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Gear Check: Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse + Megasoma Mousing Surface!
19.10.2009 um 02:02
Greetings Wowhead denizens! You may remember a few months ago I got my hands on some sweet Razer gaming peripherals and was able to give them a go and
share my opinions
with the rest of you. Back then we were looking at the
Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard
Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse
, and the
Razer Destructor Precision Gaming Surface
. I enjoyed using all of the products, and still use the Lycosa and Destructor to this day - anyone who has caught me on Team Fortress 2 or in our #Wowhead IRC channel has probably heard my blathering on about how much I love my Lycosa. Razer's new additions are no exception to the quality and performance I have come to expect from their products. Their latest offerings include the
Razer Megasoma™ Professional Gaming Mouse Mat
, a sleek, hybrid silicon mousepad that combines the best of both worlds and (most importantly) Razer's first ever MMO mouse - the
We'll be looking at both of these sweet new toys after the jump!
Starting with the Razer Megasoma - I'm sure most casual gamers (yes, this includes some WoW players) don't see much purpose to having a fancy-shmancy mousepad. Having a professional grade mousing surface can only improve so much, since all you're really doing in World of Warcraft is pointing and clicking, and every once in a while rotating your camera. I'd assume many players are using typical foam mousepads (or probably even the cool map ones included in the World of Warcraft Collector's Editions). Some players might not even be using mousepads at all (ok, I pity you - I really do). But if you're considering something different, the Razer Megasoma is an excellent choice. For starters, the mousing surface is made of silicon - not foam or plastic, so it's flexible and smooth, not a difficult jump from a normal mousepad. However, it has a sweet, delicately textured surface similar to that found on Razer's hard mat offerings (such as the Destructor I mentioned earlier). I found no issue with tracking, and found the Megasoma to be a comfortable surface for even the most twitchy, swift mouse movements. When I'm not on World of Warcraft I play a lot of first-person shooters, and the Megasoma proved itself quite nicely on the battlefield, especially when paired with an excellent gaming mouse.
Speaking of excellent gaming mice - holy cow, the Razer Naga. I don't even know where to start with this thing - it has seventeen freakin' buttons! SEVENTEEN. I'm pretty bad with keybindings; I've previously used a Logitech G11 keyboard and had absolutely nothing macro'd to any of the G keys over the year that I used it. I play some FPS with nothing but vocal emotes keybound. Don't tell anyone else, but I actually click some of my WoW hotkeys—that's right—with the mouse. Now that this shocking testimonial is out of the way—did I mention that it has seventeen buttons? The Razer Naga features a grid of 12 keys found on the right hand thumb side of the mouse, which correspond to in-game hotkeys. There is a switch at the bottom of the device which allows you to switch between using your number keys (1-=) to the NumPad grid (found on the right side of most typical keyboards). These side keys can be used as alternatives to your normal World of Warcraft hotkeys (since, by default, the main action bar is keybound to 1 through =) and can be further customized through use of the Razer Naga in-game addon, though it is worth mentioning that the addon is
required. The buttons also feature a cool blue backlight that can be toggled on or off via the external Naga Configurator program.
In addition to providing an excellent (and customizable) experience through the innovative button grid featured on the Naga, the mouse also excels in pretty much every OTHER way imaginable. It is probably the most comfortable mouse I have ever used, with a sort of rubbery finish and a body that comfortable caters to extended hours of play (casual or not). I thought the finger rest groove on the right side of the mouse was an excellent feature, as I found myself often resting my hand casually on the mouse while playing and experienced no discomfort even after extended play sessions. This is a mouse that most players shouldn't have any difficulty growing accustomed to, especially once you get past the seemingly ominous button grid.
Or is it really that ominous? It's definitely worth mentioning that Razer have gone out of their way with this one to insure that players are able to get the most out of their Razer Naga mouse. Included with the mouse is the 'Razer Naga Grid Trainer,' a small instructional card including two sheets of "trainers," which are small silicon gel stickers shaped either like dots, or like the actual buttons, which can be applied to the Razer Naga to help players become more comfortable with the button layout. Razer have even made an
on the use of these 'Trainers,' though they are also quite sure that the vast majority of players new to the Razer Naga will become comfortable with the button layout within 18 hours of gameplay. My own experience was no exception - as someone who previously would never use anything other than mouse 1 - 3, I plugged in the Naga and was immediately able to jump into a Heroic dungeon in World of Warcraft and challenge myself to succesfully complete it (with no wipes, of course) without using my keyboard. Using only mouse 1+2 for movement (with mouse3 bound to auto-run) and using the button grid corresponding to my hotkeys, I had no problems healing the run - and it was definitely a fun and different experience!
You can further customize your in-game keybinding configuration using the World of Warcraft Razer Naga addon, which also serves as an extensive and customizable bar addon. I didn't find much reason to use the addon, personally, as you can achieve basically the same result using whichever hotbar addon you may have previously used (in my case,
) by simply setting ingame keybindings appropriately. The Razer addon (obviously) does feature Naga-specific tie-in functionality that players may prefer, and it's worth mentioning that you can configure Razer's addon to look/perform basically the same as any other major bar addon. Razer's
official Naga website
features a nice video section which includes tutorials on
installing the mouse software and in-game addon
configuring the addon and in-game keybindings
A very cool product from a very cool company who have truly gone out of their way to show that they're committed to providing some pretty awesome stuff when it comes to the world of gaming peripherals. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a
I'd like to get to know better...
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