Razer Naga 2012 Edition Review
Razer has enjoyed having the reputation of making some of the best gaming peripherals available for years now. Their products are so good that they have created a cult-like following among many gamers. A fact that Razer has celebrated and even includes in their branding. Now, I honestly wouldn’t consider myself to be a “Cult of Razer” member just yet, but I can admit to liking all of their products that I have used so far.
Razer first introduced the Naga in 2009 and it was pretty revolutionary. I can fondly remember thinking to myself that any mouse with that many buttons was overkill, possibly even a bit gimmicky. Then I actually spent some time using it and I quickly realized just how wrong I was. The Razer Naga completely changed how PC games could be played. The 12 button thumb pad significantly lightened the amount of work done with my left hand and allowed for quicker and easier control of my characters. It also went on to become very popular, it has won awards and Razer has even expanded on the original design by offering the Naga Epic and the Naga Hex editions. Now Razer has went back to the original Naga, tweaked the design a little and are relaunching it as the Naga 2012 edition.
The Razer Naga 2012 edition is the latest edition in the Naga family of peripherals. The Naga mice are designed specifically for MMO and other Keyboard heavy PC games. The main intention of the design is to replace as many keyboard button strokes as possible and it truly excels at that. The 12 button thumb pad could be used to play most PC games one-handed if the player wanted too. In real world use, I only used the keyboard for WASD and Space. Everything else I programed to the Naga’s ample selection of buttons.
The Naga 2012 MMO gaming mouse comes with many of the features found on other Razer mice. It has three interchangeable side panels that allow gamers to customize the shape of the mouse to fit their individual hand and play style. Other features include an anti-slip and anti-fingerprint matte finish, a 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor, 200 inches per second tracking speed, 1000Hz Ultra-polling/1ms response time and Zero-acoustic Ultraslick feet.
What sets the Naga family apart from other gaming mice is the insane amount of buttons they have. Along the top you have the standard array of mouse buttons – left and right click, a click able scroll wheel and two smaller buttons positioned directly behind the scroll wheel. In addition to those, there is a 12 button key pad for your thumb. That is a total of 17 fully programmable buttons.
At first, there is a bit of a learning process involved with having so many buttons at your disposal. Some users may find using more than the typical mouse buttons intimidating when first starting out. Just trying to remember which thumb button does what and accurately reaching for the key you need when you need it takes some getting used to. I have used the original Naga before, so I didn’t have any of those problems when it came time for me to use the Naga 2012 for this review. New users will probably get the hang of it after the first few hours of use. If not, Razer has included a trainer to help with identifying the thumb pad keys by feel.
The Naga 2012 uses Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software. It allows users to change the Naga’s lighting, add customized macros and remap any of the 17 buttons. Another nice feature of Synapse is the ability to backup all of your custom settings to the cloud and then easily port them over to a new machine. Synapse works well and allows for a lot of customization.
Overall, the Razer Naga 2012 is very similar to the original. Both offer great build quality, a ton of programmable buttons, and a nicely contoured and weighted design that feels amazing in the hand. Spending some time comparing both of them side by side shows just how similar they really are and in a way proves just how far ahead of its time the original Naga was. The improvements Razer have made are noticeable and a step in the right direction. I like the newer, slightly textured surface and the interchangeable side grips is a must have feature that will help the Naga 2012 fit comfortably in most hands.
The Razer Naga 2012 takes one of the best gaming mice available and makes it better. With that said, if you already have and love the original Naga you should probably just keep using it. The improvements aren’t worth running out and replacing a working Naga, but if you are in need of a new gaming mouse; you can’t go wrong with the Razer Naga 2012.