As we gamed and did a bunch of photo editing with the 450M, we found no issues with its functionality. Even after messing around with the software and setting things up as we wanted them, we found that again the mouse performed as expected.
We did find a few issues though with the overall design, but they are more from a personal standpoint rather than anything wrong with the design. While we like the black and green of the aesthetics, the shiny plastic used on the top does tend to show everything from hand oils and fingerprints, down to any dust from food remains. We also felt the overall size was a tad smaller than we would like to use day to day, and lastly, we did not care for the shape of the side buttons. There is a sharp edge to them, and after long hours of usage, you can feel a tender spot in your thumb from using them.
For those with smaller hands or those that game with their left hand, we still believe that you should give this mouse a try. It is lightweight and easy to move around, and even with our minor personal issues with the design of the 450M, it is a solid product to choose. Cougar uses top notch components where they are needed, and even though the secondary switches are new to us, the force required to activate them ensures there are no accidental clicks from just resting your hand on them.
Most gamers swear by using optical sensors as the basis to any mouse they choose, and with the UIX software allowing you to customize the tracking, as well as offering the option to turn off angle snapping, the 450M will do exactly what you ask of it. All without trying to predict what you want and do something entirely different to your movements.
While the design is attractive, it does not have the aggressiveness of other Cougar mice, which will be either a hit or miss for potential customers. All the same, though, we felt the shape was nice; we just wish it was a little larger to fit our hand better. Considering everything offered in the 450M and what the UIX system is capable of, and including the fact that everything can be stored on the device, it does tick a ton of checkboxes of what people like to see when purchasing a mouse.
The only thing that is killing the deal for most of us in the US is the limited availability at this time. We feel the converted pricing from the EU listings we found is fair, and at $55, we are even willing to look past our personal issues with it. In the end, we are pleased with what the 450M from Cougar is capable of, how well it glides on most surfaces, and what all can be had under either a right or left hand, and we know there are plenty of gamers out there right now pondering buying this mouse. Hopefully Cougar or US Customs can speed things up for us on this side of the pond, as our feeling is that the 450M Optical Gaming Mouse is a worthy option to those who demand a bit more from their mouse.
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|Quality including Design and Build||88%|
|Bundle and Packaging||91%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: While ambidextrous and a touch too small, the 450M still delivers! It is smooth and tracked everything we could throw at it. On top of that, it offers all sorts of features and onboard memory to store your settings, all for less than $60.
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