Cougar 600M Gaming Mouse Orange Edition Review
Published: 17th February 2015 | Source: Cougar | Price: |
Whenever we review mechanical keyboards we mention how the Cherry MX switches have taken over the market to the degree that it's the additional features that really differentiate each model. Gaming mice have found themselves going down a similar path as nearly every mouse has similar specifications. Optical mice have the Avago S3988 sensor and Omron switches, whilst every laser mouse we've tested has the Avago 9800 sensor and Omron switches.
The Cougar 600M, despite its relatively low price tag, continues the trend as it sports the 9800 and Omron combination. That's a hell of a lot of hardware for the money, and things continue in a positive manner with the inclusion of a Cortex processor keeping things snappy at a hardware level.
So with the meat of the 600M undeniably brilliant thanks to those excellent base parts, the design and extras play a more important role in deciding whether you should rush out and buy one. Available in two very different colour choices, an all-black model and the near safety orange of today's review, the 600M breaks away from the rather boring sea of black mice. Admittedly we have a liking for orange here at OC3D so it's not a huge surprise to discover we really like the looks of the 600M, but we know from the various system builds that orange is becoming a popular alternative choice. In that way it's nice to have something that isn't only black or white.
The soft-touch coating feels good in the hand and keeps things controlled even in intense gaming. The design is good too, with the mouse a nice size. It's neither so small that it's uncomfortable, nor so big that you have to adjust your hand position to reach all the buttons. The Sniper button, one that can be easy to accidentally press when things get tense, is placed well enough that we didn't once hit it when we didn't mean to.
The lighting is a slightly mixed bag. Four DPI lights remain resolutely orange with only the light beneath the LMB changing. On the Orange Edition the orange is so bright that it ends up limiting which colours compliment each other. Certainly though if you've brought the black 600M then the intense lighting and rich colour reproduction will enable you to open your creativity up.
With excellent hardware underpinning a comfortable design and backed by a fully-featured software package the 600M is a fantastic gaming mouse, and the expected retail price of just under £40 enhances this still further and makes it an easy winner of our OC3D Gold Award.
Thanks to Cougar for supplying the 600M for review. Discuss it in the OC3D Forums.