Less buttons, more comfort.
The Razer Abyssus V2 (See it on Amazon) is an ambidextrous gaming mouse that sits at the upper-end of what can reasonably be considered the budget gaming mouse spectrum with a relatively heady price of $49.99. For that sum, it provides surprisingly good ergonomics for an ambidextrous design along with smooth and accurate performance.
You may not spring for the Abyssus V2 when comparing it against its slightly cheaper competition — it doesn’t really offer any compelling features or specs — but if you encounter one IRL and can wrap your paw around it, you may quickly pull the trigger. What about this mouse may sway your decision? Three words: rubber side grips.
Design and Features
The Razer Abyssus V2 follows the basic gaming mouse script: ambidextrous design with RGB lighting and four programmable buttons. Really, the only thing about its look that might indicate it’s built for gamers and not Excel jockeys – other than the pulsing RGB lighting – is the DPI button just behind the scroll wheel. When you grip the mouse, however, then you’ll realize that it’s built for the sweaty, twitchy hands of gamers.
The standout feature of the Abyssus V2 are what Razer calls “in-mould rubber side grips.” The textured rubber surface on either side of the mouse provides the best grip I’ve ever experienced on a budget gaming mouse. In addition to providing a stellar, grippy surface, the side grips are also designed so that there’s a slight indentation that makes for a natural landing spot for your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Most ambidextrous mouse are fairly shapeless, but not so with Abyssus V2. It provides comfortable ergonomics with its shape and surface materials.
The mouse’s has four programmable buttons: right-and-left mouse buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, and a DPI settings button just behind the scroll wheel. Don’t buy this mouse if you use the forward and back side buttons that you’ll find on most mice these days, because it doesn’t have any side buttons, at all. Most budget mice feature one-zone RGB lighting, but the Abyssus V2 has two separate zones; the mouse wheel and the logo on the palm area. Color choices, however, are surprisingly limited.
The Razer Abyssus V2 works right out of the box just fine, but it’s worth your while to install the free Razer Synapse software. With it, you can customize the mouse’s buttons, DPI settings, and lighting. On the Customize tab, you can not only reprogram the mouse’s four buttons but you can also customize the function of scroll up and scroll down on the wheel, which is not usually customizable for any mouse, much less one that is a budget model. You can also set up different profiles, but the mouse doesn’t have any onboard memory so you can’t take them with you.
On the Performance tab, you can set the number of DPI stages you want the DPI button to cycle through. You can pick between two to five stages, and you can customize each from as low as 100 DPI to 5,000 DPI. The max of 5,000 DPI is typical but 100 on the low-end is a bit lower than usual, where mice normally bottom out at around 200 DPI. Having an extra low DPI setting is great for snipers, however.
Also on the Performance tab, you can set the rate of acceleration for the mouse as well as its polling rate. (A higher polling rate means the mouse reports its position to the PC more frequently, making the mouse feel more responsive.) The default polling rate is 1,000Hz but you can lower it to 500Hz or 125Hz. I played with the acceleration and polling rate settings but couldn’t not discern much of a difference, if any, no matter what what settings I selected. Perhaps eSports athletes on a budget would make use of these settings on the Abyssus V2, however, since they’re usually more discerning.
While some mice such as the Corsair Harpoon RGB a light will flash a different color for each of your different DPI settings, the Abyssus V2 take a more direct approach to keeping you informed about which DPI level you are currently using. When you switch DPI settings, it flashes the DPI number in bold, green numbers in the lower-right of your display. I liked this approach much more, as it’s easier to keep track of what setting you are using because you don’t have to remember which color goes to which DPI setting, plus you don’t have to take your eyes off of your display and peek at your mouse.
On the Lighting tab, you can set the mouse’s lighting and do so individually for the scroll wheel and the logo. Most budget mice have only a single zone of lighting. Most budget mice feature RGB lighting and a rainbow of color choices, but the Abyssus V2 gives you a limited selection of only three colors: green, teal, and royal blue. This is pretty limited, and I’d much rather have the full color spectrum at my disposal than just three colors, two of which are shades of blue.
To test the Razer Abyssus V2, I played a pair of first-person shooters with Battlefield and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The Abyssus V2 felt incredibly smooth throughout testing and proved itself to be an accurate weapon of war. I was able to line up shots quickly, whether doing so quickly with a rifle or taking my time and setting up a sniper shot. The mouse buttons offer quiet, firm clicks, and the scroll wheel is wide and rubbery. Overall I really liked it. I thought the Abyssus V2 provided a great feel. The rubber side grips, it bears repeating, are outstanding and let me keep a stable grip on the mouse at all times. The Abyssus V2 isn’t a large mouse, so a claw or a fingertip grip is probably a more natural fit than a palm grip, unless you have small hands.
I started out by using the right-mouse button reprogrammed for DPI sensitivity at its lowest setting of 100 DPI. Perhaps I would get used to it over time, but I ended up abandoning it and paring down my DPI stages to only two: 200 DPI and 4,000 DPI. This way, I could toggle between the former for precise targeting with long-range weapons like a sniper rifle and the latter for general use. I didn’t use the extremes of the DPI range; 100 DPI was a bit too slow, even for a sniper rifle, and 5,000 DPI wasn’t needed on my 27-inch, 1440p display. Still, it’s nice to know I have a little overhead should I encounter a game where I need super-precise control or I upgrade to a larger monitor and want to make my mouse quicker to cover it with a flick of my wrist.
The Razer Abyssus V2 has an MSRP of $49.99, but it is more commonly found online for a little under $40: