Razer Abyssus


First Impressions

The first impression that I got out of this Razer Abyssus review is that the mouse performs better than it looks. How so? Firstly, it is a very basic-looking mouse which has only the very fundamental functionality that you’ll find in almost any other mice. It does not consist of any additional buttons besides the usual left and right buttons along with the middle scroll wheel. Also, there aren’t any noticeable curves or ergonomic features that you can see, at least from a first glance of it.

Was all of this intentional? Sure, considering that the Abyssus is the cheapest of the range of all Razer’s gaming mice. Indeed, it is only priced at $50. For a gaming mouse, that is a little on the lower end of the price spectrum. Despite that, is the price really justified? I mean, sure it has a Razer logo and all but you could probably get a similar mouse of the same specifications at $20 – $30 from lesser brands. In order to live up to its price tag, the Abyssus would have to perform extra well within all the other important aspects, which it does to a significant extent.

Performance factors

The Razer Abyssus comes with a 3500 DPI optical sensor which, while it might seem a tad low, is really more than sufficient for almost any gamers at all. It’s a well-documented fact with sufficient evidence to back it up but this isn’t the place for it. Anyone who insists that he or she requires more than 3000 DPI to “play well” is just deluding himself or herself. Placebo effect is what this is.

Anyway, back to the real stuff. The Abyssus has no additional buttons for inputting your key binds, macros and whatnot. This is really one of its most major drawbacks. I’m a fairly hardcore gamer myself and I find myself contented with the mere 2 programmable buttons that the DeathAdder comes with. Heck, I don’t even use them for most of the other games besides MMOs. But having tested the Abyssus myself, this aspect does seem severely lacking. If you play any MMO games at all, it would help greatly to have 2 easily accessible buttons on your mouse instead of having to bind your hotkeys to the dreaded ALT + 5 or god forbid, SHIFT + 6 and other keys further away from the WASD movement keys. Yes, that does happen particularly in games like World of Warcraft. It isn’t game breaking, that’s for sure and it’ll perform nicely for FPS type of games but if you’re any serious MMO gamer, you might want to consider another option.

razer-abyssus-side-profileComfort factor

In terms of its comfort level, the Abyssus does this pretty nicely. I’m a hybrid grip user and both claw and palm styles are usable with this particular mouse. Also, despite its symmetrical shape in order to account for its ambidextrous design, it feels surprisingly comfortable when gripping it with either styles. Granted, it doesn’t accord you the level of comfort compared to what you can probably attain with the DeathAdder or Logitech’s G700S but it’s close enough.

Its weight however is at a mere 2.5 ounces, which makes it really light. In fact, its weight of 2.5 ounces effectively makes it the second lightest gaming mouse that we’ve come across so far (the lightest being the Orochi at 2.4 ounces). As expected though, it doesn’t have an adjustable weight option so you’ll have to get used to its light-weight feature first. This might take days or perhaps weeks depending on how heavy your current mouse is but generally there shouldn’t be a problem.