“When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” must be one of the truest mantras of life. While manufacturers of all shapes and sizes seem to iterate on products by the year, Razer have opted to release updated versions of their long-standing hardware less regularly in favour of true innovation in the techspace. The last year, however, has seen a spate of upgrades for pretty much all of Razer’s peripherals, and the Naga lineup of gaming mice has just received its dues with the long awaited Razer Naga V2 Pro.
There is simply no getting around how the Razer Naga lineup is synonymous with the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) genre. Walk into a store or ask any ten gamers for the “MMO Mouse”, and a Naga will be recommended nine times out of ten – despite the device’s ludicrous cost of entry. In addition to its impressive spate of favoured features, the Razer Naga V2 Pro comes equipped with upgrades up the wazoo, including swappable button plates, a new sensor, and fancy new optical switches. All of which help it set the bar – once again – as the quintessential MMO gaming mouse of its time.
Rather surprisingly, Razer goes against its ever-growing “going green” philosophy with the Razer Naga V2 Pro in terms of packaging. In order to hold every one of its macro plates, cables, and dongle, together in a neat-looking package, the green “snek” company had to utilise some moulded plastic in between its usual array of highly recyclable cardboard packaging. Recycling aside, prospective users will easily be impressed by the sheer amount of what is on offer.
Before the mouse even lands in one’s hand, users must first pick up, hold, ogle, and set aside three macro plates. Included in the package are two-, six-, and twelve (12) button plates, each of which magically snap onto the left-hand side of the mouse. Along with the plates, users will also find a comfortable hand rest on the right-hand side of the mouse, a fully customisable scroll wheel that can also click left and right, and what seems like a ton of customisable macro buttons.
On top of the macro plates, Razer have installed their top of the range Focus 30,000 DPI Optical Sensor for improved tracking, regardless of the type of desk it glides on. There are also new Razer Gen 3 optical switches ensuring all buttons pressed never ghost (and feel incredible to tap), with silicone grip pads on the right-side of the mouse and both of the six-, and two- button plates.
All of these additions and upgrades may typically come at the expense of other features, but for all intents and purposes Razer have made the Razer Naga V2 Pro one of the company’s most jam-packed peripherals ever. There is simply no sign of compromise. However, and somewhat unfortunately, no compromise also means it is one of the ‘thiccest’ bois on the block (Length: 119.5 mm / 4.70 in – Width: 75.5 mm / 2.97 in – Height: 43.5 mm / 1.72 in). It not only measures larger than the closest competition, but also outweighs them (134 grams). Thankfully, the added size and weight are hardly ever felt thanks to the mouse’s prevailing teardrop design.
In terms of connectivity, the Razer Naga V2 Pro enjoys a cool, yet refined, set of options: wired, wireless, and Bluetooth. Thanks to this seemingly platinum collection of connectivity options, the mouse can be used on pretty much every platform, for upwards of 300 hours (via Bluetooth). Thanks to the new optical sensor and fancy computing capabilities, latency is also at an all-time low, regardless of how users decide to connect to their favourite gaming systems.
In terms of performance, however, nothing is ever truer than experiencing it first-hand. As such, the mouse has been tested test with none other than one of the top MMO titles this side of the decade: Guild Wars 2. Truth be told: it practically removes the need for a keyboard! Thanks to Razer Synapse, adding keyboard strokes and macros to any one of the mouse’s buttons (whether tied to the buttons on the macro plates or otherwise) is a breeze. This ensures players always have their abilities and skills within reach of their singular mouse hand. After spending an entire week finishing dungeons, completing a major story chapter or two, and even competing in player-versus-player combat [and yes, a good deal of time doing nothing but fishing too]; it was still not enough to deplete the battery, which is a rewarding experience.
With that said, the mouse remains just that, a gaming mouse. As such, it must rightfully perform well in all gaming situations. The Razer Naga V2 Pro was tested on Path of Exile, DOOM: Eternal, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and it still worked flawlessly thanks to its DPI and remarkably accurate tracking. The only nitpick may be its weight, but even so “esports” and “competitive” play calls for slower DPI much more than less meat on the bones.
As expected, the Razer Naga V2 Pro stands as a testament to Razer’s commitment to innovation in the gaming tech space. With its array of upgrades and features, it solidifies its position as the quintessential MMO gaming mouse of its time. The inclusion of swappable button plates, a new sensor, and optical switches; showcases the company’s dedication to providing a top-notch gaming experience. While the packaging may not align with Razer’s new eco-friendly philosophy, the extensive offerings of the mouse more than make up for it. In addition, the teardrop design ensures the added bulk is hardly noticeable during gameplay, despite its larger size and weight. With wired, wireless, and Bluetooth connectivity options, the mouse caters to a wide range of platforms and offers low latency for seamless gaming. The Razer Naga V2 Pro proves its performance and accuracy even when under pressure, making it a reliable choice for online play. Razer has once again delivered an exceptional, highly impressive and feature-rich gaming mouse.
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Device temporarily provided for review by Razer.
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