Hard Stuff: Razer Naga Epic review

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When the Naga (April 2010, 94%) emerged, its 15 impeccably-placed buttons (designed to catch the overflow of abilities in most MMORPGs) and super-comfy design caused us to hail it as the finest mouse that MMO gamers could buy. Only its leash—the USB cable tying it to the PC—held it back.

The Naga Epic detaches that irritating tail and throws in a docking station and customizable grip plates—great features that live up to the new name. The battery lasts a full work day (around eight to 12 hours in my testing), and swapping between wireless and wired mode (by attaching the USB cable to the docking station or the mouse directly) is quick and painless. Plus, the three different, detachable grip plates provide support for a wide variety of hand sizes, ranging from ogre to dwarf.

The battery pack adds a heftiness that was lacking in the original, almost-weightless Naga, and the slick driver software gives you easy access to its capable insides, adding macros, tweaking DPI and keybindings, and playing with the color and power settings.

One change leaves the Epic feeling a bit neutered, however: two buttons have been moved from the side of the left mouse button to directly below the scroll wheel. It's horrible placement—I can't reach either of them without straining my fingers or lifting my hand off the Naga; this effectively removes the buttons from the mouse.

It's a shame you have to sacrifice button-count for wireless capability. The Naga Epic is a good mouse, but with awkward button locations and a price that's $50 higher than the wired Naga, it falls a bit short.

$129, www.razerzone.com


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