NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse Review


If you are a gamer chances are you own, or have used gaming mice at one point in time or another. Gaming mice are an integral part of a good gamers skills. Don’t confuse this with me saying buying a gamers mouse will make horrible gamers into pros. Gaming mice will however improve a lot of issues you may have with your current generic mouse. Options like ergonomics and on the fly DPI changing make gaming mice worth the purchase. The NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse is one such candidate. The question is just because it has these options is it really going to perform better then a standard mouse or did NZXT fail epically at their dip into the gaming grade peripherals market. Let’s check it out and see:

Provided by: NZXT

Closer Look:

The over all design of the NZXT packaging is pretty low profile but not cheap looking by any means. I like the open to the product approach again as I always say the windows are great I like knowing what’s coming when I buy something before I buy it. All of the specs and features are listed on the packaging and the cover art looks awesome it is a great design for a gaming mouse.

The NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse doesn’t come with a million bells and whistles it is very basic. Included is a drivers disk the mouse and a manual. To be honest if a mouse is good it doesn’t need a bunch of extra crap to smooth over the customer being screwed by a poor product.

The Avatar Gaming Mouse is one of the very few gaming mice that pull off ambidexterity well. The mouse is beautiful and very reminiscent of a stingray which brings to mind speed, control, and dexterity. This exactly what you want in a mouse lets hope it’s not just the design that acts like a stingray. The mouse comes with 7 strategically placed buttons that are full customizable through software.

The Avatar Gaming Mouse is very slim in comparison to gaming mice like the Ideazon Reapers Edge or the Logitech G5. The fact it is slim means it is a great mouse for smaller hands but because of its length people with meat paws should have no issue using it either.

As is the case with most of the gaming mice the NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse has easy glide pads on the bottom and it is USB based.

Last but not least we can;t forget its pretty LED’. I love blue LED’s

Let’s check out the Software:

Closer Look: (Software)

Initial install is simply a matter of clicking next until you’re done. You can mess around with where you install the software if you like, but for everyone that doesn’t care the full install should take a very short period of time.

There is a ton of configuration you can bind which ever tasks you like to the 7 buttons along with switch between left and right handed configurations, this is a great feature for all of those poor south paws that have to deal with crappy gaming mice.

You can adjust the sensitivity and pointer speed under the sensitivity tab in the software for added tweaking.

Under advanced setting you can further play around with your sensitivity and double click speeds. In this tab you can test your setting in a controlled environment.

 

Let’s have a look at the specs and features:

Specifications:

Max Speed

40 Inches/Second

Max Acceleration

15g

Max Frame Rate

6469 Frames/Second

Resolution

650-2600 DPI

Image Processing

5.8 Mega Pixels/Second

USB Reports��

Up to 1000 Reports/Second

Buttons

7 Buttons, 5 Million Clicks

Features:

  • Optimal performance — 2600 DPI Optical Sensor provides maximum sensitivity and responsiveness which yields unparalleled gaming accuracy. LED DPI indicator gives the user improved usage and feedback. 5.8 Mega Pixels/second with a max frame rate of 6469 ensures smooth fragging and accurate sniping. 4 Speed DPI switch enables you to go from slow sniper movement to quick attack movement in a matter of seconds
  • Maximum Customization — 7 programmable keys allows gamers to customize their configuration specifically for First-Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games all within the macro and profile settings
  • Ergonomic Design — Ambidextrous design gives full use to both right and left handed gamers. Rubber grip helps avoid slipping during intense gameplay and the small, light form factor allows for faster and quicker movements, perfect for any gamer on the go or playing on a laptop or notebook. A slim form factor makes it the perfect choice for finger tip gamers.
  • Simple Installation — Avatar plugs into any available USB port
  • Slim and small dimensions — Measuring at 36.8mm x 69.1mm x 128mm ( H x W x D ), the Avatar’s smaller form factor is the best choice for finger tip gamers and people who game on the go.

Let’s get to the testing:

Testing:

For the testing portion I will be pitting the NZXT Avatar Gaming mouse against the Logitech G5 and a Standard generic Microsoft 800DPI mouse. I will be playing Exteel (for precision) and Red Alert 3 (for control). There will be 4 tests: control, precision, comfort, and customizability each will be given a mark out of 10.

 Precision (KD Spread on Exteel):

Mouse

Out of 10

K/D Spread

NZXT

9

12/8

G5

8.5

13/12

MS Generic

4

5/10

While the G5 did have more kills after and average over 3 games it did not improve my ratio where as the NZXT did a considerable amount of improvement over the 3 games I was very impressed with it. The Microsoft mouse was my Achilles Heel this is a horrible gaming mouse choice.

Control (RA3 and Photoshop):

Mouse

RA3

Photoshop

NZXT

8.5

8

G5

8.5

9

MS Generic

6

5

For gaming the NZXT was nice and quick and precise but I must say the weight of the G5 helped a lot in this area as well and when it came to photo editing the G5 was just a bit more controlled than the Avatar. I needed to change my mouse pad because the mouse cursor kept bouncing around on me for the tighter edits with the Avatar. Of course the MS mouse was painful selecting larg areas with a lower dpi mouse is brutal.

Comfort (after 2 hours of use):

Mouse

Comfort

NZXT

8.5

G5

9

MS Generic

6

For larger hands the G5 is just a little more comfortable than the Avatar but just by a nose the Avatar is leaps and bounds ahead of the comfort of a generic mouse. Just because these mice are “gaming mice” doesn’t mean they do not have every day applications if you spend a lot of time on your PC I strongly suggest getting your self an ergonomic mouse and a decent wrist resting mouse pad. Your wrists will love you.

Customizability:

Mouse

Customizability

NZXT

10

G5

10

MS Generic

4

Overall both the G5 and the Avatar had great customization compared to your average windows wizard properties with regular mice. Let’s see the final thoughts on this mouse:

Conclusion:

I really liked this mouse it is a great first attempt (as far as I know) at gaming peripherals for NZXT. The design and sleek LED’s make is definitely catch your eye at first glance and the fact it has higher DPI than the first G5’s to come out makes it worth a second look. One thing I found funny is that it matches up with the G15 from Logitech better than the G5. Esthetics aside This mouse performs very well for more RTS and FPS gaming and another great price point is that it works for all ages and both right and left handed users which gives you a little more versatility that your average gaming mouse.

Would I recommend this mouse? Sure, if you are going to spend the money and the Logitech mice are too bulky for you than the NZXT is a great choice. Also as I mentioned if you are lefty I strongly suggest getting this mouse for gaming you wont regret it.

Pros:

  • Sleek Style
  • Blue LED’s
  • High DPI
  • Light (for some)
  • Gaming Skill Improvement
  • Comfort

Cons:

  • Light (for some)
  • Not the Best for Large Handed Users (But still better than generic)

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