Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2013 - 02:41 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, valve, SteamOS, Steam Box, steam, razer, R9 290X, R9, R7, podcast, Naga, corsair, amd
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Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2013 - 12:13 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: razer, Naga, Lefties
So, after a few years of regular use, I wore out my Razer Lachesis. I am a lefty who never sold out to the right-handed world of computer peripherals. Joysticks do not count, I am naturally right-handed with those for some reason... scissors too... but that is beside the point. Most of the mice out there, for me to use at least, are ambidextrous and thus symmetric.
The Razer Naga (2014) is the first truly left handed mouse that I have owned. These are my impressions over my first day of usage.
Being a left-handed mouse Razer decided that it would, by default, switch the left and right mouse buttons. This can be changed in the drivers by first assigning your right mouse button to a left mouse button and then assigning your left mouse button to a right mouse button. Not the other way around.
The reason for this user experience seems to be, since all changes in the driver are applied immediately (without "ok" or "apply" buttons), Razer did not want users to accidentally lose every left mouse button. Imagine fixing that problem without a left mouse button. I would have prefered the app to, instead, fire a popup telling users to bind something else to "left mouse button" before removing it. Greying out the box is confusing and users might think they cannot, ever, rebind that button. That is just a minor complaint.
A slightly bigger issue is how they included a tilt-wheel without allowing the drivers to bind ScrollLeft and ScrollRight events. This can easily be fixed with a Razer Synapse update but why was that not included at launch? They are aware of the problem, too, as their support pages suggest users bind scroll wheel tilt to keyboard left and right. A great alternative for web browsers, but will not work in Photoshop or word processors.
Yes, you can make a custom profile for each application to input whatever horizontally scrolls them; better yet, just let us bind left and right scroll commands. Do it Razer! Dooooo it!
Weird quirks in the drivers aside, I really like the mouse. Each of the buttons, both in the side and on the top, are crisp. The build quality is solid. The body is comfortable. My only (physical) complaint is that the mouse body tends to get quite warm if you hold it for a couple of hours. That is, it feels warmer than other mice I have used. Otherwise it is basically what I have been looking for over the last decade.
So many buttons to bind!
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2013 - 11:40 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: razer, Naga, Lefties
Update (8/9/2013 2:45AM): Apparently, without advertised on-mouse memory, it looks like you cannot use this mouse (or at least, the 12 buttons) on Linux or any other place Synapse 2.0 will not be useable. I guess, keep that in mind. Although, apparently, some people have been able to write their own drivers for the older Naga or remap keys based on device ID. Who knows, I would like to hear something from Razer about this, though.
I am going to share a bias with you: I favor my left hand.
I know. I know. I have been sinister. I have a hand in my wallet, that being my own left one, but I hope you can move past my mistakes in life. I also hope peripheral manufacturers will not. I hope manufacturers will instead continue to produce accessories which cater to my differences.
Imagine my surprised when I noticed the Razer Naga, recently refreshed for 2014, will be available in a left-handed model at launch? Now, imagine my surprise when I noticed that I, somehow, missed the left-handed version of the prior Razer Naga as well?
The Razer Naga is a mouse with many thumb buttons and is primarily designed for MMO and MOBA players for the binding of many commands. This year, each of the twelve thumb buttons will be based upon mechanical switches for increased durability and precision. Long-term readers, or those who click links in articles, would know that I enjoy mechanical keyboards.
It does seem somewhat odd, however, to have such high quality switches for your thumb buttons without also upgrading the left and right click. I have a history of mice which, near the end of their life, improperly report that their buttons are no longer being held down. This makes playing as the medic, where you need to hold fire while healing or ubering teammates, quite annoying when you abruptly stop providing invulnerability. As far as I can tell, the two main buttons are the typical variety for Razer and not mechanical.
Another feature: this is about the only, more than three button, mouse that I have found (and I have looked) with a tilt-wheel. For someone who uses Photoshop and other image editors on a regular basis, this is a big deal to me.
The new Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse is available now for $79.99 in both right-handed and left-handed configurations at launch.