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Razer's New Abyssus Mouse Simple, Affordable

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

This is one is made for simple point and click.

The modern PC gaming mice, while still very similar to the original design, have come a long way with advancements such as optical sensors.

The old Microsoft Intellimouse used to be the simple choice for the diehard Quake player, but since then more full-featured and advanced designs have made the Intellimouse obsolete. Even Razer, with its arsenal of gaming goods have elaborate mice that could be more than what the stripped-down gamer wants – until today.

Razer today launched the Razer Abyssus gaming mouse, which features a very simple ambidextrous design that houses a 3.5G 3500dpi infrared sensor.

"Less is more," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer. "We’ve taken our ambidextrous three-button mouse design and loaded it with our industry-leading technology without the added cost of too many bells and whistles. Our goal with the Razer Abyssus is to give competitive gamers access to gaming grade hardware without breaking the bank."

The Razer Abyssus has two large non-slip buttons tuned for maximum tactile feedback. Underneath, it has two mechanical switches -- one on-the-fly dpi switch giving the user their choice of 450, 1800, or 3500dpi; and one polling rate switch allowing instant adjustment from a standard 125 hz to 1000 hz Ultrapolling.

The mouse is available now for $49.99 or €39.99.

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    Onus , November 12, 2009 6:26 PM
    Hmmm, take a solid, $20 mouse, add "Gaming" to the title, and jack the price by over 100%...are gamers really that gullible?

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    pocketdrummer , November 12, 2009 6:20 PM
    "This is one is made for simple point and click."

    ...what?
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    sstym , November 12, 2009 5:47 PM
    I can at last tell Logitech to get lost. They (Logitech) make excellent gaming mice, but since the days of the MX310 and the G3 they have chosen to blatantly ignore left-handed gamers. I even posted questions about future plans for left-handed or ambidextrous gaming mice, which have been steadfastly ignored.

    I am probably going to buy this one as a replacement for my aging MX310. Thank you Razer for acknowledging the existence of southpaw gamers.
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    sunflier , November 12, 2009 6:16 PM
    Quote:
    Underneath, it has two mechanical switches -- one on-the-fly dpi switch giving the user their choice of 450, 1800, or 3500dpi


    Gamer1: Um, can you guys give me a sec while I turn my mouse upside down so I can adjust it's speed.

    Enemy Gamers: Uh, yeah sure go ahead.

    Gamer1: Thx. Oh, wait, no. Now it's too fast. Can you hold one more se...

    Enemy Gamers: HEADSHOT!!!


    My Logitech adjusts on they fly with a button at my finger tip.
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    tipoo , November 12, 2009 6:16 PM
    That DPI figure is pretty intense. How does it compare to newer tech like Blue track or Darkfeild?
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    kencolestud69 , November 12, 2009 6:19 PM
    Affordable? The price is comparable to the G9 mouse I bought on sale for $50. The Razer mouse may be a good choice for lefties but for the right hand man it is too expensive for something so plain.
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    pocketdrummer , November 12, 2009 6:20 PM
    "This is one is made for simple point and click."

    ...what?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2009 6:24 PM
    "without the added cost"

    Only $50!
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    Onus , November 12, 2009 6:26 PM
    Hmmm, take a solid, $20 mouse, add "Gaming" to the title, and jack the price by over 100%...are gamers really that gullible?

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    wildwell , November 12, 2009 6:29 PM
    What the heck is a, "Gaming mouse?"
    It says it's for, "Simple point and click."
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    griffed88 , November 12, 2009 6:42 PM
    the price is a bit much for a 3 button mouse and 3500dpi is pretty intense unless you like super sensitive mice. if they dropped the price $20 then i think it might be worth it. I use exclusively Razer mice but this doesn't seem to be worth it, especially at a $50 price point.
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    doomtomb , November 12, 2009 6:45 PM
    Apparently $50 is Razer reaching for the bargain shoppers. I think I'll stick with my Logitech G5.
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2009 6:50 PM
    I bought my Cooler Master Sentinel for $50... it's got everything but the kitchen sink. Best mouse ever. What a ripoff razor
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    ElectroGoofy , November 12, 2009 7:04 PM
    What in the world is with this? First the plain keyboard, and now the plain mouse. I'll take my mice with plenty of buttons on the side, thank you very much.

    But for older people who don't want all the "confusing" extra buttons on them, this would be great. I would doubt that there are that many older people on this site, though :sarcastic: 
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    tipoo , November 12, 2009 7:14 PM
    jtt283Hmmm, take a solid, $20 mouse, add "Gaming" to the title, and jack the price by over 100%...are gamers really that gullible?


    Err, Game-Eyez anyone?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2009 7:59 PM
    it's $20 but since they added the logo, it's another $30.
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    cekasone , November 12, 2009 8:15 PM
    i still love my G9
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    xyzionz , November 12, 2009 8:35 PM
    I have and i7 based rig
    but I still use a 3 dollar 800 dpi mouse, and i got bunch of them
    if one went out, just simply replace it haha (no matter what's the cause)
    and i can game and frag like crazy again
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    ssalim , November 12, 2009 8:40 PM
    Max keyboard or mouse price for me is $20 each.
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    brendano257 , November 12, 2009 8:43 PM
    Ermmm...the Logitech G5 is around $50..and is well worth it. On the fly DPI switching, 5 main buttons, 7 if you reprogram the DPI settings, Logitech SetPoint if you need to reprogram buttons or settings, and long lasting. And as a side note, adjustable weights if it really kills you to have it too light or too heavy.

    Had my G5 for over 2 years now, not a single complaint...the laser does tweak out over time like optical mouses do (the random flip out spinning around the screen stuff) and it's solid, no complaints whatsoever. Well...yeah...still got nothing.
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    IzzyCraft , November 12, 2009 8:52 PM
    tipooThat DPI figure is pretty intense. How does it compare to newer tech like Blue track or Darkfeild?

    For the price the DPI isn't that high, but DPI isn't that important more so is how well it can track faster acceleration basically faster hand movements while remaining consistent in it's performance from moving the mouse from point a to b the result remains the same no matter how fast you hand moves.

    Logitech sells G9x and G500(which is only $60 US) mice which have a DPI of absurd amounts of 5700 i believe which is insane to put it on unless you are spanning across several 2k sized monitors

    Personally i just keep to my G9 mouse for ergonomic purposes fits just right for someone that uses a wrist rest. I keep my mouse at 2200dpi, but i have 800 and 1400 set for "on the fly" for some games that don't support my full resolution. Anyways i wouldn't give it up for the world as the free flowing wheel which you can turn to a ticker type is very nice for the intensive internet surfer.

    Bluetrack is by Microsoft and dark field by logitech are more of office/portable mice applications as they work well on a large variety of surfaces. Razer still deals strictly to a "gamer" crowd.

    I gave up symmetrical mice a long time ago this is just another razer product i wont even try.
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    calibrah , November 12, 2009 9:06 PM
    Brendano, Your G5 freaks out because a hair or some dust got in the laser hole thing. Happens to me sometimes. Only time the mouse becomes unresponsive or freaks out is usually a hair is blocking the laser.
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