The Avatar represents NZXT's entry into the gaming peripheral market, and judging by the look and feel of this mouse they're off to a good start. With its small size, ergonomic shape, precise controls and light weight, the Avatar should be a big hit with gamers that demand quick and accurate mouse movement. The combination of flat black, non-slip finish and blue LED lighting gives the Avatar high marks in the aesthetics department too. And the bundled software is easy to configure and very user friendly.
From a personal perspective I found the narrow body and light weight on my list of dislikes. Coming from a mouse with a fatter, round shape and nice, heavy feel to it, the Avatar took a bit of getting used to. Even after several days of use I still preferred the comfortable feel of my old mouse. But this is not to say that the Avatar is bad, just different. Anyone used to a long, narrow body mouse should feel right at home with it.
My only complaint, that also happens to be shared by many reviewers, is the location and sensitivity of the side buttons. Their position makes them susceptible to being pressed accidentally when the mouse is moved aggressively or lifted. While this shouldn't be a problem using them for their default purpose, as forward/back internet browser buttons, if you assign actions to them in any kind of fast-paced game you may find yourself executing commands that you do not often mean to.
Although I did not find the Avatar available for sale at any retail establishments as of the date of this review, from what I am told it will come in around $59.99 MSRP. That puts it right in line with similar gaming mice from competing brands and should be available for perhaps 10-15% less through discount vendors.
The NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse earns the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.