Razer Abyssus

It may be a simple mouse, but if you can't afford the higher-end gaming mice, the Abyssus is a plucky little contender.


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The Abyssus is a simple mouse, perhaps best demonstrated by its driver control panel:

The past is strong in this one.
(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

Yep, that's it. This looks mighty similar to the driver that came with the original DeathAdder over five years ago, but don't let the layout deceive you — there's still separate X/Y sensitivity, and you can still assign custom functions to the different buttons; just what functions you can do are quite limited.

For instance, there are macros included, but you're limited to 16 strokes, including down and up key presses, and are remembered per button, rather than across multiple profiles.

Physically, the Abyssus only offers the basics, too, with left and right mouse buttons, scroll wheel and middle click. It's short by gaming mouse standards, although Razer's still managed to fit in its trademark glowing logo on the palm rest. Flip the mouse over, and you're treated to two switches, one for DPI settings (for 450dpi, 1800dpi and 3500dpi) and one for the USB polling rate (1000Hz or 125Hz).

Physically, the Abyssus only offers the basics, too, with left and right mouse buttons, scroll wheel and middle click. It's short by gaming mouse standards, although Razer's still managed to fit in its trademark glowing logo on the palm rest. Flip the mouse over, and you're treated to two switches, one for dpi settings (for 450dpi, 1800dpi and 3500dpi) and one for the USB polling rate (1000Hz or 125Hz).

A run through on Serious Sam HD proved the Abyssus to be a worthy competitor in the accuracy stakes, allowing us to take on frantic scenarios without breaking a sweat.

It may be a simple mouse, but if you can't afford the higher-end gaming mice, the Abyssus is a plucky little contender.

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