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League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Gaming Mouse from Razer is a Razer Naga Hex gaming mouse with the League of Legends wording brazenly glowing on the mouse with the Naga Hex six thumb buttons for added functionality.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features  5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Recommendation:  4.5/5 Stars

League of Legends Naga Hex Goliathus

The Razer Naga Hex mouse is a tried and true gamers mouse but the League of Legends Collector’s Edition brings gamers from the popular multiplayer battle game to their peak performance using the added thumb buttons. The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Naga Hex mouse is a professional quality gamers mouse that includes the mouse and a manual while drivers are available for download from the Razer website.

League of Legends Naga Hex Whats in the Box

The Razer League of Legends Naga Hex Gamers Mouse has the usual finger buttons along with the scroll wheel with push button, two additional top buttons and the six thumb buttons on the side. The Razer Naga Hex with the League of Legends logo is a great mouse with adjustable sensitive and stages of adjustments for in game changing using the Razer Synapse software.

 

The Razer Synapse software allows gamers to save profiles and button assignments on a Razer server so you can download your assignments no matter where you are as long as you have an internet connection. The Synapse program from Razer is the best driver and functionality program I have seen for gaming mice and really makes the use of all Razer mice for not only games but for other programs a dream.

The Razer League of Legends Gaming Mouse is a rebuild of the Razer Naga Hex with the six side buttons on the thumb side for right hand use that has a 5600 dots per inch 3.5G laser sensor for precision sensing. The Razer Synapse program allows you to adjust the sensor from 100 up to the maximum 5600 DPI for your choice of sensor speed along with your choice of acceleration if you want.

Razer Naga Hex League of Legends

The Razer Naga Hex also has five sensitivy settings you can save that allows you to change sensitivity in game using any assigned mouse buttons but a common setup for me is the two smaller buttons on top of the mouse behind the scroll wheel. These two small buttons make assignments to adjust sensitivity easy while in game so you can switch from a slower on screen movement needed for precise aiming like sniper work to a higher one needed for general rapid movement to keep the action in front of you.

 

The Razer Naga Hex mouse does work extremely well but it is a smaller mouse so is more comfortable for those with normal to smaller hands, I prefer a mouse with a larger size so the League of Legends Naga Hex mouse was a bit small for me. The mouse performed well and I had no problems using it in first person shooters and some strategy games but did not use the mouse much for games like League of Legends as I don’t really like fighting battle type games.

Naga Hex Side Buttons

The assignments for the thumb buttons worked perfectly and for my Battlefield 3 fps gaming I left them as they were for quick switching of weapons without having to go to my keyboard. The Naga Hex mouse also worked well for Company of Heroes as it meant quickly switching from one unit to the next when I assigned the numbers to units for easy control in those fast paced situations.

 

The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Mouse is a great gaming mouse and one that is perfect for League of Legends fans but the fun does not stop there as Razer has also released a League of Legends Collector’s Edition Goliathus soft gaming mouse mat. The popular Goliathus Speed edition mouse mat is a tight weave cloth with foam rubber bottom for a seamless mousing surface while the stitching around the edge will give protection from fraying.

The Razer Goliathus is a fantastic mouse mat and the League of Legends fight scene really has a nice look to it even if you’re not a fan of the game genre. The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Goliathus Mouse Mat is a great mouse mat for gaming and works well with the Razer Naga Hex and other gaming mice I have been using with it.

League of Legends Goliathus Mat

I can easily recommend the Razer League of Legends Collector’s editions of both the Naga Hex mouse and Goliathus mouse mat for gaming grade peripherals that will enhance your gaming and general computer use.

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex @ Razer

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Goliathus @ Razer

Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Gaming Keypad

Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Gaming Keypad

The Razer Orbweaver is a fantastic mechanical gaming keypad that gives gamers the edge while gaming with the PC that includes adjustable hand, thumb pad and palm rest.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features  4/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

The Razer Orbweaver is a mechanical gaming keypad that is specific to the left hand for gamers to get an edge over keyboard users with the thumb pad that allows an extra movement or modifier for quick input. The Orbweaver has twenty mechanical keys on the top with a thumb pad, button and lever on the side for thumb use while your left hand stays put due to the adjustable rest.

The Orbweaver comes with the mechanical gaming keypad and instructions with the usual Razer certificate of authenticity and a Razer sticker set with drivers available for download from the Razer website. The Orbweaver gaming keypad has the adjustable palm rest that has the thumb pad attached that moves forward and back about a half an inch for a decent amount of adjustment for hand size.Orbweaver Whats in the Box

The thumb pad also moves about 5/8ths of an inch at an angle away or toward the palm rest for the same adjustment for hand size while the palm rest tilts back and forth for hand comfort. The heel of your hand rests on the bottom rubberized plastic with the palm rest contoured and also made from rubberized plastic for comfort and grip while gaming but with some space for a bit of cooling due to the separate parts.

