Razer Naga Pro Review
One of my first gaming mouse (and still one of my favorites), the Razer Naga Hex, was created by Razer specifically for MOBAs and MMORPGs. I used it for years, and now, it stills stays next to my desk, just in case…
I really like it. It’s simple, but also has many extra configuration buttons for gaming mouse. So after a couple of years, I needed to give a break to my little red soldier. I was considering buying the Razer Naga Trinity, but then I was introduced to Razer Naga Pro. And that’s what this review is all about.
The original Razer Naga was designed specifically for MMOs. It was released in August 2009 and included 17 buttons, allowing you to have every spell, attack, and macro at your fingers. The Naga Hex arrived in 2012, reducing the 12 side buttons to six for titles such as Diablo 3 and League of Legends. Finally, there was the Razer Naga Trinity, which included three interchangeable side panels that allowed you to choose between a basic two-button layout, the Hex’s seven-button configuration, or the distinctive Naga 12-button layout. Until recently, we thought the Naga Trinity was the finest gaming mouse for MMO gamers.
Please note that I do not have many gaming mouses that I can compare this one to, beside my old Razer Naga Hex. That’s facts. But I still hope you enjoy reading this review, and from my point of view, I really believe in everything you’ll be reading next 🙂
The Razer Naga Pro is the answer to many players prayers, and this isn’t just a rehashed wireless version of the Razer Naga Trinity as it’ll come packed with Razer’s hyper-speed wireless technology as well as their latest focus plus sensor and their optical switches ensuring that you have long durability in your switches
Razer Naga Pro Specifications
|Sensor Model||Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor|
|Polling Rate||1,000 Hz|
|Programmable Buttons||Up to 19|
|LED Zones||3x RGB|
|Connectivity||2.4 GHz USB Type-A dongle (Razer HyperSpeed), Bluetooth, USB Type-A|
|Cable||6 feet (1.8m) USB Type-A|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||4.69 x 2.93 x 1.69 inches (119 x 74.5 x 43mm)|
|Weight||4.12 ounces (116.5g)|
|Battery||Up to 150 Hours|
|RGB Lighting||Yes, Razer Chroma|
|Software||Razer Synapse 3|
Razer Naga Pro Design
The Razer Naga Pro’s fundamental design is similar to its predecessor, the Razer Naga Trinity. With 12 buttons, this mouse is designed for right-handed players. There is a textured scroll wheel in the center of the mouse, which can be also used as a macro button (more later) .
The DPI sensitivity buttons are recessed compared to the Naga Trinity’s. So you’re less likely to strike them unless you really want to. In my case, nothing bad happend.
The whole gaming mouse is wrapped in a quality matte plastic with a little roughness. Similar to the latest of the Razer gaming mouses.
The cable is a 6-foot braided cable is Razer Speedflex, which reduces dragging and it’s very well built. No big deal here since we’ve seen this on previous Razer gaming mouses.
The Naga Pro has four 0.8mm thick PTFE feet on the bottom to keep the buttons from touching your mouse pad or surface. There’s a profile change button, which is one of few that can’t be customized in Razer’s software (Razer Synapse 3) , and a switch for changing between wired and wireless modes. You can also charge the mouse on a Razer charging dock (unfortunately, it does not come with one in the package).
It’s hard to press the correct button with 12 beneath your thumb. Razer blunders here. The buttons have a little angle and height difference, and you can feel your thumb over the 5 and 8 keys. It is hard to get use to so many buttons, but remember that you can always switch to a different configuration, by just picking the right side-plate for you and your hand.
I used it mostly with 12 button, since on World of Warcraft, that is a life saver for me. But the first time that i switched from my old Razer Naga Hex (with 6 buttons) to Razer Naga Pro (12 buttons) it was definitively hard to get used to it. Not only because of the many buttons, but also the positions of them. But after 1 week, everything seem way to perfect for me!
Like I said before, the Naga Hex got its name from its six-button configuration. Later models, like the Naga Trinity, had a seven-button circular layout, for example. The Naga Pro continues with the six buttons setup, but the arrangement is different; there are two rows of three, each with a distinct depth. This is the only Razer mouse with six side buttons in this form. Comparing this configuration with the Razer Naga Hex 6 buttons configurations, I kinda understand why this was done. I feel more comfortable using the buttons on Razer Naga Pro, and i don’t miss the rest button in the middle of the Razer Naga Hex setup.
There is also a two-button side panel. Not much to say here since it’s a more simpler approach, for when you just want the simplicity of a mouse, without many buttons distraction. To be honest, this was not the most appealing for me, but when my girlfriend used the mouse, I did saw her switching my 12 buttons setup for the two buttons setup. She did told me that all those buttons confused her, and that she preferred a more “flat” side panel for when she was working. Also, it is important to mention that the 6 and 2 buttons setup offer a “rest” design for your thumb, below the buttons. Thing that the 12 buttons setup does not have. At least on the same way.
