The Razer Naga Pro could very well be the best wireless gaming mouse that I have used to date. The Naga range has been going strong for over a decade, with the original mouse primarily targeting MMO players. However, a lot has changed since then. Whilst MMOs still dominate the PC gaming sector, the rise of FPS titles such as Counterstrike and Rainbow Six: Siege, not to mention the recent popularity growth in battle royale games, means that the Razer Naga had to evolve to offer something considerably more versatile. Having a mouse with over 10 side buttons may be useful for an MMO, but do not have a place in Call of Duty Warzone. With this in mind, Razer went into the business of creating gaming mice with swappable side plates. The Naga Trinity was born and was widely considered as the one of the best gaming mice on offer. The side plates would have different button arrangements, allowing you to very quickly adapt your mouse to fit the game you were playing. The Razer Naga Pro is the evolution of the Naga Trinity, and refines everything that its predecessor was known for.
The Naga Pro utilizes Razer’s latest technology in a variety of key areas. It still ships with the three swappable side plates, however it also contains three totally separate methods for you to connect to your PC or laptop, two of which are wireless. This means that the Naga Pro essentially fits every single use case. You no longer need separate mice for your separate computers. You can literally use the same mouse.
At a price point of £149.99 on Razer’s official website, this is not a cheap offering. However, what you’re investing in is the culmination of 12 years of experience specifically gone into the Naga range to give you the best mouse that you can ask for. It isn’t quite perfect for every single gamer, and it is absolutely fair that not everyone can prioritize spending £150 on a mouse, however if you’re ever looking to burst into the eSports scene, you cannot rely on a stock mouse.
As far as size goes, the Naga Pro is on the slightly chunkier side. For example, I found the Razer Viper Ultimate narrower and therefore more comfortable for anything non-gaming related, but that’s only because it doesn’t have a side plate. The Naga Pro is almost 3 inches wide, and that’s because of the side plate. The extra width is completely worth it because you end up having access to additional buttons on the side, which will completely change your game. At approximately 116g, the Naga Pro isn’t even heavy. In fact, for a mouse of this size, it’s actually on the lighter side and that also helps your gaming performance quite significantly. I’m sure some would prefer a heavier mouse, but the weight cannot be changed.
Ergonomics in a gaming mouse are everything, and the Naga Pro excels in this department. This is a mouse designed for right-handed gamers. Razer realised that the addition of buttons on the side plate could add the risk of the player accidentally pressing one of those easily. To counter this, the Naga Pro has a very clear concaved slope on the left side of the mouse. This ensures that you’ll only end up pressing buttons if you really want to. I played 4 hours of Warzone and 3 hours of Warcraft with this mouse, and I never once pressed the side buttons without meaning to. This goes for every single plate.
The actual unboxing experience is similar to what you’d expect from a Razer product. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of an Apple product, but every single component is very well protected. In the case of the Naga Pro, the mouse already comes with one plate attached, and the other two plates are securely housed within the plastic moulding. There is absolutely no chance of any of the hardware breaking upon transit. Along with the actual mouse and side plates, the Naga Pro also comes with a 6-foot braided Razer Speedflex cable that will both charge your mouse and convert it into a wired device. It also comes with the standard instruction manuals, stickers etc. It’s important to note that if you ever see any pictures of the Naga Pro on a dock (including in our review), the dock is sold separately. If you’re going to spend £150 on the Naga Pro, I highly recommend that you buy the dock with it. The mouse looks stunning whilst it sits on the dock as its Chroma RGB pulsates in sync with the mouse’s RGB lighting to let you know that it is charging. As things stand, Razer’s UK website does not offer any discounts on the dock if you buy the mouse, but this may change in the future since the US shop does.
As mentioned earlier, the mouse has three connectivity settings. The first is the wired setting, for which you can use the included braided cable. Alternatively, you can use one of the wireless options. The first one is via standard Bluetooth. Although I don’t recommend using this for gaming, this can be very helpful if you are connecting to a secondary device and don’t want to take the dongle with you. It also provides the best battery life. The final option is via the Razer HyperSpeed dongle. This is a USB-A dongle which lets you connect wirelessly using Razer’s 2.4GHz HyperSpeed technology. When using this mode, I honestly couldn’t tell a single difference between wireless and wired. Just a heads up – if you’re unboxing your mouse and you don’t like to read instruction manuals, the dongle comes packaged inside the mouse itself! You need to remove the side plate to see the dongle nicely flushed inside. Many wireless mice do this, and I’m glad that Razer lets you put the dongle in a secure slot within the mouse so you don’t have to worry about it separately.
