Cougar 450M Gaming Mouse Review
Cougar 450M Gaming Mouse Review
5000 DPI Sensor, 1000Hz Polling Rate, 8 Fully Configurable Buttons, 512Kb of on-board memory and UIX, yes the talk is of Cougar 450M optical gaming mouse. This really nice looking gaming mouse has finally made it to our test lab today. Right after unboxing already raised my eyebrows. Cougar is pretty serious about bringing some hard core looking gaming mice on the market. Well Cougar 450M is one with rather smooth non-aggressive design more focused to comfort and simple lines. The color combination is fantastic. It come in two color variants as black and white as main color with green thumb buttons and some edges. Enough said, let’s have a look.
When it comes to packaging there is nothing to complain. As simple as it can be and still very attractive. Front side showing us mouse of course and some main features at the back side as we are used to see by most mice products. During unboxing, we have found small instructions booklet and stickers falling out of the box. Cable is braided which is standard nowadays. Or better say should be, as over time an average gamer can pretty much kill the cable. So braided protection prevents the cable against any kind of cuts or smashes. Also golden plated USB plug keeps good contact over long time period with USB port.
So how does the mouse actually looks like? I would say optically very good. The top cover is made of one piece. Very glossy surface is surprisingly quite sticky which is good. So gamers have an important contact with the mouse during intensive gaming sessions. Of course, glossy surface means you will see every fingerprint on it and every single piece of dust. In fact it was impossible to clean it even for photo-shooting.
As this mouse is ambidextrous, right as well as left handed gamers can enjoy the game. The plastic material doesn’t give you that cheap feeling and overall build quality is at decent level. There are two thumb buttons on every side which are harder to click. The front one is easier to reach but the second smaller one is bit harder to press. All side buttons have to be pressed deeper to activate one click. During gaming can happen, as you try to click left thumb buttons, that you also click one button on the opposite side of the mouse with your pinky. It’s almost impossible to prevent these accidental clicks during intensive gaming.
Sides of the mouse are also plastic and we would really like to see rubberized surface here, which would probably even prevent accidental clicks.
Scroll wheel is not so quiet as for example by SteelSeries Rival as well as clicks are louder. The wheel is rubberized and so the contact is good at least. Cougar 450M features OMRON Switches. Which are well known for long life. With guaranteed minimum of 5 million clicks, this mouse is going to serve you well for a long time.
Top switch gives us quick access to ON-THE-FLY DPI fine tuning and is illuminated with 3 stage LED lighting with 16.8 million colors depending on selected DPI from white into blue into green as preset by manufacturer. This colors give you quick information about actual DPI setting. Very simple but very useful.
Cougar 450M features a PMW3310DH Optical gaming sensor made by PixArt which can provide resolution up to 5000 DPI. Many gamers would probably newer use this high resolution, but it’s always better to have that reserve, right? Three bigger sliders ensure smooth and quick mouse movements. The weight slightly over 100g is actaully not bad at all.
All the fine tuning happen in COUGAR UIX™ SYSTEM software, where you can quickly adjust all your DPI, polling rate double click speed scroll speed and LED colors. Under menu Key Assignment you can let your imagination free to set all macros and special clicks and save up to three user profiles.
Cougar 450M Specifications:
When it comes to design, there is nothing to complain. Very intensively illuminated Cougar Logo shows everyone in the room who is using good equipment for gaming. Overall comfort and contact is very pleasant. Material quality looks to be fine. If only the sides could be rubberized or given any kind or rubber surface grip would be much better. The side buttons are suffering in usability due to more focus on design. Although, here we have to keep in mind that the mouse can be used by both hands, which leads us to conclusion, that there had to be some compromise made.
on-the-fly DPI adjustment
No rubber side grip
Side buttons not optimal