NZXT Avatar S ReviewClayMeow , gotdamojo06 - May 23, 2011
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To properly test the NZXT Avatar S, I will be testing four different aspects: speed, comfort, precision, and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to use. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the number of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs.
- Processor: Intel Core I7 920 200x18 3.6GHz
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition
- Memory: Mushkin 996805 Redline PC312800 6-8-6-24 1600MHz
- Video Card: ASUS GTX 590
- Power Supply: Mushkin 1000 watt Joule Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
- Mousepad: OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad
- Mouse: NZXT Avatar S
- Mouse: CM Storm Spawn
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 3200
- Mouse: Cooler Master Inferno
- Mouse: WarMouse Meta
- Mouse: Choiix Cruiser
- Mouse: Razer Orochi (tested as a wired mouse)
- Mouse: Razer Naga
- Mouse: Razer Imperator
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000
- Mouse: Logitech G500
- Mouse: OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Razer Diamondback 3G Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Microsoft Intelimouse
First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.
The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to the feeling of being caught in a badger's jaw.
In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no headshots and a 10 would mean all headshots.
Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easy it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft intellimouse received a 1 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).
In the Speed Test, I decided to give the NZXT Avatar S an 8/10. While it was able to go from one corner of my screen to the other corner quite quickly, there have been other mice, such as the WarMouse Meta, the Logitech G500, and the Razer Naga, that were able to have higher DPI settings upwards of 6000 DPI. In the Comfort Test, the NZXT Avatar S got another 8/10. I was quite surprised with the level of comfort that the Avatar S was able to give me during my testing. I did not think that the mouse was going to be as comfortable as it was by just looking at it because there is no rubber grip coating on it and due to the slim body that it has incorporated in the design. In the Precision Testing, I gave the Avatar S a 7/10 — I was unable to get as many headshots with this mouse as I was with others that I have compared in the past. This seems like it is mainly due to the fact that it is limited to a 1600 DPI and I am used to a higher DPI setting, and the fact that the mouse is a little bit longer than I am used to, my fingers feel like they need to be stretched out to the end of the mouse just to click the left and right mouse buttons. I was only able to give the NZXT Avatar S a 5/10 in the Customization Test due to the fact that all I was able to adjust was the DPI settings. However, I did give it a little bit of a positive for the fact that it is all hardware-based switching with no drivers installed on the computer and because of the LEDs that help you know what DPI setting you are currently set at.