NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse ReviewZertz - September 4, 2008
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Your first time doing something is never easy and you never know exactly if you're doing it right or not. So is the Avatar a hit? NZXT definitely got most of it right, not a perfect shot, but nobody can truly achieve that. When it came to speed, not only was it the fastest, but it also allowed for a great level of customizability including four different speed settings, in 600 DPI increments. The Teflon feet might not seem like a big deal, but, surprisingly, it does make a noticeable difference. There is so little friction that it seems like the mouse is hovering over the surface and that gave it a boost on both the precision and comfort scale.
As I said, everything isn't awesome about the Avatar. The driver software was custom designed by a third party company since NZXT doesn't have its own software development team, which is alright as long as the job is done right. Unfortunately, that was, by far, its weakest point. It does allow for a lot of customization, great, but it was often slow to respond, especially at startup. Although, when changing DPI settings directly from the mouse it was fast enough to smoothly change gears. Hopefully, the software will receive an update that will optimize the code to be faster and to support a wider array of operating systems, especially 64-bit. When enthusiasts like you and me are packing more memory than ever in our computers, 64-bit OSs are getting more popular every passing day.
Looks are usually quite an important feature, if I can call it that, in gaming products and the Avatar really delivers in this aspect. Packaging is very well done; not only does it look great, it also does a fine job at keeping the mouse safe and sound. Being so impressed by the exterior, I was hoping the mouse itself would be as great and it really is. The LED lighting is just bright enough to give it a sweet, head turning look and its shape sets it apart. The cord is long enough to easily fit any desk setup and still have some slack to give you and the mouse some freedom. Software aside, and that can be polished, the NZXT Avatar is a great choice for a gaming mouse!
- Rubber grips
- Fast & accurate
- Software needs polishing
- No 64-bit support