Razer Naga Hex Review

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Video review coming soon

 

The Razer Naga Hex is the latest family member from the Naga series of mice and has been made specifically for MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) players.

 

First impressions made me think “holy crap this is pretty sleek”, however my next thought was “aww, the LED’s are green and my Razer keyboard is blue”. To be honest, I enjoy the green lighting, but the change after everything else has been made blue and can’t be changed is a little annoying. I plugged it in and fired up the new Synapse 2.0 driver to find it a dream. The way it ties in everything is amazing and the user interface is a lot easier than the old Razer drivers. However, I am finding some problems with the driver (at the time of writing this) which is a few moments after start-up, the cursor will jump around the screen and have a very low sensitivity, which goes away to the normal running but may be something that is being looked into.

 

The customisation of this mouse is actually quite grand, with the first you will notice being the adjustable and exchangeable thumb pads. The thumb pad is located in the centre of the six Hex buttons and comes with a total of 3 interchangeable pads. The first one is a slightly raised pad, the second brings the pad to the same height as the buttons and the last makes the thumb pad flush against the rest of the mouse, ie. no thumb pad. They are all very easy to switch, except the flush one which is difficult to get a grip of, but still relatively easy.

The next is a switch on the bottom of the mouse which changes the six pre-mapped keys from the numbers 1-6 above your qwerty keyboard to the 1-6 buttons on your numpad. This is quite handy if you set up macros to those keys and want to make a quick change between the two choices. Another quick point is in the Synapse 2.0 driver which allows you to change the DPI of your mouse in increments of 100DPI, where most other mice have pre-defined increments of 400-600DPI.

 

It is obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into the location of the Hex buttons. After many clashes on summoners rift, it is safe to say that the layout works. The buttons are all at a really easy to access position and leaves your left hand to focus on champion spells and summoner spells (with my setup anyways) and my previous bench-warmer thumb on the right hand now handles the items/potions and he feels socially included. If you play games other than MOBA titles (such as League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Defence of the Ancients) and still want to use your Naga Hex, you can easily macro the six Hex buttons to other things, such as grenades, equipment or whatever your little gamer heart desires.

 

Final thoughts are that the Naga Hex is a well built mouse targeted primarily at MOBA players who want that edge over their enemies. it may not seem like much, but next time you are spamming keys in your favoured MOBA (which this mouse can handle and register a whopping 250 clicks per minute) think to yourself ‘If I didn’t have to move my left hand to activate those item abilities, would I have pwned them instead of being pwned myself?’. I think you will find the answer to be yes, yes you will. This is definitely a mouse I would recommend to MOBA players, which I already do, so if you haven’t already be sure to check it out.