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When the first Naga Hex was announced, it was in a class of its own. Six buttons placed in a hexagonal wheel-like pattern and an ergonomic design made it one of the go-to choice of mice for MMO and MOBA players across various different games. Over time, the Naga Hex’s place in the hall of mice was solidified and with games like DOTA 2, League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm continuing to grow in popularity, it was about time Razer upgraded the Naga to meet the current demand.
Meet the Naga Hex V2, a revamped mouse following the same core design principles of the original. With Razer’s new Chroma lighting system and a few upgrades, will the Naga Hex V2 do justice to its progenitor?
The Naga Hex V2 dials down on the overly exaggerated curves from the original Naga and tones down into a more traditional look. Although the design is still quite similar in terms of the hefty feel of the mouse, the button-wheel on the side and the comfortable palm rest. The rubber grip on either side of the mouse makes it easier to get more control, although users with claw grips might not have the same experience as palm grip users.
Over the course of a few hours, I quickly managed to get a feel for the button wheel. To be honest, I was always a little overwhelmed by the design of having multiple buttons to press with my thumb and I was sure that I would accidentally use a heal instead of an attack spell when using those buttons. However, the design is fairly easy to get a hang of. However, I feel the mouse is more optimized towards MMOs than MOBAs, as I tend to prefer using the keyboard buttons for skills when it comes to games like DOTA 2.
My favorite little feature of the mouse by far is its tilt click mouse wheel that puts a couple of commands right where you need them most. I definitely want more mice to follow this route as it’s just so convenient to have.
One quirk that I can’t seem to let go of is how the mouse no longer has a “hexagonal” wheel. I know a lot of people have already pointed it out, but the original Naga Hex was called so due to the six-button hexagon wheel, which was its most notable design feature. With the advent of the Naga Epic, we’ve seen Razer place 12 buttons on the side, but note how it’s not called a “Hex”?
The Naga Hex V2 also brings Razer’s Chroma Lighting effects to the fold. RGB Lighting is all the craze now and with pretty much every PC component being given the multi-color treatment, it comes as no surprise. The mouse-wheel, thumb buttons and the traditional Razer logo at the bottom come with customizable lights that you can tune with the Razer Synapse 2.0 program.
The main hook of the Naga Hex V2 may be its 7 mechanical buttons in a wheel with the rubberized thumb grip, but there’s a lot more to the mouse. With a total of 14 programmable buttons, there’s enough customizability to sate the thirst of most hardcore players. The Naga Hex V2 sports a 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor which is quite the upgrade from the 5600 DPI 3.5G sensor from the original.
The usual 1000Hz Ultrapolling and 1ms response rate coupled with the high DPI makes it precise on high resolution screens and even multi-monitor setups. I would like to think so, although I don’t have multiple monitors to actually test it on.
The 2.1m (7 ft) braided USB cable is durable enough to withstand the punishment you can dish out while gaming, although we would have preferred an attempt in the wireless direction. Perhaps a version of the mouse in the future for those who prefer to do away with the hassle of cords? Regardless, the Naga Hex V2 is highly capable in its technical specifications and ranks high in the ladder of gaming mice for that price range.
Software and Usage
Bundled with the Naga Hex V2 of course, is Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software which is used to customize the various buttons and program the settings of the mouse. It is really sad to say this was truly the weak point of my entire experience using the Razer mouse. Synapse requires an Internet connection and a registered account in order to tweak the settings of your peripherals, which is a bit annoying since there’s also no local storage on the mouse.
Apart from that, the ability to bind each of the buttons to a specific function, adjust the DPI, acceleration and polling rate is easy to access. You can set macros and profiles as well, each of which can also be bound to buttons on the mouse if you so desire. The Chroma Lighting can be customized with various color profiles and animations like breathing or static coloring. It’s a little disappointing that you can’t adjust the colors on each zone individually as that would have let to some interesting combinations.
Further pushing the Naga Hex V2’s MOBA prowess, Razer also provides a set of pre-configured profiles you can download for DOTA 2 and League of Legends, showing how optimized the mouse buttons can be.
I also tested the mouse out in Overwatch, a first-person shooter game and a multitude of regular games like Tomb Raider. Although you may not need the thumb buttons for these games, the Naga Hex V2 performs well for different types of games and need not be restricted just to MOBA and MMO games. That said, the mouse is still geared specifically towards those genres. If you don’t frequent games like World of Warcraft or Heroes of the Storm, you might be better off with a different mouse like the Razer DeathAdder or Mamba.
The Razer Naga Hex V2, despite the now awkward nomenclature, builds upon the Naga series of MMO/MOBA-centric mice with a cleaner and more ergonomic design. Fans of the original Hex will surely find this suitable in terms of an upgrade. If you fancy yourself as a gamer specific to those genres, at a price point of roughly 350 AED, the Naga Hex V2 is a worthy addition to your armory.