Not everybody needs to spend a hundred bucks on a mouse. For the casual gamer or the enthusiast on a budget, plunking down that kind of cash on a peripheral is a tough pill to swallow. Unfortunately, as you go down in price, things like build quality and performance tend to suffer. Corsair is aiming to provide an exception to that rule with the M55 RGB Pro.

The M55 is a more budget-conscious mouse, aimed at gamers who don’t want or need fancy features like a million programmable buttons, but still want crisp, precise performance. It’s currently available for $40.99 on Newegg, GameCrate' parent website.

Design and Comfort

The M55 weighs in at 86 grams, making it one of the lighter gaming mice on the market, outside of the incredibly small, ultra-light offerings. As a result, it’s easy to maneuver, and I never felt any strain or that I was fighting with the mouse to get it to move where I wanted. The M55 measures in at 124.4 x 57.25 x 40mm (length/width/height). It’s on the smaller side, perhaps a bit too small for my taste – things felt crowded when I was holding it with a palm grip. If you have smaller hands or prefer a tip or claw-style grip, however, it won’t be a problem.

The overall build quality is sturdy, as I’ve come to expect from Corsair, with the small exception of some slight scroll wheel rattling. The M55 is an ambidextrous mouse, with a simple, symmetrical design. The gaming mouse market has relatively few ambidextrous mice, so it’s nice to see Corsair throw some love to the lefties. As a result, you’re not getting some of the more ergonomic curves found on other right-handed gaming mice.

That’s not to say that the M55 isn’t comfortable, however. The slight concave grooves on the left and right buttons ease your fingers into place, and the textured side grips feel just right, providing good support without feeling grating. The M55’s matte black plastic is smooth but not slippery, with a rougher, textured feel on the left and right buttons. I loved the textured grip – it helped me get a better handle on the mouse and gave the feel of a premium product.

The M55 has two side buttons on both sides of the mouse body, depending on which hand you hold the mouse in. They’re perfectly placed and are easy to access, with enough of a distinction between the two buttons that I never accidentally clicked one over the other. Depending on how you hold the mouse, you might accidentally click the other side buttons with your pinky, but thankfully, Corsair disables them by default.

The M55 has two RGB lighting zones – a DPI indicator right below the scroll wheel and the Corsair logo on the bottom of the mouse. The DPI indicator changes color depending on your DPI setting. It’s a surprisingly handy feature that you don’t see on many mice in this price range. While it requires you to remember which color matches up to which DPI setting, it’s still a nice thing to see.

My one complaint is that by default, the DPI indicator lighting doesn’t match with the Corsair logo’s lighting. While you can change all the lighting with Corsair’s iCUE software, it can clash a bit right out of the box.

Performance and Features

When it comes to components, Corsair didn’t cut any corners. The M55 comes with 50 million click-rated Omron switches. They are firm, responsive, and feel good to click. The M55 packs a custom PixArt PAW3327 sensor capable of 12,400 DPI. Tracking is smooth and reliable, with no jitters or stuttering to be found.

The only quibble I have is with the unusually high lift-off distance. For those unfamiliar, lift-off distance refers to the height at which the mouse continues to track when you lift it up off your desk. A lot of pro gamers like to lift their mouse and reposition it to allow for a wider range of motion. Lifting the M55 results in your cursor jumping around, making it unacceptable for those hardcore gamers who rely on that extra mobility.

Otherwise, in-game, the M55 stands toe-to-toe with gaming mice practically double its price. Mouse movements feel natural and effortless, with silky smooth fluidity and pinpoint accuracy. While you can adjust things like polling rate and acceleration in Corsair’s iCUE software, it just works great as is, and that’s just what you want with a gaming mouse in this price range.

The M55 is a solid effort by Corsair. It packs the punch of a high-end gaming mouse in an affordable package. The M55 is an easy recommendation for gamers who want a good mouse that won’t break the bank.

For more information, check out the Corsair M55 on Newegg.