The gaming mouse has come a long way since the arrival of Razer’s Boomslang, a pioneer in PC gaming in the late 90s. Razer’s first gaming mouse used a 1,800 dpi sensor, perfect for preventing alien thugs in the shooting game of its time, Quake II. It wasn’t flashy by today’s standards, with five buttons and a scroll wheel shining on Razer’s signature green “Secret of the Ooze”. I mention Boomslang because the new Razer Abyssus Essential ($ 49.99) reminds me in many ways. This is our Essential review of Razer Abyssus.
Unfortunately, however, Abyssus is far from the revolutionary mandatory purchase that Boomslang was in its time. It’s more of a niche mouse for left-wing users and Razer enthusiasts. Mouse times – and value propositions – have really changed. The Razer Abyssus Essential also shines, now with the 16.8 million RGB color options required, to turn your mouse into a disco. But this is essential, and more than fifty dollars for a mouse with only two buttons and a scroll wheel whose resistance to rotation cannot be adjusted is a challenge to sell.
Still, this mouse is called “Essential” – Razer frankly claims that the feature set is not free. Since many buyers today have at least the option of beautiful lamps, the most significant appeal is adjustable RGB lighting. As long as you think it’s cool, this mouse is a great buy; know that Razer’s light and mysticism is what you pay for here, not a variety of detailed hardware features.
Essential Review of Razer Abyssus: Design
The reason for better grip: two shiny silicone sections at the bottom. These mouse feet were designed to be smooth, but Razer has made them more meaningful than usual for this model, offering excellent gliding properties and a decent purchase on your keyboard. They must prevent the mouse body from slipping and specify its position if, for example, you are looking for nooks and crannies around a map in PUBG.
The general shape of the Razer Abyssus Essential reminds me of Halo’s energy sword. At the front, the two mouse buttons are separated by about half an inch. The buttons form the sides of a small space overlooking a plastic divider, from which the rubberized USB cable protrudes from the front. Behind that opening is the scroll wheel with a dotted surface. Although you cannot adjust the level of resistance to rotation as in the editors’ Razer Choice Basilisco, the standard shear strength is satisfactory.
It was not so light that I overtook when changing weapons in Fortnite, and not so heavy that it was a chore to go to the next slot. Meanwhile, my index and middle fingers were resting comfortably enough on the right and left mouse buttons. Better yet, due to its symmetrical shape, Abyssus Essential accommodates the often overlooked base of left-wing players.
The real star of the show, however, is not the edgy appearance, but the minimalist look; They are the lights. Not every $ 50 mouse has full RGB lighting that can be adjusted via software, which may explain changes in other, perhaps more crucial, areas, such as the untwisted cable or a low number of buttons.
Abyssus Essential has a single lighting zone that covers two main areas. As most Razer With ambient lighting mice, the logo shines here in one of the 16.8 million colors at once, and then there is insufficient brightness. Note that the upper part of Abyssus Essential has a matte black coating that, I discovered, can wear out if you don’t pamper it, exposing unwanted RGB light to points similar to points. The lower half of Abyssus Essential has a more robust texture than the upper one, which, in addition to durability, also helps with grip.
In my review of Razer Basilisk, I noticed that Razer’s Synapse 3 software needs some work in a crucial area. Granted, it is still in beta at the time of this review and will undoubtedly see improvements with the official release expected in June. But as it stands, Synapse 3 remains incompatible with many other Razer products. For example, if you need to use Abyssus Essential with an older Razer keyboard, you will also need to install an earlier version of Synapse.
That said, you can assign any button in Abyssus Essential to an action of your choice: a mouse function, an application launcher, or a macro (a combination of the included keyboard and mouse functions). Notably, this mouse also supports a feature called Mouse Usage, which optimizes it for left-handed or right-handed players, depending on the dominant hand.
In the Performance column, you can select the sensitivity level, ranging from 800 dpi to 7,200 dpi. From there, you can adjust the polling rate to 125Hz, 500Hz or 1,000Hz. (Most users need to leave it at 1000 Hz.) In Lighting, you can choose between Breath, Reactive, Spectrum Cycle and Static presets, or you can disable Lighting to save energy.
If that’s not comprehensive enough, you’ll find Chroma Studio on the Advanced Effects tab, but since Abyssus has only a single lighting zone, everything you do here applies to the entire mouse. You get several exclusive effects from Chroma Studio (Fire, Ripple, Starlight, Wave), plus the ability to stack effects on top of each other, but that’s the extent of the appeal here. The advanced effects can be just as advanced on a gaming mouse from this base.
Essential Razer Abyssus Review: Performance
The conventional gaming mouse that we tested and that is most similar to Abyssus Essential is the Logitech G Pro ($ 60.00 on Amazon). It is also one of the best classifieds in recent times. An ambidextrous mouse with a more complicated six-button layout, the G Pro is the main support for players who want to save money. And the reason why you can consider Abyssus Essential has as much to do with the number of buttons as with pure performance.
Take the maximum tracking resolution. While the more expensive Abyssus Essential is at a maximum of 7,200 dpi, the Logitech G Pro exceeds the 12,000 dpi limit. Now DPI is not everything; some argue that it is an arms race factor. However, the Logitech G Pro looks smooth, goes well even on large, high-resolution screens and has a braided cable to boot. In combination with a single 1080p monitor, the difference between these two mice is negligible. But I recommend choosing the Logitech G Pro if there is a good chance that you will upgrade to a QHD or 4K panel along the way; the institution with the highest DPI may be more convenient in this situation.
What adds to the cost of Razer Abyssus Essential is RGB lighting. If you live without it, the Logitech G Pro is your best option. And if cheap RGB is close to your heart, Corsair Saber RGB is another unit to look at. It has a sensitivity of up to 10,000 dpi and the same color palette of 16.8 million. The only caveat is that Saber is not an ambidextrous project; the wide grip reminds me of the original Xbox “Duke” controller, suitable for players with big hands, but awkward for others.
The Abyssus Essential, for now, serves a niche of players who prefer fewer buttons, but must have bright lighting. You don’t get extra attributes outside of the customization you can perform in Razer’s Synapse 3 software, such as button function assignments, performance adjustments and, of course, RGB effect adjustments.
Essential Review of Razer Abyssus: Conclusion
Fifty dollars is in high demand for a basic mouse, and given the sacrifices Abyssus Essential requires – accept the fewest buttons and beta software – the price seems high. While the mystical glow attracts those looking for affordable RGB, others complain about the hardware compromises made to get there, like the untwisted USB cable, less sensitivity than packaging and sensitivity to chipping on the surface.
However, some advantages outweigh the disadvantages. You won’t find many friendly RGB mice to the left, period, and none come from a company as well known as Razer. Other non-RGB ambidextrous gaming mice, of course, exist. The Logitech G203 Prodigy comes to mind for the first time, and a little research reveals the Asus Cerberus and BenQ Zowie FK2, among other things. Unfortunately, some of these two-handed mice are not very symmetrical, like Abyssus Essential.
Some have buttons on one side only, yet others have a shape that favors right-handed players, even though they are also marketed to left-handed players. If you’re looking for something different, check out our Logitech G Pro X Review
7 Total score
The Razer Abyssus Essential is a satisfying piece of equipment for PC players, but it rarely pushes the boat in terms of interesting features.
- Minimum but effective RGB illumination
- Fast and responsive movement
- Ambidextrous support is welcome
- A basic set of features
- Cable looks cheap and fragile