot even for the most picky of MMO gamers. The Molten version has 16, with the additional 2 located at the top left corner of the mouse (beside the left mouse button). These 2 buttons do seem rather pointless however thanks to its difficult accessibility. The Naga Hex only has 8 programmable buttons and it’s the least popular among the Naga series. After a couple of hours of using it, I could see why. It has a glossy plastic top surface which tends to feel sticky after prolonged use. Rough and matte plastic like the other mice in the Naga series would be so much better.

These buttons are located at the left side of the mouse itself which are conveniently backlit for better visibility (and of course, looks). These buttons are arranged in the form of a square (except again, for the Naga Hex, which are arranged in a circular design). The bottom row of these buttons can be slightly difficult to reach however and it’ll take some getting used to before you can utilize them in a comfortable manner.

Profile-saving

As for its profile saving features, it’s advertised as unlimited, which is true in a way but it requires the hassle of installing a software referred to as Synapse 2.0. This software allows you to store your various settings and profiles for different games along with macro-mapping of your buttons. The adjustments of your DPI settings, lighting and its speed have to be done via this software as well. The interface of this software is very user-friendly though, at least compared to Logitech and that’s a plus.

Weight

With a weight of 4.3 ounces, the Razer Naga is significantly heavier than the average mice out there (average is 3.5) which might not exactly be great for FPS games. To be fair though, it is specifically made for MMO games but it would’ve been awesome if they made it slightly lighter with adjustable weights. This is really one of the only downsides that the Naga mouse has, as long as you stay away from the Naga Hex version.

Verdict

To summarize this Razer Naga review, the Razer Naga mouse is easily the top choice for MMO gamers thanks to its high comfort level for long hours of gameplay as well as its adequate number of programmable buttons. Some users have praised its viability for FPS games as well, but personally I’d prefer a lighter mouse for that. Its price is likewise reasonable at $80, save for the wireless Naga Epic version (priced at $130), which is considerably more pricey than the others. In terms of its design, it looks really good and really, the major differences between the mice in the series would be primarily their appearances.