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It is fairly safe to say that Razer are best known for their wide range of gaming peripherals.  Today, I have the Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (2014) for review, and I can’t wait to get started!

The keyboard arrived in a well designed box, as always.  On the front there is a small window that gives you the opportunity to give a few keys a press to see how they feel and to test the switches.  Also on the front of the box is a nice view of the Blackwidow Ultimate itself, as well as some information relating to the keyboard and the new Razer mechanical switches.  The back of the box gives a more in-depth description of the switches, including the differences between the previous blue switches and the new green ones, as well as the features of the keyboard.

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Upon removing the keyboard from the box, things are kept pretty minimal.  You have the keyboard, and some documentation for the keyboard – the quick start guide, warranty information, product registration details, and lastly, the Razer stickers that are included with each purchase.  The keyboard itself has a nice matt back finish and the keys seem to be decently sized.  Along the top row of keys, they double up as media keys, backlighting control keys, and gaming mode On & Off keys – these aren’t dedicated though, so the use of the Function button is required.  Along the bottom of the keyboard is a nicely placed Razer logo that illuminates once plugged in, along with the backlighting that lights up the rest of the keyboard.  Down the left side of the keyboard there are five programmable macro keys, and lastly, there is a decent sized braided cable that has two USB plugs at the end, as well as two 3.5mm jacks that you can plug into your PC.  One of these USB plugs powers the keyboard, while the other powers the built-in USB port on the right side of the keyboard.  More about this later though.

Above the number pad is where you will find the notification lights.  These let you know if Gaming Mode is enabled, if Caps Lock is on, Number Lock, as well as letting you know when Macro Recording is active.  I quite like this area of the keyboard because if you have all of the above options turned off, the top corner section of the keyboard just looks like the rest of the keyboard.

In order to program the macro keys, you need to download the Synapse 2.0 software from the Razer website.  This seems to be something that needs doing with each Razer product, so if you have more than one device, luckily only the one download is required.  Once you have it up and running, you can make changes to the Blackwidow layout, lighting intensity, profiles, etc.  There are three tabs under the Keyboard header – Customize, Lighting, and Gaming Mode.  Within the customize tab is where you make changes to the profiles, enabling you to assign keys to different functions, from keyboard keys to mouse button clicks.  The lighting tab is self explanatory – you can adjust the lighting intensity and choose between the Pulsate mode, and the static brightness – levels include Bright, Normal, Dim, or Off.  Lastly, the previously mentioned Gaming Mode tab is where you can disable troublesome keys such as the Windows key and the Alt + Tab key, giving you the option to use the keys freely whilst gaming.  The final second and final header is the Macro header – as the name suggests, this is where you can create and program all of the macros that you require.  Alternatively, you can use the dedicated macro switch on the keyboard to record macros when you want, rather than having to load up Synapse to do so.  As always, any changes you make are saved to the cloud, allowing you to use the same settings from any computer with Synapse 2.0 installed.

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The new switches in the 2014 Blackwidow Ultimate are green, rather than the previous blue Cherry switches.  Razer appear to be very proud of these switches as they are made specifically for gaming, and they are NOT made by Cherry, like others are.  The reset time after clicking the keys now is actually shorter than it is with the Cherry MX switches, enabling you to get more key presses in a shorter time.  I’m sure there are gamers out there that would actually benefit from this, but, I am not one of them as I still press the keys just as hard as I did before.  Old habits are hard to break.

The USB and 3.5mm ports on the right side of the keyboard allow you to plug your headset and mouse directly into the keyboard.  I gave this a try and didn’t encounter any annoying buzzing or static noise with the headphones, and the mouse worked as it should also.  All in all, this feature works really well.  It could also be handy if you are someone who does not like wires sprawled out across the desk too much.  With it being on the right side of the keyboard, it was conveniently placed for me to use, being right-handed.  I’m not sure what left-handed people will think of it though as it would mean having wires going from right to left on the desk.

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Overall, I am impressed with the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  It is durable and definitely helps Razer live up to the reputation it has in place for being one of the best for gaming peripherals.  I really like the green backlighting, and having the option to change the light intensity is something is very welcomed.  The ease of creating macros and setting up the keyboard to suit you using the Synapse software should be very inviting, even to gaming keyboard novices.  While I’m sure the new green switches will be appreciated by hardcore gamers, I couldn’t really benefit from them as I’m not into PC gaming as much as others – they did work really well though from what I could tell.  I think the Blackwidow will be a favourite for gamers of all ages, regardless of their PC gaming preferences!

