Like the original NZXT Avatar, with its small size, ergonomic shape, precise controls and light weight, this updated version 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. There have been no updates in this department, and the current driver/software version is still 1.00.
I personally prefer a fatter, more round mouse with a bit more heft to it. But this is not to say that the Avatar is bad, just different. Anyone use to a long, narrow body mouse should feel right at home with it. The only complaint I had with the original Avatar design, the location and sensitivity of the side buttons, has been addressed. The buttons are inset farther into the body of the mouse to prevent them from being pressed accidentally when the mouse is moved aggressively or lifted. I had to consciously press into the surface of the body with my thumb and third finger to activate those buttons now. It's a little difficult at first to get down pat but after a bit of use you learn exactly where the buttons are. Kudos to NZXT for listening to their customers and correcting this issue.
Another piece of good news is that since its original launch, the Avatar can now be found at many online resellers, starting around $59.99 MSRP and under. That puts it right in line with similar gaming mice from competing manufacturers. The original Avatar Gaming Mouse earned our Seal of Approval the last go around, and thanks to NZXT for taking a good product and making it even better!