The body of the keypad and thumb pad is made from plastic with the all-important thump pad arm made from a coated metal that seems to be steel for strength of this smaller adjustment point. The adjustments for the Orbweaver gaming keypad are a perfect mix for a variety of hand sizes and keeping things simpler without having to use tools as the small push buttons control the adjustments.

The Orbweaver Gaming Keypad has the twenty mechanical keys for better tactile feel to know your pressing the keys but when gaming you just don’t pay much attention to feel when the keypad works as well as this one does. The main home key for gaming and keypads is the S key so that your hand is centered on the movement keys for gaming and the Orbweaver put an indicator right on the center key for a decent indication of your finger placement.

You can use the Razer Synapse program to set the keys of your keypad to any keyboard key or a set of them using macros that also can include time to key presses for specific gaming functions. The Razer Synapse also has the unlimited number of profiles so you can set up the Orbweaver gaming keypad keys and thumb controls to any keyboard key or a macro and save them in the Cloud for fast and easy programming wherever you’re at over the internet.Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

The Razer Synapse 2.0 program allows you to store profiles at Razer servers for unlimited gaming and program use and you can use the eight different key maps to quickly switch between key assignments within a program of game. In game this may not make sense until you realize that some games have unique and different gameplay in the same game like my current favorite Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3 has three unique scenarios for gameplay with on foot first person shooting the main aspect but you also can climb into the driver’s seat of a variety of vehicles both on land and in the air. When you jump into a tank or a faster vehicle like an armored personnel carrier the keys no longer can be used for the same things but now jumping seats is a more important factor and not kneeling or jumping.

The various key maps allow you to quickly switch from one set of key maps to another as fast as jumping into a tank is during gameplay so you have all new key assignments in game without having to do more than pressing a button. I set up the Orbweaver to use two key maps with one for first person shooter use on foot and the other for vehicle use so I can quickly and easily switch between the two with a simple press of the up and down on the thumb pad.

Orbweaver Bottom

The main difference between being on foot and in a vehicle is the main movements like kneeling or going prone on foot and switching seats in vehicles and the thumb pad to switch between the two key maps works well. I tried using the thumb-pad for movement but I could not get myself to use the thumb-pad for moving around in the virtual world but it works really well for my own uses like switching weapons and the key map assignments.

The Razer Synapse program allows you to preset keys before gaming and in game you can easily switch those using game options if you want but it is easier and more permanent per game to set the keys of the key pad in the Synapse program. Saving various profiles in game not only means you have keys mapped to specific key pad keys and the thumb controls but you also have eight key mappings per profile for a wider variety of quickly switchable key maps.

Razer Synapse 2.0

The three LEDs on the side of the thumb pad shows which key maps your using while onscreen words tell you which profile your using when you switch and can be switched either using the Synapse program, the Razer Synapse right click menu or using the linked program. Linking a program with a profile means when that program like the game EXE file is run it will automatically switch the Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad to that profile so you can start gaming quickly with the correct key map.

I have been gaming for years with first person shooters being my main gaming staple but I only use about half the keyboard when gaming because at least half the keys are unused by the games. The key pad is the solution to not only make gaming easier by having less keys in front of your fingers but also to be able to customize the key assignments and the thumb controls easily.

The Razer Orbweaver is a great key pad and does work better than the previius game pads that I have reviewed mainly due to the better overall design and more keys for gaming. The Orbweaver does work well and I do get a faster response for common key presses but the main difference I have seen is I am keeping my eyes on the screen and not looking down at my fingers.

When gaming I have often had to look at my keyboard to see which key I’m pressing for things like switching weapons or changing fire rates but with the Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad I am looking away from the screen and action much less. I highly recommend the Razer Orbweaver as a fantastic gaming peripheral that will give you an edge in gaming because you’re keeping your eyes where they belong and your fingers controlling the action.

Orbweaver Gaming Keypad @ Razer

 

Razer Naga 2012 Expert MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer Naga 2012 Expert MMO Gaming Mouse

The Razer Naga 2012 Expert MMO Gaming Mouse brings the new Synapse 2.0 software that Razer has recently released to the massive multiplayer online expert gaming mouse with cloud based settings and automatic updates.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features  5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Total:  4.5/5 Stars

Razer Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse 2012 Edition

Razer has updated the software that runs their peripherals and using cloud based setting storage for players they now offer a way for gamers to automatically save and download any game or player specific settings. Connect to the internet, download the Razer Synapse program and install and your saved settings are available at your fingertips for any Razer peripheral that uses Synapse 2.0.

