At the Gamescom 2009 Razer has introduced the Naga. PC Games Hardware did a hands-on test: Can the button monster be operated easily?
Razer Naga: Hands-on test of the MMO Mouse [Source: view picture gallery]
As soon as the Razer Naga was announced, people asked themselves how a mouse with twelve thumb keys is operated. Accordingly the feedback on the announcements had been rather reserved. But PC Games Hardware can already offer more than an announcement
of the mouse: Our input specialist Frank Stöwer got his hands on the Naga and explains his first impressions. Razer Naga: Hands-on test
Due to its ergonomic design the Naga fits well into the hand and even gamers with big hands and long fingers can use it without symptoms of fatigue. The rest for the ring finger is advantageous and offers additional grip. The two main buttons have a direct pressure point and are of easy motion. The twelve thumb buttons are reacting immediately, too, but aren't triggered as easily. The pressure point of the two additional buttons on the left side of the primary button is weak though.
The arrangement of the keys is good and all of them are easily reached. But here one of the Naga's weaknesses becomes obvious: If you don't want to use the thumb keys you might trigger them anyway because they can't be deactivated. A dpi switch for changing the sensitivity is not available. The mouse wheel on the other hand doesn't reveal any negative attributes. Furthermore the reaction of the 5600 dpi sensor leaves nothing to be desired. Assigning the thumb keys with commands for World of Warcraft isn't complex - Razer published a video that shows how the add-on for WoW is programmed.
Razer Naga: First conclusion
The Naga is a useful input device for players of online RPGs and a valid alternative to programming macro keyboards. For office usage it is less ideal though. Action and Shooter gamers will have to get used to the huge number of buttons at a position that usually is used to get a better grip on the mouse.
A final conclusion of course isn't possible until the final Razer Naga and its software have been fully tested.