Cougar 450M Optical Gaming Mouse Review

/ 8 years ago

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A Closer Look

The first thing you’ll notice about this mouse is that it has some stunning bright green highlights, which I think look rather funky, but they could also clash with your RGB lighting colour choices. The top panel is a silky smooth gloss finish, which is highly reflective and looks rather nice, but there are two firm anti-slip grips, one on each side of the mouse, so don’t worry about that slippy top panel.


There’s a pair of control switches on the left side, fairly standard stuff, but the Omron switches are certainly a nice choice and have a nice tactile feedback to them.


The is an ambidextrous mouse, so it comes as little surprise that the right side looks identical to the left.


I love the ergonomic shape of this mouse, it is designed to work well with a wide range of grip types, but since the mouse is quite large, I find a hybrid of palm rest and claw grip works very well here.


The central section of the mouse is cut away, giving lots of room for that lovely scroll wheel. It comes coated with a super thick and soft rubber grip, giving you excellent precision and control while working and gaming. Behind that, you’ll also find another programmable switch, which is perfect for swapping through profiles and DPI settings.


At the back of the mouse, there’s a nice and large Cougar logo, which looks great as it is, but this is also the main focus for the 16.8 million colour lighting, so we’ll see that in action in a moment.


The base of the mouse keeps that funky green theme going, and there are three good size slipmats that give the 450M great glide.


The Cougar UIX software is easily downloaded from the Cougar website and allows you to tweak many settings on the 450M. Here you can tailor up to three separate DPI levels, and store up to three profiles, giving you nine levels that can be stored directly to the mouse. What I really like that while the 5000 DPI maximum is great for fast navigation, you can drop it as low as 50 DPI, and even configure a sniper button; perfect for nailing those precision manoeuvres.


There’s a total of three profiles, each can have their own DPI, lift height, scroll speed, lighting settings, etc. This is great for switching between game types or work tasks, as you’re only a button tap away from having the settings you really need when you really need them.


All of the buttons on the 450M can be fully customised and remapped, which has obvious benefits for those switching between left or right-handed use, but also allows you to add gaming shortcuts and macros, a sniper button and more.


The powerful macro engine is particularly useful too, especially for those who do a lot of repetitive editing in Photoshop or those who play MMO games that often required timed commands or repeat and sometimes complex spell casts.


Finally, we have the RGB lighting. There are two zones that can be separately customised and a full RGB colour selector to ensure you get the exactly colour you’re looking for.


Nothing says great gaming mouse like a silky smooth and pixel perfect sensor. The 450M delivers smooth and jitter free performance across the full DPI range, and after much testing, I can confirm that it’s simply amazing for fast-paced gameplay on Counter Strike, although to be honest, a great sensor is good for anything you throw at it.

Cougar 450m 800 dpi

Having the sniper button is great too, as you can hold down a button to drop (or raise) your DPI to any other setting, allowing you to quickly get the control you need without having to toggle through the three main DPI settings.Cougar 450m 1600 dpi

The buttons on the mouse are nice and light, with a good tactile click that gives them a nice accurate response; perfect for firing off rapid clicks on your favourite MOBA of choice.Cougar 450m 3200 dpi

The RGB lighting may be limited to a small light and the cougar logo, but it still looks great. Set to green, it really does a great job of complementing the glossy blacks and the green plastic trim.


That being said, even other colours look vibrant and interesting.


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