Razer Naga 2014 MMO Gaming mouse review

A review of the Razer Naga 2014 MMO gaming mouse with a focus on the MMO gamer.

Razer, a well known company focused on gaming systems and peripherals, has recently released the newest edition of their Razer Naga mouse. The 2014 edition features mechanical buttons, tilt-click scroll wheel, and an in-game MMO configurator for setting up keybinds on the fly. Razer contacted me recently to give their newest mouse a spin and here is my review on it after a two week usage period.

The Basics


Key Differences from previous editions (2012)

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  • Thumb grid features mechanical buttons that are slightly more raised.
  • Mouse no longer comes with different side grips for different hands. Instead, an uniform shape is designed to fit all hands.
  • Scroll wheel now tilt left and right.
  • A left handed edition is also available.
  • New anti-sweat coating
  • In-game MMO configurator

Price & Purchase

  • $80 USD, can be purchased at the Razer Store directly.

Unboxing

The Razer Naga 2014 mouse comes in this neat little box. Once opened, you can find a bunch of manuals that come as standard with all Razer products.

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Here is a close up of the mouse itself.

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Why Razer Naga?

If you have never used a Razer Naga or similar mouse before, this is for you. Razer Naga mouse is becoming a fairly common staple among MMO gamers. It is so popular that Logitech released a similar mouse (Logitech G600) to compete with Razer. The reason for its popularity is the thumb grid on the side of the mouse, which allow gamers to keybind abilities to those 12 buttons and free up some of the valuable space on their keyboard. In addition, gamers are able to use the keyboard simultaneously for movement without having to move their hands off the WSAD keys to press abilities as their right hand can fire off abilities from the thumb grid.

The thumb grid can take a few days or weeks to get adjusted. Once you get adjusted though, you will never want to go back.

Razer Naga 2014 in depth


How is the 2014 edition different from my old Naga?

There are a couple of neat features in the 2014 edition that may make it worth your while to upgrade.

Mechanical Thumb Grid with adjustments: Mechanical buttons are getting more popular with gamers due their responsiveness. Compared to membrane based buttons, they feel less “mushy” and provide better tactile feedback. Keep in mind that the mechanical buttons featured here are not the same type of switches found on your mechanical keyboards (i.e. not Cherry MX switches for those that are more technology inclined). They do make a bit more noise but it is no where as loud as a mechanical keyboard.

In addition to the mechanical thumb grid, there are also slight modifications to the thumb grid that raised the buttons on the outer ring slightly more. This guide and rests your thumb directly on the 5 and 8 buttons. For new users, this makes the thumb grid easier to master and for veterans it ensures less misclicks.

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One size fits all: Razer 2012 edition came with several side plates designed to fit different hands. This is no longer necessary with the new model, which is designed to fit all hands. I have fairly small hands and the mouse fit fairly well. If you are skeptical, you can always try it in a computer store before purchase. In terms of weight, it is slightly heavier than the 2012 model but it is not something easily noticed.

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Scroll wheel tilting: My biggest pet peeve with the older Naga models was the lack of scroll wheel tilting (moving the scroll wheel left and right). Having used various non-gaming mice in the past, I was used to be able to tilt the scroll wheel to move back and forth when browsing the web. It took a while to adjust but I learned to not be dependent on the scroll wheel tilting anymore. Fortunately, Razer decided to include the tilting in the new Naga model and there goes my complaints.

Anti-Sweat coating: The new coating is a bit more coarse and less slippery compared to the old Naga models. If you hands sweat a lot, the new coating is designed to combat it so you don’t slip your hands on mouse. The texture may feels a bit weird at first if you are used to the older Naga models but it feels pretty normal after a few hours of usage.

How does the Razer Naga 2014 compete with Logitech G600?

The Razer Naga 2014 edition has a similar design and appearance to the Logitech G600. It is slightly smaller and lacks the G-Shift button that can turn the 12 button thumb grid into 24 buttons. The curvature on the thumb grid is also slightly different with the G600 having raised 5/8 buttons (G13/G16) instead of the flat buttons that Razer has. I personally do prefer the thumb grid design on the Razer and find the G-shift button more prone to misclicks. Priced similarity at $80, it comes down to if you prefer mechanical buttons on the Naga or the extra G-shirt button on the G600. If you are left handed, your only option is the Razer Naga 2014 mouse as the G600 does not have a left hand model.

One minor thing against Razer is that you cannot customize the lighting on the Razer mouse as it comes with green backlit only. The Logitech G600 thumb grid can be customized with different colored backlights.