Having previously reviewed a couple of Razer Naga Hex mice, I was definitely intrigued to see what the Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse could offer that the others didn’t.

As always, the Razer packaging is high eye catching, with its green and black colour scheme.  A view of the mouse on the front, gives you an idea of what you are getting.  Also included is a few pieces of information relating to the mouse.  The sides of the box provide more information, in slightly more detail, while the back of the box gives you a full overview of the mouse and its features.  The front of the box has a flap that opens to show you a proper view of the mouse, while the inside of the flap you have information about the mouse and its basic/advanced button configuration.

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Usually, you tend to get the device itself in the box, along with the user manuals and Razer branded stickers.  This time though, there is something extra.  You get two additional side pieces for the mouse that you can change out depending on your hand size and the way you grip the mouse.  These extra pieces are packed nicely in a foam insert, inside of an extra box which is located beneath the mouse in the main packaging.  It is relatively easy to change the side piece to one that suits you better – simply unclip the one that is attached by pulling down on the back of it (this was how I did it).  Because the pieces stay in place thanks to several magnets underneath, there is no chance of snapping any important fasteners, etc.  Adding your preferred side panel is just as easy – just push it into position and let the magnets do their job!

As with other Razer products, the download and install of their Synapse 2.0 software is required in order for you to program your mouse to suit you.  Synapse is very straightforward and easy to use with clear, on-screen instructions for you to follow.  You can use the software to create macros for in-game use.  So say for example there is a command that uses multiple key presses, you can record the key press sequence and assign it to a key, resulting in one key press instead of many.  The good thing about Synapse, it allows you to store your gaming profiles for your mouse in the cloud, meaning that you can access your settings from any computer that you plug your mouse into, as long as said machine has Synapse installed.  No endless faffing about setting up settings and buttons when you change and move around.

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The Razer Naga Expert MMO mouse has a total of 17 buttons, including 12 side buttons that are all fully programmable.  These buttons, when compared to previous Naga Hex mice that I have used, are thankfully harder to press – resulting in less random button presses.  The mouse wheel does what you would expect it to, and the green colour scheme is always a favourite of mine.  Lastly, the braided USB cable gives the mouse the finish that it deserves.

The base of the mouse has a switch that enables you to switch between the basic and advanced  configuration.  The basic layout represents the numbered keys along the top of your keyboard, while the advanced layout does the same for the number pad on the side of your keyboard.  Depending on the configuration that you prefer, you put the switch to the one to suit your use.  To finish off the bottom of the mouse, we have the ultraslick mouse feet – five in total – to help the mouse glide over your surface with ease.

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The Naga itself is VERY comfortable to use, and in the time that I have used it, I have encountered no hand fatigue at all.  After finding a position to hold my hand so that I can reach the side buttons, and with the comfort added by changing the side panel, it’s almost as if this mouse was made for my hand!  Thankfully, after using previously Naga models, I did not have too much of an issue getting accustomed to the button layout again and was up and running fully in no time.

Of all of the Razer mice that I have used, I think I can honestly say that the Naga Expert is the most comfortable by far.  Being able to put on a side plate that suits my hand size plays a huge part in this.  Obviously the mouse is aimed at people who play MMO games, and would definitely suit anybody looking for a gaming mouse.  The lack of hand fatigue is something else that adds to the comfort factor and I would highly recommend this mouse, even if you only use it for day to day activities.

**A massive thank you to Sean who kindly agreed to do a guest review.  Please remember to take a look at the links included at the bottom of this review.

The TeckNet Redragon Centrophorus mouse packaging blends so very nicely with the style and look of the mouse.  The front of the box contains an image of the mouse, and well branded with the name of the mouse.  The back of the box lists some information relating to the mouse. Both sides of the box also has some information about the features of the mouse having 6 buttons, a gold plated USB 2.0 connector, weights and braided USB Cord. Opening the box reveals the mouse covered in a protective clear plastic shell.

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Over the years I have become used to using the Microsoft Wireless mouse range, but immediately the styling of the ReDragonLite mouse struck me. Once plugged in the mouse lights up with a red LED which is visible from the sides and the Dragon Logo on the back of the mouse. I have to admit that this mouse is by far one of the most visually impressive mice I have used, and I have used a few over the years. Despite its use of weights in the base of the mouse, I found it to be very light and similar to a laptop style mouse when in use. It is comfortable as the grooves on the side of the mouse help a light grip and it moves smoothly on any surface from mouse-pad to desk top.

