• DPI: 7,200 DPI
  • Polling Rate: 1,000 Hz
  • Programmable Buttons: 3
  • Dimensions: 114.7 x 63 x 37.3mm
  • Weight: 78g
  • Pros:
  • Portable
  • Light
  • Performs well
  • Value
  • Cons:
  • Too small for some

The Small Slitherer

Gaming mice come in all shapes and sizes – made for all types of hand shapes, some for lefties and some for righties. But there’s just so much variety out there, like for those who use a palm grip or a claw grip, and anything in between. But if you have small hands, there’s actually not many gaming mice out there suitable for you. Until now.

Enter the Razer Abyssus Essential, a dainty ambidextrous ergonomic mouse. We felt that it was a bit too small for our hands, but those who had smaller hands really liked it over the other mice that we had around the office. Although small it packs quite a package, including a 7,200 DPI optical sensor. The sensor does a good job of accurately tracking movement across multiple surfaces, and with Razer Synapse you can mess around with the mouse sensitivity.

Just having an accurate sensor isn’t enough, since a gaming mouse has to be able to glide smoothly in a controlled manner to take full advantage of the sensor. Gliding is smooth and that’s especially, so on a cloth surface like Razer’s very own Goliathus mousepads. The feeling the Abyssus Essential gives off is that it’s light and agile, not requiring a lot of energy to move about, so we can recommend it to those who like to make fast movements.

The buttons are tactile and clicky with great feedback, while also easy to actuate. Stripping their usually flashy mice that have buttons all over the place the Abyssus Essential really means “Essential”, leaving only 3 Hyperesponse buttons to hold the fort. We can appreciate a mouse that just keeps the required left-right-wheel buttons, because most of the time (unless you’re playing an MMORPG) you won’t really use the buttons much. But that’s just some of us, and we understand that there are people who like using the back and forward buttons placed on the sides. Also if you’re a fan of RGB, Razer wouldn’t be Razer if they left out their signature Razer Chroma, which is not the case with the Abyssus Essential.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A stripped down, no bells and whistles gaming mouse is what it is. For its price, it’s actually a really good valued mouse with what it provides and represents.

(previously published in issue September 2018)