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NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse – A Review



Today, we look at the Avatar S gaming mouse from NZXT, who is better known for their PC cases and cooling systems then for their mice.  The Avatar S replaced my trusty Razor Starcraft II Spectre mouse for this last week, as i tested it on games like DMC, World of Warcraft, The Secret World, and Team Fortress 2.  I was interested in seeing how the Avatar S would behave with this set of games, along with my usual internet and writing duties that I complete in a normal week.


Precision and Flexibility: 1600 DPI laser sensor with 1600/800/400 DPI settings out of the box
Tracking speed of 30 inches per second and acceleration up to 20G
Hardware DPI switch allows for driver-less DPI switch while in game without the hassle of drivers
16Kb Onboard Memory stores 1 profile of macros, dpi settings, and LED settings for gaming on-the-go
Narrow and medium size ideal for users that prefer a thinner and lower profile form
Ambidextrous design ideal for both left and right handed users
LED on/off settings
Teflon feet for effortless gliding on any surface
5 Key programmable mouse
Immense customizability: Ability to modify default DPI settings individually, setup in-game macros, media keys, and X-Y sensitivity options
Polling rate of 1000Hz


Let’s start off with the look and the design of the Avatar S.  The Avatar S is a very sleek mouse, longer but narrower then the Razor Spectre that I normally use.  This, at first, made the mouse feel much to small for my hands.  As the week went on and testing continued, the Avatar S began to feel much more natural and right in my hands.  I think I prefer a mouse that is wider in design then the Avatar S, but that is my own personal taste.  The Avatar S has five buttons, located in a standard ambidextrous configuration, allowing people to have access to all five buttons regardless of whether you use your left or right hand.  With five buttons, the Avatar S is designed more for casual gaming and less for the hardcore gamer that needs more buttons for macros.  I have a tendency to lean towards mice that have less buttons, relying more on keyboard buttons for my macros, so the Avatar S button configuration worked just fine for me.

LED lights give the Avatar S a nice blue glow to it, matching the blue glow on my keyboard and making it just look cool.  My only complaint about the design of the mouse is with the USB cord itself, it isn’t braided.


This may be more of a personal preference issue then an actual performance issue, but I have always preferred my cords with the extra protection that the braided cord gives, and how the braided cord has a tendency not to kink on me.  While I consider this a complaint and a negative against the Avatar S mouse, it isn’t a deal breaker for me and did not impact the performance of the mouse at all.


For me, either a mouse works well or it doesn’t.  The Avatar S has the ability to switch between DPI settings and allows the player to set up macros and settings, just like other mice on the market, but you can also switch between DPI settings on the fly.  Running the Avatar S at the 1600 DPI setting, I hit my weekly gaming session.  While I have the ability to get technical with some hardware in the PC world, with mice I prefer to keep my reviews in the realm of the layman.  For me, either the mouse works and is comfortable or it isn’t.  With the Avatar S, the feel of the mouse grew on me as the week progressed.  The Avatar S performed through my series of games quite well, allowing me to track accurately and quickly.  Switching from a first person shooter to a role playing game didn’t change how the mouse performed at all.  Hardcore gamers may miss some of the extra buttons on the mouse, however, I did not.  I pretty much only prefer to have five to six buttons on my mouse, even for World of Warcraft.  The only negative I can see the Avatar S has versus the Razor Spectre is the lack of alerts that the Spectre has for Starcraft II.  Seeing that the Spectre was designed for that game in particular, this is a negative I can safely ignore.

Final Thoughts:

The Avatar S from NZXT performed quite well through my week of testing, through hours of role playing games and first person shooters.  The Avatar S felt small in my hands, at first, but the size began to grow on me as the week went on.  While I can switch between DPI settings on the fly, I prefer to operate my mouse at the 1600 setting and played all of my games with that setting.  The negatives I have seen with the Avatar S really falls into my own personal preferences; the lack of a braided cord, the overall size of the mouse, and the the weight.  The Avatar S is a light mouse, and for me, I prefer a mouse with a little more weight.  What the Avatar S did do right is perform well through my series of weekly gaming sessions, and general PC use.  The Avatar S mouse from NZXT retails for about $40, which is on the cheaper side for gaming mice.  If you are looking for a new gaming mouse, that is a straight forward functional mouse and one that will save you a few bucks, check out the Avatar S gaming mouse from NZXT.

