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The Razer Naga: A Lady Gamer’s Review

The Razer Naga is sort of a big deal in the MMO community, namely because of how brilliantly it marries the needs and skills of hardcore MMO players, who spend their days raiding and making character ability macros. The web overfloweth with reviews of this mouse, but by and large, they are written by male gamers for other male gamers. I wanted to do my own trial and review as a female gamer because lady hands generally run a tad smaller and behave a little differently around a mouse. This review will cover the basics, bring up some of the common complaints, and see if this mouse is worth its price tag.

The Look

A top view of the Razer Naga
Image courtesy of www.razerzone.com

What sets this gaming mouse apart from others is obviously the 12 buttons located along the left side for the thumb to use, as well as the sleek backlighting of the keys, palm, and wheel. There are two additional buttons located along the left click key, and the wheel itself has 24 click positions. The very top of the mouse has a matte black finish, while the left and rise sides have shiny black finishes.

The bottom of the mouse has a slightly raised lip to help the mouse sail over crumbs and dust on a gamer’s mousepad, so long as the mousepad is soft and not hard. I run a hard mousepad and I found that this lip actually caused me more rather than less difficulty when a few stray crumbs wandered into the path of mouse movement.

I am also a trifle disappointed that I could not choose from a variety of backlighting or mouse colors. Yes, the mouse looks slick, but I would have liked a red or pink backlighting, or perhaps a red or pink overall mouse color.

The Feel

My right hand measures 7.5 inches from the tip of my middle finger to my wrist bone, and fully extended, my hand stretches 8 inches from my thumb to my pinky finger.

pic of thumb guides included with Razer Naga mouse
The tutorial thumb guides included with the Razer Naga

The overall feel of the mouse takes some getting use to. At first, I had difficulty utilizing the keys lowest on the mouse, numbers 10 through 12, even with the training guides (pictured on the right side) that Razer includes. Unlike many other reviewers, I had no difficulty reaching these keys, but rather, struggled to keep track of where they were on the mouse while playing.

The mouse is quite small (116 mm long x 69 mm wide by 41.6 mm high) and a common complaint for male gamers is that their hands overwhelm it, making accurate navigation while using the buttons, especially the upper and lower rows, challenging. However, I found that the mouse sat very comfortably in my hand during gameplay (it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand) and once I had become accustomed to the location of the buttons, I had no difficulty using them while navigating with my character. This acclimation process for me took about one week of power leveling my Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular.

The Details

This is where we get technical.

  • 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.56 Laser Sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • 200 inches per second max tracking speed
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon feet
  • 17 MMO-optomized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid)
  • Optional MMO-specific software AddOns
  • Unlimited character profiles with AddOn
  • Approximate size in mm: 116[L] x 69[W] x 41.6[H]

The mouse comes with a 7-foot-long braided fiber cable, a gold-plated USB connector, temporary training buttons, extensive instructions and guides, a Razer Naga software add-on that allows for custom macros and settings, and stickers.

The Performance

In a word? Outstanding.

A side view of the Razer Naga
Image courtesy of www.razerzone.com

In terms of accuracy and precision, the Razer Naga misses no movement whatsoever. When platforming in a game or navigating narrow ledges, I found myself compensating for my older mouse, making more exaggerated turns. This led to my fall and subsequent death several times, because the Razer requires no movement compensation: it sees and transmits all.

The keys themselves are a tad difficult to press, especially for someone with smaller hands and a little less leverage. I may develop more dexterity in this area, but I am bothered that it is even an issue. Likewise, the two small buttons along the left-click are awkward to use. My pointer finger just does not want to stretch that far; someone with bigger hands or a wider extension range may not have this issue, however.

The software add-on is where this mouse truly shines; combined with the overall quality of the mouse, this robust software takes gameplay to the next level. It allows me to create simple but effective macros for “keystrokes” on the thumb grid, add delays to those strokes, and go to town on everything from lighting to performance tweaks. I can adjust sensitivity stages from 100 to 5600, enable independent X and Y sensitivity, and use and adjust acceleration.

I can also run multiple profiles to switch seamlessly between settings for different games or characters. I can even alter my rolling rate!

One con of this mouse is the lack of weighting. I liked to weight my previous mouse rather heavily, but this one is very light. This lack of weight has not helped me to adjust to the smaller profile and incredible sensitivity.

The Conclusion

Buy it. If you want a slick gaming experience out of the box, this mouse delivers. If you want a top-notch gaming experience and the ability to tweak and adjust every last little thing, here it is.

By Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is a twenty-something blogger, cook, freelance writer and editor living in Seattle, Washington. She’s a feminist trying ever-so-hard to embrace her spaces, conventional or not. She looks forward to numerous bad hair days, burnt cremes, a soapbox or two, and maybe (just maybe) a yellow polka-dot bikini in the years ahead.

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