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Razer Naga Gaming Mouse (MOLTEN EDITION) Review

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The Razer Naga Molten Special Edition features an exciting new look to the original award-winning and massively popular Razer Naga that shifts the balance between keyboard and mouse by putting an unprecedented number of in-game commands in one place. A multi-button thumb grid and Razer's MMO game interface add-on combine to place every command you need in the palm of your hand. An ergonomic form shaped to maximize ease of use lets you game in comfort for hours on end. With the Razer Naga SE, you will Get Imba.

From the casual MMO gamer to the serious hardcore raider, the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition will take you to the head of the pack in both PVE and PVP action.

If you have read my MS Laser Mouse 6000 review, you'll know that I bought a Razer Naga Molten but I didn't really like it, so I sold it to someone. All I can say is, I encountered many problems with the Naga. Let's begin the review.

Design/Build Quality:
Razer is known for good gaming mice, like the Copperhead and Krait (nostalgia anybody?). Nowadays however, I've heard many people cry foul about how cheap their mice are. And that's what I feel about the Naga. The plastic in the mouse is black and matte, and feels really plasticky. When I first laid my hands on the mouse, my hands adapted to the shape, but the plastic was very slippery and disrupted my grip. After getting used to it over two week's time, I can say the problems with the slippery plastic have partly subsided, but I still feel the plastic annoys me from time to time.

The right side of the mouse has a nice pinky/finger rest on it for comfort, and I can say it helps me grip the mouse. The sides of the mouse is glossy, shiny plastic and you guessed it - cheap. There are 12 buttons on the left side of the mouse, arranged in a telephone form for World of Warcraft and MMORPGs. The buttons feel tactile and very nice.

The back of the mouse has a switch where you can toggle from "123" mode, which makes those twelve buttons work the same as a keyboard's numerical keys. The "123" mode is there so you can replicate the action bar of most games onto the thumb grid buttons.

And then there is the second mode, which is the "NUM" mode. This mode enables you to make the thumb grid buttons replicate a keypad's numerical keys. It is intended to replicate in game commands without having to reach for the keypad. All two modes can be rebinded and I just set the two modes to in-game commands on my two different games, so I could interchange between the two.

To summarize, this mouse is a very good PALM GRIP MOUSE.

This is where the Naga falls apart. The Razer Naga Molten uses a twin-eye Philips PLN 2032 sensor that is set at 5600 DPI. It is ridden with z-axis issues, jittering, and liftoff issues, and you can read a ton of information on this online. I did. And I encountered all three of these annoying issues. When I play Call of Duty 4, I tend to lift the mouse a lot because I use low-mid sensitivity, and I need to reposition the mouse at all times on my mousepad. As soon as I lifted the Naga, the cursor moved diagonally and threw off my aim. It gets worse if you have higher DPI, as the cursor covers more distance. To cut to the chase, here is a video of the errors of the Philips Twin-Eye PLN 2032 Sensor. And what's worse is, this involves every single Razer gaming mouse, except the Deathadder. The video isn't mine.
Edit: Forgot to post video. Here it is.

Razer weighs this mouse at 134 grams. I had no issues with the weight. Felt good.

For the Naga, the software Razer made for it is called Razer Synapse. It is a program in which it saves Razer Synapse compatible mice and its settings online aka in the cloud. I had no issues with it, but on a Mac, when I changed the sensitivity in System Preferences, and installed the Naga's drivers, every time I rebooted my mac, it would always reset the sensitivity in System Preferences. Lighting on the mouse, and mouse wheel can be switched on and off to your preferences. What REALLY felt weird though, was that the light on the mouse actually heated up my hands. redface.gif

All in all, the software works as suggested. Nothing is confusing, and it's very clear and lots of features are jam-packed into the program, such as macros that you can bind to every single key on the mouse.

In conclusion, I'd say the Razer Naga is a good mouse. All that is holding it back is the sensor, which could just be fixed by just replacing it with the Deathadder's sensor if Razer wanted more happier customers mad.gif.

- Great shape
- Twelve thumb grid buttons for your MMORPGs.

- Sensor full of problems
- Feels cheap

PS: Photos are not mine. Forgot to take photos of the mouse. Credits to whoever took them online.

Edited by eFap - 4/22/12 at 11:10pm
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I don't know if you're aware of this, but we have an entire review section setup here at OCN.

You can check it out here and post your review there too, if you'd like.
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