The company Razer has a tradition to renew its assortment of peripherals every two years, and this time the update touched quite popular budget (by Razer standards, of course) series Abyssus. To replace the version from 2014 with new Razer Abyssus V2, which, although retained the family features of its predecessor, still received a number of significant changes. Let’s take a look at the new Razer Abyssus V2 in detail.
The packaging of Razer Abyssus V2 mouse looks simple and elegant. The sides are completely green, the front and back of the box are black. In front there is a product image from above, and the back shows the main advantages, among which the manufacturer mentioned the symmetrical shape, the new sensor and the resolution switch. Inside the mouse is protected from dust by a transparent plastic mold.
The scope of supply includes the instruction manual, two labels with the Razer logo and a tab with congratulations from the president of the company.
Appearance and form of the Razer Abyssus V2 practically does not differ from the version of 2014. The upper panel is still made of a pleasant to the touch of rough plastic, the side panels of the main keys are raised in a figurative manner, which creates a kind of tactile warning that someone placed the finger too close to the edge. The only innovation that was not there before is the resolution change button, located just behind the scroll wheel. It is pressed clearly, with a slightly muffled click. The main buttons work quieter than the average, with a well-chosen pressing force – not too tight, and not too soft. The play of the panels is minimal, there is practically no free play.
On the left side Razer Abyssus V2, as before, there are no side buttons. But there was a large rubber insert that replaced the texture plastic. On the total tenacity of the surface, this change was not reflected, but the tactile sensations became definitely better.
In front of the manipulator, everything is left, as it was. The signal cable with protection against kinking is centered, and on the sides of it there are decorative perforated panels. The scroll wheel turns down quite quietly, but crackles if you quickly rotate it up. The positions of fixation are hardly distinguishable. Pressing is tight and muffled. The wheel itself does not dangle, but it can be slightly bent to the sides with your finger, which creates a feeling of backlash.
The USB signal cable has a length of 1.8 meters and is stripped of braid. It’s thin and soft enough. He is able to maintain a given form, but eventually straightens. The connector is long, the contact pads are supported by a plastic of green color.
The right side Razer Abyssus V2 has the same rubber overlay as the left one. In general, they look and feel similar.
The stern of the mouse has not changed, it is the same round, with the logo at the top.
The base of the mouse received only two visually noticeable differences from the 2014 model year. Here the sensor has clearly changed, and around it appeared a protective Teflon ring in the form of a rounded rectangle. One large leg behind and two small ones in front remained the same as before. They are made of slippery, but rather thin Teflon.There are no holes for easy dismantling.
The Razer Abyssus V2 is symmetrical and versatile. It is well balanced in weight and suitable for any type of grip, both right and left hand.
The backlight areas on the mouse are the Razer logo and the scroll wheel. They can be adjusted by color and brightness separately. There are three colors available: green, blue and blue. They look beautiful and do not blind the eyes in the dark.
Since Razer does not specify the model of sensors used, it became interesting to us how the filling of the device looks. Razer Abyssus V2 Mouse is easy to understand – you just need to peel off the back leg (or make a hole) and unscrew one screw, located under it exactly in the center. Under the top cover was immediately discovered a vivid copy of Chinese engineering thought – a metal washer, weighting the design by about 12 grams, if you count with the screw. A very simple way to choose the necessary weight and balance its distribution along the axes of symmetry of the hull.
In place of the main switches are located mechanisms from Omron D2FC-F-7N (20M) designed for 20 million activations. This can be considered an improvement, because earlier in such mice put switches for only 5 million keystrokes. The sensor is covered with an adhesive rag.
The role of the optical sensor here is played by Pixart PMW 3329DB-TWMU, which (according to unconfirmed rumors) is a proprietary modification of the AM010 series for the needs of Razer.
The Razer Abyssus V2 mouse uses the Razer Synapse 2.0 multi-language multilingual driver, which requires a permanent Internet connection to save all settings in the cloud (it also has an offline mode of operation). In the program settings window, you can check for updates, read the product manual or select the interface language. In addition, there is an opportunity to send feedback about the product or to go to the official website of the company in social networks.
The Mouse Setup screen allows you to reassign commands on four buttons and two directions of the scroll wheel.There are standard mouse or keyboard commands, Windows application functions and macros. All settings can be saved to individual profiles, the activation of which is tied as necessary to launch certain programs.
In the “efficiency” settings, the sensor resolution is adjustable from 100 to 5000 dpi in steps of 100 dpi. You can set up five separate sensitivity levels that will be switched on-the-fly automatically, or with a special button. Positive acceleration of the cursor is set in the range from 0 to 10 units. The choice is three polling frequencies – 125, 500 or 1000 Hz.
Adjusting the backlight allows you to selectively associate or select a color, brightness and light effect for the logo and scroll wheel. From the effects can be used static glow, the “breathing” mode, or turn off the backlight completely. The color can be set to green, blue or blue. The brightness of the glow varies in steps, ranging from 33 to 100%.
