Gadget Review: NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse

The mouse that came with your computer is probably a generic mouse designed to do common tasks like using a word processor or a web browser. If you spend most of your time playing video games, you’ll find such an ordinary mouse merely sufficient. For a special mouse designed for gamers, look at the NZXT Avatar mouse.

Physically the NZXT mouse is symmetrically designed for both left and right-handed users, unlike some mice that curve in one direction. For greater gripping power during intense gaming sessions, this mouse includes rubber grips so your hands can’t slip off easily, even when perspiring. Teflon feet at the bottom of this mouse gives it a smooth feel. These physical features alone might be worth its $69.99 price, but it also offers additional features specific to gaming.

Besides the standard left and right mouse buttons and a scroll wheel, this mouse includes a left and right side button and two additional buttons directly underneath the scroll wheel. One problem with so many buttons is that you’ll need to get used to their positions. The left and right side buttons can be particularly clumsy to use since it’s easy to press them by mistake just by moving and squeezing the mouse too hard. The two top bottoms underneath the scroll wheel can also force you to curl your finger back at an uncomfortable angle just to press them.

To take advantage of these additional buttons, you need to install a special driver and customize it through its own program. This special software lets you configure all seven of the mouse’s buttons to perform various functions such as scrolling up or down the screen or adjusting the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly.

Depending on the resolution of a game and your screen, you may need to adjust the mouse’s sensitivity. With an ordinary mouse, you could do this through the Control Panel, but with the NZXT mouse, a simple click of one of its buttons can let you modify the mouse’s DPI (dots per inch) settings from 600, 1200, 1800, or 2600 dpi. LED lights, built-in along the mouse’s edge, visually displays the current DPI setting.

From a technical point of view, the company claims the mouse supports a maximum speed of 40 inch/second, a maximum acceleration of 15g, and a maximum frame rate of 6469 frames/second, which should make it suitable for playing any type of video game from the oldest classic to the latest first-person shooter.

This mouse plugs into any USB port and works with any computer. However, its special software features are only available for Windows XP/Vista, so if you’re a hard-core Windows gamer who demands the best equipment to hunt and gun down radioactive mutants, space aliens, or zombies in your favorite video game, the Avatar NZXT mouse may be what you need to elevate your gaming to the next level.


  • Ergonomic design for left and right-handed users
  • Seven programmable buttons
  • On the fly DPI setting


  • Advanced programmable features work only with Windows XP/Vista
  • Placement of extra buttons may be inconvenient for some users

The NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse is available here for $70

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