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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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Today I have the Perixx MX-800 Laser Gaming Mouse and the DX-2000M Gaming Control Mousepad for review.  This will be a joint review because both items work so well together.  I’ll start off with the mouse and then cover the mousepad.

The MX-800 mouse packaging is very simplistic.  The front of the box contains an image of the mouse, as well as the Perixx logo and the name of the mouse.  The back of the box lists some information relating to the mouse, and also provides the same information in several languages.  Both sides of the box also has some information, including the fact that the mouse has 5 buttons, and a gold plated USB 2.0 connector.  The flap on the front of the box is held closed magnetically and when you open it up, you get a view of the top of the mouse.  In my case, the image on the front of the box showed a red mouse, yet when the flap was opened, both the image and the mouse were actually black.

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Included in the box is the mouse, a user manual, and some replacement feet for the base of the mouse.  I was surprised to see no bundled software for programming the mouse buttons, DPI, etc – however, you can download the required software and drivers from the Perixx website.

The mouse itself has a nice feel to it once you get it in your hands.  The shape of it seems to be better fitted to people with smaller hands, if I am honest.  I can imagine it could end up being uncomfortable to use if your hands are on the larger side.  The mouse fits nicely in my hand  and the placement of the buttons ensure that there is no need to adjust the hands position in order to use them.  When using the mouse, I didn’t encounter any hand fatigue, even after sitting at the PC for around 5 hours, which is always a good thing.  The mouse has a pulsating blue light effect that is visible through the transparent Perixx logo on the mouse, as well as on both sides of the mouse.  The DPI button is conveniently placed just behind the scroll wheel, which makes it easy to reach and use.

The software that you use with the mouse (download HERE) allows you to program the buttons to suit you, as well as setting the DPI (from 250 to 2500) and also change the light effects on the mouse.   It is very straightforward to use the software, meaning that pretty much anybody can set this mouse up to suit their needs.

Now we move on to the mousepad.  I don’t tend to use a mousepad very often, mainly due to lack of desk space, but nevertheless, I was looking forward to giving the DX-2000 a try.  It arrived in a thin cardboard box which boasts an image of the mousepad, as well as the Perixx logo and the name of the mousepad.  As with the mouse, the back of the box lists a bit of information about the mousepad, including the dimensions of the pad, all available in several languages.

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The mousepad was able to keep its shape in the box thanks to a firm cardboard insert accompanying it in the box.  Both easily removed by opening the flap on the back box.  First impressions of the pad were that it seemed to be high quality.  the stitching around the edge was neatly done and the bottom of the pad had a decent amount of rubber grip.  The grip actually kept the pad in place very well – no matter how much force I put behind it, there was very little movement.  Also present on the pad is the Perixx logo, as well as the DX-2000M branding.

Using the mousepad surprisingly made the mouse easier to use.  When used together, the mouse glided seamlessly over the pad and not once did I end up coming to the edge of the pad.

Overall, both products work very well together.  Perixx seem to have nailed it on the head, yet again, with this combination.  The mouse is easy to set up and use, and the pad adds to the experience.  I think I am definitely going to make a point of making a permanent space on my desk for a mousepad!

The Allreli M811Lu Wired Laser Gaming Mouse is the first product that I have used from the Allreli product range.  As with all new products, I was sceptical as to how good performance would be.

The product itself looks very nice from the image on the box.  With the black mouse and red lighting design, it really melded nicely with the flame on black design of the packaging.  The front of the box tells you what you need to know about the mouse, from the fact that it has 6 illumination colours, to the 8000 DPI Resolution.  The back of the box lists the mouse specifications and also shows images of the mouse in the different LED colours available.

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The mouse itself has a very nice weight and feel to it.  It has a 6ft braided USB cable and comes complete with the DPI button, mouse scroll wheel, forward & back buttons, and obviously the left & right click buttons.  It comes bundled with a user manual and the driver/software CD.

