Naganna lie to you, it’s amazing
We used an old style Cataclysm Razer Naga for years while we were heavily invested in MMOs. It was a decent mouse but the inclusion of a gird of 12 buttons on the side where your thumb rests was an absolute godsend. They functioned as your Numpad keys and let you put every ability (with the use of shift and ctrl modifiers) in the palm of your hand, which meant your left hand could focus purely on movement. Over time we started playing more FPS and RTS games and ended up shifting to the excellent Mad Catz MMO 7 – a truly awesome mouse for those types of games. Razer have been nice enough to send us one of their new Nagas and we have to say, it could be tempting us back over to the green side.
While the Naga is billed as an MMO mouse, it’s really handy for pretty much anything you’d usually use a mouse for. With 12 buttons on the side, the regular two clicks, two up and down buttons under your palm, a scroll wheel that can be clicked in and tilted from left to right, you’re left with 19 buttons on your mouse. Most of the buttons are easy to get to as well, other than the two which rest under the palm of your hand, but they can easily be bound to something like bringing up a map or scoreboard in a game, where you won’t want them to get in the way too much. This kind of versatility is a boon for even simple things like word processing where you can have formatting choices bound to the buttons, image and video editing where you always need a lot of commands, or simply browsing the web where having back/forwards/refresh buttons on your mouse can be easier than using the keyboard commands. We’ve found a huge amount of use for them and the Razer Synapse 2.0 software is much better than its predecessors at letting you set up profiles that automatically load with certain programs, having an entirely different set of keybinds for whatever you’re doing. In some games (notably World of Warcraft) there are even mods specifically designed for the Naga, bringing up the grid on screen so you can make it a part of your UI. In many games you can slot game icons into the grid so you’re not going to be forgetting what is bound where.
The build quality is fantastic as it is with all of Razer’s higher-end products, the mouse has a matte black finish that gives enough grip while retaining the sleek look associated with the brand, there’s an illuminated logo on the palm rest, the scroll wheel has a streak of neon through it and the key grid on the side has a light for every button. The cord is a rope-like texture rather than an easily breakable rubber one, and the whole things seems incredibly sturdy and stylish. The shape of the mouse too is ergonomic and comfortable, although there is no opportunity to adjust is as there is with some other mice. For people with very large hands like me it might seem a little bit too small and it’s a shame there’s no way to alter that.
Similarly there’s no customisation anywhere on the physical mouse itself, so you can’t change the weight of it and you can’t change sensitivity settings on the fly, although you can from within the synapse software. After getting used to these features with some other high-end mice it’s difficult to get used to loading up a menu in order to change anything, particularly when some games (Battlefield 4) almost require you to be able to quickly change sensitivity when you get in an aircraft.
Playing a great deal of World of Warcraft lately with the new Naga we’d struggle to back to another mouse. While there are certain other games that make better use of features not present on the Naga, for MMOs and Strategy games it’s pretty hard to fault it. Razer make some quality devices for enthusiast gamers and from looks to performance they deliver on all counts. All we’d like to see from them in future is a little more customisation!