This week during E3 2016, Razer introduced its latest mouse built for PC gamers, the Razer Naga Hex V2. It’s aimed at players of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like the long-standing and highly popular League of Legends, and newcomers like Battleborn and Paragon, packing features like pre-configured MOBA profiles and a seven-button mechanical thumb wheel mounted on the left side.
That said, this mouse is built specifically for right-handed MOBA players. It’s powered by a 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor to capture the player’s twitch reflexes accurately, and is capable of 50G of acceleration, or up to 210 inches per second. The sensitivity can be adjusted by two buttons mounted next to the mouse wheel, allowing the user to turn down the sensitivity during normal everyday use. Essentially, the higher the sensitivity, the less your hand is required to move on the desktop.
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Overall, the new Razer mouse provides 14 programmable buttons that can be customized via the company’s free Razer Synapse software. Here customers can load profiles, change the button commands, and customize the Razer Chrome lighting system using up to 16.8 million color options and a number of cool effects. The mouse wheel, the Razer logo, and the mechanical thumb wheel are all lit up, and can be auto-configured to match the hues emitted from other connected Razer devices.
The specs show that the Razer Naga Hex V2 has a one-millisecond response time, 1,000Hz ultra-polling, a tilt-click scroll wheel, a rubberized thumb grip in the center of the button wheel, and zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet, allowing it to be moved effortlessly across the desktop without a sound. A generous seven-foot braided fiber USB cable connects it to your desktop or laptop.
According to Razer, the company performed extensive testing regarding MOBA games and discovered that shifting commands to the peripheral dramatically increased the player’s overall efficiency. Thus, Razer currently provides downloadable profiles developed specifically for League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients 2, aka DOTA2, that can be loaded into the Razer Synapse desktop client.
For League of Legends, there are three to download: a skill profile, an item profile, and a communication profile. These seem to address the mechanical thumb wheel buttons only, with for example the communication profile assigning them phrases like “Go for dragon” and “Bait at baron.” For DOTA2, there are four profiles to download — skill, item, communication, and command — that focus on the thumb button wheel too.
As for the actual size of the mouse, its length, width, and height are 4.68 inches, 2.95 inches, and 1.69 inches, respectively, and it weighs around 0.30 pounds with the USB cable attached.
“The MOBA scene has become the most watched genre of eSports in the world, making games like League of Legends and DOTA2 more popular in terms of audience than many professional sports leagues,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We made the first mouse that was ever designed for these players and we’re happy to have improved upon an already great design.”
To celebrate the launch of Razer’s Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse, the company is playing host to its very first mass MOBA tournament featuring DOTA2 and League of Legends. Each game will have three tournaments, each spanning across four regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Oceania. The tournaments don’t kick off until next month, giving hopeful champions plenty of time to snag Razer’s new MOBA-focused mouse.
That said, the Naga Hex V2 is available now here in the U.S. for $80 through Razer’s website, and in limited quantities at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com. Global availability will take place throughout the month.