Author: Bob Buskirk
Gaming mice as a peripheral aren’t typically an item that is too high up on the food chain for some of the biggest computer part manufacturers. The main reason behind this is that PC gamers are possibly the hardest group of gamers to please. How do I know this, because I am one? Think of the gaming mouse as the one and only sword an immortal uses to take another immortals head. You don’t use just any sword; you use “your” sword just like you’d use only your specific gaming mouse in fragging and bagging some fool in your game of choice.
Because of the specifics required for such a tool the market for gaming mice has been rather small ever since the inaugural “gaming mouse” came about. The main reason behind this is that a gamer will get a specific feel for a mouse and never wants to deviate from that feel. A perfect example of this is the Logitech MX 510/518. These mice came out in 2003 and are still the standard for all gaming mice 9 years later. I know gamers that still buy these on a regular basis regardless of price and availability. Why, do you ask; because they love the specific feel and have no desire to adjust to the physical characteristics of a new mouse?
I’m no different. My “gaming” mice journey started out with a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer; then a Logitech MX 1000; then the Logitech MX Revolution; then the Logitech Performance MX; and currently with the Logitech G700. If you look at all these mice you can see that other than the MX 1000 the layout and look do not differentiate from each other much. The G700 I possess I thought was by far the best mouse overall I’ve ever used. Other than the battery life, when in wireless mode sucks balls, the mouse was a perfect fit for me. The size, the speed, the button layout, the complete overall feel…it was amazing. So, when Bob asked me to review the Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance Gaming Mouse I was a bit hesitant. I don’t like reviewing products that I have a defined bias towards even before I open the box. I couldn’t see how anything could be as good as my G700. Well, I’ve been using the M60 for 3 weeks now and boy was I wrong.
One thing I’ve praised Corsair for in recent reviews was the packaging of their gaming products. From speakers to keyboards to headsets Corsair makes sure their packaging can withstand the end of times. The Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance Gaming Mouse is no different in that regard. The M60, to the naked eye, comes in what looks like your standard “pull out the kitchen scissors and try not to cut yourself” style packaging. But what makes Corsair special is they found a way to take a standard clamshell packaging and make it super easy to open. With one finger you can insert it into a hole in the top left of the back of the packaging and remove the entire rear cover allowing the contents to be easily accessed.
The Back of the packaging list the Full Technical Specs:
· 5700 DPI – Avago ADNS-9500 LaserStream™ Gaming Sensor
· Adjustable DPI in 100 DPI increments
· 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz – 1msec/2msec/4msec/8msec response time – user selectable
· Tracking up to 165 inches per second, up to 30g acceleration, automatic frame rate control
· Adjustable lift distance – 5 selectable levels to fit your play style
· Surface quality detection to aid in the evaluation of gaming surface
· 8 individually programmable buttons
· Side mounted sniper button provides user settable DPI change “while pressed” for enhanced precision targeting to fit play style
· Comfortable ergonomic design with “soft touch surface” and grip improving textures
· Omron left and right click switches – up to 8 million operations
· Aluminum metal frame and base for improved rigidity and mass distribution
· Three 4.5g user configurable weights for weight and center of gravity control to fit your play style
· Solid metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberized scroll surface for improved finger traction control and feel
· Ultra Low Friction PTFE pads for smooth performance and accurate gliding
· USB Connector with gold plated contacts
· 1.8m lightweight non-tangle cable
Corsair is quite thorough when displaying all the characteristics of a given product. Once removed from the packaging you can get a better grasp of what kind of quality this mouse presents. To give you a good idea of how the mouse comes and a brief overview check out our unboxing and overview video below.