NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse ReviewZertz - September 4, 2008
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As you can see, the included bundle is slim, really slim. Our sample did not come with a driver disc, however we have been told it will be included in the final retail version. No extra feet are included, NZXT must be confident that the stock ones will keep you going for long enough, which is probably the case since they are Teflon. The manual does a pretty good job at explaining the installation process, which will be covered on the next page. Also, instead of using a generic USB connector, NZXT has had one made with its name stamped on it, and the connector itself is gold plated. Both of the last two features have little benefit but are still a nice touch.
Now that the mouse is out there in the wild, we can have a better look at it. The matte black finish looks good, although not as fancy as many other mice. It is pretty small, so comfort, or getting used to it at least, might be an issue. More on that later. The rubber grips on both sides of the mouse are definitely a great feature, allowing one to have a more solid hold onto it. The Avatar has a total of seven buttons, which are all customizable in games and through the provided software. The scrolling wheel is vertical only and the rubber feet are in fact Teflon, so they should be more durable and cause less friction than regular rubber feet found on most mice. NZXT, unlike many others, did not forget the left handers and designed its Avatar with a symmetrical shape, so it will fit both right and left handers.
On the left picture, you can see both buttons right behind the scrolling wheel, which can be customized to various functions, although I would recommend leaving them at default settings if you want to retain on-the-fly DPI switching without having to load profiles. On the right side, you have a close up of the DPI indicator, which lights up depending on what it's set at, which will be shown in more detail in the coming pages.
Enough talk, let's get the real thing going!