Razer Abyssus Review

The Razer Abyssus was announced two months ago on the 10th November 2009 and it is available in Singapore market since last December. The Razer Abyssus recommended retail price (RRP) is S$79.00.

Press Release

Razer Abyssus Gives Gamers the Competitive Edge by Focusing on the Fundamentals

Carlsbad, Calif. – Nov. 10, 2009 – Razer, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today launched the Razer Abyssus gaming mouse. By combining simplicity with a state-of-the-art 3.5G 3500dpi infrared sensor, the Razer Abyssus stands ready to frag.

“Less is more,” said Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, president, Razer. “We’ve taken our ambidextrous three-button mouse design and loaded it with our industry-leading technology without the added cost of too many bells and whistles. Our goal with the Razer Abyssus is to give competitive gamers access to gaming grade hardware without breaking the bank.”

Specifications

  • 3,500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • Mechanical dpi/polling rate switches
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60-120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
  • Three independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon feet
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
  • Approx. size in mm 115(L) x 63(W) x 40(H)


Box Front


Box Back


Box Open

Packaging
The packaging of Razer mice are always simple and straight to the point which is the mouse itself. Hence, when you open up the box, you will see the mouse first and underneath it, is a folder that contains quick guide, manual, stickers, etc


Box Contents


Manuals/Stickers

Drivers
Most of Razer mice drivers are being updated quite oftenly and hence I recommend users to go to the Razer drivers page and download and install the latest drivers instead. Drivers for Razer Abyssus.

Buttons
The mouse is made for simplicity and hence there are no other fanciful buttons on either side of the mouse just the usual left and right click and the scroll click at the top. The buttons also felt a little stiff and hence harder to click when compared with my Razer Deathadder maybe because the buttons are designed for rapid clicking response. I think this may need some time to get used to.


Front View


Back View


Side View

The stand out feature of the Razer Abyssus is the two hardware toggles that allows you to switch your preferred dpi and polling rate. You can choose from two polling rate, 125hz or 1,000hz and from three dpis, 450 dpi, 1,800 dpi and 3,500 dpi. The combination of 125hz and 1,800 dpi is just nice for me doing normal office work as well as playing games.


Hardware Toggles

Lighted Logo
Similar to all Razer mice, the Razer logo on the mouse will be lighted up or have the glowing effect in different colors. For the Razer Abyssus, the light is blue and it is just lighted up without the glowing effect. Unlike my Deathadder, there is no light on the scrollwheel.


Lighted

Software
You can set various settings such as the sensitivity, scroll wheel speed, double clicking speed and button assignment using the software which is included when you installed the driver.


Settings: Sensitivity


Settings: Scroll Wheel

Since this mouse is designed to be ambidextrous, you can set whether you are using the mouse on the right hand or left hand under the button settings.


Settings: Buttton

Conclusion
Pros

  • Simple & no frills
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Hardware toggle for dpi and polling rate

Cons

  • Mouse is too light for stability
  • Mouse is small for gamers with big palms
  • Stiff buttons
  • A little pricey

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