The Razer Naga Chroma is a gaming mouse aimed at MMO and MOBA players. A 12 button thumb grid on the mouse’s left side and a very comfortable, ergonomic shape. This in-depth review will cover what I like and what I dislike about the mouse. The Naga Chroma is a right-handed mouse, and features finger rests on the right side. While this is comfortable, it forces you to grip the mouse in a certain way and limit your range of motion depending on your grip style. The mouse is shorter than a typical gaming mouse but also wider. Add this to the fact that the bump is raised towards the back of the mouse, and it’s pretty safe to say that this mouse is designed to be used with claw grip – which is what felt most comfortable to me.
I have relatively big hands, at 20 by 10.5 centimeters. I could palm grip this mouse, though it would be more comfortable in my hands were a couple of centimeters shorter. I wouldn’t recommend using fingertip grip on this mouse, as the side buttons require a firm grip to press consistently, and the finger rests are comfortable but don’t provide the best grip.
Also, the mouse weighs in at roughly 105 grams without the cable. We have the mouse feet on the base, gliding well, and doesn’t scratch the mousepad if you press down with some force. The Razer Naga Chroma’s sensor is secured in place tightly, eliminating the risk of sensor rattle and the performance issues that come with it. However, there is some rattle on the scroll wheel.
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The mouse shell feels solid and has a nice matte texture. The build quality feels slightly better than the DeathAdder chroma, but not quite on par with the Logitech G403. It has a 2.1-meter braided cable, which is very flexible, though I would always recommend using a mouse Bungie. The cable also has a gold-plated USB connector. The Naga Chroma features 19 buttons, including the scroll wheel, which also has left and right functionality, 2 DPI buttons, the left and right-click, and 12 side buttons on the left side of the mouse. Here is a quick sound test.
The left and right click are responsive, with crisp feedback. They aren’t too light or too difficult to press in. The DPI buttons are the lightest buttons to press and provide soft feedback. The scroll wheel requires the most force to press in but moving it left and right is a little easier, providing soft feedback. The scrolling isn’t the smoothest and is louder than most other scroll wheels, but it does have specific steps and left and proper functionality. The main selling point for this mouse is the side buttons, of which there are 12.
These are intended to be used as hotkeys for MMOs or MOBAs, though just like the other buttons on the mouse, they can be reprogrammed for any game, assigned macros, and can even be used for shortcuts in Windows. These buttons do take some getting used to, and I don’t usually play with mice with these sorts of side buttons, so I did find that I accidentally pressed them from time to time. After a while, though, this wasn’t an issue. The buttons have very little travel distance and provide soft but tactile feedback.
The official software is Razer Synapse, which requires you to sign up with an email address. Once you have gained access to the software, you can begin creating profiles for your mouse. From here, you can reprogram the buttons and set up shortcuts. You can change the DPI, having up to 5 custom options. You can also adjust the acceleration and the polling rate. There is also surface tuning, which scans the surface of your mousepad to understand its material better. This can help improve sensor tracking accuracy, and so I would recommend using this.
This also allows you to adjust the lift-off distance. You can also record macros and assign them to the buttons on the mouse. The lighting tab allows you to customize the chroma backlighting on the mouse. You can customize the lighting on the scroll wheel, the Razer logo, and the thumb grid separately. Here is a preview of some of the different options. The software also allows you to track how often you move the mouse and what buttons you use the most. Overall the software functions as intended, and I haven’t experienced any problems.
The Razer Naga Chroma uses the PLN-2034 PTE Laser Sensor. This sensor is quite responsive, though it does feel like it has more latency than the high-end optical sensors. The specs claim a max tracking speed of over 5.3 meters per second or 210 inches. Unfortunately, this sensor appears to have some hardware acceleration. No matter what I tweaked in the settings, I couldn’t get rid of this. Turning off surface calibration, adjusting the lift-off distance, and changing the polling rate didn’t fix the acceleration.
It has polling rate options of 125 – 500, and 1000hz, and 50Gs of acceleration. The mouse doesn’t spin out on me, and it has DPI options of 100 to 16,000, in increments of 100. The lift-off distance is shallow, not even tracking on one DVD. Adjusting the lift-off distance to the software’s highest point still couldn’t make the sensor track on one DVD. All of my testings were done at 400dpi. All in all, this sensor is okay, though it wouldn’t be my first choice if I had to rely on accuracy.
There is more latency than I would like, and there are some acceleration issues, but I can still aim with it – I’m just nowhere near as consistent when compared to high-end optical sensors, especially due to the awkward shape of the mouse. Considering this mouse is targeted at MMO and MOBA players, the sensor isn’t the best shouldn’t be a big deal. It’s really about the shape and the additional features. To conclude this review, the Razer Naga Chroma is a great MMO and MOBA mouse.
It has a comfortable shape, though it’s probably most ideal for claw grip, and you won’t have as much range of motion as you would with thinner mice. That said, the sensor performance is okay, the buttons feel good, and I love the design. Additionally, the lighting, as well as the button functionality, are customizable. The thumb grid might get in the way at first, as it does take some getting used to. But if those additional side buttons are essential, then the Razer Naga Chroma could be the mouse for you. I hope this review has helped you.
I have liked computer technology for a long time, since childhood, and have always been involved with various hardware and software. With my degree in computer engineering from a university recognized, it was a dream that came true and allowed me to quickly pursue my dreams. Currently, I work on various sites as a device reviewer and content writer.