So far with the Vengeance line of products we've had a great one, the K90 Keyboard, now we take a look at the Vengeance M60 Mouse, one which is much more like the standard gaming mice you're likely to come across. Does the more focussed approach help it rise to the top? Given that the basics of the M90, the sensor, scroll wheel et al, were very good so it gives us hope that the M60 should have a great foundation.
Just like the M90 the heart of the M60 is the excellent sensor. We have a nice grippy surface to the mouse which we'll look at one the next page, and the very useful Sniper button. But rather than explain it all now, click onwards to the pictures.
- 5700 DPI — Avago Technologies ADNS-9500 LaserStream Gaming Sensor
- Adjustable DPI in 100 DPI increments
- 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz (1ms/2ms/4ms/8ms) selectable response time
- Tracking up to 165 inches per second, up to 30g acceleration, and automatic frame rate control
- Adjustable lift distance — five selectable levels to fit your play style
- Surface quality detection
- 8 individually programmable buttons
- Side mounted sniper button provides user controlled DPI change whilst pressed for enhanced precision targeting
- Comfortable ergonomic design with soft-touch surfaces and grip improving textures
- Omron left and right click switches rated for eight million operations
- Aluminium metal frame and base for improved rigidity and mass distribution
- Solid metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberised scroll surface for improved finger traction control and feel
- Ultra Low Friction PTFE pads for smooth performance and accurate gliding
- USB Connector with gold plated contacts
- 1.8m lightweight non-tangle cable
Now let's take a look shall we.
The colour scheme for the packaging of the M90 and K90 is blue, and the M60 (as well as the K60 which we'll cover in another review) utilises red. The box covers all of the important elements in a clear and easy to read manner. The whole thing looks very nice indeed.
The package includes the mouse and a guide, the software needs to be downloaded from the Corsair website. Not only does that save CDs but ensures you get the latest version. The cable is very rugged with good quality braiding and a nicely obvious USB plug. Anyone who has wondered which of the 6 identical black USB plugs in the back of their tower they need to remove will appreciate this.
Although the M60 looks very wide in the middle it doesn't feel it in the hand thanks to the deep scalloping on the sides. Behind the scroll wheel we have the DPI adjustment buttons in a very easy-to-reach place.
From the front you can see the heavy-duty metal chassis which should ensure the M60 outlasts the 8 million click micro-switches.
Contrary to the 'buttons for everything' approach of the M90, the Vengeance M60 has the normal placement of the back and forward buttons, with the Sniper button taking pride of place. The right hand side is button free but very nicely curved to fit comfortably in the hand.
On the underside there are some very large pads to help you glide across your surface of choice, as well as three weights allowing you to tune the M60 to your personal preference. The method of adding and removing weight is one of the best we've seen with easy to remove screws rather than the standard plastic flap. The build quality really is outstanding.
Software and Lighting
Just because there are less buttons to assign on the M60 it doesn't mean that the software is cut down at all. Indeed we have exactly the same amount of options as we found with its big brother.
As well as the ability to assign some standard button actions the recording process is the same. Click the MR button, click the button you wish to assign on the software (not the mouse itself) and go wild.
There are three DPI settings and the one for the Sniper button. You aren't limited to merely single DPI adjustment, but can set the X and Y sensitivity independently.
The X and Y adjustment can even apply to the Sniper button. Useful if you're covering a particular area and don't want to move up and down too much.
Finally the lighting is restricted to the two DPI buttons and an indication of which setting you're currently on. On the left we have the first setting and on the right the final one. An easy 'at a glance' way of keeping an eye on it.
Top to bottom the Corsair Vengeance M60 is a fabulous mouse.
The second I put the M60 in my hand it instantly felt at home. It's very snug in the hand and, whilst it's more designed for a palm style player than a fingertip one because of the heavy scalloping in the sides, you can use it for hours without fatigue. Everything is exactly where your muscle memory expects it to be. Now we understand that like any tool you need time to get used to it, but to be able to just plug in and instantly be up to speed is a bonus we enjoy.
The sensor is very much the star of the show, as it should be. Free from any software meddling it's quick and responsive to even the slightest movement. DPI adjustments are instantaneous and the usefulness of the Sniper button cannot be overemphasised.
Build quality is equal to the K90 and M90, which means that it's at the absolute highest level. The combination of metal chassis and high-quality, grippy, plastics alongside the excellent sensor and responsive, tactile, micro-switches mean the M60 will last long into your gaming career. The method of adding and removing the weights is exceptional too and, alongside the great quality cable, means the M60 oozes quality from every pore.
Freed from the need to be a MMO style gaming mouse the designers of the M60 have pulled out all the stops to give us an amazingly good mouse that should instantly go on the shortlist of anybody who seeks a new weapon to their gaming armoury. Deservingly winning the OC3D Gold Award.
Thanks to Corsair for providing the M60 for review. Discuss in our forums.