NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse ReviewZertz - September 4, 2008
Category: Input Devices
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When it comes to gaming, there are many factors that can alter your playing experience. Having top end components like processors and video cards certainly helps as well as skill. But what if your mouse isn't up to task? Claiming the top spot in any game is never an easy feat, but having a high quality gaming mouse is a great start. It should be fast, precise and comfortable enough to keep playing for many hours nonstop. Gaming is not all there is though and nobody wants to switch mice when they go from gaming to general usage, so some level of customizability is also a very important feature to have. In this crowded market, there is already a ton of choices and our latest weapon, the Avatar, comes from NZXT.
Established in 2004, NZXT is headquarted in Los Angeles, California, where it has been designing and engineering cases, power supplies and cooling accessories. We've had many of its products reviewed here at OverclockersClub and we have yet to be deceived by the company's offerings. Now NZXT is entering into a new arena. The Avatar, part of NZXT's "Crafted" series, is its first entry into the gaming mouse market. According to some, first impressions is all that matters, so let's see if NZXT's first mouse is a hit...or a miss.
The Avatar comes in an extremely sleek looking black box, simple yet attractive design. The only thing hinting you to a computer related device is the NZXT logo stamped on the lower right corner of the box. It kind of reminds me of Apple's packaging, except NZXT took it a step further by displaying minimal information. When you first take a look at it, it really makes you wonder what's going on with this box!
Once the cover is taken off, the beast finally shows up. It is proudly pictured with its name, Avatar, written right under it in a reflective silver color. Two main features are listed on the bottom right corner; instant DPI change up to 2600 DPI and seven customizable buttons. Printed on the back are the features and specifications listed in four different languages.
The front panel can be flipped open to show the real thing along with all the buttons and a few features like the rubber grips and the DPI indicator. The brushed aluminium look used for the logo is a great addition to already good looking packaging.
You can clearly see once again that NZXT paid great attention to detail when designing the retail packaging; the front panel can be opened so you can simply slide the manual out. The extra space is filled with a foam sheet to keep everything from moving. The mouse itself is held tight in a plastic shell inside yet another box.
Let's move along and take a closer look at the mouse itself.