The Razer Naga Hex gaming mouse sports half as many buttons as the other Nagas in Razer’s growing Naga family of gaming mice, but it’s potentially twice as useful. In fact, the Razer Naga Hex might be the best Razer Naga yet.
Why? Despite having fewer buttons than its older siblings (the Razer Naga and the Razer Naga Epic), the Naga Hex’s buttons are a little larger, spaced further apart, and they provide superior tactile feedback compared to the thumb grid buttons found on the other Naga mice.
This basically translates into a lower learning curve that also makes the Hex generally better than other Naga mice for a broader array of games such as Action RPG (role playing games), FPS (first person shooters), RTS (real time strategy) games, etc. And the Hex still has enough buttons to be reasonably well-suited to MMO games.
Generally speaking, the Razer Naga Hex could be one of the best ‘all-rounder’ gaming mice you can own.
Ergonomics and Features
The Razer Naga Hex is very similar in shape and size to the standard Naga. This means it’s actually a bit on the small side when compared to other mice, which is good if you want to travel with it, but not as good if you have large hands.
The Razer Naga Hex supports the usual array of features for Razer mice, including:
- Multiple profile storage, and the ability to link profiles to games (so the profile is activated as soon as the game it was created for is started)
- Up to 5 user-adjustable DPI (Dots Per Inch) settings, adjustable in increments of 25DPI, to a maximum of 5600DPI.
- LED lighting (in “Razer green”) on the scroll wheel and the back of the mouse
- Full macro support and programmability for all buttons
The Naga Hex’s “special features” include:
- 6 MOBA/action-RPG optimized mechanical thumb buttons
- 11 total programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- Special switches in buttons for 250 clicks per minute
- 10 million click life cycle
- Razer Synapse 2.0
- Approximate Size : 116 mm / 4.57” (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76” (Width) x 46 mm / 1.81” (Height)
- Approximate Weight: 134 g / 0.30 lbs
- A sleek, cool metallic green color
The Razer Naga Hex is also the first Razer mouse I’ve used that uses Razer’s cloud-based service, which is called Razer Synapse 2.0. Razer Synapse lets you create an account and store preferences for your Razer devices in the Razer cloud. This is slightly jarring at first—when you open the control panel for the Razer Naga Hex for the first time demands a login/password (or creating such) to enable this feature.
The only real dislike I have for the Hex—and it’s a subjective one—is the glossy plastic backside. Yes, it’s cool looking and I love the green color. But in my experience, glossy plastics tend to feel good at first (cool and smooth) and then a bit tacky and less enjoyable during longer gaming sessions. (I criticized the SteelSeries Sensei and SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO ‘Legendary Edition’ gaming mouse for their use of glossy plastic materials, but not everyone shares my disdain for glossy plastic.)
The Razer Naga Hex’s 6-thumb buttons are hands-down easier to learn and use than the 12-button keypad featured on the other Naga mice. Better still, the buttons are placed further apart, and provide a satisfying mechanical ‘click’ when pressed. The Hex features a small cushion set in the middle of the 6 buttons for your thumb to use as a ‘home base’. The Naga Hex also comes with two replacement cushions should you need them.
I used the Hex primarily for League of Legends and some FPS action with Tribes: Ascend and found it to excel in both games. I definitely dig the circular 6-button array; it’s not only easier to use than a 12-key thumb grid, but it’s easier to remember what the buttons do. And they’re spaced far enough apart to make it much less likely to press the wrong button—something more likely with the densely packed 12-key pad found of the Naga and Naga Epic.
For League of Legends, the buttons are perfect for assigning your Champion’s special abilities and your Summoner spells (by default assigned to the Q, W, E, R, D, and F keys on the keyboard).
For Tribes: Ascend, the buttons work well for frequently used auxiliary commands—such as tossing a grenade or using specific voice emotes. The voice emotes are admittedly “safer” because if you accidentally trigger one at an inopportune moment, you don’t blow yourself up.
The Hex also proved to be perfect for Torchlight, so it should make the perfect companion to Diablo III. (I won’t be surprised if a Razer Naga Hex Diablo III Edition is announced at some point.)
The biggest challenge to using the Naga Hex is learning to keep your thumb centered. It may not sound difficult, but it’s actually easy to let your thumb get ‘lazy’ and drift downward, resting onto either button 1 or button 4. This can throw you off when you think your thumb is centered, and it requires a little vigilance on your part to keep your thumb in place.
The Naga Hex is quite possibly the best (and my favorite) Razer Naga yet. The Razer Naga Hex’s overall button and design is my favorite yet in the product line (and I dig it’s cool, green metallic colored sheen), and I heartily recommend checking it out.
So you might ask yourself why I only gave the Razer Naga Hex four stars instead of five, which is what I gave the other Nagas when I first reviewed them. The answer is the glossy plastic construction, which I still think is inferior to grip-friendly, cool, rubberized material used for the other Razer Nagas.
But If you don’t share my dislike of glossy plastics, add a star to my rating for a total of 5-stars. And in truth, I’d still tend to recommend the Naga Hex over the Naga MMO mice for PC gamers that have tastes beyond just MMO games.