NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse ReviewZertz - September 4, 2008
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Since you cannot really benchmark a mouse, I am going to take the NXZT Avatar, the WolfKing mouse tested previously along with two other popular mice from Logitech, in a series of subjective tests to try and find out which is the fastest, most comfortable, accurate, and customizable mouse. The results will be based on my experiences playing Crysis and World of Warcraft, and general use like Internet browsing and office tools, with every mouse.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 333 x 9
- Motherboard: ASUS P5K-E Wi-Fi
- Memory: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 4 x 1GB
- Video Card: Palit HD4850 w/Catalyst 8.7
- Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 500
- Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB SATA2
- OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- WolfKing Trooper MVP
- Logitech MX1000 Laser
- Logitech VX Revolution
For the speed test, I have compared how fast I was able to move the mouse across the screen, as well as making quick movements in games. Results are on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being very slow and 10 lightning fast. NZXT comes out as the winner in this test since its fastest setting is a blazing fast 2600 DPI, which slightly edges out WolfKing's gaming mouse by 200 DPI. For this reason, the Avatar will take the speed crown over the Trooper.
For this aspect of the testing, I will be comparing the comfort and "feel" of the mice; 1 means the least comfortable mouse ever, and 10 means that you just don't want to take your hand off of it. Unlike the rest of the crowd tested here, the Avatar does not have that shape that fits your hand like a glove. Its small footprint does feel kind of weird at first, but its lower profile allows your wrist to lay down in a more natural fashion. They are simply different designs and both are comfortable, it's more of a matter of personal taste.
Accuracy is very important for a gaming mouse since you don't want to miss all those frags just because your opponents can successfully hit their targets faster than you. So for this test, I compared how many headshots I was able to pull off, along with how easily I could hit whatever I was aiming for. 1 means I was never able to get a good shot at a target, while 10 means hitting head shots was like a walk in the park. The fact that my hand layed almost flat on my work surface helped with precision to some extent. Both sides have rubber grips which greatly helped with keeping a steady hold onto the mouse, one of the weak points on the Wolfking mouse.
Every mouse has some form of basic customization, but I will be comparing, again on a scale from 1 to 10, how many settings I was able to change - 1 being no changeable settings, and 10 meaning that everything can be changed. The Avatar is, by far, the best contestant in this category. As shown a few pages before, the bundled driver software allows you to change just about everything that can be changed on a mouse. It also has four different available DPI settings, effectively giving it a wider choice as far as speed goes. Once again, NZXT stands above its competition!
Let's wrap this up!