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The Razer Abyssus Reviewed
Gaming mice have always been a confusing decision for gamers to make. Some mice give you 200 million buttons to use, but you end up using some or none at all. What if you wanted a high performance gaming mouse with all the bells and whistles, but wrapped in a simple 3 button design?
Well, if that is what you want, then the Razer Abyssus is the one for you. But what does Abyssus really mean? According to Google and Razer’s marketing blurb, an Abyssus is “a venomous pit viper, found only in the United States and is commonly known as the Grand Canyon Rattlesnake”.
Black To The Bone!
Coming down to the specs of the Abyssus, it basically has everything except the kitchen sink. Here are the specs for you to drool over
- 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
- Mechanical dpi/polling rate switches
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
- No Drift Control
- 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)
Now to get into detail of how some of the above features help you in turning your enemies into satisfying little chunks of indescribable matter.
Features and Design
The 3500 dpi capable design allows you to switch between 3500/1800 and 450 dpi allowing you to be absolutely precise in making short work of your enemies, whether it's twitch shooting Nazis in Call Of Duty or switching to 1800 for the perfect headshot in a Sniper campaign. The Abyssus is designed perfectly no matter what style of grip you use, although people with big hands may have to adjust a bit, considering the Abyssus is a bit smaller than most mice you may be used to.
The 3500dpi gives you a 1ms response time which results in instantaneous movement when you move your hand. You will want to keep the ultrapolling at 1000 Hz all the time, but if you use a laptop, consider switching to 125 Hz as it helps in conserving battery power.
The Razer Abyssus spares no expense when it comes to build quality. From the exquisitely carved body to the “WOW!!!” factor of the lit Razer logo on the bottom end of the mouse. There are no plasticky bits nor is there any squeaking of any sort to signify shoddy build quality. The rubber feet are also really nice and aid in smooth movement of the mouse mainly because they are placed near the corners of the mouse.
Some say that hardware is only as good as the software, which is true in many cases. But the Abyssus has it covered on that front as well. I must mention that the software is not included in the package as it usually is with mice from other manufacturers, instead it must be downloaded from the Razer website. It's not a big problem, but it wouldn’t hurt for them to add a small CD with the required software on it.
The software has lots of options, so that you can customize it the way you like it. It's annoying that not many manufacturers allow you to switch buttons if you’re a lefty, but Razer has thought of that as well. One click and the buttons switch so that you can use it without any problems. It may seem a tad basic, but it offers most of the customizable options that you would require for your fragging needs.
Now comes the most important section which separates the men from the boys and that is…
What better way to check the Abyssus’s performance than to boot up a variety of games that have a good mix of gameplay elements which require you to use all the features that a gaming mouse provides.
For this test we played 3 games, Valve’s epic zombie game Left 4 Dead 2, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis Warhead. What we noticed right off the bat, that no matter what the game was, the precision was bang on, every headshot, baseball bat and grenade landed exactly where we wanted it to land. Although we can imagine some people need more than three buttons for quick access to weapon changes or melee attacks and they can be quite helpful in day to day usage as well. Rest assured, everyone who tried to go up against us met the business end of our Scar rifles and it felt ggoooodddd!
The Razer Abyssus is a brilliant gaming mouse with great customization options, fantastic specs and performance as well. As mentioned earlier, a user with big hands might have an issue with its size and the driver software not being included in the package is a bit of a downer. At a price of Rs 1,699, the Razer Abyssus is good for gamers who want a simple gaming mouse with superior performance. That being said, if you like more than 3 buttons and a weighted, much larger mouse, the Logitech MX 518 is an awesome choice as well.
*Reviewers Note: We tested the Razer Abyssus with the Ironclad Hard mat