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Razer Naga V2 Pro Review

Increasing The Level Cap On Razer's MMO Newest Mouse

Ed Orr Posted:
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The Naga is part of an exclusive clique of gaming peripherals. A class of handheld companion that glides with purpose, not simply happy to take a headshot but ready to tank, heal, and unleash a hot bar of destruction. These are MMO mice. Now, Razer has a new iteration of its own iconic 20 button beast for us to test, with the launch of the Razer Naga V2 Pro.

This brand new MMO mouse comes to market over a decade after the Naga combined Razer's philosophy with a glut of buttons. It follows the very first Pro version of this range and combines wireless freedom, impressive flexibility, and a range of the most modern improvements for potential owners.

Specifications

  • Current Price:  $179.99 (Amazon)
  • Connectivity: Razer HyperSpeed Wireless (2.4GHz) / Bluetooth / USB C Speedflex Cable
  • Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor
  • Maximum Sensitivity: 30000
  • Maximum Speed: 750 IPS
  • Maximum Acceleration: 70g
  • Programmable Buttons: 10 / 14 / 20
  • Switches: Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
  • Switch Lifecycle: 90 Million Clicks
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 119.5 mm / 4.70 in x 75.5 mm / 2.97 in x 43.5 mm / 1.72 in
  • Weight: 134 g / 0.295 lbs

Razer Naga V2 Pro - Out The Box

If nothing else the newest mouse to bear the Naga name is ostensibly Razer by design. The green and black branding and the streamlined packaging gets right to the point. The entire package comes with just a sheet of stickers that I still can’t fathom these days, the mouse, a USB 2.4Ghz adaptor, a custom USB A to C cable, the essential 2.4Ghz receiver, a manual, and three sets of interchangeable buttons that look suspiciously identical to the 2020 counterpart.

Razer Naga V2 Pro - First Impressions

Much like the external box, the new Naga Pro doesn’t particularly deviate from established Razer doctrine. The rounded backside, slowly sloping front, and flared buttons give a familiar feel to anybody wielding any other Naga. Size is almost identical to the rest of this range. Weight isn’t far off either. The 17 grams, that’s 0.015 lbs for the rest of you, increase from the last pro version feels so evenly distributed that it is difficult to even identify where that has been stuffed into the familiar shell. That still brings this potential purchase in at nearly double the weight of esports-focused alternatives, although the familiar palm grip and right-handed orientation meant I struggled to find it a problem.

The plastic top has a finely textured feel. Unlike my battered old Trinity, this helps stop sweaty fingers from ending raids early or leaving too many oily marks. As if to confirm that assertion, a rubberized pad can also be found plastered on either side of this mouse. This is yet another holdover from the earlier progenitor and the combination of materials gives new owners a little extra stability, whichever direction the next attack comes from. Largely, it’s more of the same from Razer, bundling in a mix of iconic design and the best improvements that have crept into the Naga range over the years.

Razer Naga V2 Pro - Feel

Just like the aesthetics, both the feel in hand and general performance of the Naga V2 Pro doesn’t stray too far from the familiar. A recognizable form and weight meant jumping into Guild Wars 2 was like greeting a familiar friend. A natural palm handhold puts every actionable skill in easy reach. Even smaller digits than my medium-sized man hands should find minimal strain while clawing their way to victory and spamming the side options.

Movement in game and across a range of gaming surface materials feels reassuringly stable. Whether you choose to plug the Speedflex cable in and go full DPS or roam the world on wireless 2.4Ghz and Bluetooth, the performance makes the Naga V2 Pro feel utterly deadly. Polling can crank up as high as 1000Hz without trouble, DPI settings range up as high as 30000, and the brand-new scroll wheel configuration makes a perfect weapon for even the fussiest Cleric.

The result is a responsive performance that doesn’t stop at the sensor. The third generation of the Singaporean outfit’s custom optical switches come nestled below each trigger button. These proprietary optical switches do make comparisons to off the shelf components difficult, but to say that these are some of the finest clickers I’ve ever used is also true. As you’d expect, Razer’s own design carries on from older Naga mice to ensure pleasantly crisp feedback when pressed and a short distance to actuate, so no skill is ever wasted when raid time rolls in. 

