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Razer Naga

Roundup Review: 9 Gaming Mice
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The Naga is Razer’s attempt at creating a mouse for MMO gamers. It reached far and implemented an interesting design, but ultimately we don’t believe standard gamers will really appreciate it. However, if you’re an MMO fanatic, you may disagree.

The Naga is a standard five-button mouse with one major exception: the number pad is built into the left side. With 12 buttons (1-12), this number pad acts almost identically to your typical numpad. The numbers start from the top left and go across (one-three, four-six, etc.), all the way to 12. They can even be used for typing the numbers zero to nine, and depending on the setting, either +/- or -/=.

However, Naga’s unique 12 thumb-button design ultimately causes several limitations. The standard thumb buttons have been moved to the top left corner of the mouse, above the left mouse button, which is not easy to reach. It also makes the Naga less comfortable than most mice in two unpredictable ways: the thumb rests uncomfortably on the number pad and stretching to reach the top left buttons is annoying.

On the other side of the mouse, the Naga is extremely comfortable. Gaming mice have only recently begun implementing more comfortable right sides for the index and pinky fingers, and the Naga’s glossy tab is an excellent representation of that evolution. This design makes the Naga a frustrating, because it’s literally comfortable on one side and not the other.

Ultimately, the Naga’s prowess is in MMO games, such as World of Warcraft and Eve, where you assign functions to multiple keys beyond the standard scope of gaming mice. Past experience with mice carrying 10 of buttons over multiple interchangeable profiles proved extremely inefficient and tiresome, which is why the Naga makes it simple with all number buttons. So you don’t need special drivers to install that work with each independent game. Just set the proper keys in the game’s settings.

For this, the Naga succeeds, although we feel the last row of buttons (10-12) is a tad far back and difficult to reach when gaming. The drivers are simple to use to adjust lighting, DPI, and polling rates. Razer has even gone ahead and made several downloadable configurators for various games that its pro-gamers recommend. Installation is easy and painless.

Standard use with the mouse is its greatest downside and gaming with it for non-MMO games is strange. Adjustable up to 5,600 DPI, the sensitivity can only be adjusted through the drivers. Unlike most of Razer’s mice, there are no dedicated DPI adjustment buttons. The scroll wheel doesn’t flow well, either. Finally, using the additional buttons for non-MMO gaming will slow you down significantly, both because they are harder to push, less tactile, and much harder to memorize than the standard two/three thumb buttons.

The only other MMOG mouse available is the SteelSeries World of Warcraft gaming mouse, which is officially sponsored by Blizzard and features 15 programmable buttons. It is older and has a 3,200 DPI sensor, although we did not test it for this roundup. Other mice with more than seven buttons in our experience have come with poor driver support, poor hardware, or were too difficult to use.

Gaming Performance: 3.5
Non-Gaming Performance: 1
Comfort: 1
Features: 3.5
Price: 3

Overall: 2.5/5

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    grillz9909 , December 18, 2009 5:17 PM
    Blah... no deathadder?
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    prince_david , December 18, 2009 5:18 PM
    I really enjoy my classic death adder.
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    jamezrp , December 18, 2009 5:39 PM
    DeathAdder's a great mouse guys, but it's older, and we've already looked at it before. It went into our holiday guide as well, as one of our favorite mice.
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    damian86 , December 18, 2009 6:22 PM
    Too much useless buttons on the razer,i don't even use all the G's on my G15 kb+ too fat
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    Luscious , December 18, 2009 7:36 PM
    Mice are so yesterday - Trackballs FTW!
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    steiner666 , December 18, 2009 8:11 PM
    i wish razer would make a new version of the diamonback with better quality construction. I havent found a more comfortable mouse for my hands, but the left mouse button started to go bad on mine, and the cable started to short out where it connects to the front of the mouse. My G9 has buttons that feel like they will last much longer, the side buttons are nicer and easier to use, and the braided-material-covered cord feels like it will hold up better... but the things just too short and doesnt feel as good with my usual claw-ish grip...
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    chechak , December 18, 2009 9:15 PM
    i think Logitech G5 and Logitech G9 and Logitech G9x is better than any mic ,i'll chose one of them (difference in price )
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    AMW1011 , December 18, 2009 9:51 PM
    steiner666i wish razer would make a new version of the diamonback with better quality construction. I havent found a more comfortable mouse for my hands, but the left mouse button started to go bad on mine, and the cable started to short out where it connects to the front of the mouse. My G9 has buttons that feel like they will last much longer, the side buttons are nicer and easier to use, and the braided-material-covered cord feels like it will hold up better... but the things just too short and doesnt feel as good with my usual claw-ish grip...


    My wired diamondback has worked great for 3, going on 4 years now. I also carry it around a lot so it is abused a bit.
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2009 10:44 PM
    What about the Razer Mamba?
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    dingumf , December 18, 2009 11:37 PM
    grillz9909Blah... no deathadder?


