Cougar are probably best known for their cases and power supplies but recently they have been getting stuck into the peripherals market. Today in our Cougar 700M Review we take a look at this gamer mouse, along with the surface designed to match it.
Cougar 700M Review – Packaging
Cougar package the 700M in a box which allows us to clearly see the mouse through a window. The box opens in a pretty cool/interesting way and then inside we find a bunch of extra items. Those bundled items are product documentation, stickers, a set of weights and an alternate palm rest.
Cougar 700M Review – The pad
To match the 700M Cougar also have a range of surfaces. Shown above is the Speed Gaming Surface which in our case is a Large edition measuring 450x400mm with a 4mm thickness. The top surface is a fine polyester and that is attached to a rubber base with right angle design which Cougar note enhances stability on the desk. For those interested in the other sizes they are 320×270 (Medium) and 260×210(small).
Cougar 700M Review – The Mouse
The Cougar 700M is shown above and it has a design which initially looks similar to some Corsair and Mad-Catz mice we have seen in the past. The main body uses an aluminium base and then on that Cougar build various modules. The palm area for example, as well as being replacebale with the rubberised non slip alternative can be raised or lowered (tool-free) to suit our hand. The section just in front of that contains a caddy for weights (more on that later) and then further forward is our DPI selector, the LED illuminated scroll wheel area (16.8m colours) and the left/right buttons.
In terms of weight the mouse is 110g as standard and measures 127x83x38mm (LxWxH).
Turning round to the left side of the 700M we find a textured thumb area with non slip coating and with that digit we can activate the back/forward buttons as well as a Sniper button which Cougar say they have positioned and angled for optimal activation. Over on the right side we can see another textured grip and the space between main body and palm area which promotes airflow.
Turning round to the front of the 700M we can see another button extending from the left mouse button (Omron) and beneath it a cable guard to enhance durability. Moving up to the top of the mouse next we find the removable caddy for our weights, also shown is the alternate palm rest. Each of the weights adds 4.5g to our mouse.
Flipping the mouse over to reveal the base again we can see portions of the orange aluminium body of the mouse. Surrounding that we have five low friction feet and in the centre we find our 3200DPI Sensor (ADNS-9800 Laser). Inside the mouse we have a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 CPU and that is paired with 512Kb of memory. Our polling rate is 1000Hz/1ms and framerate is rated for 12000fps with tracking speed of 150IPS and acceleration rated for 30G.
Finally we have the 1.8m braided cable which ends in a gold plated USB connector.
Cougar 700M Review – Software
Cougar call their software UIX and when it is launched we are show a nice simple screen which allows us to set our DPI profiles, polling rate and angle snapping. There are also options for double click speed, scroll speed and pointer speed. Then over on the left we can set modes/profiles. Moving to the Key assignment screen we have the option to re-map all eight buttons and the scroll wheel to the functions we want (including macros). Finally there is the Lighting Control screen which allows us to set the colour of the LEDs along with choosing between fully on, off and breathing. Firmware updates are also possible with this mouse and the latest software can be found on Cougars site.
Cougar 700M Review – User Experience and Conclusion
Starting with the build quality and design of the 700M we have a well constructed mouse. The aluminium frame is incredibly sturdy and each section of the body is well attached to it, even the floating palm rest. Speaking of that palm rest, the non-slip version is without doubt the better of the two, we cant see any need to use the other. It would actually be better if Cougar included a second, larger rest instead of the default one. That would add an extra option for those with larger hands but otherwise the design is good with the variable weight being particularly useful. Elsewhere we like the textured sides and the mouse should be durable thanks to the protected cable and Omron switches.
Inside the mouse we have components which match much of the competition and the key specifications do the same. We had no issues with tracking and the mouse was responsive and accurate while feeling comfortable during many hours of use. We were also pleasantly surprised by the software provided. It is intuitive, responsive and has all the features we would need from a gaming mouse. Looking to the pad for a moment, it too impressed. It is thick enough to offer comfort when gaming and the finish is decent on both sides. The option of three sizes also means there should be something for everyone, just as the 2nd colour option on the mouse provides.
That brings us to value where the Cougar 700m retails for £70. That is competitive pricing for such a customisable mouse with decent software and excellent performance.