The Razer Naga is one of the most innovative mice ever designed and it’s no surprise that people are interested in trying it. We wanted to find out if it was as useful as it seems, while also considering the other Naga iterations.
We compiled our research here so you can decide if it’s the right mouse for your needs.
If you’re the type of gamer who simply cannot get enough of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, the Razer Naga was designed and manufactured just for you.
You might think that’s solely because of the many buttons that the Naga has littering its surface, and that is an excellent reason. However, there are other features that make this the type of mouse best used by someone who thrives on games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, or Star Wars: The Old Republic. While not to say it's more perfect than all other mice, it’s a definite contender for high-level MMO players.
Beyond the Basic Naga
The Naga is a brilliant mouse designed for use by MMO lovers and it shows. Therefore, it's no real surprise that the Naga design has been tweaked and altered to offer other iterations of the original.
It’s worth taking a look at these other mice, if only because one may fit someone’s gaming style more than another. As such, we’re going to take a little time to check out how the original Naga compares to the other Nagas out on the market today.
Razer Naga Review
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Design and Specifications
The first time you pull your Naga out of the box and look at it, there’s one thing that is apparently more than anything else. This is probably not a mouse made for players with a claw-grip.
The mouse itself is heavy and significant, and it features a high profile due to the four rows of buttons on the thumb side.
Palm-grip gamers will be able to find a resting place for their palms on the steep curve and the thumb button. Left-handed players will also appreciate the fact that this mouse can be mirrored but otherwise identical, unlike similar mice from Corsair and Logitech.
You may be aware that the Razer Naga has a total of 12 thumb buttons, but the actual number of buttons on the entire mouse is 19.
The thumb buttons are in a grid of 4x3. The other buttons are located as a left button, right button, scroll wheel with three click directions, and two buttons under the scroll wheel for programming. This might seem like overkill, but to an MMO lover, it’s just right.
As we mentioned, a claw grip isn’t going to work well with this mouse. However, it’s otherwise comfortable to use and hold.
The spacing between the buttons is great and doesn’t require the mouse to be larger than average. It also has a nice texture that makes it easier to keep your grip, even in the middle of a raid or boss fight.
This mouse may not be right for all-purpose gaming, but that’s okay. The Naga is excellent at what it was made for, which is MMO gaming. It’s not trying to be anything else, so it’s not shocking that it isn’t perfect at other things.
As you might expect from a Razer mouse, there is no lack of software and features that take advantage of this software.
This mouse relies on Razer Synapse software to allow the programming of 18 mouse buttons, change of sensitivity, tweaks to DPI, and switching of profiles in seconds. The profiles can even be set up by game, so when you switch from one to another, the mouse adapts on the fly and gives you what you need.
On each of the profiles, the Naga can store eight keymaps, which works out to nearly 100 buttons for each profile. That said, it’s a bit tricky to switch between keymaps, which may make this less groundbreaking than it might initially seem. If you take the time to do the programming, however, the results can be incredible.
Beyond the buttons and keymaps, you will also get a fantastic range of DPI options. The lower end starts at 100 while the higher end goes up to 8,200.
For those who are using the mouse for its intended use with MMOs, the top end is going to be more than enough for anything you’re doing. Another neat feature is that you can change the X- and Y-axes' DPI individually. You can also change the device’s illumination and calibrate the mouse for the surfaces you plan to use it on.
When it comes down to what really sets the Razer Naga apart, it’s the rows and columns of thumb buttons. It isn’t the only mouse to offer this — the Logitech G600 has a similar option — but the Naga seems to be the mouse that is noted for doing it right.
This may be based on the audible clicks of the buttons, due to them being a bit crisper than the alternative. In any case, it might seem it would be difficult to tell the buttons apart, but the differing elevations help with this. It doesn’t take too long to get used to the feel and stop missing keys or pressing the wrong spell button.
One other thing to be aware of is that the thumb buttons are always on. That means if you plan to use the Razer Naga for class or work, you may end up pressing these buttons and having random numbers pop up in Word or Excel. This can be prevented by ensuring your thumb is resting lightly, but it takes some time to master.
When it comes to playing video games with the Razer, it excels at games like Star Wars: The Old Republic and World of Warcraft.