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Ingame MMO Configurator & Software


Ingame MMO configurator

The 2014 model comes with an ingame MMO configurator, which is a small software interface that allow you to quickly adjust your keybinds in-game without having to bring up the Razer software menu. Only a few MMOs are supported at the moment (GW2 is supported but not SWTOR). However, Razer is constantly adding more compatible games to the list and the configurator even works on currently non-supported games like Battlefield 3 or Borderlands 2.

  • Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
  • World of Warcraft
  • League of Legends
  • Firefall
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Dota 2
  • Ragnarok online 2
  • World of Tanks
  • Diablo 3
  • Path of Exile
  • DC universe Online
  • DnF (Tencent game)
  • Eve Online
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • Star Trek Online

If your game is supported, you will see this tooltip pop up when you launch the game. Pressing the specific button combination will bring up this screen where you can quickly adjust your keybinds and macros. This can be done while you are full screen in-game without having to tab out.

If you are in windowed mode, the little tooltip pop up can be annoying and bugs out once in a while. Luckily can you turn it off in the Razer Synapse software under Addon.

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Razer Software Interface (Synapse)

In addition to the Ingame MMO configurator, the mouse also comes with the standard Razer Synapse software. It allow you to make keybinds, macros, turn lighting on/off, and do calibration/adjust sensitivity. The Synapse software does have fairly frequent updates since it is an all in one software for all Razer products so that may get a bit annoying.

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Bottom Line


One of the best MMO gaming mouse on the market just received some cool new features that makes it even better. The ingame configuator does not support all games and the Synapse software can be annoying but overall it is a very solid mouse that can make a good present for the holidays.

Special thanks to Razer for their support and providing me with a review unit!

  • Guest

    May have to invest me things. GW2 Player I should add.

  • Andy Rymarz

    May have to invest me thinks, GW2 Player I should add.

  • webworksnsw

    I have used a Razer DeathAdder for some time now while playing many, many hours of GW2. I find having to squeeze the mouse to press the buttons on the side causes undue stress to my hand and I have had to shut this feature off.

  • Dae

    I have a Razer Molten. Can’t play GW2 without it!

  • Lladarya

    OMG! A left handed model! At last!
    BTW, love your blog. It’s great.

  • sektor

    I’ve used this and Logitech M600 and the M600 is a infinitely better designed mouse for GW2.

  • Nick Foster

    You had me at Left Handed….

    My one reservation is button switch quality. My LH Deathadder is playing up already and it’s only 18 months old. The right button needs “firm” pressure to click it and button 4 now double-clicks all the time (known issue with Razer mice I understand).

    However, unless anyone else brings a decent LH mmo mouse to market, Razer will be at the top of my Christmas list this year.

  • Caveman

    I just wish Razer mice were sturdier and not so flimsy as the buttons become defective too quickly, especially if you have above average strength (I’ve had every generation of Razer mice – as well as the Microsoft Habu which was made by Razer – since the Copperhead and had to replace each and every one of them, including warranty replacements, so that wasn’t ideal). Has that finally greatly improved over the previous models?
    I prefer the sturdiness of Logitech mice, as I’ve never had one of them go defective on me (although I probably got lucky, too). I like the new Naga’s shape, though, as my hand never coped well with previous Razer shapes and I got wristaches from use. This new one looks similar to the G700(s) (most comfortable mouse shape for my hand/arm since the old Logitech iFeel MouseMan). I’m hoping Logitech will give us a G700s with the G600’s side buttons one day, but this new Naga seems like a viable alternative, provided they’ve finally managed to make it as sturdy and durable as Logitech mice.

    • TheOtherTurnipTaliban

      If you’ve really gone through that much hardware and that many mice then honestly you might want to stop using your mice as a stand-in hammer or for golf practice because that shit is ridiculous.

  • ops

    Looks nice though I’ll happily stick with my 2 button mouse with scroll wheel and 104 keyboard.

  • Azazel

    This is great mouse! I have my Naga 2012 and it’s perfect for Guild Wars 2 already. I wish it would be much stronger product, because Razer use cheap electronics and my 6-month mouse died (just froze one day – no response to anything). Lots of users have this problem over Internet. Fortunately they sent me new one based on warranty. I’m happy after all.

  • Evenmoardakka

    Dulfy, does this version has a left handed model? i’ve held off on buying a naga cause i use my mouse left handed,

    • Enalis

      Yes, the new nagas have left handed models, it was one of the big selling points.

