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17-Key Mouse Geared For MMO Gamers

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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.

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    Major7up , August 20, 2009 8:16 PM
    Seems a bit excessive...
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 8:14 PM
    What next? The entire keyboard oriented around a mouse? lol
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    Hellbound , August 20, 2009 8:11 PM
    holly hell..........
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    Hellbound , August 20, 2009 8:11 PM
    holly hell..........
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    hellwig , August 20, 2009 8:13 PM
    A num-pad on a mouse, Genious! Not that I play a lot of games that require a mouse and the num pad, but still, if I did, this would be an awesome mouse. Still though, if that picture is representative, the keys are a bit far back on the mouse, that's going to cause thumb strain.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 8:14 PM
    What next? The entire keyboard oriented around a mouse? lol
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    Toddosan , August 20, 2009 8:15 PM
    ZOMG!! that would be perfect for me.
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    Blessedman , August 20, 2009 8:16 PM
    haha win7 a keyboard with an optical sensor on it that you move around (hmmmm)
  • 17 Hide
    Major7up , August 20, 2009 8:16 PM
    Seems a bit excessive...
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    Kithzaru , August 20, 2009 8:21 PM
    I've used a Razor keyboard and liked it, never used one of their mice though this one looks interesting.

    I say, keep it up Razor, give Logitech and SteelSeries some healthy competition.
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    Sparkuss , August 20, 2009 8:26 PM
    How about the next step further for MMO's, many which involve hand to hand combat. When is a smart person going to hack a Wii style motion controller to a PC game,deatchmatch WoW anyone?
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    Kill@dor , August 20, 2009 8:26 PM
    Good luck pushing #12...
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    ThisIsMe , August 20, 2009 8:27 PM
    I think they call it "Naga" because they now you'll need the extra arms and hands to operate it.
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    balister , August 20, 2009 8:27 PM
    Not sure how well this would work as most people wouldn't have use for the buttons on the mouse since most use a game pad keyboard (Nostromo N52, Logitech G13, or an Ideazon Fang). Using a game pad keyboard gives you the ability to setup your WASD with weapon buttons (1 - 0 - +) Shift, Ctrl, Alt, and a variety of other keys.

    If Razer has done this years ago before the game pad keyboards came out from Nostromo and Ideazon, they may have had something, but not, most people aren't going to have much use for this mouse if they already have a game pad keyboard.
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    dragonfang18 , August 20, 2009 8:28 PM
    Can I make phone calls with it? Looks like a mamba mated with a phone.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 8:42 PM
    My prediction: soon you will see the mouse industry go the way of the razorblade industry -

    "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades"
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    rambo117 , August 20, 2009 8:56 PM
    ToddosanZOMG!! that would be perfect for me.

    i know right? would kill to have this >: )
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    JumpKickJoe , August 20, 2009 8:56 PM
    Major7upSeems a bit excessive...


    Fa reel.....

    thisismeI think they call it "Naga" because they now you'll need the extra arms and hands to operate it.


    Now i could see ppl healing and hurting their team at the same time with all the mistaken clicks... those buttons look kinda close and they seem kinda painful...i'm trying to move my thumb on my mouse here and it would put a strain on your thumb.


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    deathblooms2k1 , August 20, 2009 8:58 PM
    This seems amateurish, why didn't they put 12 buttons on the other side of the mouse for your little finger to press. I would feel ripped off having only 17 buttons when I know there is clearly potential for 29 or even 31 of you place 2 more on the opposite corner.
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    P_haze420 , August 20, 2009 9:08 PM
    LOL WUT?!
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    Maxor127 , August 20, 2009 9:10 PM
    They're catering to all of those overweight gamers yesterday's article talked about. Now they can play WoW with one hand and eat with the other and never have to reach for the keyboard again.
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    Burodsx , August 20, 2009 9:40 PM
    Before long they'll be turning the keyboard into a giant mouse. Introducing the mouse-board!
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    Shandris , August 20, 2009 10:01 PM
    $50 bucks for a mouse pad... a bit much?
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