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The Razer Naga mouse, intended for MMO and MOBA players, is now available in a new wireless version that we invite you to discover in our full test. Let’s discuss the Razer Naga Pro review.
Launched in 2009, Razer’s Naga range has benefited from many versions over the years. Originally designed for MMORPG players. The latest iterations take advantage of a modular design that allows everyone to find their account.
The Naga Pro is presented as the synthesis of the range with triple connectivity, a high-performance sensor. And still this system of interchangeable shells. If it is offered at a rather high price, it seems to have many advantages to highlight.
A NATURAL GRIP, A MODULAR DESIGN
Razer is not taking much risk with the design of this “new” Razer Naga Pro. Indeed, the mouse has the same design as the Naga Trinity released in 2018, which is not to displease us. Entirely made of plastic, the Naga Pro, therefore, takes the singular and proven shape of its big sister.
We take advantage of a mouse with a very ergonomic shape that fits perfectly into the palm of the hand. A little confusing at first glance. This shape is really pleasant and it is a pleasure to use the mouse on a daily basis. Unlike most other mice on the market, the Naga Pro is rather “short” on its back and slips into the palm of the fingers rather than the palm of the hand.
This form logically calls for a palm grip (the hand resting on the mouse) rather than a claw grip. (The fingers folded like claws) or fingertips (the mouse held with the fingertips). The body of the mouse also extends slightly at its right end to let the ring finger rest naturally on its shell.
The little finger will find its place on the side and will benefit from a small textured rubber grip. The fingers naturally find their place on the very ergonomic shell The two main clicks whose ends are clearly curved are integral with the rest of the hull. Fortunately, this feature does not interfere with their use, and no unpleasant rebound problems were noted during our test. In addition to two customizable buttons, the large space between the two main clicks accommodates an imposing wheel surrounded by lighting, obviously RGB. This lighting is complemented by the brand’s logo, also bright and located on the back of the hull.
The latter is rather stable and offers well marked notches, associated with a rubber coating that make it pleasant to use. Note also the presence of two side clicks on the same wheel, which bring to 5 (if we do not count the main clicks) the number of programmable buttons, apart from the removable side plate.
Because yes, the Naga, which is originally a mouse intended for MMORPG players, has a system of interchangeable side shells allowing to adapt its configuration according to the uses. These shells are, in fact magnetic and the link with the mouse is provided by a 16-pin connector. It will also be noted that a slot for the wireless dongle is present.
As on the first Naga released in 2009, the first shell accommodates a real “keyboard” made up of 12 numbered buttons. If it is impossible to make calls with the Naga Pro, MMORPG players will find their account there and assign several spells. In this configuration, buttons 1 to 6 remain very accessible. It will still take a little extra gymnastics to reach the next two rows, which logically do not fall perfectly under the thumb. Moreover, the distinction between the buttons is not necessarily easy.
The second, the more reasonable shell is content with “only” 6 slightly more protruding buttons. They fall perfectly under the last phalanx of the thumb and can almost be activated without having to move the finger. This case also benefits from a rubber grip on its lower part, for a better grip.
Finally, the Naga Pro comes with an ultimate more classic shell, equipped with 2 large unnumbered buttons which are therefore reminiscent of most gaming mice on the market. We reserve the latter for first-person shooters which are less demanding in terms of buttons and macros.
You will then have to turn the mouse over to discover the last surprises it contains. Starting with its triple connectivity. In fact, the Naga Pro can be used as desired: wired, Bluetooth, or via 2.4 GHz connectivity with the dongle provided. Switching between the different modes is done via a 3-position switch. We also notice the presence of a button associated with a small indicator LED which allows switching between the different profiles saved on the mouse.
As the Naga Pro is designed to work mainly wirelessly, it should logically be recharged regularly. To do this, you can either use the USB cable provided in the box or use the dock sold separately (as well as with some other mice of the brand such as the Viper Ultimate). This dock has the advantage of being connected directly to the PC. And also offers a USB A port to connect the dongle. Here, it will be necessary to be satisfied with the supplied micro-USB cable and the small adapter allowing to bring the dongle as close as possible to the mouse to limit the latency.
Razer has equipped its Naga Pro with 5 PTFE pads which give it excellent agility on a mouse pad. In the case of wired use, the supplied cable, about 1.8 meters, is very light and very flexible and will therefore not be an obstacle. Only its fairly substantial weight of 117 grams will be able to put off the most demanding players.
After this very long pavement devoted to design and ergonomics, you will understand that on this point, the Naga Pro is almost flawless . The only small faults that we can blame him are therefore its particular handling (although very comfortable) and its fairly heavy weight.
