If you’re a MMO junkie, chances are pretty high that you know the struggle of running out of hotkeys. The Razer Naga Pro tackles that problem by using the most of the best evolutionary achievement: The thumb. With it’s magnetic side panels you can easily change the set of accessible buttons, allowing you to get anywhere from two to twelve side buttons.
This mouse originated from the Razer Naga Trinity, but adds further functionality and features to it. One of the most important upgrades is getting rid of the cable using Razer’s wireless HyperSpeed or Bluetooth connection. The mouse also picks up optical mouse switches for the main buttons and an accurate sensor that performs up to 20,000 DPI.
The upgrades not only result in enhanced performance, but also in an increased price of $ 149.99. This might sound like a lot, but if you’re looking for a mouse with many side buttons, this will be your best bet.
Visually the Naga Pro is almost identical to it’s predecessors. It’s large, high profile, has a wide body and a ton of buttons on the side. On the left side there is a more prominent slope to acommodate the twelve-button layout. Both sides have textured grips, allowing your thumb and pinky to rest comfortably on either side. The entire mouse is coated in a matte plastic finish and showcases the Razer Logo in the center of it’s back.
With 117g, a length of 4.69″ (119mm), grip width of 2.93″ (74.5mm) and a height of 1.69″ (43mm) the Naga Pro gained some when compared to previous models. The increased measures may take some time to get used to, but the smooth gliding of the 100% PTFE feet makes you almost forget the mouse has any weight at all.
Below the left and right mouse button, there’s a clickable scroll wheel and two buttons to adjust your DPI settings. On the bottom there’s a button to toggle through 2.4 GHz wireless, Bluetooth and wired connection, as well as a button to cycle through saved profiles. Admittedly, placing the profile button on the bottom of the mouse isn’t the most convenient thing, but hey, on a mouse with 19 buttons in total you’ll find a better place to bind that functionality to.
What makes this mouse really interesting is it’s magnetic side panels. The Razer Naga Pro comes with three different ones, which all find best use in different genres. The panels are structured as follows:
- A: Twelve buttons in 4 x 3 rows (and RGBs)
- B: Six buttons in 3 x 2 rows with a small textured grip
- C: Two buttons with a large textured grip
The different types of panels give the Naga Pro a lot versatility. You can easily switch between a ton of buttons for MMOs and less buttons for different genres. Changing the panels is as easy as it gets: Just peel the attached one off and hold another one near enough for the magnets to snap it into place. Once the side panel is mounted, it feels like it’s a solid component of the mouse, there’s no wobbling whatsoever. Another pretty cool feature is the small chamber to hold the wireless dongle, which is located right underneath the side panel.
All buttons are contured and easy to differentiate for the most part. However, the design isn’t always clear enough. On the twelve button panel it will almost certainly take some time to always hit the right buttons. Other brands use varying angles or textured keycaps to help orient yourself. Getting used to it on the Naga Pro takes some time, but once you got the hang of it, this mouse should definitely give you an edge in it’s target genres though.
Since you can play games while charging, the braided 6-foot Speedflex cable is very appreciated. The cable is light, flexible and makes the forced, wired experience as good as possible.
The RGB lightning areas can be adjusted in Razer’s Synapse and are separated in the following three zones: The mouse wheel, the Razer logo on the back and the twelve button panel. Yep, that means on the smaller panels you’ll have to live without our beloved RGBs.
The core purpose of the Naga series is to enhance your MMO gaming, but the Naga Pro is flexible enough to be strong across all genres. The magnetic panels enable you to quickly adapt to different games. The twelve button layout helps a ton when playing MMOs or while content creation. Meanwhile the six button panel feels great for RTS, battle royales or MOBAs. In RTS you can bind different control groups to it and in battle royales you can use the buttons to bind weapons and utility to them. The ‘standard’ two button panel feels less cluttered and has a nice textured grip, to give you more control while playing FPS.
Compared to it’s predecessors, there has been a fair amount of changes under the hood to improve the gaming experience. The Naga Pro uses Razer’s strong Focus+ 20,000 DPI sensor, with 650 IPS tracking. Once again, the wide range of the sensor is showing the mouse’s versatility, allowing you to use it in virtually any scenario and with high accuracy. The two buttons beneath the scroll wheel allow you to quickly change the sensitiviy at any time.
During the tests we’ve used settings up to 3,000 DPI (seriously, when do you ever need more than that?) and there were no noticable tracking issues or jitter. The precise sensor combined with the PTFE feet create an extremely smooth experience.
On the main mouse buttons Razer used their opto-mechanical switches, which I’m a huge fan of. Registering inputs essentially get’s done using light beams instead of mechanical mecahnisms. This makes the switches incredibly fast and durable. According to Razer the latency of the switches is 0.2ms and the lifespan is about 70 million clicks. The clicks feel snappy, accurate and don’t need much force to activate them.
One of the most crucial things on wireless mice is their connectivity. Thankfully, the HyperSpeed wireless connection doesn’t disappoint. During the tests, the measured latency of HyperSpeed was about 5.0ms, which is a really good result and just barely slower than a wired mouse. The Bluetooth connection obviously isn’t as strong, but works just fine whenever you need to pull it out. For gaming, HyperSpeed is recommended at all times.
Razer claims the battery to last an incredibly long 150 hours in Bluetooth mode and up to 100 hours in HyperSpeed’s 2.4 GHz wireless mode. After testing the mouse for a while, I can actually confirm that Razer’s claims are pretty accurate, but playing with different lightning modes might change the results slightly. Once you’re out of juice, you can recharge the mouse using an USB-A cable and continue playing while doing so.
So, we do have a ton of buttons, how much of a pain is setting them up in Razer’s Synapse? The truth is, it’s very easy. In the customization tab you can bind the buttons to any key, shortcut, multimedia control, or complex macro. You can also give them functionality like changing DPI settings, polling rate, power management, lift-off distance and lightning effects. There’s even a ‘Hypershift’ functionality, which allows you to bind buttons without opening the software.
Each panel has a dedicated page within Synapse and the corresponding profiles will get saved accordingly. You can hot-swap the panels at any time and the software will adapt to the newly mounted panel.
After fiddling with profiles, you can store up to five of them on the Naga Pro’s onboard memory. Synapse also allows you to link programs and games directly to profiles, automatically activating them once you start up the linked software. For example, you can associate a game and your web browser to a certain profile and whenever you switch between tabs, the profiles will adapt automatically. This gives the mouse even more flexibility while multi-tasking.
It’s mind blowing how well Razer implemented the Naga Pro into Synapse. Working with it feels so easy, yet you seem to have endless possibilities. Good job Razer!
The Razer Naga Pro doesn’t only show extremely good stats, but also has great versatility thanks to the magnetic side panels.
The individual keys on the twelve button panel could be more prounced, but this is just a minor setback on an else amazing mouse.
The steep price and the big set of buttons might make this mouse a bit of a niche product, but the unique design can definitely be a game changer. Concerning the MMO genre, this is easily my favorite pick.