Razer Naga Pro Wireless: One Minute Review
The Razer Naga Pro is the latest upgrade to the epitome of MMO gaming mice. Carrying over many aspects of the Naga Trinity, the Naga Pro features three interchangeable side plates with two, six and twelve programmable buttons, now adding wireless functionality to the classic design.
In addition, the Razer Naga Pro features full-range RGB, up to 20k DPI and optical switches with a response time of just 0.2 milliseconds. It really is the ideal mouse for any type of gaming. As long as your hands are medium to large, that is. Unfortunately, the bulky, “ergonomic” design causes those with smaller hands to tire with extended use.
It also has a shiny new price tag to reflect the new wireless feature and additional performance upgrades. And if you want the dock for wireless charging, you’ll have to shell out some extra cash for that too.
Razer Naga Pro Wireless: Price and Availability
- How much is it? $149 (£149, AU$210)
- Where is it available? now available
- Where can you get it? Can be purchased in US and UK, AU seems out of stock
The Razer Naga Pro has a premium price to reflect the quality features they have added. The MSRP is $149 (£149, AU$210) for the mouse only, but for an extra $20 / £20 you can bundle it with the Razer Mouse Dock Chroma, which offers fast wireless charging. While this may seem like a pretty penny to pay, the mouse’s versatility is well worth the investment.
If you’re not ready or able to drop that amount on a gaming mouse but still want the side keys, check out the Corsair Scimitar Pro for just $79 / £74.
Razer Naga Pro Wireless: Design
- Three interchangeable side plates
- Assignable RGB lighting
True to the typical MMO mouse design, the Razer Naga Pro remains bulky even with its ergonomic design. At 5.5 inches long and nearly 10 inches wide, it’s not the most comfortable to use for my small hands. The top of the mouse doesn’t have much curvature and the smooth plastic feels comfortable, but doesn’t offer much grip. So if you also have smaller hands, be prepared for the wrist fatigue that comes with using the Razer Naga Pro for extended periods of time.
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The right side of the mouse drops down into a valley where your ring or pinky finger can rest and a little rubber grip sits on the side of that dip. On the left side, where the interchangeable plates can be easily clicked on and off, are not only the connection pins for the plates, but also the place for the wireless dongle of the mouse.
As much as we’d love to love the 12-button sideplate as old MMO players, the buttons were too close together to feel which button was which. Visually, each row of buttons has a slightly different angle, but when faced with specific raid mechanics in FFXIV, using these buttons actually felt clunky. It is also the only record that does not have a rubber grip. This may be something to get used to over time, but for now the six-button sideplate felt much more manageable, even when the numbers don’t light up.
Razer shows off its super-smooth glides on the underside of the mouse, making it as smooth as possible to follow. In theory. Realistically, the feet perform exactly as intended on standard mouse pads and on any other similar surface. However, when used on a leatherette surface, it caught several times and caused some annoying snags on mouse movements.
But when all is said and done, the features of this premium gaming mouse offer far more utility than sadness. Like the 3 interchangeable side plates with two, six and 12 programmable buttons. They are incredibly easy to clip on and off, using magnets to secure the plates. And while the buttons of each different plate are all customizable with Razer’s Synapse software, there are also 7+1 other customizable buttons on the mouse, with the +1 referring to the button on the bottom of the mouse used to quickly switch between built-in profiles.
Razer Naga Pro Wireless: Performance
- Effortless clicking without accidental double-clicking
- Up to 20k DPI
Performance is not an issue at all with the Razer Naga Pro. Whether wired or with the dongle, the 0.2 millisecond response time is like a breath of fresh air. Even when using the Bluetooth connection, there was a surprising lack of click lag. The trick to this is Razer’s optical mouse switch. Instead of using the mechanical switch stand for most mice, this technology uses a shutter and infrared lighting to reduce the delay time and also reduce the pressure needed to actually click. Switching the mouse after using the Naga Pro was sad and my train of thought is gone.
When gaming on a small surface, high DPI can be the difference between winning and losing, and with up to 20k DPI it’s suddenly much easier to quickly turn 360 degrees to face a flanker or take impressive flick shots. regardless of the amount of desk space available. But even if super-high DPI isn’t your idea of a good time, there are DPI up and down buttons for quick adjustments on the go just below the scroll wheel, meaning even fewer interruptions to your gaming.
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Razer Naga Pro Wireless: Report Card
|Where the||While it’s quite an expensive mouse, the Naga Pro packs in enough high-end features to make it well worth the investment.||4 / 5|
|Design||The ergonomic design with subtle RGB lighting is attractive and the interchangeable side plates make it useful for multi-genre gamers. Beware if you have smaller hands though – not all ergonomics are created equal.||4.5 / 5|
|Performance||Made for hardcore gaming, the Naga Pro excels in performance. Up to 20k DPI provides super-consistent tracking and optical switches provide near-instantaneous response times for any type of competitive gameplay.||5 / 5|
|Total||The Razer Naga Pro is a powerful, customizable mouse with a premium price that reflects everything it offers. While the ergonomics won’t suit all types of hands or grips, it’s still a good investment for dedicated gamers.||4.5 / 5|
- Rated first Sep 2022
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