Chroma refresh means small but valuable wins for the Naga

THE Chroma update to the Naga mouse hasn't changed its hyper-specific role as an MMO mouse.

It's true that the Naga can be used for any application but the large form-factor and 12-digit keypad under the thumb makes it clunky for general use but unbeatable for use in MMOs and RPGs.

The Naga moves from wireless to wired mode better than most peripherals. The dock is hefty, sticks to your desk easily and placing the Naga in the dock is smooth.

The same cord that powers the dock can be removed and seamlessly plugged into the front of the mouse itself.

This new iteration includes a few changes, the largest of which is the customisable coloured lighting. On the more practical list are the changes to the thumbgrid from convex to concave and the replacement of the interchangeable right-hand finger rest.

The keys on the thumbgrid are now easier to identify by touch after the designers raised the middle keys and tilted the rows to be overall concave but distinct enough to know where your thumb is resting.

Razer claims the static rest on the right-hand side of the mouse is more comfortable for more people without the need for swappable parts, but that's entirely subjective to each user.

The scroll-wheel now has sideways switches. Pressing the wheel one way or the other makes for an additional button each way, but can be annoying when simply trying to press the wheel straight down.

The software comes with in-game configuration for many MMOs, though we weren't able to test these by deadline. Fortunately the thumbgrid numbers are bound to their corresponding numbers on the keyboard, rendering them useful regardless of game or program.

The Razer Naga Epic Chroma costs AU$199.95 from Razerzone.com



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