Today I have the Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse here for review, and a review it will be.
It seems like this has been a long-time coming, I now can officially say that I have reviewed a Corsair product. For as long as I can remember, Corsair has been at the very top of the Market when it came to PC Memory. Over the last couple years Corsair has branched out into every other part of the PC Market, bringing dominance with them everywhere they go.
First thoughts when I pulled the mouse package out of the shipping box,”oh no they used the finger-gashing plastic!” Luckily I was relieved when I turned the package to the back and realized they put a peel tab on it.
Something you are going to notice right away about the Corsair M60 is that it’s a no-nonsense mouse, even the packaging shows that. Here on the front Corsair gives you a quick rundown of the biggest features, plus a first-look at the mouse itself. Zooming in on the front, there are three features highlighted by Corsair.
- 5700 DPI Gaming Sensor
- A Sniper Button
- Comfortable, Contoured Fit, And Rugged Aluminum Construction
More on those features later.
Swinging around to the back of the packaging, Corsair lists of the same features as on the front of the package, and a couple others such as;
- User Configurable Weights
- Tracking Up To 165 Inches Per Second, Up to 30G Acceleration (that’s a lot of G’s)
- Adjustable Lift Distance
- Solid Metal, Weighted Scroll Wheel
Inside of the Package is two things, (besides the mouse) the Warranty Guide, and a Quickstart Guide. Like I said, this mouse doesn’t have all the frills of some other mice on the market, but what it lacks in accessory bling, it more than makes up for in real-world performance, but more on that later.
With the no-nonsense packaging out of the way, let’s get on with the mouse itself! From a top-down perspective the Corsair M60 resembles the mice that Razer has been producing for what seems like forever now. We have 7-buttons accessible from the top; the left and right mouse buttons (which are extremely quiet), the scroll up/down on the wheel, wheel click (feels a bit shallow), as well as the two DPI Buttons. These have all basically become standard fare in the gaming mouse market. Something that you cannot tell from this picture is that the mouse has the most amazing rubber coating on the top that makes the M60 feel absolutely amazing in your hand. Downside to this is that the rubber is an oil magnet, so whatever you do, don’t eat French Fries and game at the same time.
A quick turn gets us over to the left side of the mouse, where we can see the only other three buttons on the M60 — the two extra buttons, (which work as Page Back/Forward during Internet browsing) and the Sniper Button. The extra buttons are in the perfect place, which has been a complaint of mine with other mice, they’re either to close, or to far away. One thing that I wish Corsair would have done is make the buttons a bit more pronounced — I understand that the way they designed them makes them blend in almost seamlessly when looking down at the mouse, but this can also make them hard to locate in the dark with your thumb. This is just a small nit-pick and in reality, you probably shouldn’t game in the dark, it’s bad for your eyes. Now the only other mouse I have seen, so far, with a Sniper Button is the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion.(which received a Gold Award) My biggest problem with the Contagion’s Sniper Button was I felt it was a bit to far away, (and I have decent sized hands) that is not a problem with the M60, not only is the sniper button far to large to miss during gaming, but it also a bit closer to your thumb, which makes the Sniper button quite a bit more useful during those long Multiplayer Gaming Sessions.
‘Oh gee, you’re showing us the bottom of the mouse…’ Some people may not care about the small things when it comes to PC Peripherals, but I’ve come to the conclusion that any company can make a good product, but the the companies that make a great product are the ones who devoted time to the small things. Case in point, the M60 has a solid Aluminum body, this equates out to the most solid feeling mouse I have ever used. Honestly, if somebody were to break into my house, I would beat them with this mouse and the CM Storm Keyboard — between those two products I could probably beat down a grizzly bear, who broke into my house, in the middle of the City…. A few other things going on here on the bottom; weights, height adjustments, feet strips, you know the usual… For super awesome gaming mice…. The adjustable weights and feet strips are features you see on literally every gaming mouse that comes out in this day and age — but the height adjustment — now that’s a feature you don’t see every single day, well done Corsair, way to keep yourself ahead of the curve.
What’s this? Why this is the USB Cable, duh… Nothing super fancy about this USB Cable: it’s braided but isn’t gold plated, features that I have actually gotten use to being standard these days. Something cool though is that they actually include a Velcro strap on the cable. Now it’s not a huge omg thing, but just something I found interesting. It is not removable though, and I could see it being a nuisance if you have to route your cables through a small hole on your desk or something.
Now before we get into the testing itself, let’s take a quick peak at the excellent software that is available for the Corsair M60.
First up is the Assign Buttons page. Here we can assign a slew of different Macros to all of the buttons, all with their own delay, timer, playback options — this is really the most comprehensive Macro setup I have seen for a mouse. Other company’s software can create Macro’s sure — but not many have this much control over the whole ordeal. Plus something that may be overlooked ,thanks to the large portion of the page taken up by the Macro Station, is the Profile selector at the top, and the LED on/off switch. With a click you can turn off the gentle blue LED’s that illuminate out the side of the scroll wheel. I personally wouldn’t want to turn these off because I think they look gorgeous.
