Far Cry 2
Far Cry isn’t as fast paced as some titles, but when the S hit’s the fan and you find a large contingent of rebel troops heading in your direction, some quick mouse work is definitely necessary. In these instances, the Avatar performed perfectly well and I had no accuracy issues even moving from target to target in quick succession. The teflon feet meant there was no drag on either plastic or cloth mat, though the latter was my preferred choice.
That said, the DPI of 2600 is a little lower than you get with some other mice and while it isn’t always useful, being able to add an extra 800DPI (to 3200DPI) when using something like a slow moving turret can really help.
Peggle is a very slow paced game as you have all the time in the world. Here, accuracy is key, and if a mouse is out by even a little bit, it could mess your shot up considerably. Again though, the Avatar performed very well indeed with no accuracy issues at all. The mouse wheel was smooth and allowed me to fine tune all my shots with ease, and once again the teflon feet
provided an excellent contact material between the mouse and the mat; irregardless of the surface.
In the browser games, as with Far Cry 2 and Peggle, I had no problems with the Avatar. It worked almost flawlessly throughout giving me no accuracy or speed issues whatsoever. The only problem I did come across was one I had experienced previously with the Nova Slider X, the side buttons are put where you can easily accidentally hit them. This is fine if you’ve remapped those buttons to something other than the norm, but at stock these are the forward and back buttons in your browser, which means one wrong move, and you’re back the homepage losing anything you’d done in the game. Very annoying indeed, but something that over time I imagine you’d learn to avoid.
Function wise, the Avatar does exactly what it needs to do. It’s got enough buttons for you to have a play with, including the standard three, two side buttons and twin DPI switching ones. It’s easy to use and has no hang ups that are noticeable problems. However, the fact that you can’t remap the buttons to keyboard keys does restrict the use of the extra side buttons, and this is compounded with the lack of macro recording. However, this feature is used most in RPG titles for spell or attack command queuing, as apposed to FPS titles where jump combos are the only real thing that you might want to macro map. With that in mind, the lack of extensive button reprogramming will only be an annoyance for some; while an unmissed feature for others.
In terms of comfort, the Avatar is again, top notch with soft rubber sides cushioning your thumb and fingers perfectly. It’s slightly smaller size (when compared to the big Logitech or Roccat mice) fitted my midget hands far better and it gave me complete control over it, whereas with the larger mice I occasionally have issue with finding the right point to fully control the mouse.
The NZXT Avatar will set you back a full £55 which is at the very top end of mice pricing, putting it in line with the Razer Lachesis and Roccat Kone. The price isn’t entirely unjustified, but for that much I’d expect some macro abilities and perhaps a higher DPI.