Razer Naga Review (MMO Gaming Mouse)

Total Rating:(4.1/ 5.0)

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Recommendation: The Razer Naga is an ideal mouse for MMO gamers. Its one-handed keypad allows users to double-up on macros and key binds.  For FPS gamers and general use, however, the Naga is probably not the best choice.

Standard Retail: $79.99
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What we liked:

  • High-precision, very accurate and smooth tracking
  • Tons of buttons for binding macros and functions
  • Cool looking with lit buttons – great for gaming with lights out
  • Unlimited customizable profiles
  • Comes with MMO-specific add-ons
  • Decent grip and comfort

What we disliked:

  • Control in FPS games is less than ideal
  • A small minority of users have experienced random disconnects

As you can tell by looking at the mouse, the Razer Naga is designed for either MMO (massively-multiplayer online) games or one-armed data entry workers.  The thumb buttons on the side make it ideal for mapping a number of commands or macros to in WoW and other games in the same genre. Compared to the SteelSeries WoW Mouse, and some other poor-quality MMO mice, the Razer Naga doesn’t have a very high bar to clear.  I almost felt embarrassed for the competition – that’s how handily the Naga defeats the other so-called MMO (rpg) gaming mice.

Grip and Buttons:  My initial feeling of the Naga was mixed, but overall positive. Prior to purchasing the mouse, I heard several buyers complaining that the buttons were easy to mis-click.  I suspect that such gamers simply lack practice or precision.  My hands are freakishly over-sized, yet I had no problems hitting the right buttons once I learned where they were. The grip on the Naga was comfortable, and I had no problem with my ”claw” grip on the mouse.  The weight was good, and a little towards the light side.  Unfortunately, the combination of a claw grip and my large hands force me to shift the mouse slightly to press some of the keypad buttons.  This isn’t (usually) a very big deal in MMOs, as accuracy is less important than timing, strategy, and awareness.  I can see the thumb buttons working even for me, but it’s going to take a little more effort for someone with large hands.  Even if you get very good with the mouse, I would suggest that you avoid binding functions to the Naga that could get you, or the people you play with, killed.  In other words, keep the primary actions on the keyboard and the secondary on the mouse.

Software and Features:  The software on the Naga isn’t bad.  It comes with some add-ons for MMOs like WoW, and the software isn’t bad.  I actually didn’t like the add-on in WoW because it was trying to do to much, and it was also interfering with some of the other interface and keybind add-ons I am using.  I’m hardcore and add-on crazy like that, but the casual user won’t have any conflicts.

UPDATE: The conflicts between my addons has been resolved.  I still don’t use the addon, but it works just fine if I want to.  It does make key-binding very easy.

There is no weight cartridge, and the hardware-side macro features are nothing to get excited about.  Then again, such features rarely are exciting for most users.

Bugs and Durability: Unfortunately, there are a number of bugs in the Naga.  The new drivers will help, but there are still reports of the mouse dying randomly during play for no noticeable reason.  For most users, the mouse restarts itself.  For some users, you may have to pull it out and plug it back in.  This problem is rare, but common (and presently unsolved) enough to warrant mentioning.  Razer is aware of the problem, and says they will release a fix soon. Durability appears to be standard.  It will probably last you for many years unless you’re exceptionally hard on your gear.  There are mice that will stand up to that heavy abuse, but this isn’t one of those.


Review: Razer Naga Gaming Mouse from side
Final Thoughts:  Overall the Naga is a good mouse, but it’s not a very good mouse for shooters or strategy games.  The buttons aren’t very useful outside of MMOs, and trying to use them could cause a catastrophic death in FPS games.  We recommend it for MMO players.  It is interesting that gaming mice are becoming (or at least trying to become) more specialized for gaming genres.  For FPS (first-person shooter) gamers, we might recommend our Logitech G9x review, and RTS (real time strategy) gamers might  want to read the Razer Spectre review.  Unless otherwise noted, most gaming mice work well across genres as general gaming mice.

Maybe you really like having a lot of buttons on your mouse – maybe you only have one hand available at a time.  You know, because you’re eating food with one hand and playing (MMOs) with the other.  Because that’s what you were thinking, right?

The lowest prices for the Razer Naga are typically spotted on Amazon. You can check out the customer reviews there as well – but we’ve read them all and dispensed the most useful information here in a more awesome way.  Prices may dip a fair amount below the standard retail price.

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