Razer’s been making minor — however spectacular — updates to its gaming mice over the previous 12 months. However its MMO-focused Naga line has at all times been at or close to the highest of our listing of greatest gaming mice for gamers of MMOs and MOBAs. And, ever for the reason that introduction of the Razer Naga Trinity, it’s been probably the most versatile gaming mice, largely because of its interchangeable facet plates.
So, the place does Razer go from there?
Apparently, much more versatile: the brand new Razer Naga V2 Professional maintains its predecessor’s swappable facet plates and provides in a uniquely customizable scroll wheel that lets customers tweak scroll pressure, variety of scroll steps, and haptic really feel. It’s wi-fi, with three connectivity choices, and has an upgraded Focus Professional 30K optical sensor in addition to the model’s third-gen optical switches. It boasts as much as 150 hours of battery life over 2.4GHz wi-fi (as much as 300 hours over Bluetooth), and has as much as 20 programmable buttons, together with the three-click scroll wheel and the profile change on the underside of the mouse.
These spectacular options and specs come at a value, naturally: the Naga V2 Professional retails for $179.99 — and that’s simply the mouse (no wi-fi charging dock or different equipment). That’s to not say the Naga V2 Professional isn’t value it, as a result of it completely is, if you happen to want an extremely versatile mouse. However does anybody really need an extremely versatile mouse?
Design and Consolation of the Naga V2 Professional
The Naga V2 Professional is a medium-sized wi-fi mouse with interchangeable facet plates and a customizable scroll wheel. It doesn’t deviate a lot, design-wise, from the Razer Naga Professional (or the Razer Naga X); the Naga V2 Professional has the identical right-handed, gently-sloped physique as its predecessors, with a hump that’s nearer to the rear of the mouse and a ridge on the appropriate facet for resting your ring finger. It’s housed in a plastic chassis with a clean, matte black end, and it has a textured panel on its proper facet (below the ring finger ridge).
I wasn’t floored by how comfy the Naga V2 Professional was, however I did discover it to be a really comfy mouse, general. I’ve medium-sized palms and comparatively lengthy fingers, and this mouse is on the bigger facet of medium (although it’s not so long as the DeathAdder V3 Professional or the Basilisk V3 Professional), measuring 4.7 x 2.97 x 1.72 inches (119.5 x 75.5 x 43.3mm). It weighs 4.72 ounces (134g), which is fairly heavy, even for an MMO/MOBA mouse — the Redragon M913 Influence Elite weighs 4.55 ounces (130g), the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite weighs 4.3 ounces (122g), and Razer’s personal Naga Professional weighs 4.12 ounces (116.5g). The additional weight didn’t hassle me, however I’m a palm-gripper who prefers heavier mice.
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The Naga V2 Professional comes with three interchangeable facet plates with 12, six, and two buttons. The facet plates connect magnetically, which makes them very straightforward to swap out. The 12-button plate has numbered buttons with RGB, which could be personalized in Razer’s Synapse 3 software program. The six- and two-button plates wouldn’t have RGB, however do have textured panels for grip.
There’s a small slot below facet plates the place you possibly can retailer the mouse’s 2.4GHz wi-fi dongle while you’re not utilizing it (e.g. if you happen to join by means of Bluetooth or the Razer Mouse Dock Professional).
The Naga V2 Professional additionally comes with a 2.4GHz wi-fi dongle, a 6-foot (1.8m) USB-C to USB-A Speedflex cable, and a USB extender.
On the underside of the mouse you’ll discover the facility/connectivity change, a profile change button, and a detachable puck that may be changed with the wi-fi charging puck from the Razer Mouse Dock Professional (bought individually). The profile change button could be reprogrammed in Razer’s Synapse 3 software program. This provides the mouse a complete of 10, 14, or 20 programmable buttons, together with the three-way clickable scroll wheel (proper, left, and common click on).
|Sensor Mannequin||Focus Professional 30K Optical Sensor|
|Max Sensitivity||30,000 DPI|
|Max Pace (IPS)||750|
|Polling Charges||125/500/1,000 Hz|
|Programmable Buttons||10/14/20 (together with 3-click scroll wheel)|
|Cable||6-ft USB-C to USB-A, Razer Speedflex|
|Connectivity||2.4GHz wi-fi, Bluetooth, wired (USB-C)|
|Measurements (L x W x H)||4.7 x 2.97 x 1.72 inches / 119.5 x 75.5 x 43.5mm|
|Weight (excluding cable)||4.72oz / 134g|
Efficiency of the Naga V2 Professional
The Naga V2 Professional options Razer’s Focus Professional 30K optical sensor, which has a most sensitivity of 30,000 DPI, a most velocity of 750 IPS, and a most acceleration of 70g. It makes use of Razer’s gen-3 optical switches, that are rated for 90 million clicks (which is… loads). All the Naga V2 Professional’s buttons, together with all 12 on the 12-button facet plate, are well-placed and simple to press.
I examined the Naga V2 Professional with all three facet plates in a wide range of video games, together with an MMO (Elder Scrolls On-line), a MOBA (League of Legends), a single-player FPS (The Callisto Protocol), and a aggressive on-line FPS (Overwatch 2). The Naga V2 Professional carried out properly throughout the board — the sensor was correct and exact, there was no noticeable click on latency, and buttons provided simply the correct amount of tactile suggestions.
Whereas I didn’t thoughts the Naga V2 Professional’s heftiness general, it was a bit of too heavy in each single-player and aggressive first individual shooters. In video games the place pace is prime precedence, an ultra-light mouse such because the DeathAdder V3 Professional goes to win for me, each time.