A PILOT STILL AS COMPLETE
Despite its specificities, the configuration of the Razer Naga Pro is done in a simple and efficient way using the Razer Synapse driver, already presented during our test of the Cynosa V2. The application thus offers several tabs dedicated to each aspect of the mouse.
We start with a first page in which we will configure each of the mouse buttons. All buttons (except left click) can be reassigned with the functions of our choice. These functions range from simple keyboard shortcuts, to macros through multimedia interactions or even features directly linked to the Synapse driver.
The possibilities offered are very complete and we will appreciate here the presence of the Hypershift function allowing us to assign a second function to all the buttons. Additionally, Razer had a good idea to allow separate customization of each of the interchangeable faces. Therefore, it is not necessary to set up a specific face to be able to customize it.
We then go to the performance tab in which we have a sensitivity setting that can go up to 20,000 DPI . You can define 5 different levels and the switch between them will be done using a dedicated button. It is also on this page that we will modify the polling frequency that we advise you to leave at 1000 Hz anyway.
We then tackle the RGB lighting which here benefits from several interesting options. The pilot leaves us, in particular. The possibility of managing the intensity of the lighting via a dedicated slider.Always practical for a wireless mouse where autonomy is a crucial point. Again with this in mind to save energy. The lighting can be deactivated after a period of inactivity and/or when the PC screen is off. Finally, the most motivated can turn to the Razer Chroma module to finely configure the lighting effects and possibly synchronize them with other devices of the brand or Philips Hue lighting.
We quickly go to the calibration menu, the impact of which is difficult to measure. Razer offers different profiles for its mouse pads, but it is possible to manually calibrate the mouse for your pad. On our side, we did not notice a big difference before and after calibration.
In addition to the lighting options mentioned above, a menu is dedicated solely to managing the energy of the mouse. Thus, the latter will automatically go to sleep if it is not used for several minutes (the time can be personalized). Likewise, below a certain percentage of the remaining battery, the Naga Pro will switch to energy-saving mode, which will logically limit its performance.
As always, all the settings mentioned here are saved in profiles. Which we will ideally associate with our games or applications so that the switch takes place automatically and transparently. The Naga Pro also has an internal memory that allows the saving of profiles directly on it. To dispense with the Synapse driver, once the mouse has been configured.
Exemplary Performances For Razer Naga Pro review
To judge the performance of the Naga Pro. We decided to put it to the test on Guild Wars 2, a well-known MMORPG, but also on Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, an equally famous FPS for which the mouse should be. show less comfortable.
If we are not necessarily big fans of MMORPGs. We must admit that the presence of very many buttons allows multiplying the number of actions per second. This characteristic is just as true in-game as in-office automation. Where we can gain in productivity on creative software like Premiere Pro or Photoshop (to name a few).
To be completely blunt, we do n’t have any criticisms to make on the Naga Pro’s optical sensor . It responds perfectly in all situations and easily accepts the most abrupt acceleration on nervous parts of Call Of Duty. As usual, the sensitivity was set to a fairly low value of 800 DPI.
In terms of wireless connectivity, it’s also flawless. The dongle was placed as close as possible to the mat, thanks to the small adapter provided in the box. We did not see any cuts or latency during our test, spread over 2 weeks. Cannot distinguish between wireless connectivity and a wired connection. On the other hand, latency is obviously felt when the Naga Pro is used in Bluetooth.
The ergonomic shape of the mouse also helps prevent muscle and joint fatigue. We were able to use the Naga without any discomfort for several hours. We also liked the quality of the different buttons, both the main clicks and the side buttons. They all offer a well-marked and very responsive click that allows you to chain actions without any difficulty.
Only the weight of 117 grams may bother some who, like yours truly, are more used to featherweight mice like the Viper Ultimate that I usually use. Likewise, the somewhat imposing shape of the Naga obviously implies a loss of “handling” on very demanding tracks.
Finally, we conclude this performance section by addressing the autonomy of this Naga Pro. Announced at 125 hours by the manufacturer. In fact, it is difficult to measure this value precisely, especially since RGB lighting will have a lot to do with it. Still, it is possible to use the Naga for several full days (8 am-6 pm), without needing to recharge it.
RAZER NAGA PRO PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Razer Naga Pro mouse is available at a suggested price of 149$. Final test score9/ 10It’s almost flawless for this new iteration of the Razer Naga. With its solid construction, its convincing modular system allowing a plethora of configurations and uses. The Naga Pro presents itself as a real all-around mouse.
The performance is not left out and is at the height of what Razer has been doing for many years now.
The only downsides to the table: its high price, just like its weight. Not to mention its particular shape which, although comfortable, will not necessarily please everyone.
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