Updated! Review: Razer Naga MMO Mouse

My husband’s Christmas present to me this year is the Razer Naga MMO Mouse.

This mouse has the usual buttons: Left, right, scroll wheel.  It also has forward and backward buttons next to the left button.  And I’m sure you’ve noticed by now the whole reason for buying an $80 mouse:  The 12 buttons on the left side.

These 12 buttons correspond to the main action bar buttons (or, if you’re good a keybinds, another set of 12 action bar buttons).  I won’t go into detail on how it actually works — there are videos and tons of websites to help you set it up.

For this review, I’d like to focus on it’s useability in relation to World of Warcraft.  I should mention that an addon can be found on Razer’s website and it’s simply a Razer-ified version of the Dominos action bar addon.*  You can use the Razer addon or go without.  I initially tried using the addon, but it makes the interface a little ugly.

Case in point:

Some image I found on Google. The UI seriously looks like this when you first install the Razer addon, though.

So after a few days of hideous configurations,  I switched back to the default action bar (yes, complete with silver gryphons!).  I noticed, however, that the keybindings that I set up when I first installed the Razer addon remained.  This is a good thing since I really didn’t want to have to redo all of those keybinds (given that the default keybinding interface is clunky and scrollicious).

The one thing I would like to point out is that if you’ve never used a mouse like this (/raise hand), pressing buttons on the side of the mouse will take some getting used to.  The buttons themselves are rather resistant to being pushed — I have to somewhat mash the button.  I’m hoping that this will ease up as time and use increases, but we’ll see.  The buttons being hard to push may result in faster hand fatigue than I am used to.  Previous to using this mouse, I had my 10-key number pad on the keyboard bound to my main action bar with alt as a modifier for a second action bar.  This set up worked pretty well even if it meant I had to use WASD for turning and movement (yes yes, bad baddie).  I should also point out that the mouse comes with two styles of “training bumps” (my phrase) that are tiny pieces of silicon (one circle-shaped, the other button-shaped) that you stick to the buttons on the side to help you feel your way around.  I started out with the circle-shaped trainers on every one of the 12 buttons.  I found that didn’t help me at all.  I still kept pressing the wrong button.  I removed the trainers from buttons 1-6 and left them on 7-12.  This way, I can feel when I’ve gotten “too far” and thankfully finding the button with my thumb takes less than a GCD, so I don’t really lose much time.

I would warn you, however, if you have small hands.  Moving your thumb from button 1 to button 12 may be difficult and especially so if you’re trying to move with the mouse and press buttons at the same time.  My hands are pretty big (I’m close to 6 feet tall, gimme a break! ;P) but I still have trouble reaching with my thumb.  I end up moving the whole mouse.  Part of this issue could be the way I place my hand on the mouse (with my fingertips touching the left and right button, palm off) so you may not have as big an issue as I do.

On my newly respecced critchicken, I was getting about 6K DPS just on quest mobs using the number pad configuration (my average iLvl at the time was hovering around 305-315 I think).  Now that I’m using the Razer Naga and having to deal with learning the buttons on the side (I glance at them to make sure I am positioning my thumb at the right place), I’ve noticed that I’m doing about 4.5K DPS on similar (albeit slightly higher level in the 83-84 range) quest mobs.  This discrepancy could be caused by spurious things such as rapidly changing gear (now at average iLvl of 325) and the scaling of damage at higher character levels.

Maybe I’ll do a test this weekend (and use the “Interact with Target” keybind WoW Insider just highlighted) to see whether the Razer Naga really did drag my DPS down.  Of course this all could be related to my mood/body temperature (9 degrees F Tues morning!) and not because I’m relearning computer hardware that is a little unforgiving at this point in time… Je ne sais pas!

One application I think this mouse would prove to be indispensable is with healing with mouseover macros.  You would have access to a button to click ON the mouse thereby reducing reaction time (as long as you press the right button at the right time of course) and possibly increasing healing efficiency.  I’m no healer (I have played all the healing classes, though..I just suck really bad) but I think a great healer would be phenomenal with this mouse.

All in all, I really like this mouse.  I like the shape of the left and right buttons and general curve of the whole mouse.  I hope I will get used to mashing the buttons with my thumb and glance at it less and less.

*I have seen several places that call the Razer addon a simplified version of Bartender.  While I have no actual proof either way, my own eyes tell me that Razer looks a helluvalot like Dominos and not Bartender.

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