Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse Review The Venomous Claw From Grand Canyon

Posted Apr 14, 2011
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Razer is a very well established and known brand when it comes to premium gaming peripherals, especially in terms of gaming mice. From the low-end but deadly DeathAdder to the ergonomic Mamba that gives you the unfair advantage in your game, Razer always gives you the best of the best for your money.

And today, I received yet another Razer product, the Razer Abyssus; named after the well known Grand Canyon Rattlesnake.

This baby packs a 3500DPI 3G infrared sensor with physically adjustable settings for changing the DPI from 450 DPI to 1800 and the native 3500 DPI respectively. The mouse also features an adjustable switch for changing it’s ultrapolling from either a setting of 125Hz (8 ms) to 1000Hz (1ms).

Specifications

  • 3500dpi Razer Precision™ 3.5G infrared sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time
  • Mechanical dpi/polling rate switches
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity™ adjustment
  • No Drift Control
  • Always-On™ mode
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60-120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
  • Three independently programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick™ mouse feet
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
  • Approx. size in mm: 115(L) x 63(W) x 40(H)

Packaging and Design

As all other Razer products we have reviewed, no matter if the product is of either a low, mid or high-end segment, the guys at Razer do impress with their way of packaging. The Abyssus comes in matte print covered box that depicts an image of the product itself.

Opening a magic-tape held flap exposes us to the mouse itself that’s housed firmly inside the box with velcro.

The back of the box lists details of the mouse in a total of 5 different languages. This gives one a hint that this mouse may be targeted over the Asian region.

The box itself opens from either the top or bottom flap that slides out the mouse with its packaging and the manuals in Razer’s black flap cardboard packaging.

The accessories that are included with the Abyssus include two a Quick Start and Master Guide along with a product catalog and two Razer stickers, all in a very Razer-ly fashion.

One thing to be noted here, Razer goes two steps ahead of their competitors to differentiate themselves and show their true ranks through their presentation.

So far it looks all good and leaves a solid impression of a high-end product on the buyer; even though this is a mid-end product.

On closer inspection of the mouse, we’d first notice that this depicts a predator snake look from the design on its front. Razer has branded almost all its mice peripherals after venomous snakes. On the other hand, this is indeed a claw mouse as earlier mentioned.

This mouse is of an ambidextrous design that allows it to be used for both left and right hand users. Also, this is shorter in height, that leads it being smaller than it’s elder brothers like the DeathAdder, whom are of an ergonomic design that goes easy on the hand.

The claw shaped mouse is more aimed at large handed users. The mouse indeed looks smaller than it’s elder brother DeathAdder. But then again, this features the same infrared 3.5G sensor that can track up to a swipe of 15G ’s. Yes indeed, 15 times the pull of gravity!

 

The mouse has three buttons for use; the left and right click and a third scroll button (if you count that as a button too).
On the other hand, there are no buttons on the sides as this is a 3 buttoned mouse.

 

However, underneath the mouse, there are 3 UltraSlick feet that glides the mouse without any hitch on any mousepad. Besides that, there is the 3.5G sensor underneath it with two physical switches; one for changing the ultrapolling rate while the other selects your DPI profile from 3 different settings (450 DPI, 1800 DPI & 3500 DPI).

Other than that, the Razer depicts from blue out of the blue when the mouse is plugged in. The USB cord is 7 feet long. However, I am disappointed of the fact that the cord itself isn’t braided.

While on the other hand, other value mice such as from SteelSeries have their wires braided. This makes them not prone to getting tangled with itself or other wires.

Performance Configuration

There aren’t any drivers included in the packaging, though you can (and should) download the Razer Abyssus Configurator utility from Razer’s Support website. It’s available for the Windows platform and not for Apple’s Mac OSX. Other than that, the Abyssus Configurator offers a good variety of options to tinker with the mouse.

 

On launching the Abyssus Configurator, we are exposed to the sensitivity tab. This panel allows us to adjust the sensitivity while also changing the double-click speed and testing it in the ‘Test Area’ that shatters when you double-click on it. Nice feature added in the software. Other than that, the sensitivity can further be optimized to your needs by clicking on ‘Advanced’ just below the sensitivity slider.

Now here’s where the fun starts for hardcore gamers. We can, like all the other high-end Razer mice, can change the sensitivity of the 3.5G sensor. Personally, I found this very useful in terms of photo editing as I had notched down from 3500 to 1800 DPI and yet had found the mouse too sensitive to control. This however, made everything a piece of cake. Other than that, we have access to changing it’s acceleration speed or in simpler terms, how fast the sensor detects the surface for each movement and swipe.

There is also a tab to manage the scroll speed and like the double-click, the scroll has it’s own test area from where you can check your scroll wheel speed after making your desired changes.

Yet, last but not least, the last tab is for the 3 buttons assignment themselves. As this mouse is of an ambidextrous design, you have an option of changing the orientation of the mouse to either left or right handed depending upon your own preference. This is what I find to be the main selling point of the Abyssus and it’s key feature.

Gaming Performance

The Razer Abyssus is more styled for an FPS Gamer. As far a gaming performance was concerned, I had used the mouse for a week, testing it on the Razer Vespula and IronClad hard mouse mats for a fair comparison. The games I had used to test the mouse were Counter Strike: Source, Call of Duty: Black Ops and an old yet interactive title, Medal Of Honor : Allied Assault.

Through the games, the mouse felt like a breeze to use; it’s light weight that made me do sweeping movements and keep me in the top 3 in all titles. I found the DPI switch below the mouse useful too as when I had either switched from my Bazooka in Mohaa to a sniper, I had no need of jumping through the control panel to lower the sensitivity.

Although, just like the DeathAdder, I wanted to have buttons on the side to change the DPI instead of having to flip over the mouse every time I changed a weapon. But then again, this comes under Razer’s ‘Essential’ category, so it’s perfect the way it is.


Comparatively with the DeathAdder, this had a more lift-off distance; meaning that it kept detecting the surface when the mouse was 1 or 2cm in the air.

But this all doesn’t mean that this mouse would make you the best in your category as the actual outcome of the game still depends on your gameplay skills and no peripheral can help you with that.

Conclusion

In the end, I am impressed with the overall features of the Abyssus and ease of use on hands in it’s price range. However, aesthetically, I am disappointed with the mouse over a few things. The mouse does not come with weight management unlike it’s opponents such as the A4Tech XL-747H that costs cheaper, almost the same features and has weight management bundled along with it. Other than that, SteelSeries’s value mice have braided cords unlike the Abyssus.

I also wanted to see the scroll wheel illuminated from the sides when the mouse had powered on. But besides that, aside with the DeathAdder, for is price, this is a very good buy from Razer if you just entered the gaming arena and; or have large hands.

Pros

  • Ambidextrous Design
  • On-the-fly DPI Changing
  • Good for Large Hands
  • Price

Cons

  • No braided cord
  • No weight management

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