When you think about MMO mice, you probably have a particular image in mind. They’re comfortable, but clumsy and bulky input devices designed for all-night raids rather than high efficiency. The Razer Naga X, a simplistic wired iteration of the company’s newly updated Naga Pro, challenges the perception somewhat. The Naga X ($79.99) sticks out from the crowd because it is a relatively light MMO mouse.
While it cannot deal with the unbelievably low weights used in simple esports mice, the Naga X comes near. To achieve the weight, the Naga X foregoes all of the Naga Pro’s better features, including the eye-catching interchangeable thumbside plates. Still, if you’re prepared to commit to the MMO mouse style, the Naga X is a good buy.
The form and appearance of the Naga X are similar to those of the Naga Pro. It is also broad and smooth, measuring 1.50 by 2.94 by 4.56 inches (HWL), with a groove on the right side to protect the ring finger. Ring finger support is reasonably popular in MMO designs; the extra support for the “necessary” finger allows you to grasp and maneuver the mouse securely without grasping the sides. Is the mouse now slightly bigger and heavier as a result of this? Real. However, it also allows it much simpler to keep the mouse for extended periods of time. The ring finger groove on the Naga X is set lower than the click columns, leading your hand into a lightly angled, ergonomic grip.
The weight of the Naga X is its most notable attribute. Although the better esports mice will roll their eyes, the Naga X’s 3-ounce weight is considerably lighter than every other MMO mouse we’ve checked. They always exceed four ounces, which is the maximum weight for a gaming mouse. The Naga Pro, in particular, weights 4.02 ounces. The Naga X is heavier than most competition-ready mice at 3 ounces, but it’s as light than or lighter than most game mice with additional buttons or functions. Given the Naga X’s larger size and plethora of keys, this is indeed an achievement. I used the Naga X to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and it worked admirably while remaining relaxed even in a competitive setting. Even, I wouldn’t like it over a mouse with a better model.
Buttons on All Sides
The Naga X’s 16 buttons are its stars, notwithstanding the fact that its weight is the most novel element. The top inputs are typical fare: In the middle column, there are two press panels, a clickable scroll wheel, and a DPI cycle icon. The Naga X, like other MMO mice, does away with the standard forward and back buttons on the left side panel in favor of a numerical 12-button keypad. (By contrast, single digits refer to number keys [1-9].) The number ten corresponds to 0; the number eleven corresponds to “dash,” and the number twelve corresponds to “=”). A 12-button side pad is considered a “complete package” and it allows you to map either the number keys or the control row to your cursor. Aside from that, I’ve never seen a mouse with more than 12 side keys.
The side buttons on the Naga X are adequate but not ideal. They’re a decent size and height. The counting begins in the lower front corner, where your thumb naturally lies, then progresses in columns, which I think helps me maintain track of the numbers on the pad without looking.
My only criticism is the omission of a meaningful visual reference to assist you in navigating the buttons by contact. There are a few button variations that have some awareness, such as the top row buttons being noticeably longer than the others, with certain buttons are placed at slightly different angles and heights. Even so, I found it easy to lose track of my location, particularly when going around the central buttons. If you stick to a certain mouse profile, you’ll eventually develop muscle memory, making this a moot point. Texturing one of the middle buttons or inserting a physical bump, on the other hand, may have been an useful extra measure for people who switch between configurations.
About the fact that it has too many inputs, Razer could have included further Naga Pro premium features in the Naga X. I’d like to see more mice with tilting scroll wheel inputs, which are useful for macros and miscellaneous keys in custom setups. I would have preferred it if Razer had kept more RGB lighting. As of now, just the scroll wheel and side pad numbers are illuminated. I’m guessing these features were removed to save weight and/or money, but they might have gone a long way toward having the mouse feel more substantial. On paper, the Naga X looks a little basic, with just weight and the regular MMO side pad to distinguish it.
Finally, let’s look at what’s going on under the hood. The Naga X is equipped with Razer’s 5G Optical Sensor, which can monitor at up to 18,000 DPI and is precise at up to 450 inches per second. This is more than enough accuracy for an MMO mouse, which is designed for less twitchy games and interactions.
Razer Synapse is a piece of software developed by Razer.
For button mapping, RGB customization, and other setting updates, the Naga X relies on Razer Synapse, the company’s setup program. The software has a simple gui that makes it simple to locate and modify whatever environment you need. Razer Synapse for the Naga X has a different screen for customizing the side keys, which reduces clutter and allows it easier to see what you’ve assigned to each switch.
You can save as many contextual, personalized mouse profiles as you like with Synapse. Regrettably, the Naga X’s onboard memory only supports one profile. Given the price of the mouse, that’s a low figure.