Three years ago NZXT launched the original Avatar gaming mouse and we liked it. Six months later they improved upon the design and we liked it. Now they've released the next generation Avatar S and guess what? Yup, we like it. Updated with a more modern laser tracking sensor, 16Kb of onboard memory for storing settings and profiles, refreshed aesthetics and a new color option, the Avatar S reaffirms NZXT's place in gaming peripheral design.
While I'm not personally fond of the long and narrow, low-profile body, and I also prefer a mouse with more weight, the Avatar S should appeal to those same users who liked the original Avatar design. Its ambidextrous shape, button placement and easily switchable orientation within the software makes it easy to use either left or right handed. The USB cord is 7+ feet long, plenty of length to reach your computer regardless of placement.
If you've been comparing the original Avatar and new Avatar S features up to this point and consider it mostly a wash, I've saved the best bit for last. I found the Avatar S selling at several places online for around $30. That's half the original Avatar's $59.99 MSRP! At that price point you might expect some cheap no-name or off brand device with buggy drivers, but NZXT's software works great and the hardware seems built to last, as we can attest our original Avatar mouse is still performing fine even after three years of abuse.
OCIA.net awards the NZXT Avatar S gaming mouse our Gold Seal of Approval.