Razer Synapse 2.0 is not just a cloud based place for gamers to save settings but also updates drivers and firmware so gamers are constantly at the top of their game as far as hardware is concerned; the rest is up to you. Razer has gone above and beyond with keeping their peripherals current and they have also listened to gamers with what they want for gaming hardware when it comes to gaming performance.

Razer Synapse 2.0 also does something for gamers when they just have to do that other stuff like image editing and simple web browsing by storing settings specific to programs like Photoshop or Dreamweaver. You can use various configurations and store them in the cloud while also being able to automatically switch settings per program when you open them.

Whats in the Box

The Naga 2012 Edition has the usual slick Teflon pads on the bottom with one on each of the side panels and four on the main part of the mouse. The bottom also sports the number or keypad switch so the ten number buttons on the side will either emulate the numbers above the letter keys or the number pad keys.

The Razer Naga 2012 Edition does use the MMO specific side buttons to create a panel of 12 inputs using your thumb while the other side of the mouse has the three interchangeable side panels for optimized fit. You can use the side panel that best fits your hand and style of mouse usage from the very ergonomic style of gaming mouse with its general shape that fits comfortably in my hand.

The Naga 2012 Edition like previous editions has three interchangeable side pieces for the comfort of the user depending on how you like your mouse. You can use the smaller unobtrusive side for a more ergonomic fit, the ring finger support side or the ring and small finger support side for the most comfortable side you like.

Razer Naga Side Panels

The side panels fit onto the side of the mouse using four screws and magnets to hold the side on and even active gaming will not budge the pieces off the mouse. The various side panels make for the most comfortable mouse for any given user and makes the Naga 2012 Edition very customizable in both shape and programing.

The Naga 2012 Edition does not come with any drivers on a disc as you simply download them from the Razer support website but once you connect and have them installed you can customize any of the 17 mouse buttons. The four buttons of the mouse finger buttons, two buttons behind the scroll wheel and the scroll wheel itself mean a good versatile mouse but the addition of twelve side buttons give you lots of configuration options.

The Razer Naga 2012 Edition is mainly meant for Massive Multiplayer Games like Dungeons and Dragons Online or World of Warcraft and makes a handy way to access multiple spells or items. The included rubber indicators that Razer calls Grid Trainers allow you to get the thumb button positions down but you can keep them on for the life of the mouse to help with button locations.

Bottom of Naga 2012

The temporary adhesive on the buttons does mean that they will come off fairly easily but you can use something stronger to glue the indicators in place on any of the buttons you want. The Naga 2012 Edition comes with two sets of indicators with one set being rectangular and slanted to coincide with the buttons shape and the other set is round and you can put a single indicator or several on the side buttons.

The Razer Naga 2012 Edition has the usual profiles where you can save specific settings per game so when the game starts it will automatically switch to that profile. The newer Synapse program and cloud based setting saves allows for a user to save both settings and profiles in the cloud so that you always have them available over the internet.

The Razer Naga 2012 mouse now includes just about everything a gamer could want and the mouse also works very well for other tasks like image editing and web browsing. I have set up the mouse to work with common tasks like opening menu popups for image size and crop that makes my work on product shots that much easier.

The Razer Naga may be for gamers but it also works exceptionally well for other tasks and can be quite handy for many different programs and uses. The Razer Naga 2012 edition does make an excellent mouse for other programs but it excels at massive multiplayer online games.

Razer Synapse 2.0

The Razer Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse costs about $80 and can be found online at Razer and at other sites and local stores that sell high quality computer peripherals.

Naga 2012 Edition at Razer 

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

The Razer Tiamat is the first true 7.1 gaming headset for analog connection to your computer to deliver full surround sound audio from ten discrete drivers in the ear cups for a true positional advantage.

Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25
Look & Feel: 20/25
Features 24/25
How much I enjoy 24/25
Total: 91/100

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Razer has released the first true 7.1 surround sound headset that includes ten discrete drivers in the two ear cups for a true surround sound experience. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is a true surround sound headset with five discrete drivers in each ear piece and connects to your computer using the five analog audio connections and a USB for power.

The Razer Tiamat comes with the headset with inline controller, mini USB adapter, extra ear piece covers, certificate of authenticity and user’s manual all in a really nice box. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 has the inline controller with a large dial for volume control and a smaller dial switch for volume control of the individual speaker channels.