The Naga Pro, like the Trinity, features full Razer RGB lighting controlled by Razer Synapse 3. Lights up the mouse wheel, Razer logo, and the twelve-button side panel. The two and six-button plates have no lighting and again, it does not bother me since what I use mostly is the 12 buttons configuration. Also, the buttons shapes and general look (of 6 and 2 buttons setup) is complete different from the 12 buttons. Maybe this is one of the reasons for the absense of Razer Chroma.
The three side panels are magnetized and include a 3×4 grid of metal contacts. The side panels snap into place easily and very quickly. Actually, it may seem strange, but I really loved using this option. Most of the time, it made the change so much easier and fast!
To remove them, all you have to do is loop your fingers under the mouse’s bottom gap and pull. Once attached, the side panels seem like a part of the mouse, not a separate piece of plastic. It blend perfectly (as intended) A USB dongle slot is located under the side panels, making portability simple. You will be using this feature a lot when you want to use the mouse in wired mode, or for example, when the mouse is charging and you need a place to hold the usb.
As someone with larger hands, I found the Naga Pro extremely comfortable and versatile. It’s like it can adapt in any scenario, and in any hands. Gaming or working. Small or big hands.
Razer Naga Pro Package
The bottom switch allows you to choose between wired, Razer HyperSpeed dongle, and Bluetooth connections. I used the mouse mostly with HyperSpeed. I can tell you that I connect it on my laptop , and I had no issues tracking or connecting the device. I do believe there will be no problems with you, if You connect it for example on the back or your desktop. The connection and tracking will still be good.
The Razer Naga Pro offers a ton of new features targeted towards gaming performance. The Razer Focus+ optical sensor (designed by Pixart) has five sensitivity levels. The Naga Pro’s two sensitivity buttons allow you to adjust the mouse’s sensitivity from 100-20,000 (that’s crazy wow) DPI. The sensor can also handle 650 IPS and 50 g acceleration.
I used the mouse mostly in between 1600 DPI and 4000 DPI. I feel comfortable on those ranges, and more then that, only if I had an extra monitor for example. I would appreciate the quick changes, for sure. But on my laptop 17 inch, those numbers are more then enough for me.
I saw no tracking problems at the testing ranges. I used the gaming mouse mostly on World of Warcraft, and for testing purposes, I did try in some RTS games, and FPS. The biggest difference I notice (and it made lot of sense), was my necessity of adapting my mouse to the game. Meaning, I found myself changing the side plates quite often, since the 12 button setup worked (for me) better only on World of Warcraft.
The PTFE feet made the mouse glide smoothly over my mouse pad (which is not Razer). Had zero problems in here, using a very cheap and simple mouse pad.
The Naga Pro’s mouse buttons (left and right) use Razer Optical Mouse Switches. In addition to being quicker than regular mechanical switches, Razer claims these switches will last up to 70 million clicks. I can confirm that both main mouse buttons click quickly and easily.
using the buttons side panel is just a big advantage in my opinion. I found myself configuring the buttons as macros, through Razer Synapse 3 software. Even while working, the ability to dictate what that button can do in a game or in windows programs, it’s amazing!
Razer promises 150 hours of battery life without RGB lights and Bluetooth. Using the wifi dongle reduces this to 100 hours. When using RGB lights at maximum brightness and HyperSpeed wifi, I observed a power loss of about 4% per hour, which translates to around 33 hours of battery life.
Speaking in a less technical way, the configuration that i used most was in wireless mode, with the lights on “medium”. Not too bright, not to dark. Since i care about Razer Chroma (I find it amused) but not as much as my gaming performance. Using like this, i can say that I stayed with the mouse a whole week, before it asked me to charge it again.
Oh, and about that, one thing that it was pretty cool is that I got to define a warning for low battery, and in my case, I set it for when it was in 5% and I’am not lying when i say that still, before i connect the cable for charging, it still last me a full day. Pretty cool in my opinion.
Razer Synapse 3
Razer Synapse has evolved into a powerful customizing tool. The Synapse 3.5 mouse module transforms the Razer Naga Pro into a beast. Serious, you have so many options that is crazy good!
Except for the profile, connection switch, and left click, which may be assigned to another button, the customize page allows you program any mouse button. Features like as multimedia controls, program or website launchers, and macros may all be assigned to these buttons. You may also configure a Hypershift button, which allows you to swap button bindings with a single push.
Further exploration reveals a slew of performance improvements. There’s sensitivity, polling rate, mouse surface calibration, low power mode, power saving settings, and RGB lighting effects. These may be combined with profile programmable buttons. Razer’s software truly shines in profiles.
Each panel has its own button bindings, with pages for each panel in a profile. The mouse simply changes to the side panel’s page when attached (cool feature). So button 1 on the twelve-button panel could do one thing, while button 1 on the six-button panel could do something different. Do you get the point?
You may store five profiles to the Naga Pro’s onboard memory via the Razer software. Each profile has its own set of options. Programs and games may also be linked to each profile.
It also features Smart Tracking, which enables the mouse to automatically adjust itself across various surfaces. You may also manually adjust surface tracking in Synapse. This allows for smoother, more constant movement from the mouse.
Razer Synapse is my favorite PC accessory software. I remember the first version of it, and it changed so much, and the improvements are awesome!