Razer Naga Epic Chroma MMO Mouse Review
Published: 21st October 2015 | Source: Razer | Price: £114.95 @ OCUK |
We all require a mouse, unless you're a trackball convert, and thus the majority of rodents have a large userbase to appeal to. The Naga Epic Chroma, by virtue of swapping the regular side buttons for a whole array of them, is more of a niche product. You'll know already whether having this many buttons available to you is something that appeals, thus we'll assume you are interested and concentrate on explaining what the Razer offering brings to the table.
If you're familiar with the original Naga then there are three main differences. Firstly all the buttons on the side grid are now mechanical which makes a big difference to the tactile response you get when activating them. Secondly the scroll wheel has been upgraded to a full tilt model which - as well as allowing you to scroll sideways in documents - gives you a couple of extra buttons at your fingertips you can customise. Lastly the implementation of the in-game configurator in the Synapse 2.0 software allows you to easily adjust keymaps with the minimum of time lost or need to memorise which profile is for which game.
There is no doubt that the adjustments to the side buttons when compared to the original Naga are the real star of the show. Having this many buttons beneath your thumb, which is already the least dextrous digit we've got, requires an approach slightly less subtle than buttons you would activate with your index finger. Be in no doubt that there is a learning curve. Muscle memory is a hell of a thing to untrain and it does take some practise before you can regularly hit the button you were aiming for. However within a couple of days we had got better and by the end of the week we were up to speed. Having this many options, and the easy nature of customising them in the Synapse 2.0 software, definitely makes a difference in those titles which require a hefty amount of shortcuts to make you competitive.
It would seem counterintuitive to have a product designed to give you an edge and then make it wireless, but the Naga Epic Chroma has some serious voodoo beneath the hood. We noticed no lag or latency throughout our time with it. In fact besides the lack of a cable it was impossible to tell it was wireless at all. So a massive thumbs up there.
If you're in the market for an MMO mouse then we can highly recommend the Razer Naga Epic Chroma. It has more customisation than you could realistically use, and yet is user-friendly enough that it's not a bafflingly suite of buttons and options. There is a price penalty to pay for such a high-end product, and Razer hardware always has a small premium just for the brand name, but you wont be disappointed if you purchase the Naga Epic Chroma, and it wins our OC3D Performance Award.