Accessorise to Survive: Razer Naga

Continuing Electronic Theatre’s look at luxury videogames accessories this week is the Razer Naga, a self-professed gaming specialist device. Unlike the Razer Taipan which Electronic Theatre covered last week however, the Naga isn’t a mouse which you would choose to employ for everyday use, nor […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageContinuing Electronic Theatre’s look at luxury videogames accessories this week is the Razer Naga, a self-professed gaming specialist device. Unlike the Razer Taipan which Electronic Theatre covered last week however, the Naga isn’t a mouse which you would choose to employ for everyday use, nor any activity aside from gaming.

Many accessories designed for gaming can easily be adopted for other activities. Indeed, the aforementioned Taipan was noted in Electronic Theatre’s examination as being perfectly capable of adapting to internet browsing or anyElectronic Theatre Image number of other PC centric pastimes. The Naga however, has no such scalability, with basic functions removes in favour of specialist button placement. Billed as featuring eleven programmable buttons, the Naga replaces the now traditional side-mounted back-and-forward buttons with a series of six mechanical buttons.

These incredibly responsive buttons take the place of the first six numerical keyboard buttons by default. Cast in position to be easily accessible with a thumb press, it’s clear that this design decision as been made in order to satisfy the demands of a MOBA or massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) player, as well as that if Diablo style action-RPGs. Even dexterity-demanding first-person shooters (FPS)Electronic Theatre Image such as Quake Arena Arcade or Nexuiz will see players benefit from the quick-change available here instead of through the mouse wheel (which itself is a top quality component). Sadly, beyond this the Naga is more limited.

There is no reason to purchase the Naga over the Taipan aside from those who specialise in the above genres. Being a USB device it is of course hot-swappable, a feature which is required as you will want to switch to a more traditional mouse for your everyday use. This is certainly a shame as the Naga’s precision laser is fantastic and the ergonomics are almost unparalleled, but it’s clear that the device only fits the bill for those looking to up their game in the MOBA, MMO, action-RPG or FPS genres rather than simply looking for a high quality replacement.

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