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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.

Below is a list of gaming peripherals that would make awesome gifts and stocking fillers!

PC Gamer:
Definitely at the top of my list would be items from Razer. A company well known for the quality and usability of their products, there will be something for everyone. Below is a list of items that would kit out any gamers set-up.

Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard – Razer.com
Vespula Mouse Mat – Razer.com
Naga 2014  Mouse – Razer.com
Kraken 7.1 Headset – Razer.com

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All of the above have excellent reviews and would suit anyone, from a hardcore gamer, to someone who plays casually, male or female!

Console Gamer:
I think that Gioteck have the console side of gaming pretty much covered. From headsets to controllers, there is something to suit most people, and with their upcoming new range release, there is even more to choose from!

EX-05 headset (EX-05S coming soon) (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – Gioteck.com
FR-1 Racing Wheel (PS3) – Gioteck.com
SC-1 controller (PS3) – Gioteck.com

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Gioteck also have a PS4 range hitting the shelves from November 29th, onwards.  The reviews for all of the above are great, and the prices are even better!

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.