Razer is all about gamers. And with sharp-shooters in mind, it has revamped one of its flagship mice, the Naga. The new and improved Naga 2014 sets itself apart from the previous version with a few updated features, such as a new optical sensor. So can the 2014 version of the Naga win back the fifth star that its predecessor missed by a hair? Keep reading to find out!
DESIGN & BUILD
The Naga 2014's top panel is dressed in a lightly textured matte black plastic. Here in the lab, we prefer the feel of other models, such as the Roccat Kone XTD, which is a bit softer to the touch.
Last year's Naga came with three different-shaped ergonomic grips to make it fit comfortably in anyone's mitts. This year's Naga 2014 doesn't have this option, and instead opts for a one-size-fits-all build. The ring-finger-rest is set in place but it's matte instead of shiny this time, so it stays cleaner.
The right-hand panel of the mouse has a flat section so that you can push against it with your ring finger to stabilise your hand while your thumb reaches for the 12-button thumb grid. Unlike the other Nagas, the 2014 version therefore remains steady when your thumb enters into the game.
The left panel, with the 12-button thumb grid, has the same black matte finish as the rest of the mouse.
The sliders on the bottom of the Naga 2014 move smoothly and silently.
All in all, the Naga 2014 handles nicely, but it's a tad too short to support an adult player's wrist at 119 x 75 x 43 mm. We should point out that the 2014 Naga only weighs 105 grams, compared with 120 for the last model. Sure, it's only a difference of 15 grams, but that's noticeable when you lift up the mouse to reposition it. Still, that's the only time this mouse feels a bit cheap.
There are buttons everywhere! Just behind the scroll wheel are two buttons for adjusting the sensitivity on the fly with five customisable levels from 200 to 8,200 dpi (2,000 dpi is more than enough!). You can always assign a different function to these keys if you're not bothered about switching dpi. Just bear in mind that they're not easy to reach quickly, so you may not want to load them with functions you'll need to access quickly.
Under your thumb you'll find the 12 distinct buttons that made the Naga series a success. This time around they've been fitted with mechanical switches that give nice feedback and remain relatively quiet when pressed. In the 2014 Naga, the thumb panel's design has a concave shape, giving each button has a chiselled, angled build that makes it stand out from its neighbours. The 10th, 11th and 12th buttons are still hard to reach, but with this new design you can press them with your index finger if need be to keep things more comfortable.
The scroll wheel also got a makeover, scrolling horizontally as well as vertically.
The Naga 2014's driver lets you configure every single button. It's pretty user-friendly and has room for an unlimited number of control profiles. These can be switched between manually or set to load automatically when a given program starts. This makes the Naga 2014 just as useful for gaming as it is for graphics or office use. The only downside is that there's no smooth scrolling setting for the scroll wheel, which can be handy when browsing around the Internet or working in an Excel file. That's something that's available on only a few of Logitech's mice, like the G500S and the G700S.
With a maximum polling rate of 1,000 Hz (950 Hz in practice), the Naga 2014 will easily please day-to-day users (office work, web browsing) as well as those looking for more precision (gamers, graphic designers).
A gaming mouse needs a sensor that can track movements of at least 3 metres per second.However, you're going to need a pretty powerful computer to handle the extra CPU work (between 20% and 40% depending on the type of movements you're making). If you happen to be using a computer with limited processing power, like a netbook or a model with a low-power-use CPU, it's better to switch down to 500 Hz in the driver for a more comfortable experience.
That's no problem for the Naga 2014!
That's no problem for the Naga 2014!