Razer Naga Gaming Mouse Review
When it comes to gaming peripherals, Razer offers a vast amount of devices, catering to all sorts of players and genres.
The companies Naga mouse range is very much aimed at MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) players, with its abundance of buttons and high level of customisation.
So, does this myriad of options enhance gameplay or end up being more trouble than it’s worth?
Razer has several versions of the Naga available, including the ‘Hex’, ‘Epic’ and ‘Molten’, all offering varying numbers of buttons and unique features. Today’s review looks at the basic wired model, the Naga 2012, which will set you back £69.99.
For your money you’ll get a 5600dpi laser sensor inside running the show, which, in none technical terms, translates to a silky smooth connection between the player and the computer, with no noticeable lag whatsoever. All 17 buttons, yes 17, feel highly responsive and during testing we never noticed any missed clicks. It feels like a mouse you can trust to do exactly what you want when you want.
As this is almost exclusively a mouse designed with MMORPG’s in mind, the amount of buttons should come as no surprise. There’s the usual left, right and clickable scroll buttons you’d expect on most mice, however the extras come in the form of two thin buttons just beneath the scroll wheel and 12 side buttons.
Setting up the Naga is a standard USB plug-and-play practice, but once the optional Synapse 2.0 software is installed things get far more interesting. Acting as a central hub for the hardware, this included software allows players to customise every single button in a pleasingly simple visual layout. Not only can the mouse be adjusted to meet your needs, but the software also allows for profiles to be set for each individual game. Obviously this can take time to set up initially, but once it’s done the settings will automatically change to match whatever game you open.
As if that wasn’t convenient enough, players can set up their own Synapse account, allowing your profiles to be saved to the cloud and taken over to any other computers that you attach the mouse to. We’d imagine most people would stick to the one computer to game, but it’s a very thoughtful and handy feature for those that may use it nonetheless.
Razer’s Naga feels solid, with surprisingly grippy plastic adorning the top of the mouse and most buttons. However, the two thin buttons below the scroll wheel noticeably didn’t quite feel as grippy. The rest of the unit, including the interchangeable side grip, is also plastic, but swaps the grip for a shiny finish, this can be somewhat slippery at times, presenting a small issue in those more intense moments. The Naga’s wire is robust with a rope effect coating that looks unlikely to twist and get tied up, a common problem with typical wired mice.
Despite how unusually placed those aforementioned 12 side buttons may seem, using them is something that comes surprisingly naturally after a very short period of time. The first six buttons are easier to access, but the seven through 12 buttons can be conquered quickly with very little effort. To make navigating the 12 buttons easier, especially at a glance, the keys are backlit. This green backlight can be turned off using the Synapse software should they become more distracting than useful.
One thing to consider is that the Naga 2012 mouse is quite a sizeable unit, so small hands may likely find it hard to take full advantage of the numerous features on offer.
There’s no doubt that the Naga 2012 is a superb gaming mouse, however it’s very obviously aimed at MMORPG players. If you’re a big MMORPG player there’s plenty of reason to consider the Naga for your online exploits, but the huge amount of customisation may feel like overkill for anyone else.
Movement is smooth, it’s responsive to your clicks and although it takes a little time to get to grips with the 12 side buttons the reward is a new, maybe even better, way to game.