Razer's Naga Epic Chroma Helps with Slaying Mobs
Having a proper gaming mouse nowadays is almost a necessary investment if you want to enhance your gaming experience. DPI sensitivity, weight, the fit on your hand and of course mouse buttons all are essential factors when choosing the right mouse. Gaming mouse manufacturers are now designing mice that are more specific to specific genres of games. Enter Razer’s latest attempt on making you an efficient killing (or healing) machine for your favorite MMO, the Naga Epic Chroma.
Packaging and Unboxing of the Naga Epic Chroma
The Naga Epic Chroma comes in a nice looking black box that feels really premium about the whole thing. Opening the packaging almost feels like opening a chest. I don’t know if this was a conscious design choice, but because of the way it is oriented and how the packaging is hinged, it really does feel like opening a chest containing some “phat loot”.
Drivers & Software
While unboxing the Naga Epic Chroma, I was surprised that there was no CD for drivers and software for the mouse, nor was there a download link for me to go to grab the drivers from there. I was pretty surprised that when I plugged the cradle into the USB port of my computer, a downloader ran automatically and downloaded the latest drivers and software for the mouse. It was pretty refreshing that a piece of PC hardware will do this for you as I am used to downloading drivers or popping in a CD before being able to use the said hardware which was a huge time saver on my part. Kudos for Razer for thinking ahead!
Software for the mouse is pretty straight forward. You can basically assign keys or key combinations per button if you have further customization needs in mind. You can even assign multiple profiles so you can have different sets of buttons depending on how you want to use them. You could also adjust the sensitivity of the mouse as well as add some acceleration. There’s a slider that you can play with or you can directly input the values if you have you already know what your sweet spots are.
Good news to those who aren’t particular for customization, you can pretty much plug and play and load up with your favorite mmorpg. By default, the button assignments are already done since it uses you numbers 1-12 keys found on your keyboard. I had zero problems running on default which I pretty much did while using the mouse.
Speaking of customization, you could also customize the colors of the mouse wheel and side buttons to truly call your Naga Epic Chroma your own. Picking colors from the color wheel is pretty cool as the mouse can reproduce up to 16.8 million colors. For those who are not particular on setting on a color, you could also set it to pulse with random colors which has a pretty sweet effect to it if you want to stop and stare at your mouse from time to time.
Design and Feel
Initially, what caught me off guard was the massive amount of buttons were to be found on the left side of the Naga Epic Chroma. You had buttons that were labeled with numbers and arranged accordingly from 1-12. Obviously to be used in conjunction with your skill bars in MMOs. When holding the mouse the first time, I had a bit of a problem adjusting my hand to grip it properly without touching the buttons on the side. Since I was used to another mouse (Logitech G700s), I usually held it in a manner that my thumb is resting mostly on the middle of the mouse. Since the Naga Epic Chroma had 4 rows of buttons on the side, I had to learn to adjust my thumb resting a bit higher. It actually works out and is comfortable when you browse the web or do other non-gaming activities.
As for the weight of the Naga Epic Chroma, it was nice and solid. As mentioned previously, I was used to the weight of the G700s, which is a pretty heavy mouse on its own right. If I were going to make a direct comparison, it feels a bit lighter than the G700s. I’m hoping this could help you give an idea on the weight of the mouse as this is pretty much subjective from person to person.
When it came to gaming though, I initially had my qualms about all those buttons on the side. When playing MMOs, I was used to pushing the number keys on my keyboard that it came very instinctively to me when I had to call on skills. With the Naga Epic Chroma, admittedly, there was a bit of learning curve for me to fully utilize the side buttons. I fought the urge to use my keyboard hand to press the number keys and had to consciously made an effort to remember to press the buttons on the mouse instead. Although, after an hour or so of playing, I was able to shake off the old habit and started to rely on the side buttons when I activated my skills. The whole experience on relying on the side buttons of the mouse was really good. I found my keyboard hand now free to concentrate more on movement and positioning of my character and I could react faster if I had to move away or dodge from an attack.
My only complaint with the side buttons is that I sometimes get confused on which key I’m trying to hit. I sometimes find myself peaking in the mouse if I was hitting the right number, most especially if the key I’m trying to hit are on the lower rows. If there was like a tactile-like indicator to help you guide your thumb without having to look at the mouse, I think that would have been a great design feature. Nevertheless, if you’ll be using this mouse for months to come, I’m confident that you’ll be able to master the position of the keys in no time.
Wireless performance and Battery Life
I was most delighted to find out the the Naga Epic Chroma was a wireless mouse. I initially assumed that it was a wired mouse since the market is usually filled with wired gaming mice. If you’re a neat freak for your workstation area, you could be rest assured that you won’t need to worry about having another wire to untangle. The wireless performance was also very spot on. I didn’t feel any delay or lag when it came to using the mouse both during gaming and other activities.
Being a wireless mouse, obviously the mouse will be powered by a battery. Thankfully, battery life isn’t much of an issue. In my pseudo-scientific way of measuring the battery life, I was able to use the mouse for 3 days with approximately 3 hours per each day before charging again. My rule of thumb for managing my charging is basically charge the mouse every other day to ensure uninterrupted game time. I wish that Razer also incorporated a battery meter on the mouse so you can quickly know how much battery you have left quickly. Currently, the only way of knowing your battery level is through the Synapse software. Since the mouse is proven to cycle through lights and pulsate in different speeds, I wish Razer could have used this as indicator that the battery is running out of juice and needs to be charged. Fortunately, if you do run out of power during a game session, you can use the cable that is connected to the dock and plug it directly to the mouse and continue gaming with no problems while it charges simultaneously.
All in all, the Naga Epic Chroma is a really good quality wireless gaming mouse which happens to be perfect for playing MMOs. Although, it’s safe to say that you could easily use this mouse for other game genres as the customization and bindings for the side buttons is pretty much endless. I’d recommend this mouse for all the MMO heads out there as well as the PC gaming enthusiast who is looking for a solid wireless gaming mouse.
If you want to check out more detailed tech specs for the mouse, you can find them here on Razer's site.
The mouse should be out now on your favorite gaming stores and it is priced accordingly per country: Singapore - SGD 199.90 Malaysia - MYR 429.00 Philippines - PHP 6,499.00