Razer Naga Review
Razer Naga Gaming Mouse
Most of us have a favorite or at least a preferred gaming mouse, unless you’re just looking for your first, and for many people, the Razer Naga is that mouse. While too complex for the casual gamer, the Naga’s selection of 17 macro buttons, a scrolling wheel, and a fully customizable profile allows you to get more out of your mouse when gaming. It also allows you to move many of your traditional left hand keyboard moves right to your mouse, so that you can react faster, more efficiently, and add more macros. Of course there are drawbacks.
Review of the Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse
While widely touted as the basic MMO gaming mouse, the Razer Naga has a few drawbacks, mainly relating to longevity. The current model ships the occasional mouse out that simply doesn’t work, and you might end up with a dud after 6 to 8 months. Customer support is not as good as it should be, so this will be a hassle. You’ll also find that the software (Synapse) uses a lot of system resources while running, so you should probably run it on a computer with more than a few gigabytes of memory. The software itself is also more than a little difficult, because you have to download it, sign in, and then create your profiles. Bugs are not extremely uncommon, and if you get stuck on the download, you’ll probably just have to get a new mouse.
Other than that, the Razer Naga is everything it’s touted to be. If you get a working model that lasts for longer than 8 months, you’ll end up with what is probably one of the best MMO gaming experiences out there. The mouse is intuitive, buttons are placed exactly where you need them, and it’s easy to program. In fact, you can program buttons for any program, so photographers and videographers can set buttons for their favorite software to make work faster. Or, set macros for specific code sets to speed up building platforms. It really is that versatile. It’s also lightweight, easy to use, and extremely comfortable to hold. Plus, with 4 different versions, it’s easy to choose the one that best suits your needs. These include the:
Razer Naga Epic (Wireless and adjustable width)
Razer Naga Chroma (wireless)
Razer Naga (standard)
Razer Naga Left Handed (Self explanatory)
Like with any upgrade, the Razer Naga has more than a few drawbacks. One easy example is that you can get a standard mouse for $10-$25 but the Razer Naga is going to cost you at least $60, even if you go somewhere where it’s frequently on sale, like Amazon. Here are a few others you might want to pay attention to.
Learning Curve: While you’ve probably been learning to use your keyboard for gaming for some time, but that won’t be true with thumb buttons. You will literally have to learn an entirely new interface and it will be awkward at first. Try texting on an old fashioned flip phone on its side to get an idea of what it’s like. Not easy. This translates to, it’s not really worth learning for casual gamers and you’re probably going to have a lot of epic fails before you fully master the system.
Software – This does take up your system resources. Plan accordingly.
Not Always Necessary – Multiple buttons are great if you want to move your keyboard to your mouse, but not everyone needs it. If you’re an ambidextrous keyboard warrior capable of hitting all of the buttons on your computer keyboard with a single fell stroke of doom, you probably don’t need more buttons on your mouse. In fact, many professional gamers actually choose to use mice with no additional macro buttons, simply because they learned using a keyboard.
Do You Need the Razer Naga
While there is often a very fine line between need and want in terms of gaming gear, you can ask yourself a couple of questions before you invest in an MMO gaming mouse like the Razer Naga.
- Do I have time/patience/expendable character deaths to learn a new system?
- Do I use macros that would require 17 buttons?
- Do I have the time to learn this before I need it for anything?
- Do I think macro buttons will boost my gaming ability?
Most of the time, if you have a highly customized gaming account, use a lot of macros, and generally just want to make things easier to reach, the Naga is probably a good choice for you.
If you’ve used our guide to decide whether or not you want the Razer Naga, let us know.