Razer Abyssus Essential and Goliathus Chroma review: budget lights
Razer is a name synonymous with top-of-the-line gaming products, equipped with the latest technology, which usually comes at priced prices. So when the opportunity to test two of its cheaper products, Abyssus Essential mouse and mouse pad Goliathus Chroma came up, we did not refuse, as we are curious to see how much of the DNA of the superior models finds itself in more accessible versions. The company is trying to distract our attention to the Chroma lighting system on both devices, but the fact is that even without the RGB LEDs, the two products can be easily recommended to gamers with limited budgets
Construction, design and ergonomics
Abyssus Essential and Goliathus Chroma are designed as an entry point in Razer's RGB LED product range, 100% compatible with the lighting features developed in the past few years by the company. The mouse seems to be just an updated version of the Abyssus model released a few years ago, with the differences between the models being rather indoors than on the outside
The mouse has the same flat shape of the original model (Abyssus v2 is different on the outside), with two long main buttons that are not separated from the main body of the mouse. It is symmetrical, so it can be used both by right-handed and left-handed, and its dimensions are neither too large nor too small. The entire construction is made of a soft, touch-sensitive plastic that is not painted or covered with a rubberized layer.
At the bottom, which is in use with the palm of the user, we have the Razer logo with RGB illumination, while at the bottom, which stands on the mouse pad, we have an illumination strip that brings a lighter, more subtle outline than it would seem at first glance. The physical buttons at the bottom of the original Abyssus have completely disappeared, replaced by features directly controlled by the Razer Synapse software. Here too we can see the two large skates, positioned up and down, and an intermediate skate around the sensor, which will ensure smooth gliding on the mouse pad
The flat shape is pleasing to those who use the mouse in the palm grip or finger grip mode, but the lack of a more pronounced "hump" will give headaches to those who are more familiar with the claw grip, the palm contact area is insufficient for a pleasant experience in this way. The scroll is covered with a rubbery material and its rotation is silent, but the movement steps provide very good and accurate feedback. The two click buttons are quite silent compared to other models in the market, and they make different sounds, the right click being noticeably louder
Compared to other more expensive Razer, we can see some aspects where some compromises have been made. Abysssus Essential comes with a smaller number of buttons, with both a button for both DPI and side button buttons, while the construction is made of matt plastic. The scroll is not illuminated, and the illumination is only visible at the bottom of the mouse and the Razer logo. Apart from the lack of buttons, the more simplistic aspect is not necessarily a disadvantage, many are looking for simple gaming products, and lighting for these products is always optional. Also, the cable is covered with a thin layer of soft plastic, which may not be as durable as a textile cloth.
But the Goliathus Chroma Mousepad is a real weird thing. This is the first flexible textile mouse pad equipped with an illumination system. But this ability is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that there is now a cheaper alternative to Firefly models, but it is also much smaller (25.5 x 35.5 cm) and the lighting system is not as advanced. Last but not least, his construction does not seem to be as resistant.
Practically, Razer has taken a standard Goliathus pad with a soft texture that offers a smooth glide, and puts a transparent plastic strip instead of a hem. It connects to a "control" box, where the LEDs that illuminate the edges are located. For this reason, the pad can display only one color across the contour and has no individually colored areas. Also, the plastic is "sewn" by the thin-walled plastic pad, which in time could be damaged due to friction, especially at the top, where the mouse cable will constantly rub. Razer has tried to limit this by integrating a system whereby you can catch the cable to move less, but this solution is not as effective as a "bungee" for cable and not as comfortable.
The Razer Goliathus Chroma's electronics box is positioned at the top left, so those who get used to putting the keyboard right on the mouse pad will not be able to do that (a problem I've encountered with Logitech's PowerPlay system ),) and it does not even provide an extra USB port, so the pad will only handle a USB port for lighting, without the ability to connect the mouse directly to it or other accessories. Basically, in order to have enlightenment around the mouse pad, some sacrifices must be made, which for some may seem minor, and for others. In contrast to the Abyssus Essential, the mouse pad comes with a textile cloth. But this is not removable, so its damage leads to the loss of lighting functions.
The bottom of the pad is covered in a textured rubber layer, which could provide good adhesion normally. The problem arises when we take into account that at the edges we have a slippery plastic material (the strip of lights and the plastic wires that keep it attached to the pad), so it will not stay fixed all the time. Ordinary mouse movements will not lead to sliding on the desk, but the pad can easily be pushed by the movement of the keyboard on the desk or accidental movement of the hand. In fact, its low dimensions do not allow the positioning of other devices on its surface and it does not seem to be very comfortable to use for those who use the mouse on a small DPI setting