Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Aesthetically the main difference between the original M90 and the new M95 is that this time you have the option to buy a black clone of the original design, but this time you also have the option to grab an arctic white version as well. Outside of that the design is identical - same shape, same dimensions and the same weight. Both the white and the black versions come with mostly plastic components making up the outer shell, but like the original, there is an aluminum unibody plate that runs along the bottom and cuts up into the mouse near the front to give this mouse the same rigidity and solid feel that Vengeance mice are known for. There are 15 total buttons on the mouse with nine of them on the left of the mouse to control with your right hand thumb, two on the top left for DPI adjustment, another button that is not programmed at default settings, and the right, left, and center click buttons. Aside from the color of the two options of mice, one other thing to consider is that the white version is slick plastic, while the black version still offers the rubberized coating for a more secure feel in the hand, even after a bag of chips or a long sweaty gaming session in the summer.
At the time of the M90 review, I did not pull the mouse apart to look at any of the switches, verify the sensor type, or even look at the MCU inside, but this time I made sure to do this. The reason the DPI has increased from 5700 DPI to now 8200 DPI is the fact that Corsair went with the Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor in the M95. I'm not positive what they used last time, but in the M95 you will also find Omron D2FC-F switches which will last for millions upon millions of clicks. And as for the secondary switches, Corsair went with ZHIJ switches, and also changed the tertiary switches to something much softer. The MCU installed that can detect low voltage and offers a COP module that can detect if everything is functioning properly. The 8-bit processor offers plenty of flash memory to house the profiles and Macros as well.
As you look at the Corsair site to gather the basic information and features of this mouse, before you buy one, you can see on that same page that the MSRP is currently set to $79.99. While out shopping for the M95, I did see that Newegg.com had the lowest price of $77.99 and is currently only charging $1.99 for shipping. While this price is very close to the MSRP, I did notice something tricky. Just for giggles I went to add it to the cart at the Corsair website and noticed there is a $24 discount at the time of writing that shows when ordering it direct from Corsair. That takes the price down to an amazing $55.99 and after filling out a ton of personal information, I was finally able to see that they offer a $3.99 shipping option.
If you like the Vengeance M95 Performance MMO & RTS Laser Gaming mouse, it looks like in this instance it is much better to buy direct from the manufacturer and enjoy the substantial discount they are offering. I will be honest, for near $80, it is stretching things a bit for a mouse, but with the thought of a $60 price tag, I am definitely seeing the M95 in a new light. We're not sure how long this discount will be applied, so you might want to act fast.