Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Cougar has been keeping us on our toes with all of the peripherals they have released as of late. We have seen the matched sets of aggressively stylized nice and keyboards with the 600M and 660K, and again in the 700M and the 700K peripherals we have seen, and even got to look at the membrane version of their keyboards with the 500K. Today, we don't see an exact match to the 550M with this design as they were in the past, but this time Cougar lets the colors fly, not only in the LEDs but also in the way this latest mouse is presented.
The latest mouse to hit our labs from Cougar does come in two variations, though. There is a very subdued looking version that comes in black and what they refer to as Iron Grey, and it offers a few sections that are highlighted with bright metallic orange. There is yet another version that we were sent for testing though, and this time, the sides are black and silver, but the top this time is offered in a bright metallic blue, and again offers the same metallic orange trimmings. For those of you who prefer a mouse to disappear on the black mouse pads, Cougar has that solution, but for those who like unusual when it comes to product coloration, or happen to be a Chicago Bears fan, this could be the perfect mouse for you.
Of course, flashy colors and styling aren't everything when it comes to choosing a mouse. The sensor is a personal choice as to what you like, and here we have a mouse based on an optical sensor. Switches can be important too, and this offers Omron's under the two main buttons. It also brings 16.8 million colors to the LEDs that are offered and uses the UIX software to offer programmability for mapping the mouse or adding Macros, and even offers onboard storage to take profiles, Macros, and setting with you on the go. On paper, Cougar's 550m gaming mouse has just about every box ticked in the checklist, so let's get a look at it, and put it through its paces and see how we feel about this very colorful submission in optical mice.
Cougar provides a very good chart as to the specifications the mouse offers. It starts off telling us this is the 550M gaming mouse and immediately tells us tracking is handled via the Pixart SDNS-3899 offering a DPI range of 50 to 6400. The design fits any gaming style, but it is listed that this is intended for FPS, MMORPG, MOBA, and RTS gamers, which just about covers most genres in gaming. It also offers 1000Hz or 1ms polling rate, offers 512KB of onboard storage, and uses the Cougar UIX System for control that you will need to download from Cougargaming.com.
Out of the eight buttons, six of them are programmable, and across various profiles makes it so that the total is eighteen buttons that can house various commands and Macros. Backing the right and left click buttons are Omron switches, and we see that in two lighting zones, we can individually control them with 16.8 million color choices. Back to the sensor for a second as we discuss the 12,500 FPS of images taken with the 550M as it tacks up to 200 IPS and at 50G acceleration across the pad. In other words, this mouse should never miss even the slightest twitch of the hand. Down near the bottom, we find 1.8 meters of cable that terminates in a gold-plated USB 2.0 connection, and we also see the 135mm length, 70mm width, and 45mm height along with the 120 grams of weight.
As we shop around, we find two things. One is that while there is plenty of stock where we did find it, we could only locate the Cougar 550M at Newegg, with no traces of it existing at Amazon. The second thing we found out is that the price point for this mouse is really on the low side of the scale. While at first we were expecting to see this in the $60 to $70 range, we are very pleased to find it sitting on the shelves for just $39.99. There is shipping involved as well, but even then they are only asking for another $1.99 to cover that. The specs are good, the mouse looks hot, and the price seems very right, and now it is time to see what you are getting for this minimal investment.
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PRICING: You can find the Cougar 550M Optical Gaming Mouse for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: The Cougar 550M Optical Gaming Mouse retails for £57 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
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