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Razer Naga V2 Pro Gaming Mouse review: chopping and changing

Razer Naga V2 Pro: One-minute review

The Naga V2 Pro is a clear step above its predecessor, the Naga Pro Wireless, and while it still holds up in a lot of key factors we were hoping to see some sort of design change. The mouse features swappable side plates that hold 2, 6, and 12 programmable buttons and features wireless connectivity via a dongle. 

The mouse features RGB lighting in a subtle, classy way which is very much appreciated when everything comes packed with a lot of light. The logo lights up once it’s on and you can customize the logo and 12-button plate in the Synapse 3 software. 

The ergonomic design of the mouse may suit some users more than others,  with the mouse seeming to favor those with larger hands than smaller ones. The price definitely reflects the features of the mouse, though with how similar this and the Naga Pro Wireless are you might be better off sticking with the older model. 

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Razer Naga V2 Pro: Price and availability

  • How much does it cost? $221 (£159, AU$318)
  • Where is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

At $221 (about £180 or AU$318), the Naga V2 Pro comes at a pretty penny for sure, but that price does reflect the many features that come with it. It’s a lot of money for a mouse, but the swappable side plates mean it could be the only mouse you’ll ever need for a very long time. You can obliterate your enemies in a game, then swap out the button pad to transform it into a mouse for work or personal projects.

As long as you're not planning to game on a Mac, you have the Razer mouse Software to customize the mouse to really fit your preferences. That kind of versatility and personalization in one sleek bundle is worth the investment. But, if this is too much money to drop on a mouse (understandably so) the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro is a good choice for a budget mouse that won’t break the bank. 

  • Value: 3.5 / 5

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Razer Naga V2 Pro: Design

  • Heavy
  • Swappable plates
  • Customizable scroll wheel 

The Razer Naga V2 Pro doesn’t deviate too much from the Razer Naga Pro Wireless that came before it; they look incredibly similar and we can assume any design changes made by Razer were purely functional rather than aesthetic. The mouse is still wide and chunky despite the ergonomic design and boasts the same right-handed slope as its predecessor so that either your ring finger or pinky rests in the designated notch. Both sides of the mouse have rubber grips, but they don’t offer much resistance and we found our fingers sliding around the body of the mouse more than once. 

This Naga V2 Pro will probably be very comfortable for people with large- or medium-sized hands, but for those of us on the smaller-palmed spectrum it does bring about wrist fatigue after a few hours of continous use. Shorter fingers have to stretch further to reach some of the buttons and because the mouse has a fat backside (stop laughing) you may find your whole palm struggling to latch on. Again, this won’t be a problem for users with larger hands, but more of a concern for the mini-mitten clan. 

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In terms of the swappable panels, some hit more than others. The Naga V2 Pro comes with 12, 6, and 2-button side plates that attach magnetically and are easy to swap out. The 12-button plate uses RGB lighting which can be helpful (and admittedly looks pretty cool) when you have that many buttons, which you can customize using the Razer Synapse 3 software. The other two panels don’t have RGB support, though, which is a bummer. 

There’s a nifty little slot in the mouse (you’ll see it when you open up the side panel) where you can store the wireless dongle which is super useful and a great way to avoid misplacing the dongle.

  • Design: 4 / 5

Razer Naga V2 Pro: Performance

  • Effortless clicking
  • Side buttons can be hard to press accurately
  • A little on the heavy side

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Overall the performance of the Razer Naga V2 Pro is satisfactory and provides everything you expect from Razer and the latest range of gaming peripherals they’ve put out, such as the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro or the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro. Whether we’re aimlessly wandering around in Stray or hitting the ground running in Cyberpunk 2077, the movement we get from the Naga V2 Pro is smooth and speedy.

Very rarely did we get misclicks or any noticeable input lag using the main two buttons, and the tactile feedback you get from pressing on them is incredibly satisfying. We did notice that as you add on the plates with 6 and 12 buttons it got harder to maintain button accuracy, particularly with the 12-button plate.

The little buttons were too close together to be meaningfully separated in the heat of a game, and it takes away from your focus if you have to keep thinking or glancing down at your mouse to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

When using the Naga V2 Pro you tend to feel the weight of the mouse the longer you use it, leading to a lot of wrist fatigue. We used it for work and we found we had to take frequent breaks and readjust the way we held the mouse several times just to get comfortable with it again. On the more technical side, the Naga V2 Pro uses Razer gen 3 optical switches which boast about 90 million clicks, give or take – in other words, those switches shouldn't fail until long after the mouse's general lifespan has expired.

Overall, the heft of the Naga V2 Pro means that if speed is a priority for you then you may want to consider a different mouse, there are so many great gaming mice out there you’ll be spoiled for choice. 

  • Performance: 4.5 / 5

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