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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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Disclosure: The 2018 Naga Trinity is sent by Razer.

The modular-upped Naga Trinity- Killing three birds with one mouse?

The Original Naga came out five years ago and was made keeping MMO/MOBA gamers in mind. The new 2018 Razer Naga Trinity had three side plates to appeal towards FPS, MMO and MOBA players at the same time, especially those who don’t play a single genre. Definitely something unique. Having such mice as a daily driver might be a hate or love relationship because the main audience is still MOBA/MMO. It is not every day you get to see something like this. Because nobody did this…yet. Razer is probably the first to go crazy with 12-switch side-grip mouse. It was made for MMO gamers. This widens the genre to make Naga family (or one of its variants) to be adopted by a wider circle.

Packaging and Contents

Razer follows the usual black and green packaging. It would be nice if the background had a lighter colour to give a better look at the mouse. Some mouse manufacturers have cut-outs for people to see the mouse inside. It helps people to make an impulse purchase or get a good view of the mouse.

Specifications and Features

At a glance
  • 16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor
  • 3 interchangeable side plates with 2, 7 and 12-button configurations
  • Up to 19 programmable buttons
  • Enhanced right-handed form factor
  • Powered by Razer Chroma™
  • Multi-Award Winning Razer™ Mechanical Switches
Tech Specs
  • Razer 5G optical sensor with true 16,000 DPI
  • Up to 450 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
  • 3 interchangeable side plates with 2, 7 and 12-button configurations
  • Up to 19 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches
  • Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with enhanced rubber side grips
  • Hybrid On-board and Cloud Storage
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • 1000 Hz Ultra polling
  • Razer Synapse 3 (Beta) enabled
  • Approximate size: 119 mm / 4.69 in (Length) 74 mm / 2.93 in (Width) 43 mm / 1.69 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight 120 g / 0.26 lbs. (Excluding cable)

Razer says it uses its custom mechanical switches, probably similar to what they did with Kailh. The Razer Naga Trinity 2018 uses 5G Optical sensor which provides up to 16,000 DPI and with promise for precision and speed.

Mouse Overview and Design

Getting used to the Razer Naga Trinity took a lot of time. I wasn’t testing a single mouse. I was testing a mouse meant for a wide range of games with the same mouse shape appealing to claw and palm grip users. For the built quality it offers and the wide shape, the Naga Trinity is very light.

Razer Naga Trinity’s right side is recessed for resting your ring finger. , There are rubber grips on either side of the mouse, except for the 12-switch clip. Because of the obvious difference in button configuration, the grips for the left side plates are shaped accordingly.

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

Modular Clamps

The magnet clamps are integrated properly. I’ve used it for a few months and did hot-swap these plates on-the-fly. I never had any issues with it. You’ll never feel or know if it is swappable unless you clip it out. The seamless integration matters a lot.

Grip Design and Gaming Experience

The mouse design feels to be more geared towards palm and claw users. But the mouse feels a bit awkward to lift and place to the center of the mousepad. This was very apparent when I was playing Quake Champions since most of its maps have a series of closed corridors and limited space when playing 5 vs 5 or a deathmatch. The only map where I didn’t have that issue is with ‘The Longest Yard’ map. Same when playing Overwatch. I recommend getting a large size mousepad to pair up with the Razer Naga Trinity 2018 mouse.

I would have liked if the weight of the mouse felt more ‘centered’ have the ring finger grab its right side. The way you grip the mouse on the left changes according to the plate, all the more reason the ring finger should grab the mouse, instead of resting on it.

Sliding and Surface Response

Vertical and horizontal sliding is smooth on the cloth and hard cloth (RGB pads) surface. The scroll wheel has deep bumps. And in my situation, it took time to ‘break in’ after a very long time of use. Eventually, it becomes smoother. Since the scroll wheel has horizontal clicks, the mechanism probably needs that to differentiate itself from vertical scrolling. No complaints about the optical sensor, though for people playing in 1080p-1440, anything more than an 1800 DPI is an interesting experience.

Naturally, the modularity will cost money. But at the time of writing, it is cheaper than the 2014 version and the Razer Naga Chroma.

Modular= unbalanced weight?

The Razer Naga Trinity mouse with modular components and additional horizontal scroll click adds weight. The weight feels off-centered, or maybe its because I am resting the ring finger on the top, against on the sides in conventional mouse designs. Interesting…

I just feel it makes sense to add this modularity to its Deathadder variants. This is because of the design of the mouse that most people are used to, irrespective of the mouse they previously used. The learning curve would not be steep as the Naga Trinity. Deathadder allows you to grab the right side of the mouse with your finger and pinky (“little finger”?)

The shape of the mouse and its influence over two-switch mode

The wrist rest area feels inadequate when using the two-button side plate grip. When you rest your thumb in a position to reach both switches easily, the bottom of your wrist doesn’t feel it has a support of the mouse’s surface. This also depends on the size of your hands. Mine is 7.5-inch x 4-inch.

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That feeling exists because of the Naga Trinity’s base side, under the wrist rest that has a ‘lifted’ design. Traditionally, mouse wrist rest goes all the way down.

No shortlist of options to consider. Therefore…

If you are inexperienced with the Naga series of mice, there is a learning curve. For a long time Razer Naga users, The Naga Trinity is something they might want to look at. If you need to swap between two sideplates, it is not as if there are multiple choices out there. There’s no shortlist of options for such mouse. You will make the decision if you have the experience with Naga designs and want modularity to not swap between two mice designs because of the MOBA 12-button side grip that’s not ideal with another use case, including non-gaming.

  • Optical Sensor
  • Modular sideplates
  • Build Quality
  • Actuation of all buttons are top-notch
  • Vertical (left/right) switches on the scroll wheel
  • Matte finish mouse
  • The absence of the ability to grab the right side of the mouse with the ring finger
  • Slippery Thumbgrip on the two-switch plate
  • Deep bumps in the scroll wheel


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