The M811Lu mouse has a very nice, soft touch surface, which only makes it more comfortable to hold.  Speaking of comfort, the mouse has grooves and spaces in all the right places.  My hand sits very comfortably on the mouse with my fingers have places to rest without any discomfort.  This makes using the mouse for extended periods of time a pleasure as it reduces the risk of hand fatigue.  The DPI button not only changes the DPI settings for the mouse, but also the LED colour.  When it comes to setting the DPI range (up to 8200), the easy to use, bundled software makes it easy to do so, as well as customising the mouse to suit your needs.  The buttons are as responsive as you would expect and didn’t seem to miss any clicks, etc, when being used – a good thing when it comes to games that rely on things like this.  The mouse itself has internal memory so that all of the changes you make to the settings are stored, enabling you to access them wherever you use the mouse.

Overall, the Allreli M811Lu Wired Laser Gaming Mouse seems to do the job very well.  For the price that you pay (around £26.00 GBP at time of posting) it does what you would expect and also has a very pleasing look to it.  I enjoyed my time using it and would be happy to use it on a permanent basis.

The TeckNet Redragon Perdition 16400 DPI Gaming Mouse is the next product from the latest TeckNet gaming range that I have for review.

The packaging of the mouse not only catches your eye with its red and black colour scheme, but also because the clear plastic window on the front of the box gives you a pretty much full on view of the mouse itself.  The left side of the front of the packaging shows some information relating to the mouse, as does the right hand side.  The rear of the box shows some more information, including the 12 programmable side buttons, and the 16 million colour breath light.

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Removing the mouse from the box was pretty straightforward.  The mouse comes out of the base of the box, and once removed, it is presented to you sat in a nice plastic sleeve.  Included in the box along with the mouse is a user manual, driver and software CD, and a round box for the 8 x 2.4g included weights.  The small round box has a nice red and black design so that it stays in with the colour scheme of the mouse itself.  The mouse has a very nice textured feel to it which adds grip to the mouse for more comfort when in use.  It also has a 6ft braided cable with a gold plated USB connector on the end.  The mouse has 12 buttons on the left side of the mouse, a red power button, two DPI buttons, a mode switching button, the two usual mouse buttons and the scroll wheel.  All buttons on this mouse are also programmable, using the bundled software.  Lastly, the base of the mouse has a space to put in the small weights that are included in the box to help you get the mouse weight to something that suits you, as well as teflon mouse pads.

Getting started was as simple as it gets.  Plug in the mouse, install the bundled software, and away you go.  Using the software was straightforward and allows you to customise the mouse to suit your needs.  You can set up to 5 different user profiles, which is handy depending on the game you are playing.  The DPI can be also be customised within the software – having to choice to be able to use up to 16400 DPI, there should most definitely be a setting that suits everyone.  Being able to customise the breathing LED lighting on the mouse is something that I really like because no matter what colour scheme you have for your gaming setup, it is easy enough to match the mouse up with it.  Alternatively, you can disable the LED altogether if you would rather leave it off.

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The mouse itself is definitely well designed.  It has grooves in all the right places, including down the right side of the mouse so that depending on how you are holding the mouse, your fingers actually sit comfortably, resulting in no discomfort during prolonged gaming sessions.  The 12 side buttons are well placed for use, even during fast paced situations.  Having the buttons light up helps also, especially while getting used to each buttons placing, initially.  The mouse itself is made from a nice plastic material which offers grip while in use.  The mouse itself is not smooth to touch, but alternatively has a slightly rough finish to it which eliminates the risk of your hand/fingers slipping off during use.  The buttons are as responsive as they should be, which again, helps during those play sessions where even the slightest delay could make all the difference.  Finally, the logo on the palm rest of the mouse looks really nice with the breathing LED effect.

Overall, I think that the Perdition mouse is a very nice addition to the TeckNet range.  Not only is it competitively priced (£39.99 GBP) compared to other gaming mice of the same quality, but it is very nice to look at, and use.  It does what you would expect of it, and more.  The included software is easy to use and it would suit users of all ages and abilities.  I would highly recommend this mouse to anyone looking for a mouse that does everything, for a fraction of the price.