Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
The Cougar name should be nothing new to us, as the company has been on the scene with power supplies, case fans, and even a few cases over the years. Another thing that Cougar is known for is their bold use of orange to accent most of their components, which makes them easily recognizable in a sea of other products. However, to be completely honest, we were unaware that they had entered the peripherals market, let alone the gaming peripherals market.
We are here today to get our first look at any Cougar peripherals, and it just so happens to be Cougar's flagship entry to the market. Without giving too much away up front, this mouse we are about to see from Cougar packs quite a bit onto a compact package. Of course, it comes with awesome software, offers Macros and profiles, full RGB color options for the front facing LED, a unique shape, style, and layout. Also, from what we have seen, this mouse is built to last, and take on both palm grip and claw grip users with a few good tricks in the trunk.
Today we will be looking at the Cougar 700M Black Edition mouse, and as you will see, this mouse rivals mice as elite as those in the Level 10M series. The Cougar 700M has an aluminum frame and offers the buttons creatively placed in an atypical layout. Because of the layout, the 700M will take some time to get used to, but once you gain full control of what it offers, you will surely be impressed. Cougar sure set the bar extremely high for their first sample sent to us, and there is even more capability that we were unable to test still left in their bag of tricks. This is truly one of those designs that will do things that will make most users' heads spin.
The provided chart is very thorough, and affords all of the information a knowledgeable buyer would want to know about the product prior to purchasing it. Of course, we already knew this is the Cougar 700M mouse, but we were given the Black Edition, and there is a sister mouse called the Silver Edition. The Silver Edition has an orange frame, where ours is left in the natural state. Both 700M mice are based on the Avago ADNS A9800 laser sensor for all of the sensing and tracking, with a DPUI range of 50 to 8200 DPI in 50 DPI increments of fine tuning.
To control all of the activity and send messages back and forth to the PC, and offering an amazing 512KB of onboard storage, Cougar has employed the services of a 32-bit ARM Cortex-MO MCU. Along with the fact that all of this is to benefit FPS, MMORPG, MOBA, and RTS gamers, it is also designed to custom fit to almost any hand, regardless of whether you prefer the claw grip, or a more relaxed palm grip on the 700M. All of the major components are constructed in plastic and aluminum.
Let's move right into the Cougar UIX System, which is the GIU that brings the options on the 700M to a level above what most mice have to offer. This is where you gain access to the DPIU, the 1ms polling rate, lighting options, and all other forms of programmability. We also see that Cougar includes Omron switches in this design to extend the life of the 700M. The rest of the chart continues with the laser tolerances and capabilities, tells us there is a gold plated USB 2.0 connection at the end of the 1.8 meters of cable, and that they pack all of this into a mouse that is 127mm from front to back, only 83mm wide from wing tip to wing tip, and only stands 38mm in height. This mouse initially weighs in at 130 grams, but there is a spot to add four additional weights for a total weight of 148 grams.
Cougar's website has no MSRP to base our shopping experience off of, but we were easily able to locate stock of the Black Edition 700M almost anywhere. The Silver Edition is a bit tougher to find, but it is out there in the wild too. While we do find the Black Edition of the 700M that we are testing at Amazon for a price of $79.99, we can assure you that it is not the best deal to be had when shopping e-tailers. Not only can I find the 700M with a price that is $10 less elsewhere, but it is also listed with free shipping.
As for our review, as any smart shopper would do, we are basing this review off the more affordable $69.99 pricing that can be had almost anywhere in the U.S.. We have to add here that this is a good price for the average offering in gaming mice, the 700M isn't your average offering. Once you see everything that the Cougar 700M is capable of at this price, it will really make you think deeply about getting one for yourself.
PRICING: You can find the Cougar 700M for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Cougar 700M Black Edition retails for $79.00 at Amazon, and the Cougar 700M Silver Edition retails for $79.99 at Amazon.
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