Right before I started writing this review, I asked myself how many genre-specific mice could I name? Believe it or not, the models that popped into my head were no more than three. That’s why I am pretty excited to introduce one of the epic pieces of gaming merchandise currently in existence – the Razer Naga Epic Chroma. The latter is designed especially for MMO freaks. What makes it a gorgeous piece of engineering are its wireless capabilities as well as the lighting options and mind-blowing performance in MMO games. I tried by best to outline the major differences between the Naga Epic Chroma and its predecessors and give you insights about the pros and cons it comes with. Hope you get a better idea if it is a good fit for your gaming arsenal.
If you want to find out more details about the Razer Naga Epic Chroma Gaming Mouse before buying it, read the review below.
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I totally agree that the Razer Naga Epic Chroma is one of the best genre-specific wireless mice on the market. Its razor sharp accuracy, the 19 programmable buttons as well as the incredible wireless capabilities make it a great tool for every hardcore MMO fan. What’s more, the mouse comes with detachable side panels. No matter if you have a claw-, fingertip or palm grip style, you will find the Naga Epic Chroma comfortable for continuous use.
I feel obliged to tell you that it is slightly overpriced, but personally, I am a follower of the rule that “Cheap always comes out expensive”. To put it the other way around, if you are planning regular World of Warcraft marathons, don’t hesitate to give it a shot. The more spells you have at your fingertips, the higher your chances of winning are. The Naga Epic Chroma offers you limitless options to improve your gaming technique including an in-game visual guide, 12 mechanical buttons under your thumb and Grid Assist overlay in-game. So, if you feel ready to embrace the MMO rocking capabilities the Epic Chroma possesses, keep reading and by the end of this review, you will be able to decide whether this is the right gaming mouse for you.
The mouse ships with a Classic Grip, Palm Grip and Claw Grip pads and allows you to adjust it to that it perfectly fits the shape of your hand. That’s an awesome feature, given the fact that it comes with 12 programmable buttons and they need to be equally easy to reach. The design is adapted to meet MMO players’ expectations which makes the mouse relatively unsuitable for other gaming genres.
Unfortunately, lefties are out of luck. The Epic Chroma is suitable for right-handed MMO warriors only. (I believe it’s time for you guys to spark off a riot and demand more mice for lefties). The scroll wheel is a tilting one and it has a nice rubber ring with little bumps around so you can easily scroll without putting too much pressure. The lack of a high speed scrolling feature came as a huge disappointment to me, but I guess even the most sophisticated gaming peripherals cannot have all advanced features in the world.
The Naga Epic Chroma is big enough so even if you have bigger hands, you will not have difficulties using it. However, its design makes it unsuitable for most gaming genres. If you use it for playing a game that is not in the MMO genre, you have either to neglect the unnecessary buttons or remap every skill to your thumb. Personally, I like to keep only the most vital skills at hand, so I got frustrated with the availability of a whole lot of buttons I do not need. Other than that, the Naga Epic Chroma is a great MMO mouse that enables you to keep the most frequently used skills close at hand.
Apart from WoW, I haven’t mentioned any other game so far, but I did that on purpose. I was unpleasantly surprised to find out that Razer guarantees the in-game configuration works only with the following game selection: WoW, Dota 2, LoL, Diablo 3, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Firefall, World of Tanks, Guild Wars 2, Ragnarok Online 2, Path of Exile, Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Eve Online, DC Universe Online, and DnF (Tencent game).
As an MMO fan, you know that the more spells you have an instant access to, the better. The Epic Chroma features the incredible number of 19 buttons as well as a 12-button thumb grid. Plus, you have two more so that you can swap between sets of key bindings. I am trying to think of another mouse that possesses these capabilities and I swear I can’t name such.
Most FPS addicts I talked to consider the availability of 19 buttons overkill. Others say that entrusting one digit with 12 buttons means you are looking for a trouble. Well, I agree to a point. The truth is that the buttons are large enough and the mechanical switches produce a distinctive click. What makes me a big fan of Razer-branded gaming mice is that the buttons are designed to be super sensitive. Even if I am not an MMO fanatic, I have to admit that it is super convenient to be able to hit the right button at the right time. The mouse utilizes the Omron switches that ensure a great tactile feedback with each actuation you make.
Responsiveness and Sensor
The mouse is outfitted with an 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor and has a maximum acceleration of 50G. The 1ms response rate in both wired and wireless mode makes the Naga Epic Chroma a top performer. The Inter-Device communication feature allows you to temporarily change the sensitivity with one push of a keyboard button. However, the mouse lacks DPI on the fly, which is a shame for such a seemingly sophisticated gaming peripheral. Still, you can solve that issue by mapping a couple of DPI settings to the Mouse 4 and Mouse 5 buttons.
The Epic Chroma has a 32-bit ARM processor, which means every command you make is delivered at a very fast rate.
Wired or Wireless
The battery lasts approximately 20 hours and during my tests, it never drained in the middle of the game. The more prejudiced among you would attribute that to a pure luck, but I am likely to believe the battery is actually durable. When the battery dies, you can plug the USB cable and continue using it. Don’t forget to turn the power switch to an off position, though. Alternatively, you can use the charging dock with the same USB cable. You will see a pulsing light while the mouse is charging. When it is fully charged, it will be completely lit up.
As for its performance in wired and wireless mode, I did not notice any major differences. It scored great in my tests and was as responsive in wireless mode as it was in wired mode. No lagging whatsoever.
Similar to all Razer-branded gaming mice, the Naga Epic Chroma supports Razer Synapse 2.0 software. Through the customization dashboard, you can program buttons, link individual profiles to specific games, choose lighting colors, adjust sensitivity and the polling rate, and record macros. The software is pretty straightforward, so when you download and install it, you can automatically receive software updates. What’s more, the software allows you to customize the interface with popular MMO titles. For the purpose, you have to install software add-ons.
In-game MMO configurator
The in-game MMO configurator allows you to configure the mouse setup without leaving the game. No more “Alt + Tab” combinations required for preparing your gaming tool for a boss fight. And the best is yet to come. World of Warcraft fans will be delighted by the special configurator. It allows you to customize your loadout by dragging the skills onto the overlay and create as many grids as you wish. You are free to adjust the transparency to your liking and make the overlay more prominent or less intrusive. However, keep in mind that for now, the in-game configurator support runs on Windows 7, 8, and 10 only.
The combination of impeccable wireless capabilities, plenty of color options and great software makes Naga Epic Chroma the jewel in the crown of game-specific pieces of hardware. If you are looking for a mouse to fit all gaming genres, I advise you to give the Epic Chroma a miss and turn your attention to other Razer-branded peripherals. Otherwise, the Naga Epic Chroma is, beyond a doubt, the perfect complement to your MMO gaming setup.