Any game that requires dozens of spells is going to benefit from the extra buttons. This is especially true for games that require casting while moving, for which the Naga is potentially the premier option on the market.
As far as other video games go, like StarCraft II and Batman: Arkham City, the mouse can seem clunky and a bit hard to use. You can reprogram the buttons to options that are useful, but it doesn’t have the feel that most people are looking for.
Beyond the buttons, the mouse is generally precise, responsive, and accurate. The extra keymaps can be useful in many situations, especially for accessing additional spells via the buttons beneath the scroll wheel. Even then, eight extra keymaps is likely to be a bit much. Most people won’t ever use more than one or two.
We recommend keeping your skills on the main keymap and using the secondary for thing like your inventory, quest log, or character screen. This makes it easy to access everything you need with your dominant hand.
Naga Hex V2
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Where the traditional Naga is made for those who are off saving Azeroth, the Hex V2 is designed for those who find themselves racking up hours playing multiplayer online battle arena games like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and Dota 2.
This device is a larger mouse which has a hexagonal grid, rather than the 12 thumb buttons unique to the Naga. That means there are seven thumb buttons set up in a circle, along with a left, right, and clickable scroll wheel to work with. The mouse has the same learning curve as the original Naga, but again can be mastered in a few hours of use.
The Hex V2 is made only for right-handed gamers and is a bit heavy compared to competitors like the Razer Diamondback, Razer Mamba, or SteelSeries Rival 700.
The thumb rest is in the middle of the hex of seven buttons. Without changing any settings, you will type the number of the button you press. This can be frustrating but easily altered using the Razer Synapse software. One of the coolest things for MOBA players choosing this mouse is that you can download pre-configured profiles for Dota 2 and League of Legends, saving you time you’d rather devote to playing.
All in all, the Hex V2 is well made and reliable for MOBAs or other gaming. It may not have all of the capabilities of the Razer Mamba, but that mouse is also much more expensive at $150. The Naga Hex V2 is only $80, which is a huge deal in comparison. If MOBA is what you do best, this is a value mouse that you’ll likely be delighted with.
Razer Naga Trinity
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If you like the Naga mouse but aren’t always jumping on MMOs, the Trinity may be the mouse for you.
This mouse is a single unit, but it comes with different side panels that you can move in and out, making it one mouse that can do the job of three. You can pop in a side panel with 12 thumb buttons for MMOs, then switch it out for a different panel for work or your other FPS, RPG, or RTS games.
The three layouts include the typical 12-button Naga layout, a hex layout more like the Hex V2, and a basic layout with two buttons and a thumb rest.
No matter which you are using, they each are comfortable and simple to hold. They’re also likely to be familiar for those who have owned Razer gaming mice in the past.
The side panels with the Trinity can be removed at any time, even in the middle of a game or other process.
Once you place on a different panel, the mouse realizes you have done so and works flawlessly. The buttons can be reprogrammed in a list mode or a graphics mode, depending on preference. You can also set up Hypershift buttons, which means when you push a button of choice, it switches the keymap in its entirety. For all the MMO players, you can also program all the macros you could want.
Where the regular Naga is fantastic for MMOs, the Trinity is excellent for both MMOs and everything else.
You’ll have no issues playing MOBAs, RPGs, and other games as long as you’re open to switching out the panels when needed. In fact, it’s a mouse that works great for the office, too. That makes it a real value at only $100.
Selecting the Perfect Razer Mouse
The traditional Naga mouse is an excellent value with tons of buttons and a low price point.
If you are the type of person who mainly plays MMOs, there’s no reason to choose a more expensive mouse. You’ll find the mouse feels good in your hand and looks stylish to boot. There are many people for whom this mouse will do everything they want.
The Hex V2 is mostly the same as the Naga except that it’s tailored for MOBAs instead.
It is going to do the job well, but it might not play as nicely with other types of computer work or gaming. It’s also in the same price area as the Naga, so you aren’t going to end up killing your budget if you go for it.
The Trinity is a more expensive mouse built for a person who dabbles in more than one thing.
If you like MOBAS and MMOs, you get panels that work for each. If you like MMOs but also want an office mouse, the same is true. All in all, it’s the mouse for someone who wants more features and more options and doesn’t mind paying a few bucks more for the pleasure.