Razer Naga (2014 Edition) Is Even For Southpaws.

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2013 - 11:40 PM |
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.

Press blast after the break.

THE WORLD’S BEST (AND BEST-SELLING) MMO GAMING MOUSE

 JUST GOT BETTER

Introducing the all-new Razer Naga: enhanced ergonomics, re-designed mechanical thumb grid and revolutionary in-game MMO configurator

CARLSBAD, Calif. –July 30, 2013 – Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the latest iteration of the Razer Naga, the world’s all-time, best-selling MMO gaming mouse.

The Razer Naga’s iconic 12-button thumb grid is now outfitted with mechanical switches for increased tactility, speed and actuation assurance.  Each button on the thumb grid stands out more pronounced than previous generation models to allow for blind-finding, letting gamers more easily execute commands.

The Naga’s ergonomic form factor has also been updated with a broader shape offering the best feel and comfort to a wider range of hand types.  The fourth and fifth finger rest has a gentler down-slope to promote better grip and reduce fatigue over extended play.  Razer’s latest Naga also features a tilt-click scroll wheel that clicks in and out and also left and right, disposing more buttons for gamers. 

The original MMO gaming mouse, the Razer Naga was announced in 2009 and helped launch a new line of gaming mice that many have imitated but none have matched.

“When we launched the original Razer Naga gaming mouse several years ago, we had no idea that it would rise to become the best-selling MMO gaming mouse the world has ever seen, helping launch a slew of other MMO mice,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director.  “In fact, we expect the copycats to be the first in line to order the new Razer Naga. This new iteration is no different – mechanical thumb grid buttons for better game control, improved ergonomics that were already widely accepted as the benchmark for this type of mouse within the editorial community and intuitive software that makes MMO gaming more efficient.”

In-game MMO configurator software is also being introduced and is included with the Naga to allow gamers to set up their mouse’s key binds, macros and other preferences, all from within any games they play. This is achieved via a non-intrusive overlay, so gamers conveniently never have to quit games to customize the mouse exactly as they need.

Also available at launch is the left-handed edition of the all-new Razer Naga.  Razer decided to produce the left-handed edition of their best-selling MMO gaming mouse at an expected fiscal loss as a result of popular community demand.

“Why? Because we like to do fiscally irresponsible acts for the betterment of gamers worldwide,” said Tan.  

The Razer Naga is available now at Razerzone.com and at participating retailers worldwide.  For more information on the Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse, please visit www.razerzone.com/razernaga.

 

About the new Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse
Get complete control over your MMO gaming with the all-new Razer Naga.  Featuring a 12-button thumb grid, the Razer Naga is outfitted with mechanical switches to deliver faster, more tactile actuations. Its improved form factor promotes exceptional comfort and fits snugly with a wide range of hand shapes, sizes and grip-types, while the included in-game MMO configurator software allows gamers to conveniently set up the mouse without ever leaving the game.

Price: $79.99USD/EUR

Availability:  Razerzone.com and worldwide – Available Now

Product features:

  • Total of 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
  • 12-button mechanical thumb grid
  • Tilt-click scroll wheel
  • 8200 dpi 4G laser sensor
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Green LED backlighting
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Up to 200 inches per second / 50 g max acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft. braided fibre cable
  • Product dimensions:
    • Length: 119 mm / 4.68 inches
    • Width: 75 mm / 2.95 inches
    • Height: 43 mm / 1.69 inches
    • Product weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs 

Note: In-game configurator software compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista

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About Razer:
Razer™ is the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems. Founded in 1998, with its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe. Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments, Razer provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.™

For more information, please visit www.razerzone.com.

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August 9, 2013 | 06:51 AM - Posted by Phil (not verified)

Surely the left and right mouse buttons are already mechanical though - the switches are individual and press an internal trigger.

All the "mechanical" part of the thumb buttons means is that they are now individual components, as opposed to the old way which was probably a membrane, which would wear a lot quicker.

August 9, 2013 | 06:54 AM - Posted by Phil (not verified)

" this is about the only, more than three button, mouse that I have found (and I have looked) with a tilt-wheel."

Nearly every premium logitech mouse comes with a tilt wheel these days.

August 9, 2013 | 02:04 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

None of which (that I have found, and I have been looking) are lefty or ambidextrous.

Note, there are some "ambidextrous" mice with extra buttons... which manufacturers expect me to press with my pinky finger. The pinky is not an opposable digit, jerks.

Now, given that I overlooked the left-handed Naga for so long, I could have missed it... but I looked through basically every mouse from Logitech, Roccat, Razer (they have a separate section for ambidextrous mice... which the left-handed Naga is listed as a right-handed customization), SteelSeries, Microsoft, Saitek, Genius, all mice listed on Newegg.ca, Newegg.com, Amazon.com...

Suffices to say I tried, lol.

August 9, 2013 | 10:42 AM - Posted by Ernie B47 (not verified)

Freaking finally!!!!! Take my money, I've waited along time for a left handed MMO!

August 9, 2013 | 11:50 AM - Posted by razor512

It is rather simple to replace warn mouse buttons, all you need is a soldering iron, a desoldering wick, and some solder, and once you get the mouse opened, you have everything you need to replace a mouse button.

Replacement buttons are generally about $1 each, for quality brands, and about 20 cents each for the cheap ones you find on cheap office mice.

August 12, 2013 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I play a TON of mmo's and I own the older version of this very same mouse and I can tell you the buttons are:
a) way too tiny
b) hard to distinguish without looking even with extended practice
c) the button presses sometimes miss which is fatal in PvP matches

SKIP this mouse and instead get the Razer Naga Hex with 6 buttons on the side in a circular pattern. Yes you have less buttons, but it does not have any of the problems as listed above.

August 13, 2013 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

No left-handed version of the Hex.

Also, that's most of what changed in this version. The side buttons.

That said, I haven't tried it myself, just from reviews.

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