The next page may be more important than the last. Manage Performance does exactly what it sounds like it does. It allows you to change the DPI settings for all three built-in profiles for the mouse, as well as change the DPI setting for when you’re using the Sniper Button. (although I found the stock 800DPI to be perfect) One thing I have never seen before is a Surface Quality test. Click the test button and follow the on-screen instructions, they will then give you a reading of the quality of the surface you’re using your mouse on. (as you can see my computer desk get’s 4.001/5 which isn’t bad for not using a mouse pad) The rest of these features (Report Rate, Independent X-Y DPI, and Lift Height) here are all nice, but do not need to be changed for an excellent gaming experience, in fact I would recommend not messing with these settings unless you know what you’re doing.
And last but certainly not least is the Manage Profiles page. What you do here is simple enough: create your’ profiles, change all your settings on the other pages, and then save them to the M60. ‘Nuff said.
With the other mice I have reviewed in the past, I have ran through a gauntlet of different titles giving you my opinion on what DPI setting I felt was best for each game. Now as I’ve said many times, it’s all a work-in-progress when it comes to my testing methods. So for the Corsair M60, I only tested games that I play on a regular basis, not using a set testing suite of games that don’t really matter when it comes to DPI Settings.
Serious Sam The Second Encounter HD – 5700 DPI
It doesn’t matter what mouse I use, the max DPI setting is always the best for Serious Sam. If I cannot swing around at blazing speeds, I will be crushed to death, simple as that.
I found performance and control over the mouse to be extraordinary, on a scale of 1/10 with ten being the highest the M60 rates a 10/10.
Battlefield 3 – 2400 DPI
Battlefield 3 is new to the testing bench, but the feel of the controls is not far off from that of Bad Company 2 anyways. 2400 DPI has always felt like to me the sweet spot for Non-Gonzo First Person Shooters, and that is still the case when it comes to Battlefield 3. As a side-note, I made extensive use of the Sniper button with Battlefield 3, making lining up head-shots easier than just spraying and praying these days.
With the extensive use of the Sniper button in Battlefield 3, I really felt that I had now seen both spectrum’s of FPS games with this supposed ‘FPS Mouse’. With that said, whether it’s gonzo shooting galore in Serious Sam, or more tactical (compared to Sam) shooting titles like Battlefield 3, the M60 performs amazingly no matter what, 10/10.
Mass Effect 3 – 2400 DPI / 4800 DPI
Last but certainly not least is the game I cannot seem to pull myself away from lately, Mass Effect 3. Now for some reason (and all the PC versions of Mass Effect are like this) when not in combat, the mouse feels a bit sluggish, so jumping up to 4800 DPI while exploring is the norm for myself while playing Mass Effect — but the second that I get into combat — I drop back down to 2400 DPI, since it feels perfect for combat. I’m not sure what it is about this Trilogy on PC, but 4800 DPI for Exploring and 2400 DPI for Combat is absolutely Heaven.
The above pretty much covers it all, no shock here, 10/10.
Overall, the Corsair Vengeance M60 is a no-nonsense mouse. The design is simple and sleek, (and super sexy.. Shh, it’s fine) the button placement is perfect, and the features of the mouse are unparalleled. The rubber coated finish on the top feels amazing, (even if it is an oil magnet) and the textured finish on the sides gives me an extraordinary amount of control over the mouse while in an intense gaming session. (the only other complaint I had with the R.A.T. 7 Contagion)
The software is clean and effective, with enough control over every setting of the mouse to make it feel like you can make it 100% yours. When it comes to grading a mouse, you grade it on three things, comfort, style, and functionality. Taking all three of those into account — the M60 is the perfect mouse. Would I like to see an extra button or two for extra functionality? Sure, but this a mouse catered towards FPS Gamers, and in that regard, it is perfect.
In the $69.99 range you will not find a better FPS-Tailored mouse, this I promise you.
A quick explanation of the award system. We have the main award category with three awards; Bronze (Good Overall Product), Silver (Great Overall Product), and Gold (Excellent/Near Perfect Overall Product) as the highest. Then we have two different Sub-Categories, Internal Hardware Awards for performance; Yellow (Low-End Performer), Orange (Mid-Range Performer), and Red (High-End Performer) as the highest. The third and final Sub-Category is for both Internal Hardware and External Peripherals; Black (Enthusiast/Gamer Qualities), Blue (Exceptional Build and Design), Green (Terrific Dollar To Performance Ratio), White (Innovative But Flawed)
- Extremely Comfortable
- Gorgeous Design
- Software Gets The Job Done On All Fronts
- More Buttons Would Be Nice (Just Nit-Picking Here)
- Only One Color Option For The LED’s
- Right Hand Only
I am honored to say that the first Corsair product I have had the privilege of reviewing has not lowered my standards of Corsair products one bit, and with that I award the Corsair Vengeance M60 the G3 Gold Award, congratulations!
If you would like to pick up a Corsair Vengeance M60, you can make that happen HERE.