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The Abyssus is an infrared optical mouse designed in the likes of the DeathAdder, but cheaper and thus more accessible. This peripheral has a rather simple design, with a tri-button layout and 2 extra switches for CPI and polling rate, respectively. The quality of its sensor, coupled with these 2 extra buttons earn the Abyssus an honorary spot on the list of best budget mice.
That being said, despite being called a gaming mouse by the manufacturer, we have to admit that the Abyssus barely looks like one. This peripheral is more reminiscent of a generic office mouse, what with its simple monochromatic design and 3 button layout. There’s a small Razer logo on the back of the mouse which lights up when its plugged in. But other than that, this product exudes simplicity all around.
But before we get into our Razer Abyssus review, let’s first elaborate on the criteria we use to judge the mice that fall into our hands.
The description at Razer claims that the Abyssus is a gaming mouse, so it shall be judged as one. These type of peripherals are expected to offer a certain set of features, all of which should enhance the user’s gaming skill. Most games certainly become easier when you have a mouse that offers amenities such as additional buttons and a powerful sensor that offers precise tracking with no interference. Other important aspects include well thought-out ergonomics to promote hand and wrist comfort even throughout the longest gaming sessions and, because looks are also important, an aesthetically-pleasing design.
As far as the areas mentioned above are concerned, the Abyssus can hardly classify as a gaming mouse. That’s not to say it is, by all means, a bad product. But if the user is in the market for a high-end peripheral, they could do a lot better than this mouse, especially for the price tag.
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s rip this bad boy open and take a look at what’s under the hood.
We mentioned this already a few moments ago, but the Abyssus really doesn’t look like a gaming mouse. The only thing that can set it apart from other generic products is the logo on the back. This logo lights up when the mouse is plugged in, which is a pretty cool touch, in our opinion. Another thing that sets it apart from it high-end cousins in a not-so-good way is this mouse’s weight; it’s very light and offers no adjustment options. Most gaming mice are expected to pack a little weight in their frame, as this can help to assist in precision moves. Lightweight mice are perfect for high-speed moves such as those performed in run n’ gun shooters but lack the precision you need during those moments when you need to snipe an enemy.
Another relevant aspect of this mouse’s design is the fact that it’s ambidextrous, meaning that it can be used with both the right and left hand. For some users, this may come as a great addition. However, most hardcore gamers complain about this design choice because it compromises on ergonomics in order to provide a neutral grip. Despite this fact, we feel that this Abyssus’ design ergonomics is sound. The mouse is made mainly out of 2 materials, a rubberized plastic material for the top, and a glossy plastic for the bottom half. The rubbery texture is a godsend for those who suffer from weak grip or sweaty palms in the heat of the game.
The area in which the Abyssus fails as a gaming mouse is in its lack of additional buttons. That’s right, the three main buttons on top of the mouse are the only clickers this mouse offers. What’s more, these buttons can’t be customized at all, so you’re stuck with the standard Mouse1, Mouse2, and Mouse3 buttons. If we had to choose a game to play with this mouse, we’d stick with FPS or MOBAs all they way, given that both of these genres seldom require additional buttons in order to perform better. But for MMORPGs and hotkey-laden games, you might want to set your sights on another mouse, such as the Razer Naga; that one comes with a whopping total of 19 programmable buttons.
The performance, however, is where the Abyssus truly shines and helps the user forget about the shortcomings mentioned above. In a nutshell, this mouse behaves and performs like a high-end gaming peripheral would. This mouse can provide a polling rate of up to 1,000Hz and a powerful infrared optical sensor that can reach sensitivity levels of up to 3,500 CPI. Both of these settings can be adjusted on the go via 2 switches located on the bottom of the mouse. This feature makes it perfect for hot-swapping configurations between games, without having to boot up the software and adjust it there. The wide ranges of polling rate and sensitivity, coupled with the optical nature of the sensor make the Abyssus an ideal mouse for most gaming genres. If it weren’t for the lack of additional buttons, we’d daresay that it would be among the best gaming mice out there.
The Abyssus is a curious experiment by Razer. One that was meant to be a budget mouse for those that can’t quite afford a high-end gaming peripheral. Despite offering solid performance, we think that the Abyssus falls flat on its face in the gaming scene due its lack of features. We think that this mouse would perform better as a general-purpose tool instead of a gaming accessory.
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