As we approach the end of 2009, Razer shows no signs of stopping and introduces its latest laser equipped gaming mouse - dubbed the Naga.
With its obvious eastern-influenced name - following the Kabuto and Orochi - the Naga becomes Razer's 4th mouse to be introduced this year alone.
The contents itself are pretty standard and are what one would expect from Razer.
Size-wise, it's definitely smaller and posesses a lower hump than the Death Adder.
Notice the two smaller buttons by the front of the left click?
Well, contrary to popular belief, they do not perform dpi switching. Rather they perform the standard Forward and Backward operations used in browsers.
The mouse itself is obviously designed for right handers, and feels pretty comfortable with the ring finger rest playing an influential part - Fingertip or Palm users will definitely be able to adapt easily.
The numpad on the side though does take a little getting used to, nothing a few hours of gaming can't solve.
For the challenged-ones out there, Razer also includes 'trainers' which basically are silicon stickers that are placed on any number the user desires so as to get a feel of the placements and enhance the learning curve.
What the mouse numpad does is obviously replicating the row of numbers above qwerty or the numpad itself.
How this is done is via a switch on the bottom.
The '123' option of course allows one to replicate the row of numbers / action bar for most MMO games on the mouse itself.
The 'Num' option gives one access to more game funcions that are assigned to the numpad.
A slight over-look perhaps is the lack of an option to deactivate the mouse numpad.
Take note of the one-piece foot that runs around the circumference of the mouse (forgive the dust as I don't exactly live in a bubble).
This is Razer's way of having the z-axis tracking of the laser sensor be a consistent distance from the pad.
The teflon ring also feels thicker than what is on the Mamba.
What this all does is to greatly reduce jitter until it's almost non-existent.
Below is how the driver control panel looks like.
Some of you out there may be wondering what's missing due to its very sparse look.
Here goes -
There is no on-the-fly sensitivity.
There is no dpi switching.
There is no profile switching.
There is no way to bind mouse buttons to custom functions without the MMOG Addons.
There is nothing that would really endear the Naga towards the current generation of FPS gamers.
In all fairness, the Naga is marketed for MMOGs, and this is where the Razer Add-ons come into play.
Currently Razer has available Add-ons for Warhammer and Warcraft, with more on the way, which can all be downloaded from razerzone.com.
What the Add-ons do, that's for you all to find out as I do not play MMOGs.
Bottom line, the Naga is not meant to compete with the FPS-centric mouses currently in Razer's stables. Rather it offers an alternative to the MMO Gamers out there who have been wanting a mouse to call their own.