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NZXT Respire T20 & T40 CPU Coolers Quick Review

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NZXT’s Respire series of CPU coolers features both a high-end and budget minded option. The T40 is the more robust of the two, with four 8mm direct touch heat pipes and and two 120mm fans. The T20 features one 8mm and two 6mm direct touch heat pipes and one 120mm fan. When many gamers are turning to all-in-one liquid coolers, is an air-cooled option something to consider? Read on! Read More

NZXT Announces Phantom Armor


From the creators of the popular Phantom series and Switch 810 chassis, NZXT is proud to expand their product lines by officially making gamer’s dreams come true with REAL crafted gaming armor, the Phantom Armor. The Phantom Armor is available for pre-order as of now.

Phantom Helm
• 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
• Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
• Battery life 280 Hours
• Full Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound to immerse yourself in the game
• Built-in microphone with volume control for audio and microphone
• Visor provides 4 different vision modes: 3D vision, night mode, heat sensor, digital filter
• Built-in 1080 HD Camera
• USB 3.0 Charge
• Rubberized grip handle for portability
• Mesh front and side for air flow

Phantom Gauntlet:
• 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
• Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
• Built-in AI SILI; activated by voice command that does everything but tell time
• Battery life 80 Hours
• USB 3.0 Charge
• Analog control panel
• Android 5.0 Pepper Mint
• Touch keypad
• Intuitive LED touchscreen
• Fan control for your wrist
• On/Off power button for PC
• Adjustable straps

“Our Phantom Armor is just what every hardcore gamer needs” said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. “The lightweight suit will take you through endless battles and provide you the ultimate gaming experience.”

Game on with the Phantom set. Visit www.nzxt.com for full details of the Phantom Armor.

Phantom 410 Special Edition Launched


El Monte, CA – March 27, 2012 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to introduce new, special edition color options of the widely-acclaimed Phantom 410.  Early this year, NZXT polled the facebook community to see what color combinations were most demanded by gamers and enthusiasts, selected the top choices and made them a reality.  Phantom 410 is now available in Black with Orange Trim, Black with White Trim, White with Blue Trim, and a surprise Gunmetal black edition with a gunmetal interior and exterior matte finish.

Phantom 410 builds off of the legendary qualities of the award-winning case with even more value for every dollar spent.  Effective airflow is paramount with a cooling capability of up to seven fans (2x 120mm and 1x 140mm LED fan included), support for 240mm dual radiator water cooling solution, and an integrated 30W fan controller for customizing your system for silence or performance.

Installation and upgrades are simplified with innovative right mounted HDD rails, a solution for easy hard drive replacement, a removable HDD cage to allow more room for extended video cards, and screwless 5.25” and HDD trays that secures 2.5” SSD.  Additional innovative features include USB 3.0 support and an acrylic window that allows gamers to admire the power of their rig.

“We’re proud to reward the enthusiast community the specific color combinations that they voted for earlier this year” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT.  “Now you can have the same legendary quality of the highly regarded Phantom 410 in an array of designs that suit your personal preference.  We always pride ourselves on bringing gamers dreams to reality, and this is a great example of how NZXT makes that happen.”

The Phantom 410 will be available in Gunmetal, Black with orange trim, black with white trim, and white with blue trim for $99.99 in late March.  For more information visithttp://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom_410

NZXT Unveils Switch 810 Chassis


NZXT has unveiled a new full tower PC chassis built for “hardcore pc gaming enthusiasts”. The new chassis retails for $169 bucks and you can read more about it in the press release below:

Press Release

El Monte, CA – January 17, 2012 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Switch 810 hybrid chassis. Built for the hardcore PC enthusiast, Switch 810 is the most versatile and highly adaptable full tower chassis to date. It enables you to easily modify cooling performance from extreme liquid cooling, to superb airflow, or whisper-quiet silence. Switch 810 aggressively eliminates heat, boasting support for 280mm radiators, up to ten 140/120 mm fans. One of the most noteworthy features is an industry-first, unique hybrid fins that you can close to minimize noise and dust accumulation or open to expose passageways for maximum airflow.

