As all product lineups go, a flagship unit will normally be followed by a less expensive alternative with somewhat fewer features. The Naga lineup is no different, and the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed serves more financially conscious gamers who are looking for highly customisable macros. With that said, the terms “MMO Mouse” and “budget-friendly” do not really go together all that well. While the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed can hardly be considered a “budget” device, by definition, it most certainly fills the category it is aimed toward.
Razer continues improving and refining its category-defining hardware, with one of their peak reaching products being the Razer Naga V2 Pro. By contrast, the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed aims to bring as many of the Pro’s features into the fold while cutting as much fat as possible. The result is clear as day, but certainly not without a few glaring, and odd, budgetary decisions.
Clad in some of Razer’s most eco friendly packaging yet, prospective owners will notice how there is not much of a difference, at least visually, from the Pro offering. Razer build quality, as always, wins the rat race yet again and the device looks exactly like its more expensive counterpart – only this time the box contains a single AA battery in lieu of a USB-A to USB-C cable. It also includes a neat carrying pouch, which admittedly, did not need to be there in terms of cost saving; and the quick user guide. The “For Gamers By Gamers” Razer card has also been excluded this time around because it is now part of the packaging – a neat touch!
The Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed is not a light mouse. Coming in at 95g (without a battery) and 118g (with a battery), it is right in league with its competition. With that said, the mouse’s all-round design serves to keep the weight evenly distributed, ensuring gamers will always have a hassle-free time sliding it about. Beyond this, users will find the usual Naga V2 design improvements quite satisfying. Most noticeably the extended finger rest, a nice comfortable hold for the thumb, and a large bulbous body enforcing the most ergonomic hold, the palm grip. It also shares the four-axis metal scroll-scheel from the Pro variant, as well as its notched and free-scroll toggle button, and of course, the 12 programmable buttons on the side. It also has the same DPI switches at the front of the mouse, so Pro users looking to downgrade or to get an additional, more mobile, option will feel right at home.
In terms of performance, the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed is fitted with the same Focus Pro 30K sensor featured in the Pro variant. This means the device is capable of DPI ranging from 100, all the way through to 30,000 – which is, truth be told, an ungodly amount of DPI (and highly unnecessary). Users can also set the device’s polling rate at either 125, 500, or 1000.
Unlike the Pro variant, the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed comes without the ability to connect via cable, which is rather odd. Instead, users are met with a single battery, and a small 2.4Ghz USB-A dongle. While this is the more financially conscious option, forcing users to replace an AA-battery every two months or so may eventually rack up the costs in the long run, not to mention the environmental impact. A nice Razer braided cable would have been a much better option for this category. Never the less, connecting to the dongle is as easy as switching the mouse on, and staying connected seems to be second nature for the mouse — it would not lose connection throughout the entirety of my house! Users also have the option to connect via Bluetooth, if they so choose.
As with pretty much every Razer peripheral, prospective users will have to make use of Razer Synapse, the manufacturer’s proprietary software and driver suite, in order to really get any use out of the mouse. Thankfully Synapse has improved immensely over the years, and its days of being an over-encumbered mess on many gaming computers is long gone. With it, users can map essentially any and all buttons on the mouse, including the 12 programmable side buttons. The Naga V2 HyperSpeed does not feature any RGB of the sort, so users will find the Razer Chroma tab empty.
Thanks to its versatile nature, Razer’s “MMO Mouse” has long been much more of an all-genre mouse. While the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed does not feature the interchangeable button plates, it remains equally as much of a powerhouse as the Pro variant. Playing DOOM, where macro keys are pretty much nonsensical, is as easy as playing Guild Wars 2, where utilising every single one of the buttons is a necessity. Similarly, using it for work is easy as pie.
The Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed is a good mouse. It is well built and its design remains industry-leading in sturdiness and quality. The mouse may be tailored for massively multiplayer online titles, but it works well enough regardless of the workload thrown at it. While the omission of a cable is a strange one, and while things like baggies and batteries keep the price above what most would consider “budget”, it remains much more of a versatile option for gamers looking for a peripheral with more than the usual set of four programmable buttons. Therefore making it a good choice for any gamer, regardless of how deep their pockets may be.
|HyperSpeed afford massive DPI headroom||No cable option|
|Industry-leading build quality||Right-handed only|
|Good connectivity options for every occasion|
Device temporarily provided for review by Razer.
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