MMO Gaming Mice Roundup

Razer Naga 2012 vs. Cyborg M.M.O. 7 versus Logitech G600

Massive multiplayer online gamers have different needs than first-person shooters or real-time strategy fans. You need social interaction. You need extremely comfortable chairs. Most of all, they need buttons. So many buttons.

PC peripheral manufacturers recognized this need and responded with special MMO mice with so many buttons. Today we're looking at three of them – the Logitech G600, the Razer Naga 2012, and the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 by Mad Catz – to find out which of your MMOney is most worthy.

Each of our three competitors was used extensively for at least a full week, with Funcom's The Secret World being the main penalty of choice. With only seven active powers at a time, it's a bit easy for these incredibly programmable devices. Perhaps a World of Warcraft raid healer would be a more demanding test, but unfortunately, I'm not a raid healer.

Before we break them down, let's take a look at the basic stats and acronyms that make an MMO mouse an MMO mouse. I started with the most important thing. It should be noted that each of these units has a braided cable, but only because I wish everything I owned had a braided cable, even things that don't need cables. I'm a fan.

Razer Naga 2012 Cyborg M.M.O. 7th Logitech G600
Keys 17th fifteen 20th
Max DPI 5,600 6,400 8,200
Polling rate 1,000 Hz 1,000 Hz 1.0000Hz
Tracking speed 200 inches per second 200 inches per second 160 inches per second
RRP $ 79.99 $ 129.99 $ 79.99

Impressive stats, but nothing (other than price) a unit of miles above the rest. For example, the Logitech G600 has the highest DPI setting, but we play MMOs with this, not Call of Duty. The only modern day popular MMO that even deals with mouse-based aiming is Tera, and its bad boys' hit fields are so big you're probably sitting in one right now and not even knowing it.

Adjusted for the realities of the genre, we start with a relatively balanced playing field. Let's fix that, category by category.

style

There's nothing wrong with looking like a standard gaming mouse with a few extra buttons on the side. I don't blame the G600 or the Naga for that. You look great in these pants too. Both have colored LED lighting, a feature that Microsoft Office mice traditionally shy away from. They look functional and that is great.

The cyborg M.M.O. 7 seems to be transforming and rolling out. It has shiny orange metal accents, grooved dials, and a quirky logo that looks like Deadshot from DC Comics. And yes, there is colored LED lighting.

Winner: Cyborg M.M.O. 7th

Comfort

This category is especially great fun as the manufacturers of two of the three competitors went to great lengths to ensure that each player's hand can comfortably rest on their devices. Both the Cyborg and Naga come with additional elements that players can swap out so that they can reconfigure the ergonomic profile in no time.

The Naga comes with three different side panels, no matter which grip the players prefer.

The cyborg M.M.O. The customization goes a step further, offering two additional palm rests (one rubberized and one raised), two side panels (one rubberized and one with a small pad), and a number of tiny weights for those stout queens out there.

Which one feels best? Neither. The Naga feels good enough and is perfect for a long game. The cyborg's futuristic style counteracts this; It's just not a very comfortable device. There are Pokey Bits everywhere.

In the meantime, the Logitech G600 immediately feels wonderful, and none of those added elements made another mouse any more comfortable. It's the third button on the right that keeps three fingers always on the same level, which makes the difference.

Winner: Logitech

Software programming

Each of the three competitors are capable of programming more macros and extra actions that you could possibly ever use in your standard MMO. You can exchange all profiles during operation. The third top button on the Logitech acts as a toggle button. The cyborg has a two-position toggle button and a three-position MMO mode switch. In short, if you want to get a button to do anything, all of these things can do anything.

It comes down to how easy it is to get them to do these many things, and there is a certain winner in this department.

The M.M.O. 7 software is very pretty and incredibly stylish, but a bit too unwieldy for my taste. Trying to be slim and sexy is sacrificing ease of use, an ongoing issue for the device.

The Logitech G600 software interface is clean and tidy. You have buttons, you assign things to them. Quite easy. Maybe a little too easy.

That brings us to the happy medium.

Not too simple, not too complicated, the Naga uses Razer's Synapse 2.0 software for customization and is excellent. From profiling to macro recording to adjusting the LED lighting, everything is right here, easy to find and easy to use without being so simple that I feel offended.

As an added bonus, if you have additional Razer peripherals, you can easily map mouse buttons to functions on those devices as well. With my Naga I can adjust the mouse sensitivity of my Razer Taipan. I'll never have to do this, but I find consolation I can.

Winner: Razor

user friendliness

And so we come to the most important category. A mouse can be pretty, programmable, versatile, and comfortable, but if you can't press the buttons, it's just a fancy arrow-moving device.

Here the cyborg M.M.O. 7 stumbles. It has all the bells and whistles and high tech whistling, but it's a bitch to get used to using all of the special buttons on its surface. There is a four-way switch that is also a button. There is a metal dial. There is a button on the top of the mouse that locks the device to hide features that really interfere with the normal day-to-day operation of your computer. A button that users couldn't lock until recently.

So this is a no to the cyborg. This competition is about an uphill battle between the Razer Naga and the Logitech G600, two 12-button units in four rows of three on the right. Which buttons on the device are better? You know I love you, Razer, but Logitech is killing you.

The G600's irregularly fluted, rubberized buttons are just a little more accessible in the heat of battle than the smooth, flat ones on the Naga. Show the extra stability the third top button provides and Logitech wins it with a nose.

Winner: Logitech

And the winner is…

The cyborg M.M.O. 7 is an incredibly eye-catching mouse, its signature shell contains some interesting ideas, but those ideas have been implemented without much thought about comfort or practicality.

The Razer Naga 2012 Edition is a fine piece of MMO mouse hardware. There is nothing predominantly negative I can say about it. Without the inclusion of the third pointing device, it might have taken the trophy home with it. But then Logitech rushed in and stole it.

I have to say I didn't expect Logitech to do as well as it did in this competition. Both Razer and Mad Catz are wildly stalking gamers and potentially targeting the cutting-edge PC gaming crowd with all of their marketing and design. Even the packaging screams, "This is game equipment!"

Logitech quietly sits down next to the PC player, places an inconspicuous box on the table and carefully pushes it forward. Oh, do you like to play MMO games? Maybe you should try, it's pretty good. Maybe you like it. And I did.

Winner: Logitech G600

Republished with permission. Mike Fahey is an editor at Kotaku. You can also find him on Twitter.

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