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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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