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Razer revamps 17-button gaming mice

I'm not much of a gamer personally, but I do like the solid engineering of gaming mice, find that they tend to have a very smooth and low-stress action along with high-precision tracking, especially when in hard wired mode. I share serious gamers' preference for hard-wired mouse connectivity and impatience with the latency lag typical of wireless mouse connections.

Razer, which makes some of the best-engineered and interesting examples in the category, this week unveiled a new suite of Razer Naga Special Edition gaming mice –-- the Razer Naga Maelstrom Special Edition and the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition.

"After the phenomenal response we received for the Razer Naga, we've decided to create two collectible versions to offer our fans even more ways to dominate their game," says Razer USA president Robert "Razer Guy" Krakoff. "We took the same functionality of full button remapping and macro capabilities of the original Razer Naga and rejuvenated the aesthetic design for a more immersive MMO gaming experience."

The original Razer Naga was one of the defining products that created the category of MMO gaming peripherals.

The new Naga Maelstrom Special Edition, features the same 17 MMO-optimized buttons with macro functionality that shifted the balance between keyboard and mouse by putting an unprecedented number of in-game commands in one place, plus a whirlpool of blue light emanating from its swirling core.

In addition to the Maelstrom version, Razer will also release the Naga Molten Special Edition which glows with a fiery lava-red hue from fissures cutting a jagged path across its housing. The MMO-optimized buttons also glow a blazing crimson colour.

The Razer Naga Maelstrom Special Edition and Razer Naga Molten Special Edition feature an exciting new look to the original Naga, with its multi-button thumb grid and MMO game interface add-on that place every command an MMO gamer needs in the palm of his/her hand, combined with an ergonomic form shaped to maximize ease of use lets gamers play in comfort for lengthy session when you get your game on.

Product features include a glowing vortex design and blue backlighting, 17 Fully-programmable MMO-optimized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid), a 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time, zero-acoustic Ultraslick feet, optional MMO-specific software AddOns, and unlimited character
profiles with AddOns.

Razer Naga Molten Special Edition features are essentially the same, save for its glowing cracked surface design and blazing red backlighting.

Physical dimensions are 116L x 69W x 41.6H (in mm).

Razer Naga Maelstrom and Razer Naga Molten Special Edition will sell for US $79.99 / €79.99 respectively and will be available at and worldwide in November.

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