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Razer Naga Epic and Ironclad Mouse Mat
Date 7th February 2011
Author DiGiTaL MoNkEY
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer Razer


Last but not least is the Naga Epic's lighting system. Razer's engineers have gone beyond the standard single colour by implementing a multi LED array for the scroll wheel and twelve buttons on the side. This array of LEDs allows the user to select any colour they desire, from the richest reds to the most luscious greens all with the click of a few buttons. If you can't decide on a colour, you can set the mouse to automatically scroll through each colour in the 16 million-colour spectrum, as I ended up doing.

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Here's a simple video of the automatic colour-changing mode:



Software:
The latest version of the Razer software suite was used at the time of this review, and the Naga Epic firmware was updated to 1.02. The first tab displayed is for the configuration and assignment of all buttons. There are some preset functions available as well as custom key bindings and macro assignment.

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The next tab focused on sensor performance and acceleration as well as the ability to switch sensitivity settings on the fly.

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Profile management allows users to specify mouse configurations on a per application basis rather than manually enabling them. The Razer software also allows the recording of macros for repetitive or complex tasks with key assignment available in the first menu. Some examples of basic commands include, cut, copy, past, undo, select all, find, new, print, save, zoom in/out, swap windows, run, close window and so on. But you aren't limited to the included commands, as the point of macros is to record movements and clicks that can't be transferred into simple key combinations.

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The lighting and power management tab helps maximise the battery life for the mouse, as well as the ability to customise the lighting effects, or just letting the mouse cycle through a spectrum of colour combinations automatically.

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As with all good Razer mice, the firmware is upgradable and is a fairly straightforward process once the updater is downloaded. This can't be done over wireless, so you are required to physically connect the plug from the dock to the mouse before proceeding.

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Conclusions:
There's no doubt the Naga Epic is heavily MMO focused, and may well be the ultimate World of Warcraft accessory, but its capabilities don't stop there, thanks to its 17 programmable buttons. It can accommodate any game or software application that requires complex or simple shortcuts to be assigned to each button. Its wireless capabilities and sensor accuracy allow it to be used from the simplest of web browsing to the fastest and most complex of FPS games.

The Razer Naga Epic and Ironclad mouse mat continues Razer's tradition of delivering unique and well performing gaming peripherals and accessories. The Epic includes all the MMO-centric features of the original Naga, while building on the existing design with the inclusion of three interchangeable side panels for a variety of hand sizes, a full spectrum of coloured lighting LED's and most importantly completely wireless usability and impressive accuracy, making it a flexible solution for a variety of games and usage scenarios. It's a perfect solution for MMO gamers that want to up their game.



Feel free to comment on this review in this thread.


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