Geek Gifts 2010: Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse

Razer's Naga MMO laser gaming mouse comes with software that allows you to customize its 17 buttons. This Geekend reviewer says there are only two things he doesn't like about the mouse.

The Naga MMO laser gaming mouse is part of a vast line of gaming devices from Razer. The Naga is a contoured mouse that is designed to fit comfortably in your hand for long periods of time -- perhaps for World of Warcraft Icecrown Citadel raids or marathon sessions of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The Razer Naga is a standard five-button wheel mouse, but it has been rearranged slightly to make room for 12 additional buttons under the thumb. Initially, these new buttons correspond to the 1-9, 0, hyphen, and equals buttons on the number row, or the 1-9, 0, minus, and plus buttons on the number pad depending on which setting you choose via the switch on the bottom. Razer recently released new drivers that allow full customization of those 12 buttons as well as the standard five. Also, since it is a laser mouse, movement is more accurate than with a regular mouse.

The Naga gaming mouse comes with software that allows you to customize the buttons; you can adjust the DPI sensitivity, acceleration, and polling rate and create macros. You can also enable and disable the ice-blue lighting.

Product specifications and features

What I like

  • Comfortable: The gaming mouse is contoured to fit well in the hand. The left and right buttons curve up to reduce strain.
  • Additional buttons are easy to access: The 12 additional buttons fall right under the thumb of the right hand. Buttons have raised portions to identify by feel.
  • Sensitivity: The laser technology makes the mouse's movement much more sensitive and thus more accurate.
  • Woven cord: Something you don't see in standard mice, the woven USB cord feels like a shoelace. It is more flexible than a standard plastic-sheathed cord.
  • Configuration: When I initially tested this device, only the standard five buttons were customizable. Originally, I felt the 12 new buttons that make this product stand out were useless since they were locked to either the number row or the number pad. With the new drivers, this device is much more realistic to a gamer's tastes.

What I don't like

  • Rearranged mouse buttons: The fourth and fifth buttons on the mouse have been rearranged to the top left of the left-click button to make room for the 12 buttons. This makes them very hard to reach with anything but the index finger.
  • Right-hand only: The additional functionality of the mouse is effectively useless to left-handed mousers. The additional 12 buttons would only be accessible by the pinky, and we all know how dexterous those are.

Geek bottom line

With its new drivers, Razer's Naga gaming mouse is suitable for most MMO gamers. With the standard five buttons, as well as the additional 12 configurable buttons, gamers are able to map macros or other keys to all of the buttons and fully customize their right-hand gaming experience.

Geek gift score (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: ****
  • Geek factor: *****
  • Value: ****
  • Overall: ****

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