Three-in-one mouse for different games

In the world of gamers, not all mice are created equal - with different ones required for different types of games.

Gamers who play massive multiplayer online (MMO) and multiplayer online battle arena (Moba) games, for instance, tend to favour mice with many buttons, while those who play first-person shooters can be content with the regular two buttons.

To solve the problem of needing a different mouse for the various things a gamer might do on a computer, Razer has come up with the Razer Naga Trinity - a mouse with interchangeable plates with two buttons, seven buttons and 12 buttons.

The two-button side plate serves as a regular mouse with the back and forward buttons. The seven-button side plate has seven buttons positioned in a circular arrangement, catering to Moba gamers who need more customised buttons.

Targeting MMO gamers, who need a plethora of buttons for different attacks and actions, is the 12-button side plate that has the buttons arranged in four rows of three.

The concept is executed quite well here. Changing the panels is really easy, thanks to the strategically placed magnets.

Pulling out one panel and snapping another one in is a cinch, with the magnets doing most of the work.

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    PRICE: $159.90

    SENSOR: 16,000-dpi 5G optical sensor

    ACCELERATION: Up to 450 inches a second

    BACKLIGHT: Up to 16.8 million colours

    WEIGHT: 120g

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And the fit feels secure enough that the panel never feels at risk of popping out, unless, of course, the mouse is dropped. Users can even change the panels in the middle of a gaming session.

All the buttons of the three side panels are customisable using Razer's Synapse 3 (beta) software.

The Naga Trinity can also store up to five profiles with the help of the Synapse 3 software. Once stored, one can use these profiles even on computers that do not have the Synapse 3 installed. Pressing the profile button at the bottom of the mouse cycles through the different profiles.

There is a bit of a learning curve for the seven-button and 12-button side panels. Users will probably end up mis-clicking initially, but it is something they will get used to after a while.

At $159.90, the Naga Trinity sits on the more expensive end of the spectrum for gaming mice, but if one considers that one is essentially getting three mice in one, it is not a bad value proposition.

The only downer is the lack of a carrying case, which is available for some Razer products. With three interchangeable side panels, the Naga Trinity could use a case to accommodate the extra luggage.

•Verdict: With three interchangeable side panels that cater to different game genres, the Razer Naga Trinity gaming mouse makes up for its high price by being a three-in-one mouse.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2018, with the headline 'Three-in-one mouse for different games'. Print Edition | Subscribe