Cougar’s latest gaming mouse is the Revenger, which is currently available on Newegg for $59.99. The mouse is similar in design to their older M500 series but sports a newer sensor and whole bunch of other improvements. Are these additions enough to crown a new king of gaming mice? Let’s find out.
Design and Comfort
Aesthetically, the Revenger has a jagged design typical to many gaming mouses. It’s not so pronounced that it would look out of place on your office desk, however, so gamers looking for a bit more of a subdued look will be pleased. The Revenger also sports a slick, gunmetal semi-gloss surface and two zone, 16.8 million color RGB lights.
Both the palm and the side DPI-indicator lights can be configured independently of each other to cycle through different colors, stay one color, or be turned off entirely, if that’s your bag. While I’m not a huge fan of excessive lighting on mice, the RGBs on the Revenger were flashy and stylish without being over the top or garishly bright.
Comfort is arguably the most important factor in buying a mouse, and the Revenger is one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever used. As a man with big hands (not bragging, just a fact), there’s few things I hate more than tiny mice that strain my wrist. The Revenger is the perfect size. It’s 5.31 inches long, 2.76 inches wide, and 1.77 inches tall, making it a slightly bigger than average mouse, but rests oh-so-nicely in both a palm and claw grip.
I also particularly love the rubber grips Cougar added on the side. They gave that tiny extra bit of support and really made the mouse feel one with my hand.
One thing I didn’t like was how heavy the Revenger felt. At a whopping .25 lbs, the Revenger won’t let you forget that you’re moving it around. I like a heavier mouse, but this felt too heavy for my tastes.
Features and Performance
Like most gaming mice, the Revenger allows for customizable macros. The two side buttons and the middle trigger button can be configured with custom macros, as can left click, right click, and the scroll wheel button. Cougar obviously chose to go with the “less is more” philosophy in terms of side buttons, but I can see some gamers wanting more. Personally, I like just two, as it makes the mouse feel less cluttered. Regardless of how many side buttons you might want, their placement on the mouse is perfect – just above where my right thumb naturally rests.
The Revenger’s PWM3360 sensor is one of the more precise mouse sensors on the market, and I found it to be highly accurate on both a mousepad and my wooden desk. The Revenger’s OMRON switches are also highly durable and some of the best on the market.
The Revenger allows you to switch between three different DPIs. For those who don’t know, DPI, or dots per inch, measures how sensitive the mouse is. The higher the DPI, the more the mouse responds to even the slightest movements. This is obviously extremely helpful in competitive FPS, MOBA, or RTS games, where you’re constantly making tiny, yet crucial, mouse movements. Even better, each DPI switch can be fully customized with whatever DPI you want anywhere from 100 to 12000 DPI.
The Revenger also has onboard memory, letting you store up to three profiles directly on the mouse itself, perfect for setting up macros and DPI settings for different titles.
Overall, this is one of the best gaming mice I’ve used recently, especially for the $59 price tag. If you want a mouse that’ll last through those hours-long gaming sessions, you want the Revenger.