The controller also has the mute button, external speaker button and 7.1 button for switching between 2.0 and 7.1 audio as well as a connection for an adapter that connects a speaker set to the controller. The addition of a connection on the controller to add external speakers means no disconnecting your analog audio connections to switch between the headset and speakers.

The headset ear pieces have a smoked but clear plastic over the drivers so you can see the five speakers inside each ear piece but you can also use the additional covers to hide them. These side covers use four magnets to attach to the sides but I find the looks just fine without the black covers.

Whats in the Box

The sides of the Razer Tiamat also have the green glowing Razer logo, it had to be somewhere, on each ear piece for good looks while most of the rest of the headset is black. The headband has some green stitching but the main band that connects the headset is made from a dark gray plastic while the controller and cable is black.

The Razer Tiamat uses one of the five analog connections for a microphone which works very well for gaming and chat communication. The Tiamat microphone is a unidirectional boom microphone that retracts into the left head piece for convenient storage when not in use.

I had no problem’s hearing myself talking over chat and Skype as well as over a game using a couple of computers for in game chat and voice as a test. The microphone gives clear voice over the computer for general voice using onboard sound but is much better when using a dedicated sound card.

Like many things with computers the addition of a dedicated sound card adds a lot of quality to your sound experience and makes the headset a better one. I had no problems other than one I will mention shortly with USB power using both onboard sound and an Auzen X-Forte sound card with the Razer Tiamat.

Cables, Controllers & Contoller

The headset has a stretch cord band that rests on top of your head as well as a larger plastic band that helps to keep the headset snug on your head. This two band system works well and helps to keep the headset comfortable while also keeping the ear pieces snug.

The ear cushions are replaceable but due to the newer release they may not be up on the site as yet, the headsets themselves are even backordered as of this writing. It seems that the Razer Tiamat is a highly wanted item and I can see why just reading other reviews but the real test is using it yourself.

The Razer Tiamat connects to your computer using the four analog connections that are your center, side, front and rear speakers with another analog connection for microphone and the USB for power. I will say this and try to emphasize this in my review that the headset quality depends mostly on this USB power connection.

I connected the headset to one motherboard surround sound and had a problem right off the bat with noise when no audio was playing and this continued to the next motherboard that I tried. I had purchased a new motherboard and after some setup during the trial period with the Razer Tiamat I swapped the motherboard out on my main work computer.

Controller

I tried the new Tiamat on this motherboard, an Asus Sabertooth 990FX, thinking it would have both a better onboard audio and better USB but I still had noticeable noise. After some checking with another computer and other things like a tablet and Google Chrome book I figured out that it was the USB powered part of the headset that was introducing the noise.

I cleared this up by connecting the USB power to an adapter instead of my computer and got rid of all noise over the headset, they work great once you get rid of the noise. I found a few other reviews that also have this same issue and corrected it simply by using an external USB power adapter and this issue is addressed on the Razer Tiamat website.

You can use the Tiamat with a stereo output from devices like an iPhone or MP3 player using the single stereo front speaker connection but you do need a USB power source. I found it easy enough to use the speakers on a Google laptop with the single stereo output and the single USB connection that the Chrome book has for the power source.

The Tiamat uses the five discrete or separate drivers in each headset so you have the surround sound with full 7.1 surround which means some great positional gaming. I had a true positional sound while gaming and had no problems telling where to point my weapons while playing games like Battlefield 3.

5 Discrete Drivers Per Ear

The Gaming was fantastic and truly 7.1 surround sound which really adds to the gaming experience, movies are also great but the Tiamat really excels at gaming. The discrete drivers give you real 7.1 surround sound but you will usually not tell the specific speakers playing at any one time during gameplay or movies.

I tried the Razer Tiamat with several games including Battlefield 3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Crysis 2 along with movies like Transformer 3 and Black Hawk Down. All the movies and gaming I threw at the Razer Tiamat turned out really well and I thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences with the 7.1 headset.

The Razer Tiamat really works well during gaming and gives you not only a much better gaming experience but can really help in gaming for first person shooters. Playing on Battlefield 3 I could tell much better where the enemies were and could use the positional sound to help in getting more kills and even defend myself better.

Even though the Razer Tiamat does have a problem with noise from a poorly grounded USB connection it does work extremely well for a full 7.1 surround sound headset. I have used other expensive and really good headsets that also have this problem of noise form poor USB grounds and this is an easy one to fix for the Razer Tiamat by simply using an external USB power adapter.

The Razer Tiamat costs about $180 but for the full 7.1 surround sound using discrete drivers and is really worth the cost as an excellent gaming and entertainment headset. I highly recommend the Razer Tiamat for a top of the line full 7.1 surround sound headset that sounds excellent and is very comfortable for long gaming sessions.

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