Cougar 300M Gaming Mouse Review
Published: 6th October 2015 | Source: Cougar | Price: £27.95 @ OCUK |
The £20-30 bracket of mice is brutal territory. There are more models than you can possibly imagine and they fall into two distinct categories. On the one hand you have mice which surprise you with their excellence, stuffing more hardware and better plastics into something which should cost twice as much. On the other hand you have the kind of mice that you'd get from your Great-Uncle who heard you wanted a mouse so popped down to the indoor market and grabbed one from the nice stallholder. The Cougar 300M falls in the first type, albeit with a couple of caveats.
The shape is like almost every other mouse you've ever seen. A slight nod towards the right-handed people, which is always an odd choice given how many left-handed gamers there are, with the back/forward buttons on the left hand side. Two seriously orange flanks surround a matte black covering with a screen-printed Cougar logo, and the wheel is equally searing orange, albeit not as expensively rubberised as the ones on most of the other mice in the Cougar range. That's probably the biggest failing of the 300M on an aesthetic basis. It doesn't look like a Cougar. It hasn't got the metal chassis either side of the scroll wheel. It's a shame, but as we say it doesn't at all mean that it's not fine enough.
A 4000DPI Optical sensor is backed up by the ever popular Omron switches to give a mouse which glides beautifully across your surface of choice. Giving accuracy and no pixel skipping or bizarre acceleration. It's fine thing indeed. In these modern times of sensors with DPIs that follow the 'bigger is better' ethos then it might not be an attention grabbing number, but we think 4000DPI is plenty speedy enough for regular resolutions and people with human reflexes. It wasn't that long ago that 3200DPI was considered a sensor worthy of coming on a mouse packaged in a tin with fanfares. Sometimes the Moore's Law of technology becoming faster just means that real-world useful technology becomes more affordable, and the 300M falls into that category.
Eagle eyed readers will have spotted that Cougar claim the 300M has 7 programmable, ergonomic buttons. Whilst we wont argue that there are 7 programmable buttons we're not entirely sure that having one of them underneath the mouse counts as ergonomic. It's quite annoying having it there as the profile swap button, let alone pretending you can hit it in the heat of battle. It gives the impression that the Cougar marketers didn't have the courage of their convictions. No gamer is ever going to remap the LMB or RMB either but everyone counts it, so I guess we can't complain too much. Especially not when the software is this powerful and easy to use.
It almost reads like damning with faint praise to say that the 300M is a great workhorse of a Gaming Mouse, but it is. It's a meat and potatoes mouse. Good looks. Comfortable. Great sensor. Buttons that feel crisp to click and will last a lifetime. All wrapped up in a very affordable package. We'd prefer it to have better button placement to increase the utility, and a design that better matches the rest of the Cougar range would be a nice touch, but it's fantastic for what it is and worthy of our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.