Razer Naga V2 Pro - WiFi, Wired, And Bluetooth

However good your main healer, it'd be even better to just get out of the fire. Moving around the hellscapes of my desktop and out of the line of an approaching wipe is graciously assisted by the available 2.4Ghz wireless connection and Bluetooth. The HyperSpeed tech that powers deskside roaming isn’t just strong. We played through the latest Battle for Lion’s Arch from another room.

On testing, this falls somewhere in a range where monitor latency is likely to far outweigh the time from trigger finger to taking in-game action, and the time I was done with a weekend of action wireless headshots seem interchangeable with wired support.  While Bluetooth does inevitably introduce further latency, real-world play still made this viable for anybody looking for a bit of laid-back open world or some casual dungeon runs.

Razer Naga V2 Pro - Freedom of Choice

No matter the content in front of you, the Naga V2 Pro provides 3 different physical configurations to choose from. Three left-side face plates can be seamlessly interchanged thanks to a magnetic interface that even allows mid-match hot swapping. The three included face plates are seemingly identical to the first Naga Pro but provide a tried and tested way to take 12 6 or two extra attacks into battle. 

Unlike the plug-and-play configuration of the ill-fated Roccat Nyth, individual buttons cannot be physically removed. Instead, Razer follows its already established approach, using snap-on side panels peppered with extra buttons. Among these, the 12-button configuration is a particularly satisfying fit, with sure responses and a subtle curve that naturally fits the form of a thumb without being obnoxious and off-putting. There’s a clear acknowledgment that if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it.

This same approach is evident when the Razer Synapse software kicks in, opening up the Razer ecosystem to new recruits and chroma RGB warriors. I’m not going to dive too far down this trench of illuminated settings, except to confirm that it continues to power the iconic Razer logo, allows players to load a range of onboard settings, set individual button actions, change the lift-off height, modify the polling rate, and far more. Particular highlights of this version include the HyperShift key, which acts as a programmable modifier for each actionable button, and the brand-new scroll wheel haptics.

Click over to the scroll wheel configuration and six pre-picked modes are on offer. These graphs represent a distinct and configurable resistance curve that modifies the tension and scroll steps across a 360-degree rotation. Additional profiles can be set, spawning a change to the way the scroll wheel moves. It’s an odd feeling to jump from a blunt click-and-scroll system, to something with the finesse of this new feature. Anybody looking for firm haptic pushback for definitive weapon swapping or an unhindered scroll will immediately notice the difference, which is why I am perplexed by this addition to the newest Naga. This isn’t a Deathadder, and I struggle to find a situation in most MMOs where this ability to tweak the scroll wheel behavior will be the difference between victory and defeat. However, that’s not to play down an addition that has far more use than blazing RGB. If you actively use the scroll wheel for flashing between targets or porting out of desperate situations then start on this page.

Razer Naga V2 Pro - Weapon Of Choice (Final Thoughts)

The Razer Naga V2 Pro is a stellar option for PC gamers preparing to take on Dragonflight, returning to New World, or having a little alone time in Torchlight Infinite. The level of customization, accurate responses, and the feel under finger make it worth the 

$179.99 / £179.99 outlay. Whether I turn to that multitude of customization options, solid software, smooth tracking, or refined feel of firing the Razer Naga V2 Pro is simply the apex of MMO mice. Despite that undeniable fact, this version is more of a refresh than a revolution, building on the rest of the Naga lineup. Competitive gamers, FPS and even MOBA players might find this a little too much, although those of us that don’t just duel in the jungle will appreciate this refresh of an iconic mouse.

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9.0Amazing
Pros
  • Sublime responses
  • Great haptics
  • Tons of customization
  • Solid upgrade over last generation
Cons
  • Undeniably pricey
  • Niche market
  • Likely too much function for many


Hysterical2

Ed Orr