Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to mice, it seems like there are four main options. First is a pair, where you either opt for a right-handed device, or there are those with ambidextrous designs, as specifically left-handed products are as rare as hens teeth.
The other way we see many mice is in one of two other categories. First is the feature-rich, full of bling, OMG that is expensive group, or the budget minded options, which typically do not offer much in the form of features or longevity. With what we have in hand today, Corsair has opted to try a device that is both ambidextrous, and affordable, but trying not to kill many of the things that gamers want in a mouse.
Corsair took the angle of offering a well thought out design with easily reachable buttons, and via iCUE, still, deliver as many features as they could. This is a tough battle to achieve, as many products that are budget-friendly tend not to deliver what the masses desire, and tend to be cheap, not-so-great offerings from (insert many Chinese offerings) various retail locations.
Typically if you want something that can be remapped, hold an onboard profile or two, come with top-tier components, and has such a well thought out software suite, companies tend to break the back in the pursuit of satisfying everyone.
What you are about to see is the new M55 RGB PRO from Corsair, which breaks the mold of what we typically see in the market today. While this compact, ambidextrous design might not be everyone's cup of tea upon first glance, once you see what it is and what is possible, you may well change your tune.
In what we show in this review, if nothing else, it should change your perspective on what can be had for minimal investment, while still catering to the masses, including the left-hand users out there with a select few options to choose from. Even if your preconceptions of an ambidextrous mouse are to immediately pass on such devices, we strongly urge you to come in with an open mind to see what is possible in today's market of affordable gaming mice.
The chart we have was borrowed from the reviewers guide sent along with the mouse, but there is quite a bit of information to be gleaned from it. Starting at the top, we see that the M55 RGB PRO is a wired mouse that uses a USB 2.0 connection for communication with the PC.
The sensor on board is the PixArt PAW3327, which is an optical sensor, capable of a range of 200 to 12,400 DPI, and can be adjusted in 100 DPI increments. The sensor is also shown to be able to track movement as fast as 220 inches per second, and with a force of 30 Gs.
The listed features are as follows. There is one onboard profile that can be used at a time, but many profiles can be created, you just need to open iCUE to swap which is used. There are "two" RGB zones, but the heel of the mouse is the one which displays modes and full options, as the second zone is the DPI indicator, and while it can be changed to any color, they are static. Around the M55 RGB PRO there are eight buttons in total due to the ambidextrous layout and design, and the report rate is set to 1000Hz.
On a technical level of dimensions and such, we see that the color is listed as black, which ours is, but we also saw in the guide that there is also a white and gray version as well. The M55 RGB Pro glides on three PTFE feet, one of which is indeed much larger than we typically see. The cable is 1.8 meters in length and gets the braided cover treatment, and even has a Velcro strap for convenience when packing it up for travel.
The M55 RGB PRO is 124,4mm long, it is 57.25mm wide, stands 40mm tall, and all told, minus the cable, the M55 RGB PRO weighs in at only 86 grams. The last bit of information to be had concerns the warranty of the mouse, where we can see that it is covered for two years from the date of purchase.
If what we have discussed has not got you interested, the price certainly will turn heads and make more potential customers stop and take a closer look. Typically Corsair is not that well known for budget-minded peripherals, but in the case of the M55 Pro RGB, that fact has changed. Upon release, we are told in the reviewer's guide, with no indication of change for the optional white version, that the M55 RGB PRO can be had for just $39.99, which in our mind is an amazing price for what you get.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon