Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
While we haven't seen all that many peripherals thus far from Cougar, we have had the pleasure of looking at a keyboard and mouse from Cougar, and we raved about the excellency of both products. However, both the 700M mouse and the 700K keyboard were top-tier products from Cougar. While we always tend to hold the bar a bit higher with this type of product, Cougar does make lower priced offerings as well, and today we get to take a look at one of them.
While we only have the one mouse to base an opinion from with Cougar, the 700M showed that they were on track. With the 700M, Cougar offered a product that featured the best of the best when it came to components and materials, but also included all of the top features that any gamer can appreciate. What happens to such a device if there is a pricing cap set to the design? Well, we do lose some of the finer material choices. We also lose a few of the design elements that we were so fond of in the 700M, but that does not mean that this more affordable solution falters when it comes to all the finer points that matter beyond styling, and sleek trim options.
Today, as we look at the 600M from Cougar, we will be looking at a slightly more affordable mouse. As we alluded to, the styling has been tamed externally, yet still allows this mouse to stand out in the crowd, and be easily recognizable as a Cougar built device. When it comes to the guts though, this is where Cougar has stuck to their guns, and only trimmed the fat. Under the hood, you will find top-tier switches, a serious processor, and the awesome UIX software to gain full control of this latest mouse, and customize it to suit your own needs. This is definitely one of those instances where a company has introduced a "sleeper" to the market, as first impressions of this unassuming 600M do not hint at all the features this mouse delivers.
The provided specifications chart has information thrown out all over the place with no real structure, so let's see if we can't make some sense of it. The Cougar 600M, available in black and orange plastic designs, measures in at 125mm from front to back, 80mm from the thumb rest to the right side, and it stands 42mm in height in the middle. The mouse is designated for FPS, MMORPG, MOBA, and RTS titles, and its design lends to claw grip use. Due to its medium size and blunt drop of the heel in this design, relaxed grip users will find this mouse nestles well into the palm of their right hand too. The 600M weighs in at only 90 grams, and neither color option offers any form of custom weighting; it is what it is right out of the box.
As we move to the inside, we find Omron switches used for the right and left click buttons, but secondary switches all use pad style switches for functionality. To read the movement of this mouse, Cougar has employed the Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor with its 12000 FPS, 150 IPS, and 30 G tracking capabilities. The DPI tops out at 8200, but starts at 50 DPI, and adjusts in 50 DPI increments. On top of that, the communications and storage are handled through the 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 MCU. This also allows for 512KB of onboard storage, and when combined with the functionality of the UIX software, you can easily fill up that space over three profiles and eight programmable buttons.
We find almost everything the 700M is built upon in the 600M, and the components in the 600M should deliver a mouse that is functionally just as nice as the 700M. The only major difference is the exotic materials and color schemes have been toned down this time around, to the tune of about $20 in savings. That is right, while the 700M would set you back very close to $80, we were able to locate the 600M for around $60 on Amazon.com in either black as we received, or the orange version if you like bright mice.
For those of you who liked what the 700M brought to the table, but thought it was too over the top for your needs, the 600M is just as capable in a fresh, more subdued design, making for an easy choice. For those of you on the outside just looking for a new mouse to game with, we feel that it is well worth your time to have a deeper look at the 600M as well - it is just that well equipped.
PRICING: You can find the Cougar 600M 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 600M in black retails for $56.69 at Amazon, and the Cougar 600M in orange retails for $57.94 at Amazon.
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