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NZXT Avatar S Review

ClayMeow , gotdamojo06    -   May 23, 2011
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Conclusion:

What is there to say about the NZXT Avatar S? Well for starters, the fact that NZXT decided to use a 1600 DPI optical sensor on the mouse is always a plus — a higher DPI value on your mouse is going to allow you to quickly move across your screen and when you are gaming. It is very important for me to have a high DPI setting when I am gaming, mainly due to the fact that I game at 2560x1600 resolution, which gives you a whole heck of a lot of screen to move across and every second counts when it's life and death between you and your enemy. The simplistic design of the NZXT Avatar S is also a plus — there are only five buttons on the mouse, which is all that you are really ever going to need to have for a FPS game, which happens to be the only type that I enjoy playing. When you get into more buttons on the mouse, it can sometimes crowd the layout and could confuse you when you are needing to make a snap decision. I also liked the fact that you can change your DPI settings on the fly during your game, but the settings that are default on the mouse are 1600/800/400 DPI, and going from 1600 to 800 DPI is quite a drastic step down and basically puts the need to adjust the DPI setting on the bench while you are gaming. The lightweight design of the mouse is also a huge positive to me — when you are gaming you do not want to be pushing around a heavy mouse the entire time, as your arm will begin to get a little fatigued, which in turn will keep you from being able to have a long gaming session. Sticking to the design of the NZXT Avatar S, I did not like how long the mouse seems to be once you put your hand on it — when you are gaming with it, it almost seems like you have to have your fingers fully extended toward the end of the mouse just to be able to press the left and right mouse buttons. Finally, the LED feedback indicator on the side of the mouse is a nice idea when you do decide to change your DPI settings, as you have three different colors that indicate which DPI setting you have currently selected.

Overall, if you are looking for a new mouse, you may want to keep an eye on the NZXT Avatar S, and if the price is right, I would say go ahead and give it a try. The mouse does look great as well as perform quite well, but for my style of gaming I would not be using this mouse as a first choice, as it does feel a little too long. However, that would not stop me from using it on a different machine that does not get used for gaming.

 

Pros:

  • 1600 DPI Optical Sensor
  • No Drivers Needed
  • 5 Buttons
  • Comfort
  • Overall Design
  • Lightweight
  • LED Feedback for DPI
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • DPI Customization (limited to three pre-sets)
  • Longer Design


 

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