Summary: So back in September I looked at the NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse and I found it to be a great choice for gaming or just everyday use, in fact I still use it everyday, it has become my favorite mouse. One of my complaints, and many others about the Avatar was the large side buttons, they could easily be accidentally pressed, but NZXT listened to us reviewers and you users out there and released a second version of the Avatar.
Pros: Excellent all around mouse, Smaller side buttons, Excellent tracking on all surfaces
Overall the NZXT Avatar mouse is a pretty good mouse for NZXT’s first attempt at one. The ambidextrous design allows all types of gamers, especially with small hands to feel comfortable with their mouse. I really didn’t find anything wrong with the mouse itself other than the small design didn’t quite work 100% for my large hand.
Pros: Works for both left or right handed people, Small design for people with small hands, Very smooth, On the fly DPI adjustments
Cons: Lacks fine tuning DPI adjustments, Not for people with large hands
Conclusion: With its ambidextrous design, 7 programmable buttons, and on-the-fly DPI switching, the Avatar has turned out to be a fairly competitive entry into the gaming mouse market. Sporting a slick look, LED lighting, and Teflon pads for ease of movement, NZXT has designed a commendable mouse that any gamer would be happy to own. The software is incredibly simple to use and functions as well as NZXT says it will.
Summary: The NZXT Avatar is a great entry into the gaming mouse market. It delivers all the features we are used to from such input devices at this price point. The Avatar offers programmable buttons, which can be assigned with lengthy macros as well. The DPI setting can be adjusted all the way up to 2600 DPI with or without the software. All other functions and tweaking is done through the very solid and fully featured configuration application.
Pros: Well constructed, Can be used by right and left handed gamers, Well balanced weight for the average person, DPI switch LED, 7 programmable buttons, Hardware DPI switch, software independent, 2600 DPI laser, Solid, fully featured software, Very smooth movement, Rubber sides add to comfort and hold, Nicely designed package
Cons: Large, edgy side buttons, Hardware DPI switch requires the use of navigation buttons, May be a bit too lightweight for some, No custom weight system, Possibly too long USB cable, Package design may go under, next to the ones from other manufacturers, Manual / CD hard to find in the package
Conclusion: The NZXT Avatar is very impressive, especially since NZXT are noobs to the gaming peripheral world. It’s got a good DPI with perfect accuracy and great comfort ratings; though the sensitivity could have been upped to 3200DPI to bring it in line with other top end mice. It’s price point is a little high, and it’s software isn’t as fully fleshed as I’d like it to be as some users would definitely miss the macro abilities, but you can at least remap the extra buttons or...
Pros: Great speed and accuracy, Comfortable over long periods, fits small hands, Looks great
Cons: DPI a little low, Price is a bit high, No macro ability