Calibration allows you to adjust the height of the detachment of the sensor from the surface for a specific type of mat.This can be done by selecting a proprietary Razer rug from the list with ready-made settings or setting the tear-off height manually. I note that there is no tangible effect on the behavior of the mouse sensor.
The whole range of game surfaces from Razer is available for selection. However, I did not find the possibility of automatic calibration under the mats of other manufacturers.
The macro editor is simple. Here, keyboard and mouse clicks are recorded in random order, with or without time delays. All macros are saved with individual names.
The statistics module on activation collects quantitative data about the use of the mouse. Data is accumulated separately for all gaming applications and devices.
The places of the most frequent keystrokes will be presented in the form of a thermal map of the screen.
The most frequent trajectories of moving the cursor can also be visually tracked on the screen.
The mouse Razer Abyssus V2 was tested on a new ultra-thin rug Razer Sphex V2 Mini. Therefore, it is worthwhile to tell about him. The surface is packed in a beautiful envelope, which allows you to feel it through a special slot.
In the kit there is a mat with a futuristic pattern on its surface and two stickers with the Razer logo.
The main unique difference between Sphex and other game surfaces is that it has an adhesive base that can be used repeatedly and which fixes it on the surface tightly. It’s true how many dismantling it can withstand the manufacturer does not indicate. To remove the surface, you need to pull it for a special rag hack in the lower right corner. In the transport position, the adhesive side is covered with a removable film. There are no traces of glue on the surface of the table.
Dimensions of the rug are 270×215 mm, with a total thickness of only 0.5 mm. The surface is made of polycarbonate and is very slippery for inspection. Teflon legs travel along it with a considerable reserve of inertia, that is, it is possible to stop the manipulator only by muscular effort, by itself it will be braked only at the edge. The manufacturer claims that this type of coating and pattern is excellent for any optical and laser sensors.
Razer Abyssus V2 in its shape and dimensions perfectly fits in the hand of any size and is universal in terms of the types of grip used. The total weight of the mouse is small, only 80 grams, and it is well distributed along the axes of symmetry. The coating is pleasant to the touch, almost does not get dirty and evaporates the moisture well enough. Rubber sidewalls are grasped in the hand, but because of the shallow texture, they tend to get dirty quickly.
The main keys are responsive, with well-chosen resistance. Scroll wheel of average quality, without clear tactile positions, slightly crackles, pressed tightly. It did not cause any special claims for use. The resolution change key is pressed conveniently, because it was immediately reassigned to the “back” command. The legs of the mouse are thin with a low coefficient of adhesion. They glide well on rag surfaces and just fly on plastic. The backlight is well made and looks beautiful.
The sensor Pixart PMW 3329 left me with slightly ambiguous impressions. The strangest feature of it, noticed by me during testing, is that it goes into reduced power mode after about five minutes of downtime. This behavior is more typical of wireless sensors. Of course, this does not cause a particular annoyance, but nevertheless, you can at least give an opportunity to configure the disconnection via the driver. The second point is LOD.
There is a feeling that the height of separation is fixed here. At least, any changes in the driver did not affect the mouse, and it stably stopped reading the surface only after reaching 2.6 mm. This is a very average figure, and in intensive games, the cursor twitching during the permutations will be noticeable. Now about the positive. The cursor is difficult to break, it stably withstands the speed up to 3.3 m / s, and this is the limit of the possibilities of the casual player. From parasitic effects, we can only note the smoothing of the trajectory, but the good news is that it is at least stable.
Perhaps its cause is the variable frame rate inherent in this series of sensors. But the acceleration is practically not felt. Accuracy of tracking trajectories sags as the resolution increases, so I would not recommend exceeding the 2000 dpi mark if a completely stable operation is required. On the other hand, at low resolution values, within 100-1000 dpi, this sensor shows itself from the positive side.
So, if we compare Razer Abyssus V2 and Abyssus 2014 mice, we will see only positive changes, among them: a new sensor; More hardy switches of the main buttons for 20 million activations; Rubber sidewalls instead of plastic;Additional key to change the resolution; Updated three-color illumination; New soft cable. Well-chosen weight and shape and good slippery legs remained unchanged.
There were, of course, no problems. In particular, the new sensor, like the old one, has a rather high breakout height, which is not regulated in the driver (although it should). In addition, this sensor goes into sleep mode after a few minutes of inactivity, and the cursor freezes for a moment before starting to move.
In the end, we have two news – good and bad. It’s positive that Razer Abyssus V2 demonstrates tangible progress with respect to its previous versions. However, its cost is significantly overstated, as for the base manipulator, against the background of decisions from the closest competitors. We hope that the company will pay attention to this fact and make this mouse more affordable, and therefore more attractive for fans of the Razer brand.