The Razer Abyssus doesn’t look too much like a gaming mouse. Yes, it’s sleek and has a cool blue logo on its body that lights up but in terms of size and weight, it's closer to regular mice. While we're used to lightweight regular mice, it’s quite disconcerting how light the Abyssus is. We have found that precision in games is helped by having a mouse with some weight, and while the Abyssus’ lightness will aid in run-and-gun shooters, it serves as a detriment in games that require precision activities such as sniping.
The Razer Abyssus also has an ambidextrous design, meaning that it is usable by both the left and right handed. The Abyssus’ policy of inclusion is a good decision (after all, we wouldn’t want our left handed brothers and sisters to feel left out) but somehow we felt that (at least to right handed gamers) the design feels like a little bit of a compromise. The design isn’t bad. In fact, in spite of its smallish size the Abyssus fits nicely in the palm and the subtle curves on the right and left buttons help your fingers to feel right at home.
The Razer Abyssus' body is made of a combination of matte and glossy components. While the top half is made up of a mixture of plastic and rubber, the bottom half is all glossy plastic. The top half just has three buttons, including the mouse wheel button. That’s right, no additional programmable buttons on the sides. The Abyssus’ undercarriage also hosts two toggle switches, one to switch between 125Hz and 1000Hz polling rates and one to choose between 450, 1800 and 3500 dpi, alongside the infrared sensor. The Razer also has a 2.15 metre long USB cable.
When it comes down to performance, the Razer Abyssus makes you forget some of its design drawbacks. The Razer Abyssus delivers performance that belongs to much more expensive mice. In fact, it registered a peak polling rate (the rate at which the mouse transmits data) of 1052Hz. In our tests, the Abyssus proved that it was capable of delivering the performance of more expensive mice.
We played a couple of games using the Razer Abyssus including Left 4 Dead, Starcraft: Brood War and Mafia II as part of the testing process. In the case of Left 4 Dead, taking the polling rate up to 1000Hz and the dpi to 1800 let our machine guns go wild on the rampaging zombies. In Starcraft, too I was able to control the mouse well at that level, while in Mafia II it was easier to control the camera with the polling rate down to 125Hz and the dpi down to 450.
The Abyssus does let you change the polling rate and dpi at anytime, however its easier said than done, especially when you are in the middle of a multiplayer match. The placement of the toggle switches means that you will have to stop playing for the moment you turn over the mouse to fiddle with the switches.
Overall, the Razer Abyssus really impressed me with its performance, and such performance from a supposedly entry level gaming mouse is a very pleasant surprise.
The Razer Abyssus is a basic-but-powerful gaming mouse with a penchant for performance.