    DeathAdder is crap. Razer is crap. Mouse wheel and grips deteriorate after about a year.

    worse piece of crap I ever bought
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    prince_david , December 19, 2009 1:01 AM
    damian86Too much useless buttons on the razer,i don't even use all the G's on my G15 kb+ too fat

    If you play MMOs like World of Warcraft you do end up using all your buttons. Having extra instant cast attacks really helps in PVP combat.
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    overshocks2 , December 19, 2009 1:26 AM
    go to 7th page. 3rd paragraph. change LDC to LCD.
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    Elementgreen , December 19, 2009 2:26 AM
    dingumf, chill out. Just because your specific product might not have lasted doesn't justify that the whole Company is crap. Mass produced products doesn't guarantee that what you're getting is going to be perfectly produced (and this shouldn't even come to mind when buying anything considering the chances of actually getting a poorly built product)

    I've had my Deathadder for a couple of years now, and I've had 0 issues with it. None of the parts have worn down, and it plays just like new. There's no reason to shoot your mouth off like a child because you might have had an unsatisfactory experience with Razer.

    I'm going to say that I've never had a piece of Logitech equipment that has lasted me more than a couple of months. I've bought a few headsets, and mice from them, and none of them have lasted longer than 3 months, and the product wasn't all that good for me to begin with. It's just a preference, and I would have eventually gotten used to the mice, but I wasted a bit of cash investing in Logitech. After I got a Razer I've stuck to them, and even bought a Razer keyboard, and both have been performing fantastically.

    Guys, the Deathadder is an AMAZING MOUSE. For me, Razer has been a solid company, especially in comparison to Logitech. At least give them a shot.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2009 2:38 AM
    Man, I'd love to see this article expanded every now and then...specially with some older stuff and then newer stuff as it comes out. I will say though, that I felt the graph was tough to read, if you added the scores, then represented it as a stacked bar graph, it would be much easier to compare mice.
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    the associate , December 19, 2009 4:11 AM
    I know il get thumbs down for this but here goes...

    Wtf no wireless Logitech G7/sidewinder X8/Razer Mamba gaming mouse???
    I know what your gona say, batteries suck, but tell that to the sidewinder X8, or the Razer Mamba, you attach a cord to recharge...if you can't attach a cord to a mouse during the last 2 hours of the battery's life in which it flashes the entire time to warn you of your battery's condition, then you don't deserve a gaming mouse.... I own a G7 and X8 and all I do is game, the tracking is superb on the G7, and you can make 5 dpi settings, the X8 has a very open grip, doesn't leave your hand feeling squeezed, and id try the razer mamba but thats one pricy mouse.
    I wish someone made a hybrid of a sidewinder x8 and logitech g7, the hand comfort and functionality of the x8 with the strong build quality and excellent laser tracking of the g7...maybe it's the mamba, but im not desperate enough to spend 115 bucks on a mouse yet
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    the associate , December 19, 2009 4:12 AM
    Scratch the X8 part in my post... -.-
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    aethm , December 19, 2009 3:42 PM
    really like my G5. I've had it for several years now. It's the only mouse that seems to fit my hand comfortably. It has enough buttons and custom button mapping makes it very versatile. Haven't tried the G500 but it has the same shape so that's what I'll be buying when my G5 craps out. BTW.. I own several rather expensive peripherals and the G5 mouse is one of the best purchases I've ever made.
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    joshthor , December 19, 2009 10:06 PM
    dingumfDeathAdder is crap. Razer is crap. Mouse wheel and grips deteriorate after about a year. worse piece of crap I ever bought

    deathadder is an amazing mouse. its the only gaming mouse that has lasted me. i have had it for 2 years, the mouse feet are perfect and the wheel is perfect and everything works great.
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    jamezrp , December 19, 2009 11:56 PM
    Guys, as I said, the Deathadder is an older mouse so it didn't make the cut for this roundup. We did mention it as part of possible Razer mice you might be interested in.

    The Associate and GTQ: the Logitech G7 is also very old, so we didn't include it. The Mamba...we wanted to include it, but Razer was unable to get it in to us in time for this roundup. Though my research of the mouse, at least compared to the SideWinder X8, says that the X8 is a better mouse overall. I have not tested or used the G7 at all, though perhaps at CES Logitech will announce a new wireless gaming mouse. That would be quite exciting.
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    slayvus , December 20, 2009 12:03 AM
    I think you could've done better on the mouse selection.

    There are a lot more mice that you could've tested.

    For example

    Cooler Master Storm Sentinel
    OZone Gaming Smog Gaming Mouse
    Steel Series Ikari
    OCZ Behemoth
    OCZ Eclipse
    HP's Gaming Mouse with VooDooDNA
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