NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse v2
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-23-2009
Provided by: NZXT

The Avatar is a 2600 maximum DPI optical mouse with switchable four speed resolution. Seven buttons with programmable keys allow gamers to customize their configuration specifically for First-Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games all within the macro and profile settings software. A three-LED indicator bar along the left edge shows the currently selected DPI setting. The finish on the Avatar is a non-slip flat black with rubber inserts along the side for better grip.

The bottom of the Avatar reveals Teflon feet front and rear for smooth travel over most surfaces. The overall size is smaller than the average mouse, with a narrow body shaped to fit either your left or right hand. Having the sculpted shape on both sides gives a very comfortable spot for the thumb but does give it a somewhat awkward feeling for the fingers gripping the outer edge. The primary and secondary mouse buttons have a precise clicking action; the scroll wheel however is a little stiff.

The new updated version of the Avatar is shown here on the left, next to the original version of the mouse on the right. For the most part both versions are identical, they have the same flat black, rubbery coating, and the same basic size, shape and appearance. The original Avatar has been used for the past few months, so the finish is a bit worn and has some scratches compared to the new one. But the one important difference you should notice from these side-by-side pictures is that the new version of the Avatar has side buttons that do not protrude as much and are inset a bit more into the body to prevent accidentally pressing them during mouse movement.

Let's wrap up this review with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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