The Razer Naga is over the top gaming design specifically for massive multiplayer gaming performance with the usual high quality Razer mouse features.
Ease of Use, Performance: 20/25
Look amp; Feel: 24/25
How much I enjoy 23/25
The Razer Naga is another fantastic mouse from the Razer group that continues the great tradition of quality gaming peripherals designed by gamers for gamers. The Razer Naga is a great regular mouse when used for day to day tasks but also works very well for gaming. Several large sites have tested out the Naga when gaming and come to good conclusions, it is also listed in thetechinsiders best gaming mouse article.
While the regular use may be above average for the most part this Razer mouse has one main use and specific feature, twelve side buttons corresponding to the row of number keys or the number pad. When used for regular computer use or for gaming with other than MMO’s the mouse performs as usual for Razer products which is really well.
I have not received a mouse for reviewing from Razer and been disappointed or even remotely less than very pleased with its performance. The Razer Naga as a mouse jumps to the same great performance standards that Razer is known for in gaming circles but excels in one specific area, massive Multiplayer Online gaming.
The Razer Naga has the usual performance laser sensor at 5600 dots per inch that performs smoothly when scrolling and mousing across any decent mouse pad. The Naga has ultra slick Teflon feet for really smooth action along with the usual Razer black with blue logo and the blue glow scroll wheel.
The mouse also has a great driver and setup program that includes some simple to use configurations being able to change the polling rate, the dots per inch and even the use of the lights on the mouse. The Add-On page of the configurator simply directs you to some videos that shows how to setup in game your mouse buttons according to games like World of Warcraft or Warhammer.
What really sets the Naga apart when you first glimpse it is the twelve buttons on the left side of the mouse where the two usually are. The two standard side buttons are placed further forward to allow a keypad arrangement of the twelve buttons that allow for MMO gaming ease.
The bottom of the mouse has a two position slide switch that sets the Razer Naga to number or number pad mode for easy use of the mouse just like the top row of number buttons or your number pad. With a simple flick of this bottom switch the mouse acts just like pressing those corresponding keys from the top row even past the 9 with the addition of the zero, minus and plus.
For the number pad you get the nine numbers and the zero along with the plus and minus buttons to correspond with the top row of numbers as well. This setup uses the most common buttons of most MMO games as well as some other games like first person shooters and RTS games.
If you play MMO games these setups make perfect sense but for other games this may also be a game saver as many titles use the number buttons for weapons and unit assignments. RTS titles often allow you to assign and quickly choose units with the number buttons while common first person shooters use the number buttons for weapon slots.
I used this mouse not only for some multiplayer online gaming but also some other games including the recent Modern Warfare 2 and was really impressed with its versatility. You can use the number buttons to switch weapons without taking your fingers off the movement keys quickly and without looking at your keyboard.
This could give you an advantage over others of a split second that could turn the tide of battle in your favor if your that close. Of course while playing I’m not that good but I can see where this would be an advantage over others who may have to glance down to change weapons.
This split second advantage is also available in real time simulation or tactical simulations where units are assigned to numbers for the same quick changing ability. The Razer Naga of course is great for MMO games such as the recent Aion for assigning abilities for a quick change from one to the next while you’re in the heat of combat.
During combat to use your thumb to quickly change from one to the next means that few seconds of not having to move your hand or look down at your keyboard for even quicker attacks or defense. This quick change use does come with some practice and Razer has really thought of everything here with some sticky pads to affix to the numbers in whatever pattern you like to help you learn the positions of key buttons.
The Razer Naga comes complete with two sets of rubber stickies, twelve round and twelve rectangle, you can attach to any of the buttons in any combination. This additional training help adds to the set but only enhances what is already here with a great performing mouse with one great feature.
The Razer Naga also comes with the mouse, the usual quick start guide and master guide and the previously mentioned training stickies with an instruction card for their use. Drivers for the mouse are available at Razer as they have finally quite bothering to include them on a CD with their products.
You need the most current drivers and the best way to ensure users have the best for their products is to get them from the source so they make you get any drivers directly from the internet. I think this is the way to go for drivers instead of including them on a CD for many hardware devices but not all of them should do this but for common things like mice they are easily downloaded.
The Razer Naga is truly a great performing mouse and well worth the $80 cost for MMO gamers as well as other game types, while not all gamers who play mostly first person shooters or RTS games may look at this with the same lust in their eyes it can make a difference in most any gaming.
The Razer Naga is definitely a great MMO mouse with its side number pad for use in quickly changing abilities, units or weapons in many games quickly and easily.