For those in search of a versatile mouse, the Razer Naga Pro checks all the boxes. In our first look, we discussed its features and what made it stand out. However with a few more weeks of usage, we have been able to understand its performance a bit better. At its $149.99 (Dh550.9) price tag, it may not be a mouse for the layman user. But for people who play MMO, MOBA and FPS titles, it is the best option available.
The Razer Nago Pro has a sleek design with a curved black shell and Razer’s RGB lighting. It comes in at 11.9 x 7.4 x 4.3 cm and weighs 117g. By no means is this a compact or lightweight mouse, definitely coming in a bit larger than traditional gaming mice. However, I found the size and weight to be not as daunting, having gotten used to my Logitech MX Performance over the years.
Its added bulk is due to the mouse’s ring finger rest but we think it is not as useful as perceived. By adding this, my palm is not able to fully rest over the curved top panel on the mouse. Here, you also find the RGB-lit Razer logo alongside the standard design of the mouse. There are left and right optical buttons rated for 70 million clicks, an RGB-lit scroll wheel and two buttons to change DPI settings. I just wish the scroll wheel resistance could be adjusted as sometimes, it feels a bit tough to operate.
The highlight of the mouse comes on its left side. With three swappable panels to choose from, you can customise the mouse depending on the game you are playing. Out of the box, the mouse comes with a 12-button RGB-lit panel with no thumb-rest. The other two options include a 6-button panel with a small thumb-rest and a 2-button panel with the largest thumb-rest. Quite neatly, the mouses’s 2.4GHz USB receiver is also housed underneath these plate panels for easy storage.
Aside from the thumb-rests mentioned, the mouse also has a pinky-rest on the right side, adding to grip. On the front, you find a micro-USB charging input to charge the device. But something about the way it has been designed means you will have to rely on Razer’s included Type-A to micro-USB cable most of the time. I found myself trying to charge the mouse with another standard micro-USB cable but the restricted front-end of the mouse made that difficult. Plus, it would have been nice to see the modern Type-C USB port here than the dated micro-USB.
At the bottom, you find a button to quickly switch profiles, with the mouse supporting up to five. There is also a toggle to switch connectivity, either 2.4GHz, Bluetooth or wired. Additionally, you find some mouse feet and a proprietary charging solution if you happen to own Razer’s Chroma mouse-charging dock.
Ergonomics and feel in hand
While we addressed comfort a bit earlier, it is time to dig in a bit deeper. For anyone coming from a small and light mouse, adjusting to the Naga Pro will take time. While the buttons of the mouse are satisfactory, the larger bulge can be annoying. This naturally strains your wrist which may not be good for extended usage.
Typically, I find myself lifting mice during FPS games. But with the Naga Pro, that seems to be slightly more challenging. The heft is one reason but another is the curvature around the replaceable plates on the left side of the mouse. It feels flat and with there being no inward curve, it is difficult to find a resting position for your thumb. And even if you adjust to a certain grip, you always need to keep altering it if you happen to switch plates.
Thanks to the nature of the replaceable plates on the Naga Pro, it is suited for a wide genre of games. Using its 2-button plate, I enjoyed playing games such as Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant. Typically with these games, there are not many binds you should be concerned about aside from a few critical ones. I programmed the crouch button to work from the side-plate button allowing me to get a competitive edge in one-on-one gunfights.
For the 6-button configuration, it was a no-brainer to play Fortnite. With the amount of binds in the game, it worked extremely well for building during game-play. Switching and adjusting to this configuration can take time but once you are used to it, you will see significant improvements in how you perform. Lastly, for the 12-button panel, I tried my hand at a few MOBA titles. I have never been a fan of these and with a 12-button panel, it is difficult to get used to for sure. But I can see the advantage of having so many buttons close to your reach. Just, the lack of a thumb-rest is a disadvantage when you are trying to lift the mouse up and accidentally click a button or two in the process.
It was nice to see also that the mouse had no double-click issues. Given that Razer has opted for better quality optical switches this time around, the better performance may be a consequence of that. But bear in mind, our review is based on a month’s worth of usage.
Software features and customisation
As with many of Razer’s products, the Naga Pro comes with support of Razer Synapse. You can benefit from the 12-button configuration on the mouse, allowing a good level of customisation with 20 total buttons work with. Within the software, you can also play around with sensitivity and the mouse’s lighting. The software is self-explanatory but it really helps users make the most of the mouse.
Razer claims the battery on the Naga Pro gives you up to 150 hours on Bluetooth and 100 hours on Razer HyperSpeed Wireless, its 2.4GHz USB input. While this is the mouse’s maximum battery life, we found that it depreciates a bit faster when its lighting is on.
For the month I had with the mouse, I had to charge it once. It had come with 16 per-cent battery which drained fairly quick. However, after a full charge, I am currently using the mouse at 41 per-cent battery, limiting its RGB usage. These readings have come using the mouse on a mixed basis switching between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz. Approximating usage per day to 4 hours, Razer’s claim could be valid if not just shy. But there is no major complaint with battery life from the mouse.
For gaming enthusiasts and professionals who jump between competitive games, the Razer Naga Pro offers incredible value. Being able to carry one mouse over multiple is a huge advantage. But for the regular customer, its asking price may be a bit too steep. Plus, if you are paying a premium, the least you should expect is better comfort in the hand. There are no doubt other Razer options that prioritise comfort and weight. And perhaps incorporating these feature cues into the next Naga variant could be something Razer can work on.