The Abyssus Mirror
There are several big names in the computing industry that have something the others don’t: a pedigree; a long standing production history of quality products. However, these companies tend to be in the internal hardware fields: Intel, AMD, nVidia, ATI, Asus, and so on. There are fewer of these in the peripheral world, though one or two definitely sit at the top of the pile; Razer is one such manufacturer.
While not every product the firm produces is top notch, one thing is certain, they do know what they’re doing when it comes to gaming mice. However, today we need to put that thought aside and take a look at one of Razer's freshest products, the Abyssus Mirror Special Edition.
- High gloss mirror finish
- 3500dpi Razer Precision™ 3.5G infrared sensor
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time
- Mechanical dpi/polling rate switches
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity™ adjustment
- No Drift Control
- Always-On™ mode
- Ultra-large buttons
- 16-bit ultra-wide data path
- 60-120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
- Three independently programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons
- Ambidextrous design
- Scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions
- Zero-acoustic Ultraslick™ Teflon feet
- Seven-foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
- Approx. size in mm: 115(L) x 63(W) x 40(H)
While Razer is well known for its insect and Arachnid naming schemes – of course Abyssus is as metaphoric as ever – calling this mouse the Mirrored special edition was a good call. As you can see from the ceiling lamp reflected in the picture below, there is barely an inch of this mouse that isn’t highly reflective.
The main body and the buttons are connected together as one piece of plastic giving this little rat a very seamless and pristine look. It’s ambidextrous in style so is useable by people of both left or right hand persuasions. While this does make it more user friendly for both camps in that sense, it does actually make this peripheral less practical for those that prefer the palm grip; where the palm rests on the mouse back and the wrist controls movement. However, ambidextrous mice do generally give a far easier and more comfortable surface to game with if you’re more of a claw gamer; where your fingers grip the base of the mouse on each side with these digits controlling movement.
There is plenty of debate about which of these two common methods of gaming mouse control is better. One thing’s for certain though, each method is applicable more so on different mice, as shell construction and sensitivity both play a role. Considering the high DPI and ambidextrous blueprint of the Abyssus, I would say it swings slightly into the claw camp.
These are further explained in Razer’s Mouse Ergonomics Guide.
The underside has the 3.5g infrared sensor in the centre as most gaming mice do, with a couple of switches either side of it. To the left we have the polling speed control which allows for the adjustment of this spec, between 125 Hz and 1000 Hz. This is the frequency that the mouse registers its position with the PC and is important to have in the 1 KHz region if you’re running at a high sensitivity. Note that Windows XP does not natively support speeds above 500 Hz. The right-hand switch adjusts DPI between 450 and the maximum of 3500.
While this does make for a simple switching between DPIs and Sensitivities without the need for any included software, it doesn’t exactly make it something that can be done on the fly. It doesn’t take very long and would certainly be possible mid-game if you’d died; but I wouldn’t want to try upping my DPI after having jumped into a slow moving turret during a fast paced FPS match.
Visuals are further enhanced on the Abyssus mirror with the glowing Razer logo on its rear which illuminates blue when the mouse is powered on.