Specs – In Depth:
Unfortunately, NZXT published three separate, not-quite-equal charts outlining the specifications of their new mouse.
|Their Specs||Our Take|
|Max Speed||40 Inches/Second||Pretty decent, nothing too exciting|
|Max Acceleration||15g||Not cutting edge, but good enough for TF2|
|Max Frame Rate||6469 Frames/Second||Means little on its own.|
|Resolution||650-2600 DPI||Pretty good range.|
|Image Processing||5.8 Mega Pixels/Second||Enough for smooth tracking.|
|USB Reports||Up to 1000 Reports/Second||Standard among serious mice, very low latency.|
|Buttons||7 Buttons, 5 Million Clicks||About par for serious mice. Should last years.|
|Optimal performance — 2600 DPI Optical Sensor provides maximum sensitivity and responsiveness which yields unparalleled gaming accuracy. LED DPI indicator gives the user improved usage and feedback. 5.8 Mega Pixels/second with a max frame rate of 6469 ensures smooth fragging and accurate sniping. 4 Speed DPI switch enables you to go from slow sniper movement to quick attack movement in a matter of seconds||2600 DPI is not the top end, but in practice I found it to be too fast for most tasks. You shouldn’t need higher unless you’re using a really marginal mousepad or you’re a really twitchy player.|
|Maximum Customization — 7 programmable keys allows gamers to customize their configuration specifically for First-Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games all within the macro and profile settings||Whoopee – two buttons, a wheel, forward/back, and sensitivity up and down buttons. This is par for the gaming mouse scene. Not letting you set the five DPI stops the mouse gives you does not constitute maximum customization to me.|
|Ergonomic Design — Ambidextrous design gives full use to both right and left handed gamers. Rubber grip helps avoid slipping during intense gameplay and the small, light form factor allows for faster and quicker movements, perfect for any gamer on the go or playing on a laptop or notebook. A slim form factor makes it the perfect choice for finger tip gamers.||Ambidextrous game mice are scarcer than tritium – normally, you get something that tracks well, or something that fits your left hand. Rubber grip is comparable to Razer’s coating. Finger tip grip is inaccurate, unless they’re referring to Claw.|
|Simple Installation — Avatar plugs into any available USB port.||Works great on Windows – fails completely on Mac systems. No tracking, no clicking, no nothing.|
|Slim and small dimensions — Measuring at 36.8mm x 69.1mm x 128mm ( H x W x D ), the Avatar’s smaller form factor is the best choice for finger tip gamers and people who game on the go.||Indeed slim – perfect for small hands. Everyone I’ve asked with small hands loved it. Meatier fisted folk panned it, but nobody hated it. Again, works fine for claw gamers, but finger tip gamers should actually look elsewhere.|
They don’t mention that it weighs in at 3.2 ounces – this is the lightest mouse I have ever used, and for a while the lightest I have ever seen – light enough that thinking hard at it will push it slowly across the pad. Based on information provided, we can derive the number of frames used to determine each individual report (6469 frames divided by 1000 reports) at 6 or 7; by dividing 5.8 million by 6469 frames, we get the mouse’s sensor resolution of about 900 pixels overall (896.5837…). This isn’t enough necessarily to figure out the actual resolution, but it is fairly high compared to conventional glowing optical sensors, and suggests a 30×30 CCD sensor. I wasn’t able to figure out which laser engine went into the Avatar without cracking the case, but whatever it is, tracking was smooth, accurate, and generally perfectly adequate for even the demanding S4 League, with gameplay ranging from twitch brawling to precision sniping.