Razer Naga Molten SE MMO Mouse Review

By on February 27, 2011
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The MMO mouse of choice gets a cataclysmic makeover.

Good: Comfortable design, 12-button thumb grid is very effective, Molten design looks great
Bad: For right-hand use only
Price: AED 345
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

One of the best things about the Naga Molten Special Edition is the way it felt in my hands. First off, the mouse is sculpted for extreme comfort for long playing times. The additional finger rests on the right side are proof of this. The big hump formed for the palm rest coupled with the wide 12-button thumb grid feels completely natural. For a right-hander that is; the orientation of the Naga mice forgets the existence of Southpaws. And I think this is probably because of the number of LEDs housed within, but the Naga Molten Special Edition always felt every-so-slightly warm to the touch, making this one of the coziest mice I have ever used.

Moving along, Naga software allows for supreme customization of exactly how you want the mouse to perform. The DPI, acceleration and Ultra-polling settings can be changed from here, including the lights you’d want to turn on or off on the Naga Molten. Then, of course, there’s the macro recording as well as the key bindings. You can assign any key with any button and have it saved to different profiles. So I have a different profile for WoW, another one for Team Fortress 2 and another one for Photoshop; all with different shortcuts and commands.

BY default the 12-button thumb grid will replicate the 12 keys on your keyboard (from 1/! to =/+). Or, if the NumLock is on, the Numpad keys; which means you can have different commands assigned for the Numpad keys and have an access to a total of 24 keys simultaneously (12 on keyboard and 12 on the Naga. Couple this with something like the Razer Anansi keyboard and you’re talking about macros and key-binding combinations more than you can handle.

Bringing it down a notch, for regular play, the Naga Molten Special Edition is just as easy to use for a beginner as it is for a veteran MMO player. The 12-buttons thumb grid easily lends itself to simple command executions in-game, coming in equally handy for both MMOs and (pleasantly surprising) FPS games. The Naga Molten Special Edition has come in very handy playing as a Spy and Engineer during my Team Fortress 2 sessions.

So the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition has pretty everything working in its favor, save for the lack of Southpaws love. It’s very comfortable, looks neat, and is very efficient in what it’s designed to do (execute spells unrealistically fast). Whereas the Naga Molten Special Edition costs the same as the regular Naga mouse, so if you’re going to be using this for other MMOs (besides WoW) and FPS games, then even the regular edition will serve you equally well. However, for WoW players, the special cracked effect and crimson glow has a special meaning, and looks brilliant at the same time.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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