The Razer Abyssus Essential gaming mouse is meant to provided increased performance over the Razer Abyssus V2 while also including Chroma lighting, all while still maintaining a low-end price point. This is a lot of capability to put in such a reasonably-priced form factor – so how does it work out? Did Razer complete their objectives? Read on to find out!

In terms of design, one would assume that the Razer Abyssus Essential to be a copy of the Razer Abyssus V2 gaming mouse, just with additional features. You’d be wrong, as the Razer Abyssus Essential features an all-new body style. It still is unmistakably Razer in design, but is slightly smaller than the Abyssus V2 in every dimension, and it is also 2 grams lighter. Its ergonomics have changed and, although it is still an ambidextrous design, the Abyssus Essential is slightly flatter, featuring a less acute grip angle. The overall experience of using the Abyssus Essential is great. It may be a smaller mouse (I usually prefer beefier models I can wield around the mouse pad), but I didn’t have any control issues at all while using it. Its construction is also typically Razer, meaning good, except that it does feature a non-braided cord.

Under the hood, the Razer Abyssus Essential beefs up the 5,000 DPI sensor of the V2 to a 7,000 DPI version. The optical sensor is precise and I had no issues with it in any of the games I played. However, there is one big thing missing from the Abyssus Essential that I miss – that of a dedicated DPI adjustment button. Since the dawn of the brand, Razer products have had on-the-fly DPI adjustment and, usually, there is a button that seems to be designed for this task. Speaking of buttons, this gaming mouse only has three – the left, middle, and right. This might be a factor in your purchasing decision depending on the kind of games you play. Gamers requiring more programmable buttons might look elsewhere.

Tech Specs

  • True 7,200 DPI Optical Sensor
  • Ambidextrous Ergonomic Design
  • Powered by Razer Chroma™
  • Razer Synapse 3 (Beta) enabled
  • Cable length: 2.1 m / 6.89 ft
  • Approximate size: 114.7 mm / 4.51 in (Length) X 63 mm / 2.48 in (Width) X 37.3 mm / 1.46 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight (excluding cable): 78 g / 0.17 lbs

Of course, one of the Razer Abyssus Essential’s biggest selling points is its Chroma lighting system. In the Abyssus Essential, the Chroma lighting is enabled around the bottom perimeter of the mouse. It gives the mouse a snazzy underglow like you would see in a street racing car. It’s bright, crisp, and makes your dream of gaming in the world of TRON a reality. Using the Synapse software suite, you can adjust the lighting to any of 16.8 million colors – all which brilliantly shine and illuminate your mousing surface to some degree.

Overall, Razer has made a great “higher low-end” gaming mouse with the Abyssus Essential. Not only does the mouse feature a solid optical sensor and low cost, it also features that eye-catching Chroma underglow we have all come to know and love. However, you might look elsewhere if you need more programmable buttons. At $49.99, the Razer Abyssus Essential won’t break your bank account and is available now at various online retailers as well as the Razer website.

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Jerry Paxton

A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of GamingShogun.com