The Naga V2 Professional is semi-compatible with Razer’s Mouse Dock Professional ($70). It could possibly join by means of the Mouse Dock Professional (in lieu of its 2.4GHz dongle) and cost wirelessly. It can not benefit from the Mouse Dock Professional’s built-in 4K HyperPolling transceiver (neither is it appropriate with Razer’s HyperPolling Wi-fi Dongle), and has a most polling fee of 1,000 Hz.
This isn’t actually a difficulty, since polling charges above 1,000 Hz are primarily for speed-focused avid gamers at an elite, aggressive stage of play — and, as we’ve established, this isn’t actually that type of mouse within the first place. Nevertheless, that is value declaring for anybody considering of choosing up the Mouse Dock Professional — wi-fi charging is all you’ll get. The Naga V2 Professional can be appropriate with Razer’s Wi-fi Charging Puck, which could be bought individually for $20 and works with any Qi-certified wi-fi charging system.
Options and Software program of the Naga V2 Professional
You may configure the Naga V2 Professional utilizing Razer’s Synapse 3 software program. The primary display has a top-down mouse view, in addition to facet views for every of the three facet plates; you don’t want to have a particular facet plate hooked up to program its buttons. All buttons, together with the profile change button on the underside of the mouse, are programmable (with two layers of programmability by way of Razer’s HyperShift function). The mouse has onboard reminiscence with room to retailer as much as 5 profiles.
Along with button programming, you can too alter the mouse’s DPI to be as detailed (or not) as you want. The mouse ships with 5 customary DPI levels (400 – 6400), which you’ll cycle by means of utilizing the DPI change button (second button below the scroll wheel). You may change these levels, take away steps, or allow totally different DPI settings for vertical (x-axis) and horizontal (y-axis) mouse motion.
Maybe probably the most attention-grabbing function of the Naga V2 Professional is its HyperScroll Professional scroll wheel, which has six totally different modes, together with a user-adjusted customized mode. These modes vary from “distinct,” which has excessive scroll pressure and a decrease variety of scroll steps for agency, distinct scrolling; to “ultra-fine,” which has reasonable scroll pressure and a really excessive variety of scroll steps for comfortable, however nonetheless tactile, scrolling; to “clean scroll,” which has zero scroll pressure for seamless, fluid motion.
You may rearrange the mode order, toggle modes on or off, and activate choices similar to “browser detection,” which routinely switches the scroll mode to “clean scroll” while you open browsers or different purposes. You too can arrange the customized scroll mode along with your most well-liked scroll pressure (0 – 100) and variety of scroll steps (0 – 96), and alter the best way scrolling feels utilizing the haptics graph.
There are different mice with scroll wheels that change between notched/tactile scrolling and clean scrolling, together with Razer’s Basilisk V3 Professional, however the Naga V2 Professional’s customization is exclusive. The Naga V2 Professional’s scroll wheel modes are software-reliant, in contrast to the tactile/free-spinning scroll wheels on a few of Logitech’s mice (together with the G502 X Plus and the MX Grasp 3S), that are hardware-based.
Wi-fi Expertise and Battery Life
The Naga V2 Professional affords three types of connectivity: wi-fi (2.4GHz wi-fi and Bluetooth) and wired (USB-C). It comes with a 2.4GHz wi-fi USB-A dongle, in addition to a six-foot USB-C to USB-A Razer Speedflex cable.
Razer says the Naga V2 Professional’s battery will last as long as 150 hours with a 2.4-GHz wi-fi connection, and as much as 300 hours with a Bluetooth connection. These numbers had been clearly calculated with RGB lighting turned off: I initially used the mouse with the lighting on (and set to max brightness), and I used to be hitting 50% after a day’s value of reasonable use. However after I turned the lighting off, the mouse dropped from 100% to simply 96% in the identical period of time.
The Razer Naga V2 Professional’s interchangeable facet plates and distinctive, multi-mode scroll wheel make it probably the most customizable mice in the marketplace. It’s additionally spec’d out with Razer’s Focus Professional 30K sensor and 150+ hours of battery life, and its value displays that. At $180, it’s probably the most costly gaming mice in the marketplace — and that quantity doesn’t even embody a wi-fi charging dock (the $170 Roccat Kone XP Air comes with a dock).
The Naga V2 Professional is an glorious gaming mouse, nevertheless it’s full of options many avid gamers might not want or use. How typically do you actually count on to swap facet plates? My guess is just not typically — I can see sometimes swapping between two, however three? And whereas the Naga V2 Professional’s customizable scroll wheel is exclusive, it feels a bit pointless. All the preset scroll modes (minus clean scroll) had been a bit of too stiff for me, so I spent most of my time swapping between clean scroll and my customized (tactile) mode — I’d choose a great two-mode setup to 5 – 6 unusable modes any day.
For MMO gamers who don’t want a mouse that may rework right into a mouse that’s not for MMOs, Razer additionally launched the Naga V2 HyperSpeed ($99.99). The V2 HyperSpeed has the identical form-factor and sensor because the V2 Professional, nevertheless it ditches the interchangeable plates for a hard and fast 12-button setup and the customizable HyperScroll Professional wheel for an everyday HyperScroll wheel with two modes (tactile and free-spin). The V2 HyperSpeed is wi-fi and powered by way of battery (1x AA) for as much as 250 hours over 2.4GHz wi-fi and as much as 400 hours over Bluetooth.