The Razer Naga Epic Chroma
The Razer Naga Epic Chroma is the newest addition to the Razer Naga product line, that turned out to be not only one of the best wireless gaming mice, but the one that is the best genre-specific mice ever made. It is especially designed for massively multiplayer online and it delivers the ultimate performance. It has razor sharp accuracy, 19 programmable buttons optimized for MMOs and features detachable side panels that make the mouse fit to any type of grip and any type of hand size. Of course, all these great features come at their price. The mouse costs around $130 depending on the deals you can find, but if you are a heavy MMO fan you will find the Razer Naga Epic to be your best investment.
|Features||Razer Naga Epic Chroma|
|Sensor||8,200 DPI 4G|
|Buttons||19 total – 12 on thumb grid|
|Lighting||Yes, Chroma with 16,7 million colors|
|Ergonomic form factor||Right handed|
|Tilt-click scroll wheel||Yes|
|Weight||135 g / 0.30 lbs with cable|
|Dimensions||119 mm / 4.68 in (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 in (H)|
● Wired/Wireless dual mode capability
● 3 Interchangeable side panels
● Charging dock (also functions as a wireless receiver unit)
● Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
● Unlimited character profiles with AddOns
● Optional MMO-specific software AddOns
● 16 million color backlight illumination
● 8200dpi Razer Precision 4G Laser Sensor
● 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time
● Approximate Size : 116 mm / 4.57” (Length) x 78 mm / 3.07” (Width) x 42 mm / 1.65” (Height)
● Approximate Weight: 134 g / 0.30 lbs
● Battery Life: 12hrs (continuous use); 72 hours (normal gaming usage)
● Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7Mac OS X (v10.8 – 10.11)
The Razer Naga Epic follows the design of its predecessor, the Razer Naga, but offers a few additional cool features. The first one of them, is that the Razer Naga Epic Chroma is wireless. Now as the Razer folks have developed a great MMO oriented product as the Razer Naga is, why not go wireless. The Razer Naga Epic shows no lag in performance in wireless mode, but the battery life is not the most impressive so far and the mouse is a bit heavier than the Razer Naga wired version. However, what says on the tin is 12 hours of continuous use and that is what you will get. The good thing is that it comes with a cable, so you can plug it in and continue playing using it as a wired gaming mouse.
When out of the box, the Razer Naga Epic Chroma looks similar to the other products in the Razer Naga line. The profile is fairly high, the buttons offer just the right resistance and have their tacky like feeling coating that helps the better grip. However, the best feature about the Razer Naga Epic are the interchangeable side panels designed to fit any size of hands and grip styles.
Just over the battery compartment on the right side of the mouse, the panel can be detached and swapped with any of the other 3 included in order to better fit your hand. The widest is the “Palm Grip” one, that increases the Epic’s width with about an inch and you kind of have the feeling that your whole hand rests on the mouse. The “Classic Grip” is about half the width and resembles traditional mouse feel where the index, middle and ring fingers are supported and your pinky is not. The narrowest is the “Claw Grip”, not a lot to say here – it makes the mouse thin enough to be more comfortable for claw grippers. It is great to be able to adjust the mouse’s shape to your hand, especially when it comes to a gaming mouse that also features 12 programmable thumb buttons, which have to be easy and comfortable to press. The ability to change the panels and the size of the mouse respectively, just allows no pressure to be caused on your wrist when moving your thumb around to find the one of the 12 side buttons that you need. You need to be clear that not all 12 buttons will be equally easy to reach, but with time and some practice you will find yourself switching between profiles and actually using more than 12 key-mapping assignments.
Apart from the already mentioned 12 thumb programmable buttons, the Razer Naga is packed with features all accessible and customizable through the Razer Synapse 2.0, a very easy to use and straightforward gaming software. The manufacturer advises that Razer Synapse 2.0 registration requires a valid e-mail, software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates.
Once you are ready and set with Razer Synapse 2.0 you can customize everything, starting from the Razer Naga power usage characteristics, going through the lighting colours and the way they display ( you can pick from single static colour and “spectrum cycling” mode); you can also adjust the sensitivity to up to 5670 DPI and the polling rate to a maximum of 1000 Hz and of course the most important for the MMO fans is the creating of unlimited number of profiles for different games and recording Macros. The Razer Naga Epic also offers to install software add ons that allow you to customize your interface with popular titles like World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
It’s easy to guess that the Epic performs outstandingly well with MMOs. When playing games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic it is very handy to have your most frequently used skills at your fingertips. Although it is great for MMOs, the Epic Chroma will not offer the same outstanding experience when used for playing other genres. However, it is an accurate mouse with great features and cool looks. The downfall of the Razer Naga Epic is not the mouse itself, but its charging dock. It seems like the mouse sits a bit wobbly in the cradle what causes it not to charge very well and “die” as some customers use to say. The fix is to charge it directly with the USB cable while using it as a wired gaming mouse. The other negative is the price. With a price tag of $130, the Razer Naga Epic is definitely not the cheapest gaming mouse. If you are a hardcore MMO fan, then the price tag wouldn’t bother you, but if you like playing different kinds of genres, there are more versatile and affordable gaming mice available on the market, like the Razer DeathAdder Chroma.
Here is a good moment to pay attention to the Razer Naga Hex. Same as the Naga Epic Chroma has been aimed particularly for MMO fans, the Razer Naga Hex is definitely the MOBA fan number one. It delivers the same accurate and precise performance as the Razer Naga Epic, features the same great 5670 DPI laser sensor, and by using the Razer Synapse software you can customize it as per your preferences. What makes the Razer Naga Hex different and more suitable for MOBAs are the six thumb programmable buttons. The buttons have a hexagonal shape and are located in the same pattern, hence why the name of the Razer Naga Hex. The reduced to six thumb programmable buttons ( in comparison to the Razer Naga Epic’s 12) make the Razer Naga Hex suitable for other genres apart from MMOs and MOBAs. However, there have been few complaints about the buttons being too sensible and the glossy shell being a bit slippery, but in general, all gamers are happy with the design and comfort of the Razer Naga Hex.
In conclusion, we can say that Razer Naga Epic Chroma is a great performing mouse, especially for MMOs. The quality of the laser sensor is great and the mouse is fast and accurate. Featuring the possibility to even change its size and shape thanks to the detachable side panels and the fact that it is a dual-mode gaming mouse that can go from wired to wireless with zero downtime, makes it one of the most customizable mice available and worth spending $130 on.