July 28, 2016

Razer Naga Hex V2 - Review

Whenever I am lucky enough to be able to review any sort of hardware, things always come down to a single point, is this something I would buy for myself and thankfully the Naga Hex V2 is a mouse I would love to own.

From the moment I opened the box, it was clear that this was streamlined across the board, not only did the box itself not have layers upon layers to remove, before you even see the mouse, there was a nice welcome note, but under that, the mouse. Taking the mouse out of the box, let me see only a few little extra bits of paper and that was it. There was no excessive packaging, no convoluted cable ties holding things in place, it was as streamlined as you can get, which carries over to the mouse itself.

Holding the Naga Hex V2 in your hand, it’s easy to see its simplistic nature, but at the same time, I got this feeling there was more happening underneath. The shape of the mouse fits very comfortably in my hand, with a nice grade on the left where the thumb would sit, along with a nice lip on the right side, to keep your hand from blocking any movement. Frankly the shape is nothing all that surprising as almost any dedicated gaming mouse has a similar shape these days, but while the shape may not surprise most, it still does a great job of how it fits in the hand. As expected as well, the mouse also supports the Razer Chroma lighting system, which lets you choose how you want the mouse to look, you can let it cycle through the colours, or have it match your preferred colour. The parts that light up are limited to the scroll wheel, the side buttons and the Razer logo on the top, so you won’t be lighting up your room with bright lights.

As I just mentioned above, what give the Naga Hex V2 its edge though is the moba inspired buttons on the left face of the mouse and just like the mmo style mice before it, offers up some great rewards in game when you use it. What you get with the buttons are the numbers 1 through 7, which work the same as if you were using the numbers on the keyboard, pretty straight forward, but what makes the buttons work in your favour is that they don’t follow the numerical increase you might expect, seeing the image below will explain it better.

So while playing some Star Wars Old Republic, the mouse presented me with a more natural response than the actual mmo mouse that Razer released for the game. Taking the mouse and using it in a game like Minecraft resulted in some fast switching action, which did make things more entertaining to play, although there were a few issues with remembering the button locations. Perhaps the thing that will grate people the most is that the mouse is light, not to say that it is super light, it just does not have a lot of weight to it and without the option to adjust the weight of the mouse. The other issue people might have with the mouse is that it is corded, some mice will allow for a corded or wireless connection, the Naga Hex V2 is pure corded. Don’t worry though, the length of the cord is quite long, so no issues there and to add to it, it also uses a braided material cover, which helps keep the cord from being tangled or caught on edges.

Overall the Razer Naga Hex V2 is a great mouse, it provides a comfortable feel in the hand and the moba inspired buttons can make every game a lot easier to play. The lack of weight will give some people cause, but if you can adjust to the lighter mouse, you will find significant value for money here.

Thanks to Razer for supplying the mouse for review

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