Razer's 17-key mouse is geared for MMO players.
Over in Cologne, Germany, Razer is presenting its latest devices at the Gamescom 2009 convention, one of which is the $79.99 Razer Naga mouse geared for MMO gamers. What makes this device stand out above the others on the market is the embedded, customizable 12-button thumb grid--in addition to the 5 buttons already present on the mouse--designed to keep the fingers on the mouse rather than hunting down spell keys assigned to the keyboard. According to the company, this design also eliminates excessive clicking on-screen.
"The Razer Naga’s add-on software, in conjunction with the supported titles, enables gamers to save unlimited profiles and program thousands of different in-game commands for each character you choose to play without the hassle of remapping every time you re-spec," the company said. "The ergonomic form factor gives players comfort and optimized control to every button."
While we haven't tested this device, Razor said that leading MMO players and community sites such as Curse.com have given this super-mouse a thorough beating before making an appearance at Gamescom. To catch a glimpse of this mouse in action, Razor uploaded a demo video over on YouTube here. Gamers who are naturally left-handed may be out of luck, or forced to learn to use of a mouse with the opposite hand.
In addition to the Naga, Razor also introduced the $49.99 Megasoma hybrid gaming mouse mat. This pad is optimized for both optical and laser mice, and even features an illuminated embedded logo to distract your eyes while being hammered in a brutal online deathmatch. Yay.