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Razer Naga Hex
on January 23, 2012
The original naga gave me tendon problems in my fingers/hands, but the Naga Hex is zero pain since the thumb buttons are so easy to press. However, the the glossy plastic top is really annoying. my fingers stick on it. the pinky side of the naga mice have never fit my hand well either, further adding to the difficulty of pressing thumb buttons. (but with the Hex it's a breeze to push) it's difficult to grab the mouse with that "hump" over there. I wish razer would include interchangeable pinky plates with all their naga mice like they did on the naga epic. the naga hex seems a bit overpriced for what it is, nothing special. it's using Razer's older 3.5g sensor, green non-color changeable LED's and the cheap glossy plastic top. (rubber or rough plastic would have been nicer)
Razer really did do a good job on using mechanical buttons since they are the way to go. however, I'm always hitting the "5" button since I prefer to rest my thumb there, so it's gonna take some getting used to. Instead of this "Hex" marketing they should have just used a U-shape of buttons since that would feel much more natural. between this and the bad pinky side, it's difficult to pick up and lower the mouse. combined with their Z-axis lift tracking (cursor jumps an inch or two when you lift/lower) I bet this is why razer recommends 1600-1800 dpi so you're not lifting the mouse that much. coming from 800-1200 dpi for many years it will take some getting used to, but low DPI is just not feasible on this mouse because of the lift issues.
The ergonomics are pretty perfect if only the top wasn't glossy, and the pinky side had interchangeable plates. the shape favors a small hand palm grip or medium hand hybrid palm/claw. just don't expect to get much vertical movement with just your fingertips since your thumb will have to be holding onto the little "nub" inbetween the buttons. you're gonna need some wrist/arm action if you're using a low dpi.
Okay and one of the most fatal flaws (besides the glossy top) is apparently none of the Naga mice have onboard memory (except maybe the epic I think). so this means it's mandatory to use their driver software (Synapse 2.0) in order to use custom dpi or button configurations. the problem is, Synapse sucks. supposedly you can sync your settings across different computers? then why can't it sync your settings across the SAME computer? unplug/replug the mouse or change USB ports and ALL custom settings are GONE. If this had onboard memory this wouldn't be a problem, in fact I could just set up the settings i want and uninstall the drivers forever.
Basically in a nutshell, I think Razer cut some corners with this mouse and were more concerned with aesthetics than usability. the glossy top has nice graphics underneath but regular rough plastic or rubber would be much better. and the hexagon of buttons on the thumb side is not that optimal for most grips, however it's pretty easy to learn. like I said above, a U shape (turned clockwise) of buttons would have been much nicer.