As far as side plates go, I’m sure all of them have very important uses. I am not a hardcore MMO player, so it’s very difficult for me to fully appreciate the 12-button side plate. This plate gives you access to 12 additional buttons all of which can be clicked with your thumb. This is clearly the plate that is the toughest to get used to. If you have stocky thumbs, you’re more likely to accidentally press more than one button at the same time. It’s the side plate that requires you to get the most practice, but is only useful if you’re an MMO gamer. Nonetheless, the layout is fantastic and I really have no complaints.
My favourite plate is the one with six buttons. As someone who is loves playing Apex Legends, the six button layout is absolutely perfect. Similar to the other plates, every single button can be fully programmed. Apex Legends is one of the more complex battle royales due to the large number of actions you can carry out. Apex Legends gives you the ability to use your tactical ability, ultimate ability, equip grenades, activate health, shield toggle or push to talk. Those six actions (as well as others if you prefer) can be mapped to each button. This gives you an incredible amount of freedom on your keyboard to focus on purely character movement.
Finally, for games like Warzone that have lesser actions, you can use the side plate with only two buttons. The added benefit of this plate is that it also provides the best grip. In fact, the lesser the buttons, the better the grip. The two-button setup is something that a lot of gaming mice have built in, so this is perhaps the least unique of all the side plates.
A lot of other mice allow you to program their buttons, but the fact that the Naga Pro provides three different plates is truly unique, especially when combined with the company’s proprietary software, Razer Synapse 3. This software needs to be installed in order for any customization to take place. Fortunately, it’s very simple to use and it will even automatically detect your Naga Pro as long as you’ve updated to the latest version.
Taking off the plates is also an extremely simple process. The side plates attach to the mouse via a very strong magnet. You don’t even need to push the plate in. Once it is close enough to the mouse, it will automatically snap into place. There is a little groove on the side of the plate that allows you to easily take it off too.
The performance of the actual mouse is second to none. When used wirelessly, Razer claims that it can last for up to 150 hours on a single charge via Bluetooth. That is an insanely high battery life. You can essentially use it for 6 days for a full 24 hours and it still will have juice left over! If you use the HyperSpeed wireless mode, you can get 100 hours of battery life, which is also more than anyone would need.
In true Razer fashion, the Naga Pro contains the full Chroma RGB lighting. You can use Synapse 3 to control the lights too. The lights come through the mouse scroll wheel, the side plate buttons and through the actual Razer logo. Unfortunately, only the 12 button side plate has lighting effects. I’m not quite sure why this is the case, but it really shouldn’t bother most gamers.
The Naga Pro also takes advantage of Razer’s optical mouse switch. This provides instant actuation which ultimately results in a faster response time for mouse clicks. More importantly, since these switches don’t require actual mechanical contact, the mouse will last longer. Although there is no lifetime guarantee on the product, the Naga Pro claims to have a durability of up to 70 million clicks. That’s a 40% increase from a traditional mouse switch.
Every time you change the game you’re playing, you don’t need to fire up Synapse 3 to reconfigure the mouse. In fact, the mouse can store up to 5 profiles. There are custom settings you can fire up via the software, but I never found myself using this. Most gamers don’t play more than 5 games at a time, so allowing this many configuration sets is the right amount.
I personally feel that there is a small amount of room for improvement with the Naga line. Firstly, you cannot adjust the weight of the mouse. Some mice allow you to add or remove tiny weights to suit the gamer’s needs. If Razer can somehow incorporate this into the next Naga mouse (even if it comes at the expense of reducing the battery life), I think that could be a huge win. Secondly, there should be a mouse for lefties. They usually miss out and although Razer has a left-handed edition of the Naga, there currently isn’t an option for the Naga Pro.
As far as wireless gaming mice go, the Razer Naga Pro is absolutely the best in class. It may come with a steep price tag, but what you get is a mouse that can be wired or wireless, can be used for MMOs or basic shooters, and even configured for shortcuts for software that aren’t gaming-related. Essentially, it covers almost every use case as long as you’re right handed! Whilst the Naga Pro is testament to mouse-engineering at its finest, what helps it stand out from the crowd is Razer Synapse 3, which I believe to be the best customization software that any peripherals company offers today. The Naga Pro works seamlessly with Synapse 3. If you’re a hardcore gamer who doesn’t have a low budget for a premium gaming mouse, you will not be disappointed with the Razer Naga Pro.