Is the Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse right for you?
Razer is one of the biggest names in gaming and it looks like they just keep getting better with the Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse. The Naga Pro is a gaming mouse that is suitable for all kinds of gamers with customizable options suitable for all games ranging from first-person shooters like Destiny 2, to fighting royals like Fortnite, to MMOs like Final Fantasy XIV, it’s is one of the most unique gaming mice I have ever seen. So what about the Razer Naga Pro that makes it so unique? Why should you choose this gaming mouse over another? Is the Razer Naga Pro Right for You? Well, that’s a bit of a complicated answer, so let me explain it to you. For full disclosure, Razer sent me the Razer Naga Pro at no cost, but as always, that has no effect on my opinion of the product.
The Razer Naga Pro is like any other gaming mouse – except it isn’t. It comes with three different interchangeable side plates, each with its own designated function, each of these side plates can be removed and replaced without any tools as they are held in place by fairly strong magnets.
There is your 12 button side plate which is generally geared towards MMOs like Final Fantasy XIV or Guild Wars 2, in which you must have a parcel programmable keyboard shortcuts at very short distances. There are a lot of buttons that can be linked (default: 0-9, ‘-‘ and ‘=’) to different keys, and this will most definitely come in handy in a Final Fantasy XIV raid. For me, these are just a few buttons too many and I accidentally find myself pressing several of them just as I am trying to hold the mouse because they are very easy to operate. However, Razer makes it clear that this is indeed a side plate that leans more towards the buttons than the grip.
The 6-button sideplate on the Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse essentially gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to the number of buttons available and the amount of mouse grip. It includes 6 buttons, as the name suggests, and is generally designed to be used for battle royale style games like Fortnite and Warzone, and MOBAs like DOTA 2 and League of Legends. Personally, I like this one a lot more than the 12 button plate, simply because it gives me enough grip to be able to hold the mouse without pressing a few buttons every time I adjust my grip.
The 2-button sideplate is by far my favorite of the three, as it gives me exactly what I need (as I usually play FPS games), and I usually only need 2 buttons on the side. of my mouse. It gives me the best grip and I really feel in full control of the mouse as I move it. This sideplate is more for first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Destiny, and does exactly the right job for these games, as there is no tonne abilities or items that you must constantly use.
Overall, I could see myself switching between the 2 button plates and the 6 button plates quite often, and I think I would probably use the 6 button plate to play Outriders, when I would probably stick with the traditional 2 button plate for Destiny 2.
The Razer Naga Pro comes with a few different options for actually using the mouse; you can choose to use it via wired or wireless connection. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re playing competitively, you’ll want to have a wired mouse to eliminate any form of latency that might give your opponent the slightest advantage, so the Naga Pro is ideal for that. However, if you don’t really like esports or don’t mind the potential latency, the Razer Naga Pro offers a wireless connection option in the form of Bluetooth and Razer’s HyperSpeed Wireless connection, which eliminates lag and latency. If you go for a longer battery life, you’ll want to use the Bluetooth connection, or you can plug in the Naga Pro to charge it while you play. If you’re looking for the USB dongle that plugs into your PC (or maybe the USB 3.0 relay on your new Razer Huntsman V2 keyboard), you’ll actually need to remove the original sideplate from the mouse and you will find it. at the top (I was looking for so long before I realized this is where it was stored!)
The Razer Naga Pro is rated for up to 150 hours of battery life, but using Razer HyperSpeed Wireless will drain that a bit faster, so again if you’re really looking to maximize your battery – stick with wired or Bluetooth.
Now is the time to get into the technical parts of the Razer Naga Pro:
- Form factor: right handed
- Connectivity: Razer HyperSpeed Wireless, wired Speedflex cable, Bluetooth
- Battery life: up to 15o hours
- RGB lighting: Razer Chroma RGB
- Sensor: optical
- Maximum sensitivity (DPI): 20,000
- Max Speed (IPS): 650
- Maximum acceleration (G): 50
- Programmable buttons: 10/14/20
- Switch type: optical
- Switch lifecycle: 70 million clicks
- Built-in memory profiles: 5
- Mouse feet: 100% PTFE mouse feet
- Cable: Razer Speedflex Cable
- Tilt scroll wheel: Yes
- Handle length x width x height
- 4.69 “x 2.93” x 1.69 “
- 119 mm x 74.5 mm x 43 mm
- Handle length x width x height
- Weight: 0.257 lbs / 117g (without dongle)
- Razer Mouse Dock Compatibility: Yes
So what do I think of the Razer Naga Pro? Well I have pretty big hands so when it comes to gaming mice I need a pretty big mouse (before the Naga Pro I used the Corsair Nightsword.) I was a little unsure of what I would think of the Naga Pro, as it certainly doesn’t look like a big mouse, and while I still like the thumb rest on the side of the Nightsword – which is missing on the Naga Pro – I have to say that I am really impressed. The grip is great with the 2 and 6 button sideplates – not that all 12 buttons feel bad, but it’s not really for me – and even wireless it’s really responsive. If I had to really complain about anything about the Razer Naga Pro, I think I’d like a thumb rest on the side and an option for a free-scrolling scroll wheel. The Logitech G502 still has the best scroll wheel I’ve ever used, simply because of that one feature. If Razer can make a mouse that looks like the Naga Pro combined with the Nightsword and the G502, this would be an instant winner for all gamers. I would absolutely recommend picking up the Razer Naga Pro (or even the left-handed version, if you’re using a left-handed mouse) even at $ 149. Of course, if you are on a budget and don’t necessarily need all of those fancy options, I would probably suggest you go back to the Naga Pro later, but if you’re looking for something heavy with solid battery life, the build quality alone makes this mouse worth the investment.