The Razer Naga Reviewed

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A few days ago, we reviewed the Razer Abyssus and it turned to be a great weapon in your gaming arsenal. This time we will be taking the Razer Naga through its paces. Named after well, a King Cobra, the Razer Naga is an mouse built specifically keeping  MMORPG gamers in mind. So if you have someone who is a level 60 Mage in World Of Warcraft or a Greenskin in Warhammer Online, you better listen up.

So many buttons!!!!

What does Razer say about the “Naga”. According to writing on the box, Razer  states “The Razer Naga is the ultimate Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming mouse that shifts the balance between keyboard and mouse by putting an unprecedented number of in-game commands in one place. A multi-button thumb grid and Razer’s MMO game interface add-on combine to place every command you need in the palm of your hand. An ergonomic form shaped to maximize ease of use lets you game in comfort for hours on end. With the Razer Naga, you will Get Imba.”

Time to gloss over the specs and check out whats under the hood           

  • 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • 200 inches per second max tracking speed
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • 17 MMO-optimized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid)
  • Optional MMO-specific software AddOns
  • Unlimited character profiles with AddOns
  • Approximate size:  116L x 69W x 41.6H (in mm)

While the first 3 points are what makes a mouse awesome a la the Razer Abyssus, the Naga is quite different as you go through the other remaining features. The twelve buttons near the thumb grid as well as the software addons are what we should concentrate on.
Design and Build Quality
The Naga looks quite a lot like another one of Razer's mice called The “Mamba”. It also features the same blue glow as the Abyssus, which makes your friends green with envy. The two main buttons are quite wide and offer great grip. Users with various grip styles will adjust to the Naga in little or no time. But a small little worry is that the MMO buttons on the left hand side are a bit weak.

The buttons need very little pressure to activate, and while some buttons need a bit of thumb twister to activate (especially the 10th, 11th and 12th buttons). However, once you get used to them, you will be using those macros like they were wired directly into your brain. One thing I sorely missed is a dpi switcher, since every other gaming mouse out there provides you with one. Also one big oversight by Razer is that the MMO buttons cannot be deactivated, so you can accidentally click them when you are not gaming.

Beware of the +20 chill spell

Drivers and Software
As mentioned earlier in the Abyssus review, the driver and software has to be downloaded from the Razer website, but at 14 odd MB, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Once you download and install the software, you have options to turn the logo light on and off as well as change the DPI from 100 to 5600 DPI at 100 increments.

The third page is where it’s get interesting, here is where you can download add-ons for certain MMO games, which will allow you to configure the keypad buttons in-game. As of now there are addons for World of Warcraft as well as Warhammer Online. I hope that Razer adds more add-ons for recent and future MMOs as well.

So what do I have to say about the Naga’s performance?

To test it out, I booted up WoW (were you expecting something else?) and after quite a long battle, I can say the Naga is quite good when it comes to MMOs. I could move as well as hit all just by using my right hand, leaving my left hand to eat potato chips and drink a soda.

The keypad will turn into your best friend once you get over the initial learning curve and map the macros that you want to the buttons you prefer.

Final Verdict
The Razer Naga is a great mouse for someone who plays MMOs exclusively and nothing else. But if you are someone who plays all kinda games and wants to have something that can be used as a regular mouse as well, then no, the Naga isn’t for you. The lack of a DPI switcher as well as the inability of the Naga to shut off the keypad is a bit of a downer. At Rs 4,999, it's also a bit of a stretch in the price department.

Published Date: Nov 15, 2010 12:41 pm | Updated Date: Nov 15, 2010 12:41 pm