The Razer Naga is lastly tightening its belt. The brand new Razer Naga X formally brings the MMO mouse into light-weight territory, however that shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody who has been following gaming mice over the past yr. It’s been a rat race to trim each spare gram, making gaming mice lighter than ever. The Naga X is available in at solely 85 grams, greater than 30 lower than the Naga Professional. The modifications don’t cease there, however at $79.99 does it do sufficient to warrant an improve in the event you already personal a Naga?

Razer Naga X Assessment

Razer Naga X – Design and Options

The Razer Naga is an iconic mouse for MMO gamers. It’s been a well-liked selection throughout MMORPG and MOBA communities since its unique launch greater than a decade in the past. In all that point, the core design hasn’t modified a lot. At this time’s Naga X has extra in frequent with the 2009 Naga than it has completely different, a minimum of externally, and that’s been the case for almost all of Naga refreshes over the past decade. If it’s not broke, why repair it?That isn’t to say there haven’t been modifications and upgrades all through that point. The trendsetting 12-button thumb grid was pared right down to a circle with 2012’s Naga Hex. In 2017, Naga Trinity launched swappable side-panels, a design which was continued with the Naga Professional final yr. We’ve seen wi-fi and wired variations, upgraded internals, and tweaked ergonomics. Razer even launched a left-handed model final August, lastly addressing an viewers that’s gone unserved for a lot too lengthy. However essentially, the Naga has been the “MMO mouse,” the web gamer’s proper hand, with sufficient inputs to maneuver total ability bars off the keyboard and below his thumb.With the Naga X, Razer is scaling the Naga again and trimming it down, bringing it up with the occasions whereas additionally simplifying it for a extra accessible value level. It options the identical design as the usual Naga (or Naga side-plate on the Professional and Trinity) with its 12-button aspect grid and enormous, easy-to-palm ergonomics. It options the identical dimensions because the Professional and, from what I can see and really feel, the very same contouring. By appearances, they’re very comparable mice, although the Professional encompasses a second DPI button below the mouse wheel.

The most important change is that the Naga X dramatically reduces the burden of the Professional, dropping from 117 grams to a mere 85 grams. It’s not fairly an ultralight, however nonetheless feels surprisingly meager given its giant dimension. On the similar time, it’s strong shell is structurally strong, with no creaking even after I’m attempting to make it occur. This slimming down is a welcome improve from the Professional which felt downright heavy compared to Razer’s different latest mice.

My every day driver is the Razer Viper Final, which weighs in solely 74 grams and made the Naga Professional really feel like a brick as compared. The Naga X lastly offers an choice for MMO gamers that need one thing in-line with the developments in gaming mice at present and it’s good to see Razer provide one thing for this area.

The modifications aren’t restricted to weight, nonetheless, and the few I observed first have been downgrades. There aren’t any swappable panels, for one, so shifting to a standard 6-button setup is out of the query. Razer has additionally modified the end to a extra gritty matte plastic that feels extra grainy below the fingers. The rubber grip on the fitting aspect of the Professional is now textured plastic and actually doesn’t work properly to assist a mouse of this dimension, consistently inflicting my pinky to slide anytime I must raise it up. That mentioned, that is additionally a less expensive mouse and concessions need to be made. Leaving the interchangeable aspect panels for the upper tier mouse is an appropriate trade-off, however making the Naga X extra slippery will not be.

Different modifications are a lot better. The X now represents a middle-ground between 2017’s Naga Trinity and final yr’s Naga Professional, that includes a brand new 18K DPI 5G Optical Sensor. It’s quick and correct with a most pace of 450 IPS and 40G of complete acceleration. Every of those is barely lower than the Professional, however apart from the acceleration, all are a hefty enchancment over the Trinity. Functionally, I can’t inform a distinction between the 2, so the scale-back doesn’t really feel like a giant loss. The switches are additionally downright glorious with a strong tactile click on and 70 million click on lifespan. They’re additionally Razer’s personal in-house optical design, which suggests they’re theoretically quicker (no debounce delay) however meaningfully much less susceptible to failure over time since there aren’t any mechanical contacts to degrade and trigger the dreaded “double click on of dying.”

The Naga X is wired-only however actually doesn’t really feel prefer it. It comes with Razer’s Speedflex cable, which affords subsequent to no resistance and is ultra-flexible. Pair this with the identical model of PTFE mouse toes discovered on Razer’s highest-end mice and you’ve got the recipe for an MMO mouse that glides like a dream, even on a naked desk.

Razer Naga X – Software program

With a mouse like this, programming is extra necessary than ever. Assigning abilities, talents, and macros is completed by way of Razer Synapse, precisely as I described in my overview of the Professional, as is lighting (minus the palm lighting zone which was eliminated). Razer makes organising the Naga straightforward, together with selecting standard shortcuts from a preset listing. In my use, although, I discovered it greatest to stay to the usual quantity pad keymap with solely small modifications thrown in.

Razer Naga X – Efficiency

I’ve lengthy been a proponent of MMO mice, even in the event you don’t play MMOs. That sounds counter-intuitive, however as somebody who used solely MMO mice earlier than the previous couple of years, imagine me after I say that it’s onerous to come back again from the flexibility they supply, particularly for first-person shooters.

Within the earlier part, I discussed that I discovered it greatest to stay to the usual numpad keymap. That’s as a result of most PC video games maintain necessary instructions on the quantity row, which permits them to mechanically be mapped to the Naga X’s thumb grid. In lots of video games, it additionally permits you to mix them with keyboard modifiers to double, triple, and even quadruple your keymaps. In World of Warcraft, for instance, I used to be capable of map my ability bar to 1-12 (-, =) after which three different ones all to the thumb grid by combining shift, ctrl, and alt with every of these numbers. That’s 48 keymaps, immediately accessible below my thumb, all with out giving up a key to HyperShift.

Taking part in World of Warcraft with the Naga X felt nice. The sunshine weight actually does make a distinction in how ethereal it feels to make use of. Extra importantly for MMOs, it allowed me to maintain my arms on WASD and maintain all of my assaults proper below my thumb. As a mage, having the ability to run, drop an AOE on a crowd, Blink out of hurt’s manner and straight into a brand new rotation was liberating in a manner {that a} regular mouse simply can’t be.

The Naga X additionally gave me a profound benefit in aggressive first-person shooters. The Naga X, just like the Naga Professional earlier than it, is the Scuf controller of gaming mice. Well mapping weapons and positions to the quantity pad makes them quicker to entry than even a standard keyboard as a result of your thumb is already touching these buttons. In Name of Responsibility: Chilly Battle, mapping inclined to five allowed me to attain extra drop photographs than I’ve ever been capable of with a standard keyboard. In shooters, milliseconds matter and having the ability to shortly come out a pistol or leap behind cowl can actually make the distinction between a win and a loss.

Shooters are additionally the place the opposite upgrades come into play. The improved sensor felt pixel excellent. I wasn’t capable of get it to spin out or lose monitoring it doesn’t matter what I attempted. Simply as importantly, the improved weight and glide let the mouse fade away and change into an extension of my arm. The one disadvantage was the slipperiness of the fitting aspect which pressured me to offer it an additional grip anytime I wanted to raise the mouse.

Like all Nagas, there’s a studying curve however Razer has achieved an excellent job of mitigating the time it takes to study the place of every of its thumb buttons. Every row is uniquely angled to make it straightforward to determine with out having to take your eyes off the sport. The underside row stays fairly a stretch, nonetheless.

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Buying Information

The Razer Naga X is out there for $79 at Amazon, Finest Purchase, and direct from Razer’s net retailer.

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