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Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector’s Edition Review
The Razer Naga Hex gets a new look with the Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector’s Edition, and even improves on the original.
- Design will delight League of Legends fans
- Matte finish improves feel
- Hexagonal button arrangement is made for online battle
- Button placement is a little off
- Sensitive buttons lead to unwanted clicking
Razer has taken the wraps off of its newest batch of licensed gaming products, this time with gear for League of Legends (LOL). The Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector’s Edition takes the already top-rated Naga Hex gaming mouse, and tweaks the design for LOL fans, even managing to improve upon the original without revamping the design. The new licensed collector’s mouse is designed for a specific subset of MMO gaming, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games—like League of Legends. MOBA gaming is fast and furious, lending itself to mouse designs that put fast accurate controls at your fingertips—or under your thumb, in this instance.
In most respects, the collector’s edition mouse is identical to its namesake, the Razer Naga Hex. It has the same dimensions of 1.8 by 2.8 by 4.6 inches (HWD), the same right-handed design, and the same six numeric thumb buttons in a hexagonal formation—as opposed to the usual multi-button mouse, like the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse. But it improves slightly upon the previous model, switching the glossy plastic shell for a much more comfortable matte finish. The result is more comfortable from the outset, and doesn’t get quite so slick when an hour of intense gaming causes some sweat to moisten your palms.
The matte black finish is accented with yellow glowing highlights, from a glowing ring around the ratcheting scroll wheel, to yellow numbers on the Hex buttons, and a pulsing League of Legends logo on palmrest. The scroll wheel gets an extra dose of detail, where the rubber grip around the scroll wheel is textured with runes that should be familiar to anyone who knows the game well.
The Naga Hex connects via USB 2.0, and has a 6-foot braided cable. That’s long enough to plug into an out of the way PC tower while still giving you enough slack to move around, and the wired USB connection means that there’s no interference or latency due to a wireless connection.
Razer sells the LOL Collector’s Edition mouse alongside other League of Legends gear, like the Goliathus League of Legends Collector’s Edition gaming surface, a screen-printed neoprene mousepad. In addition to displaying your favorite game with pride, these limited edition gaming peripherals also come with codes redeemable for characters and skins in the game. Razer covers the mouse with the same two-year warranty offered on all Razer mice.
Features and Performance
Like both the standard Naga Hex and the Razer Naga Molten, the LOL Collector’s Edition Naga Hex has a precision laser sensor, tracking at 5,600 dpi with a 1000Hz polling rate. Think what you will of the design, but the sensor is top notch. Razer’s dashboard software, Synapse 2.0, lets you adjust the DPI sensitivity, tweak the mouse configuration, and customize the thumb-button controls by either remapping them to other buttons or programming macros—letting you fire off complex strings of commands with a single button click. Synapse 2.0 also lets you share these settings on any Synapse-equipped PC, letting you take your customizations with you.
Naturally, we tested the LOL Collector’s Edition mouse in League of Legends, where it gave us all the controls we needed, and had me casting spells and dealing damage quickly and easily. My previous complaints about the placement of the Hex buttons still held, however—the position is just a little bit too far back, at least for the way my hand rests on the mouse. The mechanical switches used for each button do allow for a devilishly rapid click-rate, but the combination of light button action and awkward position left me occasionally clicking buttons when I didn’t intend to. It’s worth noting, however, that every hand and thumb is different, so try before you buy whenever possible.
The Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector’s Edition is a solid mouse, specially made for MOBA gaming and given an extra dash of LOL flair. The LOL Collector’s Edition is actually an unexpected improvement over the standard issue Naga Hex, and an excellent choice for League fans, but many gamers will still prefer the Logitech G600 MMO mouse or the dead simple Editors’ Choice Roccat Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse.
By Brian Westover, PCMag