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NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse Review

Nice budget gaming mouse

Jul 11 2011, 6:45pm CDT | by

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NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse Review

Today I am checking out the NZXT Avatar S gaming mouse. This small and light mouse has many of the cool features that gamers will want in their next gaming rodent. If you are looking for a new mouse with nice features at a reasonable price, the Avatar S might be perfect.

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Specifications

The Avatar S has three different sensitivity settings, the mouse offers 400, 800, and 1600 dpi. The tracking speed for the mouse is 20G and it has a hardware DPI switch for sensitivity. The mouse has LED lighting and five programmable buttons with a polling rate of 1000Hz. The mouse is ambidextrous and has 16kb of onboard memory for macros and other settings.

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Gaming mice are available in just about any price range you might need. The Avatar S is one of the more reasonably priced offerings on the market today. The mouse has many of the features that the more expensive offerings have. It has hardware adjustable sensitivity settings. The mouse is good for 1600, 800, and 400 dpi settings. The hardware adjustable switch for sensitivity settings means you need no drivers installed to use the adjustable sensitivity.

The mouse also has an ambidextrous design so it will work for right or left-handed gamers. An ambidextrous design is rare today with most gaming mice being for right handed only gamers. The five programmable buttons can be bound to whatever commands you wish and the LED lighting effects can be turned on or off to suit your needs.

The Avatar S comes in white or black colors, my review unit was black. I like the looks of the white mouse in photos; it looks like a Storm Trooper to me. The mouse also has a polling rate of 1000Hz. The higher polling rate means that you are less likely to catch the mouse asleep after a long cut scenes in your favorite game.

I really like the thin profile of the mouse and how good it feels in the hand. The mouse is very comfortable and feels tiny after using fat mice for a long time. The only downside is that the mouse might be too small for some user's hands. The mouse has onboard memory and you can use the drivers to program commands including macros to the mouse for one button activation in your favorite games.

The mouse feet are Teflon as well. That helps the mouse to glide over your mouse pad and keeps the mouse quiet too. I hate a noisy mouse and one that feels like it is dragging when I move it and slick Teflon feet prevent that. I prefer more sensitivity than 1600dpi when gaming so be sure that 1600dpi is enough for you, most high-end mouse will do several times that sensitivity.

Verdict

Pros

  • Ambidextrous
  • Onboard memory

Cons

  • May be too thin for some gamers
 

Conclusion

The Avatar S is a very nice gaming mouse for the price, just be sure 1600 dpi is enough sensitivity for you.

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