Razer Announces League of Legends Edition Naga Hex and Goliathusby Vivek Gowri on March 5, 2013 11:00 AM EST
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A week after announcing their sponsorship of a League of Legends tournament series, Razer is taking the veil off Collector’s Edition peripherals for League of Legends in partnership with Riot Games.
The League of Legends Edition Naga Hex (which I’m going to abbreviate as the Naga Hex LoL) is very similar to the Naga Hex, except with a matte texture to the upper body, an illuminated League of Legends logo, a different font on the buttons, and yellow LED lighting. Starting with the MMO-centric Naga, Razer created the Hex specifically for MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games like LoL, so centering their League of Legends product initiative around the Hex is pretty logical. The rest of the basics from the Hex are still here - six thumb buttons on the side for quick item/spell access in MOBA games, a 5600dpi laser sensor, and Synapse 2.0 integration. Other minutia: mouse buttons rated for 250 clicks per minute, a scroll wheel with 24 click positions, 7-foot long braided cable, and a gold plated USB connector.
The Naga Hex is a pretty good mouse for MOBAs, I know a few LoL addicts who enjoy it quite a bit. It’s no coincidence that the six thumb buttons correlate so well with the gameplay in League of Legends. But this is exactly the same mouse as the Hex, except with the League of Legends branding. It retails at $89.99, which is exactly $10 more than the regular Hex. It’s not a ton extra, so if you’re a big fan of League, it’s not a bad way to go.
The League of Legends Edition Goliathus Speed is a pretty fancy looking piece of kit. It’s a mousepad with a legitimate sense of visual drama, featuring artwork depicting a scene of various champions battling. It’s attention grabbing, I’m a fan. Other than the artwork, this is exactly the same as the regular Goliathus Speed mousepad. It comes in one size - the standard 355mm by 254mm, and retails for exactly the same $19.99 as the non-LoL Goliathus. If the eye-catching graphics appeal to you, it makes for an interesting alternative to the standard black and green colour scheme of the Goliathus. Both League of Legends branded peripherals come with free Tryndamere codes, though I suspect that most people who would buy one of these would already have said champ.
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cosmotic - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - link"pretty fancy looking piece of kit"
"a legitimate sense of visual drama"
Is this what Anandtech has come to?
Aikouka - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkThe pipeline is just a news section.
Denithor - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkIt's just a quiet day in the newsroom, give them a break...
VivekGowri - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkFancy words for "it looks cool". Shame on me, how dare I attempt to use interesting vocabulary.
JeffFlanagan - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkMay be too much name for a mousepad.
dvinnen - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkI would consider a Naga Hex if it had a matted top without the LoL branding. Preferably with the Deathadder sensor instead of 70000 dpi laser one.
Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkYou still need a keyboard. It's not like those 6 mouse buttons are going to let you play without one. So what point do they serve? You need 4 keys to smart cast 4 main abilities (Q,W,E,R). You need 4 more to self cast those same abilities (A,S,D,F). You need a few item buttons (1,2,3). Summoner spells (4,T). 6 mouse buttons isnt enough to replace everything even on just one side of a keyboard.
evonitzer - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkUm, really? A multi-button mouse does not replace the keyboard. Duh. It adds buttons for extra uses. Perhaps you don't like using #1 (a bit of a stretch for me) then you can add it to a thumb button on the mouse. Or maybe a push to talk if you don't like your mic being on all the time. Or ...
I do not know how to respond to this comment, frankly. Multibutton mouses are pretty standard these days and can be pretty useful. Outside of gaming environments too. But you still need a monitor, and a computer, and probably a chair for it to be of much use. And a keyboard.
karasaj - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkDamnit Razer. I want 30 buttons on the side of my mouse, duh.
karasaj - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - linkActually, please just throw in a full qwerty keyboard.