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Razer Naga 2014 Review

Razer Naga 2014

Performance:

Every mouse does what it is meant to do. Choosing among different mice is a personal preference depending on users grip and required set of features. There is neither any benchmark software nor any hard and fast rule to measure the performance of a mouse. The only way to test it is to use it in daily routine. After using this mouse for more than a month, I can make comments depending on my own observations and these can vary from person to person. My usage includes a daily 14 hours of gaming, photo-editing and web-surfing.

Razer Naga 2014 uses the same dual sensor system as found in Razer Mamba, Razer Taipan and Razer Ouroboros that we tested earlier. We have already seen this sensor in action and we know about its high accuracy. It incorporates a laser sensor and an optical sensor that can track every mouse movement precisely on any surface with absolutely no jitter at up to 8200dpi. A Razer mouse pad is not required for this mouse to perform optimally as the optical sensor calibrates the mouse to any surface. Razer claims that it will track at its best on any surface and in our office; we tested it on paper, carpet, wooden table and even on a plastic board. It tracks precisely on every surface.

Razer Naga 2014

To find out if having a dedicated MMO mouse really makes a difference, we played a couple of MMO titles including our favorite, the World of Warcraft. As expected, holding on to a new sort of mouse didn’t improve anything at first. In fact, things seemed pretty difficult at first. The advantage of a 12 button thumb grid was overshadowed due to the confusions faced at first. For somebody using Naga for the first time, it is impossible to press the correct button. All those buttons are too closely packed and one cannot recognize which is which. A simple remedy was to map some buttons and let the rest do nothing. This did remove the confusions but also removed the advantage of having a lot of programmable buttons. Still, with a little bit of practice all these buttons started to come to us. With a whole grid accessible at a fingertip a lot of actions can be activated using the mouse.

Comfort:

Ergonomics is a major deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a mouse and Razer Naga has always excelled in this department. Similar is the case this time and after using it for a month I am happy to report that the ergonomics of this mouse are excellent. The thumb buttons are placed in a way that they don’t feel saturated at all after a few days of use. They are easy to get used to and due to the mechanical nature of the keys there is a slight tactile feedback. The scroll wheel has a nice rubber grading for excellent grip and provides decent feedback during scrolling. There are no default DPI toggle buttons, but the buttons below the scroll wheel can be used for this purpose. They are placed in a location where you won’t accidentally press them.

Aesthetics of Naga 2014 are also pretty good. The rubberized surface feels nice under the palm. The mouse isn’t really heavy and weighs in the optimum range. It is symmetric and balanced near the center. It is comfortable to use regardless of whatever activity you do. There is no hand fatigue even after prolong sessions. Even though Razer has released this mouse as an upgrade over the previous Naga, due to some reason they haven’t offered the new one with wireless controls like the previous Naga Epic. We are aware of the fact that wired mice offer better performance, but still, its 2013 where people are shifting towards bigger LCD and Infinity displays.

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