Although the Naga has been updated several times, the last update occurring in 2015 with the Naga Chroma, the Naga Hex had not been updated since 2012. It has now been updated, and the Hex V2, which is based on the Naga Chroma 2015 now had revised ergonomics, the latest generation of laser sensor (5G) and seven thumb-accessible buttons arranged in a circular pattern.
No surprises are to be found in the Hex V2’s shape – it is identical to that of the Naga Chroma. This gaming mouse is fairly large (119 x 75 x 43 mm)– well suited to users with larger hands, as is the case with the majority of mice that offer several thumb-accessible buttons (Logitech G600, Corsair Sabre…).
This mouse is designed to be held in a palm grip or claw grip, even though it is still possible to hold it in a finger tip grip if your fingers are long enough. Nevertheless, this mouse has mainly been designed to accommodate the user’s palm and to allow the user’s fingers to rest comfortably on the recessed areas reserved for that purpose.
From top to bottom and left to right: the mouse alone, palm grip, claw grip and finger tip grip.
Incidentally, that is the reason why the Naga is so wide, since it provides support to the user’s ring finger and allows room for the user’s little finger to rest on the right-hand side; an area which has a rubber coating for improved adherence. The left side is also rubberized to allow the mouse to be firmly held without slipping – practical for making fast mouse movements and for repositioning the mouse by slightly lifting it off the surface.
This mouse’s finish – like that of the other devices in the product line – is very refined. Its fine details and rough matte plastic give the impression of a quality product and have the added advantage of inhibiting sweat – they do however easily collect dust. Despite the presence of three backlit zones (logo, scroll-wheel, thumb-accessible buttons), the mouse’s overall appearance is quite sober.
This mouse also slides very easily thanks to its four PTFE pads – three of which are very wide – as well as to its relatively light weight (105 g without the wire, 135 g with the wire).
This mouse has three wide anti-friction pads as well as a central pad surrounding the sensor.
Let’s now take a look at the feature that makes this Naga Hex V2 special: its seven thumb-accessible buttons on its left-hand side. Arranged in a circular pattern, they surround the anti-slip zone which can be held by the thumb when making large mouse movements. The presence of this zone also prevents the involuntary activation of the side buttons – which was a problem with the classic Naga model – since the thumb is no longer required to be placed on top of the buttons. However, this has resulted in fewer buttons: which has gone from the 12 present on the Naga to the 7 now available on the Naga Hex V2 – which is still one more button than the original Naga Hex had. The shape of the buttons has also evolved from those on the original Naga Hex: they have gone from being hexagonal to having a trapezoidal shape with rounded edges – more like sections of a ring. Numbered from 1 to 7, they are identical in shape and size, but their individual locations make it possible to easily identify them and avoid mishaps in the heat of gaming action. By default, these buttons are associated with keys 1 to 7 on the keyboard, but their functions can of course be change via the mouse’s software (see the box at the end of this test).
Just as it did for the Naga Chroma, Razer decided to use mechanical switches for this mouse’s buttons in order to ensure better responsiveness. The mechanism used for the its secondary buttons is even more silent than the one used for its two primary buttons, but not as silent as the mechanism used for the scroll-wheel which excels by its discreteness as well as by its smoothness and well-defined notches. The scroll-wheel is also equipped with two other buttons to allow for horizontal scrolling.
Two more buttons are located behind the scroll wheel. They allow the user to adjust the mouse’s sensor sensitivity on the fly (default function, possible to define sensitivity increments within the Synapse software).
Like most of this manufacturer’s new mice which have been released since 2015, the Naga Hex V2 employs the latest generation laser sensor (5G), capable of reaching a maximum sensitivity of 16 000 PPP even though this capability is still rather useless under real-life conditions – even with a multiple Ultra HD display setup – since, at this sensitivity value, a movement of the mouse of less than 2 cm is enough to make the pointer travel across the width of 3 UHD displays.
While this excessively high sensitivity value is only meant to look good on paper, the sensor’s quality is excellent and it is hard to fault any of its other characteristics. This sensor is capable of handling acceleration forces of up to 50G, making it able to cope with very rapid movements.
The Naga Hex V2 has a maximum polling rate of 1 000 Hz (a response time of 1 ms – meaning that the mouse communicates with the computer every 1 ms), and can be adjusted to 125, 250 or 500 Hz for computers with less powerful CPUs. Its lift off height has been reduced to 0.1 mm, to avoid interference from extraneous movements whenever the mouse is lifted off the surface in order to be repositioned.
Specifically recommended for MOBA gamers by Razer, the Naga Hex V2 is indeed well-suited to this type of game which requires fast reactions, thanks to the clever positioning of its buttons which avoids the need for the user’s thumb to be in direct contact with them at all times. In spite of this, access to the 7 thumb-accessible buttons is fast and easy, making it suitable for other types of games as well, such as hack’n slash and action-RPG games. It is less well-adapted to FPS games or any other very rapidly moving game, since its shape is not particularly well-suited to extensive or fast movements.
The Razer Synapse software
Razer’s Synapse software brings together all of the settings that this manufacturer makes available online for its peripheral devices as well as cloud-based user profiles (an internet connection is required). It is possible to create several user profiles which can be associated with a particular program, or not. Within the profile, the mouse’s buttons can be configured by assigning them functions (multimedia, shortcuts, etc.) or macros. As far as its sensor is concerned, its sensitivity can be adjusted to the exact desired DPI increment and 5 sensitivity levels (for toggling through on the fly) can also be predefined. Users can adjust the mouse’s backlighting by choosing between several predefined lighting effects or by defining the color of each of the mouse’s zones or buttons.
- 7 well-placed thumb-accessible buttons.
- The thumb is not necessarily hovering over a button all of the time.
- The sensor’s precision.
- Comfortable to hold.
- Soft, silent and well notched scroll-wheel.
- Elegant finish and sober design with customizable backlighting.
- Exclusively reserved for right-handed users.
- Its light weight (105 g) may be objectionable to some users.
The Naga Hex V2 has done away with all of the problems which afflicted the first generation of Naga Hex products. It has also proven itself to be more versatile than the Naga Chroma due to its circularly arranged thumb-accessible buttons which still allow the user room to rest his/her thumb in order to be able to firmly grasp the mouse. Even though it has been designed with this extra space in mind, it has still managed to incorporate 7 buttons, enough for most gamers and most types of games. Comfortable and equipped with a very precise laser sensor, the Naga Hex V2 is a viable alternative to the Naga Chroma, even though they have the same basic technical characteristics.