Razer have yet again very kindly supplied us with a review sample of the Razer Naga Hex v2 so we are able to bring you our review today.
First up – let’s have a look at the device in profile. This shot shows the unusual high ‘hump’ in the middle of the mouse and very high height it extends above the mouse pad in order to accommodate the 7-button wheel on the left-hand side of the mouse. The device features an outstanding coating – the device is hard plastic yet features a slightly ‘rough’ texture which helps improve your grip with the device without sacrificing durability:
Moving to the overhead shot, we can see that the mouse is relatively short in stature compared to its width. We can see the primary left / right click buttons, left/right rocking scroll wheel, the scroll wheel itself and the increase / decrease sensitivity buttons. Combined with the 7-button side wheel, this technically allows the user to program 14 buttons which is pretty impressive:
Switching the view to the front, we can see the irregular slope which starts higher on the right side of this image (i.e. the button wheel) and tails off lower to the left side of the image. The track wheel features a rubber finish with raised contours to allow for excellent grip whilst either pressing or scrolling this part of the mouse. The middle mouse button itself is usable but also features a lot of ‘travel’ making it less suitable for an additional key-bind in games as was the case with the Razer Diamondback which we recently reviewed. On the plus side, you can clearly see the track wheel’s left/right arrows which allow for sideways scrolling on pages or additional key-bindings in games if you so desire:
The mouse has a dedicated ergonomic design for right-handers which is further empathised when looking at the right-hand side of the device. Along this side of the mouse there is groove which is designed for your ring finger to rest on and a rubber grip area which is used for your pinky to grip the mouse on this side of the mouse. It should be noted at this stage that the device should favour a ‘palm’ grip with this type of ergonomic arrangement, however, the short length of the device almost favours a ‘claw’ grip (more on this in a moment…):
Let’s take a moment now to zoom in on the meat and potatoes of the mouse – the 7 side-button wheel. This is the mouse’s defining feature and what makes it stand out as particular suitable for the MOBA genre. There are a enough buttons to satisfy MOBA actions / skills without having a whole grid of buttons required for a more classic bar of spells and abilities of a traditional MMO (such as WoW). This therefore has allowed Razer to place a central rubber grip in the centre of the buttons allowing for the mouse to more easily be used for precision movements and faster targeting which MOBAs tend to feature. The buttons themselves have a fantastic premium feel to them – they are easy to activate and have a great light ‘click’ to them which is a massive plus.
My only complaint (going back to this mouse should be a ‘palm’ grip device) is that due to the length of the mouse, the wheel itself (and the hump to accommodate it) should have been moved about 1/2″ forwards (so the rubber grip is where the ‘1’ button is approximately) as your thumb is naturally gravitating towards the middle of the ‘1’ and ‘2’ button area rather than being in the centre of the wheel. Alternatively, the rear of the mouse should have been extended by around 1″ to have had a similar effect without moving the wheel. Using a ‘claw’ grip is required to re-centre your thumb in the middle of the wheel but this is very uncomfortable and awkward to use the mouse in this way:
Moving towards the rear demonstrates the large, bulbous design of the Razer Naga Hex v2 and again the slope which starts higher on the left and tails down to the right-hand side of the device:
Flipping the mouse onto its back, the underside shows us the advanced 5G laser towards the middle as well as some well placed and decent-sized Teflon pads on the corners and ring around the laser sensor to provide a fast, smooth tracking experience. The underside shot reveals that there is no indented areas which allow your grip to go underneath the device (which would be desirable for a ‘claw’ style grip if this was how the device was intended to be held):
Lastly this shot shows the high-quality braided cable and the gold-plated contacts of the USB connector:
This covers the daytime shots however, you will be wondering what the device’s lighting profile and colour spectrum looks with it being a Razer ‘Chroma’ peripheral. To cover this aspect of the review, we have made the following short video:
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