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Razer Naga Trinity 2018 Gaming Mouse Review

  1. About the Razer Naga Trinity 2018…
  2. Design Overview, Utility and Tracking
  3. User Experience and Conclusion
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Modular Side plates

There are three side plates- the two button, seven-button and the 12 button plates. The casing has two magnets enough to clamp on the mouse and two more hidden inside the area beside the contact points. Therefore the plates latch on the mouse, giving it a seamless and rigid integration.  Nobody would know about the modularly unless you hot swap these on-the-fly.

Since the Naga Trinity’s key feature are the modular side plates, there will (or should in this case) be an added weight- magnets and the interface pins. Traditionally, Razer Naga has side click switches on the scroll wheel. While it doesn’t feel as if it does any added weight, it does feel a little unbalanced, prompting the user to tilt a bit towards the right.

Sideplate Grip Comfort

What I didn’t like on the rubber grips on the two-button plate. While it is large and comfortable enough, the horizontal bump lines didn’t give a firm grip. Since the ring finger isn’t grabbing the right side of the mouse, holding the mouse while lifting pulls your attention towards it. Most claw grip users would have some trouble getting used to this. It is best if different textured grips were integrated. Only the seven and twelve button side plates have backlit for its keys.

The two and the seven button side plates are the ones with the rubber grips The twelve button plate does have a curved design to rest your thumb on those buttons as comfortably as possible. It does what it can.

Main Switch Area

The right side of the mouse has a rubber grip. The main click switches are also shaped to give a natural grip for Palm users. There are the usual DPI controls and the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel has click switches with work by pushing it horizontally. By default, it acts as a scroll. There is no friction when you hold either side of the side switches and use the scroll wheel. This is pretty needed since you could remap these in-game for easier access- like a grenade or a melee.

The scrolling wheel could be smoother as the bumps feel deep especially when its rolled downwards. The scroll wheel’s grip is well done. The rubbered ring on the scroll wheel is not ‘smooth’, and complimenting it with the ‘grip lines’. This gives a better grip.

Palm Rest Area

The palm rest area is well done and completes the sensation of a well-built mouse. The Razer Naga Trinity modular mouse has a matte-finish black design to give a stealth look, with no visible three-snake design unless the Chroma lights are lit up.

Mouse Feet

There are three mouse feet. Two on the top sides and one below the wrist rest and covering the sides. You’ll also notice a power indicator above the profile switch.

Software Impressions

Razer products require you to have its Synapse utility to make certain changes and adding macro commands. Razer Synapse requires you to have a username and a password, unlike utilities made by other manufacturers. Once Razer Synapse detects your mouse, it gives you additional options- the ability to install add-ons like Hue, Macro and Chroma or just the bare basic Synapse.

At the time of writing, Razer has Synapse 3. The above-mentioned changes are made.

Main Synapse Options

As you guessed, the Razer Naga Trinity 2018 syncs with Phillips Hue module. Razer Chroma is its own RGB lighting system. Macro mode, as the name suggests, is the add-on to assign macro functions on the switches.

Mouse Settings

The Customize option lets you remap the keys. Since the sideplates are hot-swappable, the changed plates automatically reflect in the Razer Synapse, showing the new switch maps.

Razer Synapse has a mouse mat surface calibration tool. I do have two mouse mats but they’re both textured based cloth pad and another being Tt eSports RGB mousepad. It didn’t make any difference, but different surface or material (like aluminum) might help in this use case.

The on-the-fly DPI switch has 5 DPI settings. By default, each are 800, 1800, 4500, 9000 and 16,000 DPI (max support). You can also set separate DPI settings for each profile’s X and Y axis. Polling rate can be switched between 125, 500 and 1,000 Hz. It would have been nice if there was a way for Razer to indicate the DPI setting by having an assigned colour temporarily blinking on the scroll wheel every time it is changed.

The lighting is the area where you can set the colours of your Razer logo and the ring lights on the scroll wheel.

Profiles

Razer has custom settings options for PC games which can be stored on the PC or its cloud, the main purpose of having an account. Officially, there are many supported games which essentially changes the mouse’s colour scheme (also, other Razer Chroma products if you have them). Additionally, it has 3rd party community support.

Chroma

These chroma settings let you set the colours and its mode. Additionally, games have Chroma effects on the mouse. Overwatch and Quake Champions- two of the games I play- have that option enabled, with Quake Champions having that checkbox option in its in-game settings to enable/disable it.

Hue

This option is enabled only when you have Phillips Hue Bridge v2, its app and the Phillips Hue lights. I don’t have it. Again, this works on every Razer Chroma enabled peripherals so it is not just limited to the mouse which has limited backlighting.

Macro

This is self-explanatory, but I do appreciate the delayed record counter that displays once you hit the record button.

Tracking

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