NZXT ensures maximum expandability with two removable HDD cages with a potential of up to 7 HDDs equipped with two pivoting 120/140mm fans that direct airflow at 15⁰ to the VGA and CPU. There are 9 expansion slots for installing EATX motherboards with Quad SLI, or Triple crossfire. Multimedia access is optimized with high speed dual USB 3.0, a hard drive dock, and an SD card reader.

Switch 810 offers stress-free installation with immaculate wire management and tool-less 5.25” and 3.5”/2.5” SSD hard drive installation for easy accessibility. Additional features that solidify Switch 810 as the PC enthusiast’s dream chassis include a rear white LED light added visibility in dark environments and an acrylic window lets you peer in at your masterful build.

“Switch 810 is truly the pinnacle of high performance computing” said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. “It offers enthusiasts an array of advanced features intuitively implemented into one of the most unique designs we’ve ever created.”

The Switch 810 is available for $169.99 at www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/switch_810

NZXT Unveils HALE82 PSU Series


Computer hardware maker, NZXT, has unveiled their latest power supply series, the HALE82. The HALE82 features 80+ Bronze Certification operating with high efficiency: at 20%, 50%, and 100% loads, efficiencies are 82%, 85%, and 82% respectively.

“HALE 82 is a great blend of high level efficiency, premium components, and safe, simple operation” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Product Manager at NZXT.  “That coupled with NZXT’s game-changing PSU service program make this a truly distinct offering for enthusiasts.”

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Giveaway – Expired


NZXT has sponsored a new giveaway for you fine readers by offering to send out one of their new Havik 140 CPU coolers to one lucky person who happens to live in the United States or Canada. We will be ending this giveaway on October 22nd @ 11:59 pm pacific time when a random winner will be announced.

To Enter

Simply LIKE* our Facebook profile and then reply to the Facebook giveaway post with your current CPU make, model, and cooling solution.

*Entrants must stay liked to our profile at least until a winner is announced for their entry to count.

The Havik 140

Official Features:

Six 6mm heat pipes with standard dual 140mm fans for the most efficient conductivity
Unique fan blades provide quiet 25 dBA operation and highly effective airflow of 90.3 CFM
Newly patented fins exceptionally slice passing air for increased ventilation and reduced noise
100% soldered copper base and aluminum fins with nickel plating to ensure resilience against deterioration, quality, and long life.
Includes sturdy Intel/AMD mounting kits to accommodate a variety of motherboards and secure the heatsink during transportation.
Universally compatible to Intel socket 1366, 1155, 1156, 775 and AMD socket AM3, AM2+, AM2.

HAVIK 140 Product Page


NZXT Unveils Tempest 210 Chassis


NZXT has announced the launch of their new Tempest 210 mid-tower gaming PC chassis.


  • Massive mesh styling for improved cooling and optimal airflow
  • Includes one 120mm and one 140mm fan with a cooling potential of up to 8 fans with the ability to change positions on the side fan
  • Screw-less 5.5” and 3.5” bays for easy installation and expansion
  • USB 3.0 for up-to-date high speed data transfer
  • Easy cable management for routing cables to enable better airflow inside your system

“Tempest 210 is ideal for gamers whose rigs house a lot of raw power” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT. “This will aggressively chill your critical components to ensure a cool system and surrounding area.”

The Tempest 210 retails for $59.99 and is available now.

iBuyPower Gamer Power BTS11 PC Review

3DMark11 Basic Score and Chart

Recently, iBuyPower sent us over one of their latest gaming rig configurations: The Gamer Power BTS11. Built for the student headed back to school (hence the “BTS” designation), the rig promises great performance at the very reasonable price point of $999. Unfortunately, many PC-makers fall into the trap of cutting too many corners to come in under the $1,000 dollar mark. Will iBuyPower be one of them? Read on, After the Break, to find out!

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