The position of the six buttons are naturally placed easy to manage with just the simplest of hand movements, you instinctively find them without making a conscious effort to feel them out with fingers or thumb. The Scroll wheel has a rubber grip with treads that give you the sense of full control when it use. The DPI button is placed just far enough from the scroll wheel so its easily accessible with a press to activate and another to turn off and not so close that you will at any time accidentally turn it on during normal mouse use. It felt very natural to use as a mouse for use at work or at its designed use as a gaming mouse. As a gaming mouse it performed really well, responding to rapid movements with no issues when playing FPS games or MMO in Guild Wars 2 with the programmable buttons easy to configure for your needs.

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The moment I took a picture of the Redragon mouse and put in on social media and when I took it into the office for work to try out, once plugged in and lit up I know at least ten people who saw it and instantly placed an order for one on Amazon. Priced there for just £14.99 it is amazing value for that price both as mouse for work or gaming but also as a visual delight. Aesthetically pleasing as it is is effective as a mouse, the Redragon Centrophorus six button gaming mouse delivers on all levels for me and for the price is just amazing value.

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Review by Sean T. McCarthy. Please check out his blog and social media on the links below.
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Whether you are an avid PC gamer or a casual gamer, having the right equipment can make all the difference in the world.  After previously reviewing the LoL Edition of the Naga Hex, I wasn’t too sure how the standard Naga Hex would be any different.  I have to say though, Razer have done it again.  The Naga Hex is primarily aimed at ARPG and MOBA gamers, but I also think that fans of other gaming genres could quite easily use this mouse.

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The packaging that the mouse arrived in was of the usual high standard that you come to expect from Razer.  A velcro sealed front flap which on the front sports an excellent image of the mouse and when opened,  exposes the mouse and allowing you to see what you are getting.  Also shown is a list of features and specifications on the back of the box, and the sides showing more information about the mouse.  Included behind the mouse was a square cardboard envelope that contains information about the mouse, Razer stickers, and two extra thumb grip pieces that can be swapped out on the mouse.

Upon removing the mouse, I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen on the smooth glossy finish to the top, mostly because I didn’t know how this would affect the grip of the mouse during use.  The design, however, caught my eye immediately – with green being my favourite colour, the marble type swirl effect definitely won me over.  The side of the mouse has 6 buttons that are arranged in a hexagonal layout.  The top of the mouse has the standard 3 buttons, as well as 2 small buttons to the base of the scroll wheel.  The left and right mouse buttons are shaped with your hand in mind.  When resting your hand on the mouse, your fingers just meld into the buttons shape, providing comfort as well as ease of use.  The section of the mouse that sits in the palm of your hand has the Razer logo etched on to it.  The braided cable has a generous length of 2.1 metres and has a gold-plated USB adapter at the end.  The ultra slick feet on the bottom of the mouse provide an easy glide for the mouse over any surface.

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Once I plugged the mouse in, things got even better.  The 6 side buttons, scroll wheel, and the Razer logo, all illuminated a very nice green colour – keeping in with the colour scheme of the mouse.  The Razer logo is a pulsing light which looks really nice when in a darker environment.  The point mentioned earlier regarding the smooth and glossy finish to the top of the mouse proved to be nothing to worry about.  I found that the mouse was just as easy to grip and control as the LoL Naga Hex was with the textured top.  The Naga Hex uses Razer’s Synapse 2.0, which is downloadable from the Razer website.  Once installed, you can change the layout of all buttons on the mouse (except the Left Click button).  As well as making changes to the buttons, you can also change the DPI of the mouse – the range is from 100 to 5600 DPI so there will be something to suit every user.  Once these changes have been made, you save them within the program and because Synapse 2.0 uses the cloud to save all changes, you can easily use your device between several machines and as long as Synapse is installed, all of your settings will be ready and waiting for you.

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As with the LoL edition of the Naga Hex, my only issue is that the 6 buttons on the side of the mouse are very easily pressed.  You really have to concentrate to keep your thumb rested on the thumb rest in the centre of the button layout.  Even with concentration though, it is very easy to lapse and the next thing you know, your thumb is getting click happy – all accidentally, of course.  For the hardcore gamers out there, this could become an issue as we all know that a click of a button could make all the difference.  I do feel though, that with prolonged use, this is something that you get used to naturally.

