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There are few gaming mice which are hugely appreciated by MMO gaming community and Razer Naga is one of them. Since MMO or MMORPG gaming offers lots of features therefore a mouse with several programmable buttons is the first thing gamers look for. This single requirements thins out the options available in the market. Combined with preferences like weight, size or sensor and you have very few choices left like Logitech G600, Mad Catz M.M.O.7 or Razer Naga series.
Naga series stands out because of the constant updates and several variants specifically build for MMO gaming as these gaming mice are highly optimized for MMO games like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars. Naga Chroma offers 19 buttons in total with a 12 buttons thumb grid. It is equipped with Razer 5G optical sensor and offers an insane 16000 DPI/CPI. The good thing bout this DPI, as per Razer claims, is it offrs 0 interpolation. Thumb button on one side make Naga Chroma ideal to map several macros and commands to in WoW as well as other games in similar genre. As compared to SteelSeries WoW mice, and few other MMO mice, Naga is far ahead of them.
- Sensor: 5G Optical
- DPI Levels: 16000
- Max. acceleration: 50G
- Max. speed: up to 210 inches/sec
- Connectivity: Wired
- Programmable Buttons: 19
- Mechanical Thumbgrid
- Tilt-click scroll wheel
- Inter-device color synchronization
- Ultraslick mouse feet
- In-game MMO configurator*
Buttons and Grip
When I first saw this mice my feelings were really mixed, however all in all positive. Before buying this gaming mouse, I came across some complains about its buttons, and that was they miss-click easily. I doubted that all these gamers were not well practised for precision. I have freaking over size hand, still I don’t have many problems hitting exact buttons as soon as I got used to their position. Mouse grips was fairly, and I found no problem with claw grip on this mouse. Mouse weight is also very fine and slightly towards lighter side. Unluckily, combination of my large hands and claw grip forced me to shift this gaming slightly to press few keypad buttons.
This is not usually very huge deal when it is about MMOs, because precision is least important as compared to strategy, awareness and timing. Its thumb buttons were found to be working fine for me, however it is going to take little bit more force for a user who have bigger hands. If you get well practised with this mouse, it is advised to avoid the binding functions to Razer Naga that can get you or others who play with it.
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.
Razer Naga sensor offers 0 interpolation. Interpolation is basically mouse skipping frames due to guessing the sensor x/y values rather than acting on the actual x/y values.
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.
Razer Naga Chroma vs Razer Naga Epic vs Razer Naga Epic Chroma
Razer Naga series has introduced quite a few models namely Naga Chroma, Naga Hex, Naga Trinity & Naga Molten. The Naga Chroma has 2 variants – Naga Chroma & Naga Epic Chroma. The major differences between them are sensor, number of buttons, DPI/CPI, wireless connectivity and removable side plates.
Naga Chroma uses 5G sensor whereas Naga Epic Chroma is equipped with 4G sensor. Naga Chroma has 19 buttons with 16000 DPI where as Naga Epic Chroma has 17 buttons and 8200 DPI. Epic Chroma offers both wireless as well as wired connectivity whereas Naga Chroma offers only wired connectivity.
An interesting feature of Naga Epic is removable side plates. However this feature is limited to only Epic version and the new Naga Epic Chroma doesn’t have this feature. So basically the main difference remains in new Naga Chroma & Naga Epic Chroma is DPI & Buttons.
Razer Naga Chorma vs Razer Naga
Since Razer has to earn, therefore it keeps releasing new variants of a mouse by adding a couple of features in it. The basic difference between Razer Naga & Razer Naga Chroma is sensor & left handed design. Razer Naga is for left handed gamers equipped with 4G sensor offering 8200 DPI, whereas Razer Naga Chroma is for right handed gamers equipped with 5G sensor offering 16000 DPI. The last difference, as the name suggest, is Chroma lightning feature. Razer Naga only offers green light where as Chroma offers unlimited color options.
Naga Epic vs Naga Epic Chroma
As for Naga Epic vs Naga Epic Chroma, the main differences are mechanical switches in thumb-grid in Naga Epic Chroma and a better tilt click scroll wheel.
- Very accurate, high precision and smooth tracking
- Cool looks with lit buttons and great for gaming without lights
- Tons of buttons for binding keys, macros and other functions
- Comes with MMOG-specific add-ons
- Decent grip and comfort
- Unlimited customizable profiles
- Controls in FPS gaming are not good
- A very small minority of gamers have experienced random disconnections
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 Logitech G9x, and RTS (real time strategy) gamers might want to check out the Razer Spectre. 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 Razer Naga mouse is perfect for MMOGs. One handed keypad on this mouse allow you to double up on key binds and macros. For general use and FPS gamers, however this mouse is probably not suitable.