Summary: The NZXT is one of the few gaming mice that can be easily used by Southpaws (left handers), but this design comes with some hefty compromises. The configuration software is simple and easy to use, but there isn’t a whole lot of configurability. The fixed sensitivity settings are bare-minimum for a gaming mouse, and the lowest DPI setting is not very usable.
Excerpt: So, you’re a gamer on a budget. You want an inexpensive gaming mouse with adjustable precision levels and lots of programmable buttons. And worst of all, you might be left handed (check with your doctor for an official diagnosis). NZXT wants the Avatar S to be the gaming mouse you need. Packaging for the Avatar S is simple. Aside from some packaging to hold the mouse in place, there is a simple card directing you to download the manual and drivers from NZXT’s web site.
Summary: Three years ago NZXT launched the original Avatar gaming mouse and we liked it. Six months later they improved upon the design and we liked it. Now they've released the next generation Avatar S and guess what? Yup, we like it. Updated with a more modern laser tracking sensor, 16Kb of onboard memory for storing settings and profiles, refreshed aesthetics and a new color option, the Avatar S reaffirms NZXT's place in gaming peripheral design.
Conclusion: The Avatar has an LED DPI indicator giving the user improved usage and feedback. It also boasts ergonomic design that is ambidextrous giving full use to both right and left handed gamers. The rubber grip helps avoid slipping during intense gameplay and the small, light form factor allows for faster and quicker movements.
Summary: Testing the NZXT Avatar S Laser gaming mouse is simple. First, connect it to your PC then go and download the software driver and install it. After that you set up the options to your liking. That's it you are ready to get your game on! I tested the Avatar S on several different surfaces, in fact - I used just about any thing I could get my hands on. I started with no mouse pad, just my desktop surface.
Pros: Aesthetically Pleasing, Choice Of Colors, 7 Foot USB Cable, Very Affordable, Gold Plated USB Connector
Excerpt: The NZXT is a strange beast. On first impressions it looks small and light - almost too small and too light. But after using it for a two week period for review, I came to love its lightness for casual gaming, hardcore gaming or even just plain Windows use. I used the Avatar S with my usual FPS love of my life, Team Fortress 2, but spruced it up with some Praxis-powered lovin' from Deus Ex: Human Revolution and a heap of Windows-based use. I loved it.
Summary: Final Thoughts
NZXT has come out with another gaming mouse and it does the job. If you are looking for a no-frills gaming-grade mouse that is just that a mouse then this is the perfect mouse for you. I found it to be a great mouse for shooters and simple games where I would not want to map any keys to mouse buttons.
Pros: Simple nofrills mouse, Ability to turn the LED’s off, Adjustable DPI, Available in white and black versions
Cons: Other mice with more options available for the same price, Low DPI settings, The white version can get dirty easily, Not that heavy for a gaming mouse
Conclusion: Why pick the Avatar S over the many other gaming mice? For starters it’s affordable. While high-end custom PCs get a fair amount of media attention, everyday gamers on a budget will appreciate the low cost of entry with the Avagar S. Second, the Avatar S looks damn good in both black and white. Finally, the overall feel of the mouse is quite good. The narrow grip gives the mouse a sense of speed and lightness that isn’t particularly easy to replicate.
Conclusion: This mouse is great, but there is an “IF”…which is this; IF you don’t mind a mouse that is straight and not shaped for right or left hand. It works great for gaming and normal daily computer usage and I have also found it to be good for people with bigger and smaller hands.
Conclusion: In all, we genuinely like NZXT’s Avatar. It performed well, it’s comfortable to use, it looks great, and it has all the features gamers look for in a mouse. Left handed users now have a real alternative to Razer’s left handed DeathAdder which is sure to please many south paw gamers.