I grope a lot of hairless rodents. Some call it a fetish. I call it work, though from it I do draw a near post-coital bliss one may misinterpret as disturbing. What can I say, I like toying with new mice. So when Gigabyte offered up their newest, the 8200dpi Aivia Krypton laser gaming mouse, I was ready with my finest cheeses and a literal maze of testing environments for which to evaluate Gigabyte’s latest gaming WMD.
The company has packed the Aivia with the usual list of features and a few new tricks to set it apart from the herd. You can adjust dpi settings, assign custom functions to any of the 6-buttons and set/save profiles to the 64k onboard memory through the downloadable GHOST Macro Engine drivers. The mouse design, is Gigabyte thinking outside the box. The thing comes with its own change of shoes. This is not an extra set of frictionless “skates”. The entire bottom “chassis” of the Aivia Krypton can be removed and replaced with another. The “Speed Chassis” and the “Control Chassis” are meant to enhance the features of their namesake, clearly. One is for speed one is for control. I prefer the Control Chassis. But speed has it’s uses in FPS, MMO and RTS games. Here’s a full list of features.
The Aivia Krypton is a sharp looking mouse with sleek lines and an all-black exterior. I don’t care for the retro wannabe tattoo-style font type used for “Krypton”, on the back. But for an ambidextrous shape, this one packs in a lot of unique flare. I have to commend the folks in the Gigabyte labs. This one pulls off an ergonomic design for both right- and left- handed users. Usually “switch-hitter” mice like these forgo any ergonomics as not to play favorites to either lefties or righties. Both sides of the mouse are concave where your thumbs and fingers rest and favor a more finger-tip style or claw style of grip. The Aivia Krypton does look wider than it feels. Those embedded sides see to that. The mouse fits in the hand nice enough with plenty of height for my larger hands using a palm grip. Yet, it is too narrow for my larger Cro-Magnon “hams”.
The adjustable weight system is also touched with a little innovation. Changing mouse weight is nothing new. But the Aivia Krypton comes with two sets of weights, each weighing differently. You get six 5.3g weights and four 1.8g weights. Instead of a single compartment, the Aivia is equipped with “9” different weight slots. So not only can you alter the size, you can also adjust the mouse’s center of gravity to suit your taste. It’s handy, for sure and grants users with new means for deep customization and comfort tailoring. Gigabyte even offers a diagram which suggest weight configurations that are best used with grip, palm claw and other popular mouse grip “stances”. It’s cool, now doubt!
The Aivia Krypton uses the Avago-ADNS-9800 sensor. I haven’t spoke much about sensors in past reviews. But just like key switches on a mechanical keyboard, the sensor type can make a huge difference. The Avago 9800 is the fastest laser sensor used in gaming mice today, capable of DPI as high as 8200 (primarily for multi-monitor setups) as seen here in the Aivia Krypton. This is the successor to the Avago ADNS-9500, a stellar and highly accurate sensor used in the SteelSeries Fnatic Sensei laser gaming mouse we reviewed earlier in the year. It’s an amazing performer, but precision begins to wane a bit at it’s highest dpi. Typical stuff really on a laser sensor! Rest assured; the Aivia Krypton will get you those “mind-altering” headshots you so crave.
Gigabyte has a winning combination in the Aivia Krypton and Avago 9800 laser sensor. The precision is fantastic. Other mice using this sensor have shown some issues along the z-axis–none with this new rodent. Control and accuracy are very much on point. Married with the comfort options and familiar software suite, the Aivia Krypton makes an elegant and deadly new weapon.
Bottom Line: For the price you simply cannot do better than the Gigabyte Aivia Krypton 8200dpi laser gaming mouse. It’s comfort, stylish and brings new customization options to the playing field.
- Fantastic precision and performance
- Many comfort options…
- …such as innovative use of weights and removable chassis system
- Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor is a killer!
- Unbeatable price
- A bit too thin for wide hands
The Gigabyte Aivia Krypton 8200dpi laser gaming mouse is available now at Amazon for $69.99
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.