Overall, the Razer Naga Hex is a little beauty.  The colour scheme and the illumination mentioned above definitely adds some ‘wow’ to the mouse and although there is a little niggle with me and the buttons, there is no faulting that it would suit fans of ARPG and MOBA games.  There are grooves and curves in all the right places, which makes the mouse a pleasure to use, comfort wise, and the added functionality of Synapse 2.0 for easy access to settings is an added bonus.  This is definitely a nice mouse and it is plain to see that Razer know what they are doing when it comes to creating high quality products, and it also justifies the price tag of around £62.00.

When playing your favourite PC games, you want a mouse that is going to be able to function to the best of its ability.  The more buttons the better, and something that is going to be comfortable to use for extended periods of time.  Does the League of Legends Collector’s Edition of the Razer Naga Hex live up to these standards?

First things first – the packaging.  I have always been impressed with how detailed and eye catching the Razer packaging is and the packaging for this mouse is no different.  The front shows a detailed image of the mouse itself, as well some information including how the mouse has been optimised for MOBA/Action RPG games, and that Razer Synapse 2.0 is usable with this mouse.  The front of the box is held closed with a velcro fastening mechanism which, when opened, shows the Razer Naga Hex in all its glory.  The sides of the box show some more information relating to the mouse, and the back shows the mouse features, as well as listing them in several different languages.

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Once inside the box, the mouse is held inside plastic packaging which is very easy to remove.  Also included is a black Razer branded envelope that contains all of the relevant manuals and information, as well as a character class code for the League of  Legends game.  Removing the mouse was very easy to do and in no time it was out and ready to be used.  The mouse sports a nicely braided cable, a gold plated USB connector, and has 6 buttons on the left hand-side in a hexagonal layout, the mouse scroll wheel on top, two small buttons to the rear of the wheel and obviously, the two main mouse buttons, which are hyper-sensitive.  In the middle of the 6 button layout is a thumb rest so you have somewhere to place your thumb when not using these buttons – a very nice touch as it is also gripped to stop any sliding about.  You get two additional thumb rests in different sizes that you can change if you wish.  Something else that should be mentioned is the eye catching yellow lights that light up the buttons, scroll wheel, and the League of Legends logo on the part of the mouse that sits in your hand.  This looks very fresh in the dark, and you also have the option to disable any and all of the lights if you wish.

All buttons on the mouse, apart from Left Click, are programmable once Razer Synapse 2.0, which is a dream to use, has been downloaded from the Razer website and installed.  Any and all settings that you make to the mouse will be available on any computer that you download & install Synapse on, if you would like to use your mouse, thanks to Razer’s cloud based driver software.  An email and password is required when setting up for the first time, but this is a small step when you realise you do not have to programme your mouse whenever you move between PC’s, etc.

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The mouse itself really is beautiful to look at.  There are grooves and moulds in all the right places that add nothing but comfort to the overall use of mouse.  It is easy to sit here for hours using this mouse without getting hand cramp due to the well placed grooves for your hand and fingers.  The texture of the mouse also adds to this.  Your hand does not slide off of the mouse during use, due to the design of the mouse.  It is pretty easy for myself to use the 6 side buttons on the mouse, but my hands are pretty small.  I am not sure how someone with larger hands would get on using these buttons as it may result in the user having to move their hand to access the buttons – probably not the easiest thing to do whilst in the middle of a high paced game.  The same can be said for the two buttons found to the base of the scroll wheel – I cannot guess how a person with bigger hands than myself would get on using these in fast paced situations.  Again, I had no issues but I only have small hands.

I do have one slight annoyance with this mouse, although I am sure I would get used to it if I were to persevere.  Because I am not used to so many side buttons, I often find my thumb moving form the thumb rest and hitting the numbered buttons, unintentionally.  I am sure that people that are used to accessing so many buttons at once would not find this an issue, but I felt it should be at least mentioned.

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The Razer Naga Hex: League of Legends Collector’s Edition is a very nice mouse and does what you would expect of it.  The quality is high, something that everyone who has ever tried a Razer product, would come to expect.  You can pick this mouse up from Amazon UK at the price of around £78.00 GBP.  If I could afford it, I would be honoured to have this mouse present on my PC desk.