Razer Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse full review

The Razer 2012 Naga Expert MMO mouse comes with the usual collection of Razer bells and whistles, including 3 swappable ergonomic grips to make sure it's comfortable for almost any user and a precision laser sensor, along with some more buzzwordy features like "ultraslick mouse feet." Though I can't provide scientific evidence to verify how ultraslick they are, the Naga did slide comfortably over every surface I tested it on. So, that's nice. See also Group test: what's the best mice/keyboards?

The Naga's main selling point is the absolutely gigantic number of buttons on the thing. Sporting the typical left and right mouse buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, two additional buttons on the top of the mouse and a full 12 key numberpad for your thumb, the Naga has 17 fully customizable buttons that fit comfortably under your hand. Visit our JSCO JNL-101K Noiseless Gaming Mouse review.

Naturally, upon grasping a 17-button mouse my first instinct was that the Razer Naga is extreme overkill, even for gamers. At first I found it difficult to use more than the typical left, right and center mouse buttons, and truth be told it's unlikely that your hands will be limber enough to comfortably use all 17 buttons on the Naga on your first try. Still, my short time with the Naga has made me a convert.

I tested the Naga while playing World of Warcraft, my MMO of choice. My first hour or so with the device was mostly disastrous; since I had to use my keyboard for at least some of my keybindings I kept instinctively hitting the 1-0 keys on my keyboard rather than the mouse, and when I would try and use the mouse's keypad I would often have trouble finding they key I was looking for purely by feel. Having to constantly look at my mouse hand to verify I was hitting the right buttons helped me better appreciate the Naga's slick design, but it sure wasn't improving my gameplay.

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Personally I don't see much need for that feature since I tend to do all of my gaming on one PC and the Naga provides me with more enough enough buttons to configure using in-game keybindings. That's especially true when you realize how easy the Naga makes it to add modifier keys to your keybindings; see MMO classes with a multitude of abilities often end up binding keys to not just their number pad but to shift-1, control-1, shift-2 and on down the line to have quick access to all their spells. This can get uncomfortable in a hurry, as stretching your hand from the shift key all the way up to the number keys likely strains the limits of your hand's extension.

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With the Naga however, mapping six abilities to my shift and control modifier keys means I have 18 abilities that I can use quickly and easily without uncomfortably stretching either of my hands. All I need to do is press the shift and control keys on the keyboard with my left hand and then the 1-6 keys on the Naga with my right. While I may not be able to reach all 17 buttons on the Naga, it still manages to provide me easy access to 18 abilities.

So is a 17-button mouse overkill? Probably. The 10-12 keys especially seem like they could be removed without bothering 99 percent of gamers. Still, at $80 you'd be hard-pressed to find a quality pro-gaming mouse for the price that gives you more features than the Razer Naga. Sometimes a little bit of overkill is okay, and the Naga is some of the best excess money can buy.

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Razer Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse: Specs

  • 17 MMO-optimized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid)
  • 3 interchangeable side panels
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling/ 1ms response time
  • 200 inches per second max tracking speed
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Approximate Size : 116 x 70 x 46mm
  • Approximate Weight: 134g