Razer Naga Epic Chroma Review 2017
As many of you may know by now, Razer is a renowned American company that specializes in designing and manufacturing gaming peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mouse pads, gaming mice and headsets, among others. Such products are meant to enhance the player’s abilities and take their game to a whole new level.
The Razer Naga Epic Chroma is one of the products from this prestigious company that is aimed towards gamers of the MMORPG genre. We’re talking about a gaming mouse with an ergonomic design reminiscent of the original Naga that is ideal for the longest gaming sessions (not unlike those that are commonplace in the MMO genre). Like its name suggests, this mouse is the successor of the Naga Epic mouse and, unlike its predecessor, the Chroma version offers a number of additional features. Among some of these perks are customizable lighting, mechanical switches, a tilt scroll wheel function, a total of 19 fully programmable buttons, and a power 4G sensor, and improved ergonomics. Additionally, the chroma comes in a wireless version (for a significantly higher price tag).
How We Review Our Gaming Mice
Before we get started with the Razer Epic Naga Chroma review, let’s go over the criteria we usually use to review the peripherals that land in our offices. The bulk of this mouse’s features make it a gaming mouse through and through, and an MMO gaming mouse at that. These high-performance mice are expected to offer quite a bit of features, all of which are destined to improve upon the player’s skills and provide them with an edge over the competition. Things like additional buttons, powerful sensor technology, intuitive and expansive software, ergonomics, and aesthetic appeal are some of the most important aspects we consider when creating our reviews.
As far as the features mentioned above are concerned, the Naga Epic Chroma passes with flying colors. Its wide amount of features makes it a very prized product among gamers, and those who have it usually perform better in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. The vast amount of buttons, coupled with Razer’s software Synapse, and a powerful adjustable sensor make this mouse the perfect tool for those who want to perform their best on the many raids and dungeons that are commonplace in these games.
Razer Naga Epic Chroma Product Overview
As is usual with Razer products, the Naga Epic Chroma comes in a nice briefcase-shaped box. On its front is a picture of the mouse, with the name below it, and the word Chroma in multiple colors, alluding to this product’s peculiar lighting capabilities. Similar to other products, on the back of the box, we can find this mouse’s specifications and technical information, along with another great picture of the Naga. On the sides of the box, we can find several lines of text describing all the great stuff you will be able to do with this mouse. The way these are written really drives home the point that this company wants you to win every single duel, match, or game with this mouse.
After taking the mouse out of its box, we can see that the Naga Epic Chroma has an ergonomic design, with a good texture to it. This combination of features makes this mouse comfortable for any type of grip and any size of hand. The mouse does have a higher profile than most of its kind, which can take a bit of getting used to before performing properly with it. On the right side of the mouse, we can find a finger rest designed to accommodate your pinky and ring fingers, as well as provide them with improved gripping power. Meanwhile, on the left side, we can find a plethora of buttons set up in a grid, which we’ll get to in a few moments.
On top of the mouse, we can find the standard 3 button setup. It’s worth noting here that the scroll wheel is rubberized and emits a satisfying click sound with each turn. It can also be tilted to the sides to activate extra functions that can be mapped using Razer’s software. Behind the scroll wheel, we can find 2 additional buttons that are mapped by default to increasing and reducing CPI settings but can be programmed to perform other actions. On the side of this mouse is the Naga’s iconic 12-button grid which puts every spell and ability of your character at thumb’s reach. All of these features add up to a total of 19 fully programmable buttons. With the Naga Epic Chroma, you will never be unprepared for whatever ambush or PvP scenario that comes your way, and in each one of these, you will be able to respond and perform admirably at a second’s notice.
On the bottom of this mouse we can find the powerful 4G sensor that powers its tracking capabilities. Said sensor can be adjusted to a sensitivity of up to 8,200 CPI, and a polling rate of up to 1,000Hz. This sensitivity is more than enough for any task you might want to perform with this mouse and to play any type of game for that matter.
On the front of this mouse we find two decorative grates and, in the wireless version, we can find the micro-USB port between said grates. Through this port, this mouse can easily switch from a wireless to a wired version of itself, ideal for use when the battery is running low and you’re in the middle of a heated match. With the purchase of the wireless version, you will also receive a charging dock in which the mouse can be set while it charges. This dock’s purpose is twofold; on one hand, it’s a fast way to charge the mouse, and on the other, it’s awesome to show off your gear.
Last but not least, we definitely have to mention Razer’s software, Synapse. This program, which requires an internet connection to download and operate, stores all our configurations in Razer’s cloud server so you can access them no matter where you are. With this software you can customize everything about your product; from creating macros and changing the illumination settings, to remapping the buttons, changing the way the scroll wheel behaves and personalizing CPI and polling rate settings.
Razer Naga Epic Chroma Pros
- Appealing, comfortable, and ergonomic design
- 19 fully programmable buttons
- Can be easily used in either wired or wireless configurations
- Customizable lighting settings
- Intuitive and very useful Synapse software
- Powerful 8,200 CPI sensor with a 1,000Hz polling rate
Razer Naga Epic Chroma Cons
- Thumb grid can take some getting used to
- Internal non-replaceable battery
- Synapse requires an internet connection to function
- A bit pricey (but well worth the investment)
The Razer Naga epic Chroma sports a good design that is both comfortable and functional. The wireless version of this peripheral can be used either with a wired or wireless setting; by connecting the mouse to the PC via USB, you can essentially use it like its wired counterpart without draining the battery. The huge amount of programmable buttons makes it ideal for MMORPG gaming, though the decent CPI and high polling rate also allow it to be used on other faster-paced games like shooters.
If it weren’t for the steep price that can put this mouse out of reach to some gamers, the Naga Epic Chroma could be considered as hands-down one of the best gaming peripherals in the market. But if you’re in the market for a good mouse, and are working on a flexible budget, then you’d do well to consider adding this product to your setup.
Product images sourced from Amazon.com