COUGAR 700M FPS Gaming Mouse Review

Cougar 700M FPS Gaming Mouse.

Reviewing gaming mice and keyboards is subjective to personal taste. If possible, find a retailer with peripherals on display so you try before buying. Our market is over saturated with an array of choices that have excellent sensors, programmable buttons, and standardized features. It’s become harder to improve upon and reinvent gaming mice designs. I'll be sharing my experience with the Cougar 700M with updates to this page that will include DIY guide on taking it apart for custom paint, and share any other modifications I create for it.

Let's take a closer look at this very unique gaming mouse.

Most PC enthusiasts will associate the Cougar brand with their PC cooling fans and power supplies. Over the past year Cougar has been extending their product line into gaming peripherals. The 700M is the result of a two year investment of engineering. Their time paid for itself when Cougar was awarded the International Design Award and COMPUTEX Design & Innovation Award in June. They put a lot of thought in how it feels and operates, including button order, position, and placement.

The 700M has subtle design cues that reminded me of the R.A.T. line of gaming by MadCatz. It has been generously loaded with an ADNS 980 sensor and number of gaming focused features to justify its retail price of $79.99. Onboard memory for 3 profiles, adjustable palm rest, and customizable LED lighting, and 8 programmable buttons. I describe the design as “cross-frame” which provides superior product strength and a lightweight design. The sniper button is designed with a 45 degree angle, to provide a quick access, better stability and more precise aiming during game play.

Cougar included their new "Speed Gaming Surface" mouse mat with the 700M mouse. The surface is made from fine polyester and applied to 4mm thick rubber base. It's available in three different sizes: S, M and L. I received the large version with retail price of $19.99. Paired with the 700M, it performs with reliable accuracy.

Specifications.

Resolution: Adjustable up to 8200 dpi
Sensor: ADNS 980
Processor: 32-bit ARM Cortex-MO
Polling Rate: 125 Hz to 1000 Hz
Tracking Speed: 5.1m/sec (150 ips)
Max Acceleration: 30G
Onboard Memory: 512KB
Scroll Wheel: ALPS encoder with tread style rubber for accuracy
Programmable buttons: 8
Profiles: 3
Switches: OMRON
Illumination: Back lit LED lighting, 16.8 million color projected underneath wheel
Warranty: 2-Years
OS: Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Material: Aluminum cross frame design with plastic shell
Dimensions: 127 (L) x 83 (W) x 38 (H) mm
Net Weight: 110g
Weight Adjusting: 4pcs x 4.5g
Cord: Gold plated and braided cord right-hand USB mouse (2m / 6.5ft cord)
MSRP: $79.99 USD

Packaging:

Inside the box you’re presented with the mouse, optional “sport” palm rest, four weights, decals and the user manual. To customize the user profiles and lighting that you’ll need to download Cougar’s UIX™ SYSTEM firmware here, http://www.cougar-world.com/downloads.html

The standard palm rest module can be replaced with the Black "Sport Mode" version which is provided.

The braided cable is 6.5’ (2m) long and has securely connected with gold plated metal tube extends the durability and lifespan of the cable during play.

Features:

The M700 gaming mouse features 8200 dpi Precision Gaming Sensor using the ADNS-9800 high performance laser sensor for accurate cursor control. There is also a 32-Bit ARM processor offer superior computing speed as well as 512kb of on-board memory. Since there's a CPU inside 700M, it is a smart gaming mouse, with no need to rely on the CPU and memory of the PC for its computing needs. You can store up to 3 profiles on the mouse, which allows you to bring your setup to other PCs.

Upon initial inspection, the mouse feels very light and solid. The 700M has eight programmable buttons, which utilize Omron switches which are guaranteed for 5 million clicks.

The M700 is modestly sized for a gaming mouse with dimensions of 5” x 3.2” x 1.4” inches (127 (L) x 83 (W) x 38 (H) mm) and a weight of 110 grams.

The protruding front Fire Button allows for quick, simple actions when engaging the fire button at key moments in game play. The lower sniper button is designed with a 45 degree angle of activation, to provide quick access, better stability and more precise aiming during game play. Instead of pressing the button towards the mouse, the 45 degree sniper button can provide more stable control in FPS gaming. You don’t have touch the sniper button in the exact center to activate it, which is nice for different hand positions.