  • Dimka

    I hear Razer doesn’t test their products well enough, and as a result they often faulty and don’t have as long lifespan as other companies. I’ve had tons of problems with Razer products throughout the years, so I switched back to Logitech.

    • logitech4noobs

      I’ve heard that not everything on the internet is true and if there is no proof then take it with a grain of salt… I guess I can go out on a limb here and replace this entire comment and it would sound good to others.

      I hear Logitech doesn’t test their products well enough, and as a result they often faulty and don’t have as long lifespan as other companies. I’ve had tons of problems with Logitech products throughout the years, so I switched back to Razer.

      • noobs4logitech

        I hear Bioware doesn’t test their products well enough, and as a result they often faulty and don’t have as long life spans as other companies. I’ve had tons of problems with Bioware products through out the years, so I switched back to ArenaNet.

      • neowiz73

        The Naga I have lasted a whole 9 months before it started acting weird. randomly double clicking instead of single clicks then something inside started rattling one day and the optic sensor stopped working properly. I take good care of my things. Which is why I went back to my old Logitech G5 that is 7 years old and still works fine. I will switch to the G600 here soon…

        2 other friends have bought Razer mice and neither of them faired as well as I did. One only lasted 4 months while the other lasted about 6 months before having a lot of issues. From the optics giving out to just stop working outright. Of course everyone’s mileage may vary, but so far the odds are not in Razer’s favor. I won’t buy any more of their products again.

        • Amon Amarth

          And here I am with the first edition Naga, still working flawlessly after slightly over 3 years. I have a Megalodon gaming headset and so far so good as well, after 1 and a half year. Before that, I had 2 different mice from logitech, both lasted roughly 8 months. So far the odds are in Razer’s favor here.

        • Dennild

          Im sitting here with my Naga Epic 2 years old tomorrow No issues at all on my Laptop and my good old first generation lachesis(or how ever that is spelled) on my Desktop pc no issues at all and both are under very heavy use every single day.

          i got 3 other friends that moved from Cyborg, Logitech and Roccat to Razer after a lan party. however the prices they take for their headsets are just stupid useing CM Sirus headset which i got for half the price of the Tiamat 7.1.

      • Dimka

        LOL, all I’m saying is that ALL of my Razer mice have very poor quality plastic which wears down and device start having the exact problems that neowiz73 described – double clicks and then buttons stop clicking at all.. if you disassemble the mouse you can see exactly where the problem is – low quality plastic. And don’t get me started on the SWTOR Headset – the quality of the product itself is bearable, but the managing software that comes with it NEVER worked properly, patching after patching they keep introducing new problems (yes, just like BW) ;) As a software developer myself I just wanna punch the Razer Synapse devs in their faces ;) And the 7.1 surround sound it comes with… well, let’s just say it needs more work..

  • evil_mike

    Personally, I always WANT to like Razer’s mice, and I have used the Naga and Naga Epic in the past, but I find that Logitech’s software is FAR better than Razer Synapse, to the point where I decided to switch to the G600 some months back and haven’t regretted it, even though I gave up having a wireless gaming mouse.

  • Ben Lazarus

    I bought the new 2014 version and well lets say after a few hrs I plugged the old one back in and am much happier. But thats my opinion.

  • lemale

    I have this mouse and is great!!
    I had Logitech G600 and returned it because it has that problem.
    http://forums.logitech.com/t5/G-series-Gaming-Mice/G600-Mouse-Movement-issues/td-p/863548

    among many others…

  • Naga’s Left Mouse Button

    Been playing with Naga’s for roughly 3-4 years now, and have gone through 3 of them. There is a known faulty left mouse button and there are tons of videos on YouTube of people showing you how to quick patch a fix. My problem has been each of my Naga’s have gone out on me just over the year mark and Razor doesn’t support them so im sitting here with a bunch of useless mouses that i’ve spent over $200 on and will probably junk. I recently purchased a G600 and it just isn’t the same, maybe it will take more getting used to but I feel it is inferior with regards to responsiveness, key layout (im used to Naga) and just overall size and contour. Maybe it’s a bias based off of years with a Naga. Anyways I refuse to buy another Naga unless I can find a 3rd party warranty to cover multiple years of use as they just do not hold up day to day beatings over a period of time if your a die hard MMO player. Hoping this G600 will hold up and I can adapt to the changes.

  • theunwarshed

    i must be lucky, because i’ve owned both the naga and the black widow ultimate kb for 2 years and they’re both still going strong, and in the mouse’s case, surviving repeated drops on hard tile. i’ll prob be picking up this new version as a Xmas present.

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