Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It seems that Cougar had started us with the best of what they have to offer when it comes to mice, offering us the 700M first. Since that review, we have steadily been pressing through the rest of the series and are now on products that are no less impressive, but we do see the series numbers dropping as we go. This time around we are offered an ambidextrous design, using an optical sensor at the heart of things, yet it still sports a pair of Omron switches to offer gamers everything they are typically used to when it comes to selecting a high-quality mouse to deal out the damage in whatever your favorite genre of games may be.
Doing a bit of homework on this latest mouse, we find that it is offered in two versions. There is a white version that offers lime green accents, and the version we were sent that is black but keeps the lime green accents. Both of these mice are provided with a shiny plastic finish on the majority of the surface, but Cougar also opts to use rubber side panels to ensure gamers do not lose their grip in long sessions of gaming. With a total of eight buttons and offering the UIX software, there are little limitations to the customization that this mouse offers.
The mouse we are getting up close and personal with today is the Cougar 450M Optical Gaming Mouse with the Black Edition moniker attached to it. As you are about to see, even though it is an ambidextrous design which a lot of right-hand users prefer not to opt into, the 450M offers a feel and customizability that makes you almost forget that it is ambidextrous in the first place. Using top tier components where it matters, offering a styling that has grown on us, all packed into a lightweight peripheral offers users comfort and ease of use with little drag or effort associated with using it.
The chart above is provided by Cougar and covers just about everything a potential customer would want to know about this device. The Cougar 450M Gaming Mouse uses a Pixart PMW3310DW optical sensor and is capable of delivering 50 to 5000 DPI, with adjustments of 50 DPI throughout that scale. There is a total of four polling rate options, but at its maximum setting, the 450M offers a 1ms or 1000Hz polling rate. This design also provides 512KB of onboard memory to save settings, profiles, or any Macros you may want to add. There is a total of eight buttons on the 450M, two of which are Omron gaming switches while the others are a mix of red switches and pad style switches.
We are then shown the 6500 FPS frame rate of the sensor, its maximum tracking speed of 130 inches per second, and that it can be moved at up to 30Gs and still maintain tracking. The rest of the chart notes the 1.8 meters of braided cable and its gold plated USB 2.0 connection, the dimensions, and its 105-gram weight.
Off to the right of the chart, we are shown that the 450M will work with Windows from XP through 8.1, and again, we have found no issues using it in Windows 10 either. Below the system requirements, we are given a visual of the dimensions via two renderings. The top rendering shows that this mouse is 135mm from bow to stern, and is 67mm from port to starboard. As for the ergonomic shaping of the top, at its highest point, just behind the DPI button, the 450M stands at 40mm in height.
Even though we have had this 450M for a fair amount of time before writing up this review, it seems that if you would like one on this side of the pond, you will need to wait a bit longer. We did find only one listing in the US, and it was on eBay, it is the white version, and they are asking $70 for it. However, if you live on the other side of the pond, you can find this mouse at select e-tailers. We found it over there listed at £38.64 including VAT. Translated into US dollars, that comes out to roughly $55 to obtain the 450M from Cougar. Right out of the gate Cougar is stepping out with the right foot, as this is a price point that anyone can appreciate.
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