The sides of the 700M have a unique hexagonal pattern rubber surface. It feels comfortable during normal use while providing anti-slip grip during intense game play.

M700 gaming mouse features 8200 dpi Precision Gaming Sensor using the ADNS-9800 high performance laser sensor for accurate cursor control.

Inspired from a vertebrate animal concept, The 700M's ''Framing Structure'' makes it unique from other mice on the market. The aluminum cross section chassis provides extra rigidity throughout the device.

The location of the cartridge is reminiscent of a mid-engine sports car, which is favorable for weight distribution, reducing the mouse’s moment of inertia and making it easier and faster to move. How little the 700M still weighs with added 4.5 gram weights (114.5 grams total) is a factor to consider if you are the type of gamer who prefers some degree of heft in your PC mouse.

The height of the palm rest is manually adjustable with a large thumbscrew, so you can achieve palm support catered to your comfort.

Here is the “Sport-Mode” palm rest. The open air structure of the mouse allows heat to dissipate from your hand, to help avoid sweaty palms.

The location of the cartridge is reminiscent of a mid-engine sports car, which is favorable for weight distribution, reducing the mouse’s moment of inertia and making it easier and faster to move.

The weight cartridge contains four 4.5 gram metal weights, letting you to customize the mouse’s weight to your own preference.

How little the 700M still weighs with added 4.5 gram weights (114.5 grams total) is a factor to consider if you are the type of gamer who prefers some degree of heft in your PC mouse.

The 45 degree sniper, forward and back buttons are nicely spaced on the left side. I never experienced touching one by accident over my 2 week trial with the mouse. All of the switches are made by Omron. The scroll wheel has more tension that I’ve experienced before, but I grew to like it.

Unique hexagonal pattern on the left and right panel for highly slip resistant and sweat proof, provide optimal control to lift-off style gamers during game play.

You can quickly switch between different DPI settings by touching the DPI button in the center of the mouse. The DPI settings are programmable in the UIX software and displayed in 4 stages.

Cougar’s UIX software is very clear and easy to understand. You’re given 3 default profiles that you can edit. You can also upload an image for each profile, for designating your different games. UIX gives you the ability to import or export your profiles to other PCs or flash drives. It has customization menus organized into 3 tabs. Along left column is PERFORMANCE for assigning and dpi, poling rate, double click speed, scroll speed, sensitivity, and activation speeds. Angle snapping will aide in making straight lines. You can download the latest version of Cougar’s UIX™ SYSTEM firmware here,http://www.cougar-world.com/downloads.html

KEY ASSIGNMENT allows you to designate your own custom layout of the switches.

LIGHTING gives you control of the 16.8 million color variations projected underneath wheel by an LED.

The only lights on the 700M are the front projected LED and DPI stages on the left side.

With all the different styles of gaming mice, searching for one that suits your tastes can be daunting, but the 700M managed to deliver all of the right features in a design that doesn’t compromise usability and comfort. After spending 2 weeks with the Cougar 700M, I found it to be a lot more practical than I thought it'd be. Beyond it’s Industrial tech look, this mouse has good ergonomics, with very accurate and responsive performance. My only suggestion is making the adjustable for the palm rest higher, but I have large hands. The $69.99 is pricey, but it’s combination of good features and looks makes the price justifiable.

Pros:
*Excellent Build Quality
*Feels lightweight, but solid.
*Top load weight cartridge.
*Comfortable gripe.
*Very responsive Omron switches.
*Stores 3 profiles you can use on other PCs.

Cons:
*Height of palm rest could be adjusted higher.
*Dimpled grip surface may collect dirt.
*Pricing.

Modability:

You could custom sleeve the USB cable. The two palm rests, chassis, buttons, and cable muzzle could be painted. You could possibly make a cover for the palm rest, to raise it slight higher. I may look into this for mine. I plan to take apart the Cougar 700M and investigate what other types of modifications are feasible, and share my discoveries on Mnpctech YouTube Channel.

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