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Cougar 600M Review (Mouse)

Cougar 600M Review (Mouse)

Over the last couple of months we have taken a look at various items from Cougar. Starting with their 700M mouse and matching pad which won our performance award, then more recently their high end keyboard… a gold award winner. Today in our Cougar 600M Review we find out if they can add to those awards.

Cougar 600M Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The 600M arrives in a box which gives us a nice clear image of the product while also listing some key specifications. The front surface lifts open to reveal the mouse encased in plastic and bundled with it is a short product leaflet and some stickers.

Cougar 600M Review – The Mouse

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So the 600M is available in the very discrete, Orange… or black. The choice is yours. Each has a rubberized/soft touch coating and the same shape which suits a claw/palm grip, measuring 125x80x42mm (weight of 90g). Looking down at the top of the mouse we can see DPI up and down, just behind the rubber scroll wheel and then to the left, on the left button (Omron) are our DPI profile LEDs. Another larger LED (for profiles) runs round the left button and turning round to the front of the mouse we see the 1.8m braided cable exits from the left.

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On the left side of the 600M we find two standard thumb buttons, set to back/forward at the factory although these, like the others can be re-mapped. Then on the base of the thumb area we find a sniper button which drops our DPI when held. Over on the right side, no features of note.

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Turning the device over we find four low friction feet running round the edge of the mouse and then in the centre our ADNS-9800 laser sensor. This has an 8200 DPI rating with 12000fps frame rate, 150 ips tracking speed and 30g acceleration. The mouse also supports 1000Hz polling through the gold plated USB and powering it is a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with 512KB of onboard memory available.

Cougar 600M Review – Software

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Cougar call their software UIX and it works on their keyboards and mice. 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, lift height 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 (16.8million options) along with choosing between fully on, off and breathing.

The latest version of the software is available from Cougar.

Cougar 600M Review – User Experience and Conclusion

When we first received the Cougar 600M our first reaction was “wow, thats orange… ORANGE!” There is no doubt that this is a mouse which attracts attention but we have to admit, after a while using it we love how it looks. There is no way we would choose the bland, black version. The shape does suit the colour and we have a really nice finish applied by Cougar, which with the light weight makes for a very comfortable mouse to use. Omron switches are present, as is a quality sensor so no issues there and while we don’t get extras such as changeable weight found in the 700M that does help keep the cost down.

Our only real “hardware” issue is that the right button really is easy to click accidentally. This isn’t the first mouse we have noted this on recently but we did have to significantly change our grip to work around the issue. So a day or so of adjustment and all was well. Tracking was good, speed appropriate for the high DPI.

Moving to the software we have a control panel which works very well. Configuration of the mouse is very simple and the screens intuitive. In fact a lot of peripheral manufacturers should note this design. We also like that the three profiles can be stored onboard for use on alternate systems and that the software can control all of our Cougar peripherals.

Summary: Pricing is scarce just now but in the limited places we have seen the 600M it is very competitively priced. The build quality and design are very good as is the performance. All backed by decent software.

Gold Award

 

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Stuart Davidson

2 Comments

  1. jackjackduank

    NIce Gaming Mouse, thanks for the review.

  2. So beautiful! I am glad orange is catching on!

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