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Razer Abyssus

Nikhil Pradhan 2010-09-23
83 Very Good
Price: Rs 1,595

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The Razer Abyssus is the least expensive gaming mouse from Razer available in India and is meant for gamers who don’t want to put down too much cash for good performance.

Design & Usability


Unlike the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance and the Gigabyte GM-6880 that I reviewed earlier, the Abyssus doesn’t look too much like a gaming mouse. Yes, it’s sleek and has a cool blue logo on its body that lights up but in terms of size and weight, its closer to regular mice. While I am used to lightweight regular mice, it’s quite disconcerting how light the Abyssus is. I have found that precision in games is helped by having a mouse with some weight and while the Abyssus’ lightness will aid in run-and-gun shooters, it serves as a detriment in games that require precision activities like sniping.

While I am used to lightweight regular mice, it’s quite disconcerting how light the Abyssus is.


The Abyssus also has an ambidextrous design, meaning that it is usable by both the left and right handed. Again, the CM Storm and Gigabyte mice were designed only for right-handed gamers and had curves, grooves and grips to make the mouse more usable to the right-handed. The Abyssus’ policy of inclusion is a good decision (after all, we wouldn’t want our left-handed brothers and sisters to feel left out) but somehow I felt that (at least to right-handed gamers) the design feels like a little bit of a compromise. Don’t get me wrong, the design isn’t bad. In fact, in spite of its small-ish size the Abyssus fits nicely in the palm and the subtle curves on the right and left buttons help your fingers to feel right at home.

The Abyssus’ body is made of a combination of matte and glossy components. While the top half is made up of a mixture of plastic and rubber, the bottom half is all glossy plastic. The top half just has three buttons; that’s right no additional programmable buttons on the sides; including the mouse wheel button.  The Abyssus’ undercarriage also hosts two toggle switches- one to switch between 125Hz and 1000Hz polling rates and one to choose between 450, 1800 and 3500 dpi, alongside the infra-red sensor. The Razer also has a 2.15 metre long USB cable.

Performance

When it comes down to performance, the Razer Abyssus makes you forget some of its design drawbacks. The Razer Abyssus delivers performance that belongs to much more expensive mice. In fact, it registered a peak polling rate (the rate at which the mouse transmits data) of 1052Hz while the CM Storm, priced Rs. 3,500 more registered 1051Hz. In our tests, the Abyssus proved that it was capable of delivering the performance of more expensive mice like Razer’s own DeathAdder.

I played a couple of games using the Abyssus including Left 4 Dead, Starcraft: Broodwar and Mafia II as part of the testing process. In the case of Left 4 Dead, taking the polling rate up to 1000Hz and the dpi to 1800 let my machine guns go wild on the rampaging zombies. In Starcraft, too I was able to control the mouse well at that level while in Mafia II, it was easier to control the camera with the polling rate down to 125Hz and the dpi down to 450.

The Abyssus does let you change the polling rate and dpi at anytime, however its easier said than done, especially when you are in the middle of a multiplayer match. The placement of the toggle switches means that you will have to stop playing for the moment you turn over the mouse to fiddle with the switches.

Overall, the Razer Abyssus really impressed me with its performance and such performance from a supposedly entry-level gaming mouse is a very pleasant surprise.

Bottom Line

The Razer Abyssus is priced at Rs. 1,595, a price-point that is quite satisfactory. If you are looking for a basic mouse without too many controls that does not compromise on gaming performance, the Abyssus is a very good choice.

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