Saturday, 30 March 2013

Thoughts: Corsair M65 Mouse.


A Manually Operated User Selection Equipment, or a Mouse as its more commonly known is 50% of the way you interact with everything you do on a desktop computer (don't start with me about touch) so it is important (for me at least) to get an even build quality and experience in each hand. There's nothing worse than a great mouse in one hand and a £2 keyboard under the other or the reverse.

And so, After recently buying a Ducky 9087 keyboard I quickly realised just how plasticy (that's a word I'm sure) my Razer Lachesis was. I had also had a few problems with it occasionally 'stopping' and needing to be unplugged and reconnected to bring it back to an operational state. With it being pay-day I figured it was time for a change.
I wanted a mouse that was of a comparable build quality to my keyboard to give me an even experience with each hand, this was my main requirement, the rest of my criteria for a mouse was simple.
  • At least 4000 DPI (I know its 'wrong' but I like to game at this DPI)
  • No fiddly 'gamer' buttons that would never get used.
  • A sensor that wouldn't go insane if there was dust on my mat (as Razer owner this happened a lot.)
  • No driver or software requirements, I'm always switching between windows and Linux.
Amazon product reviews are fantastic for getting a mix of thoughts on any product as they range from average PC users to high end enthusiasts and the occasional crazy super attentive reviewers who pick the product to pieces. Still, if you take an average you get a good feel for the product you are looking at. After some Amazon research time I found some mice that I liked the look of and didn't have bad reviews.

Then it was time to check You-tube. The mice I was looking at all had both user reviews and unboxing video's from many users. Again narrowing down my choices.

Next on my list was hardware review websites. Hardware review websites are my least trusted source of opinions as they can be very bias as often don't give you 'real world' usage thoughts. Finally though I found the mouse that would be perfect for me (in theory anyway) the Corsair M65.

The only difference between the M65 and M60 seems to be the DPI, the M65 offers 8200 DPI against 5700 DPI and the buttons (it is claimed) on the M65 are of a higher quality offering a longer life to the mouse.

I visited my local computer retailer (the big one in Coventry, England. If you wondered) and snagged the last M65 they had in black (to match everything else on my desk) and after two days of use here are my thoughts on the device.

Design:
The design of the mouse is deceiving at first glance it looks like an open design and you expect to be able to see the 'guts' through the metal fins at the back and the 'gap' in the front but thankfully its actually all sealed away in plastic housing.

The mouse has a blue light emitting from the front (the underside of the wheel) and blue lights on the top that indicate DPI setting (and the buttons to change it.) The forward and back buttons are thin on the side and at a glance can be missed but they are very obvious when you hold the mouse (in a good way) the only design choice I don't like is that the 'sniper button' is red spoiling the black and blue motif of the device. There is the usual Corsair logo on the rear in grey, very tasteful.

Build Quality:
The base of the mouse is a solid piece of metal with a brushed look and an open fin look to the rear. The five 'feet' are a very 'slippy' material and they work great on my Razer Sphex gaming surface (thinking of changing that to one of the plastic Corsair MM400, thought's welcome) The main two buttons are very sold and have a large operational area. The Wheel is just great its heavy and bears a rubber band for excellent gripping.

The mouse's cord is braided and thing. Compared to my old Razer mouse it's also a very light weight cord.

The sides of the mouse are a very grippy feeling rough plastic that I much prefer to the rubber that other mice I have owned have had. The plastic does not get slippy as rubber does if you get a little 'moist' while playing.

My only criticism when it comes to actual build choices is that the forward and back buttons are a lot lighter than I am used to and has caused many a miss click but this is not to say that they are bad, just not what I am accustomed to.

The actual sensor on the mouse is set in a clean hole in that solid mental base and has no silly plastic ending that could gather dust of fluff (again like my previous mouse)

The mouse has three adjustable weights (two front, one rear) that allow it to range from solid feeling to 'a little heavy', personally I took out the two front weights and its just about perfect but this is very much personal preference.

Software:
As I said, I didn't really want software as a requirement but as with most mice you need the software to set up those DPI and polling choices. The software works well and gives you options to change the 'lift cut off ' I set mine to the lest possible so my mouse only has to leave the surface and my cursor stops responding. I assume that this is for fine tuning operation against surface. There are three DPI settings that can be altered and the sniper button separately. The software also offers a firmware update tool (that I used but am not sure what improvements it made.) Once set-up the software can be ignored and I presume removed but I'll leave it on my windows install as its not really intrusive in any way.

Usage:
The mouse is nice. I really like it and its exactly what I was after. Its responsive and comfortable to use. None of the buttons have been an issue but I doubt I'll ever even touch that sniper button, maybe its my play style but I don't really see its value.

Its hard to say much more about a mouse really. It works as expected and does not have any really odd button choices. I have had no pain or discomfort while using it and it 'feels' nice and high quality. The sensor seems rock solid and it doesn't suffer from overly loud buttons (not that it would really matter as I use an MX Blue keyboard)

Criticisms:
I don't have any actual criticism as such but Corsair could improve the right most side buy adding a pinky guard as there is no ridge to rest it on. This wouldn't usually be something I would notice but as it has a thumb rest it seems odd not to look after the little fella too.

I would also have liked slightly firmer forward and back buttons but again, design choices on the part of Corsair shouldn't really be critisisms. Everything operates excellently and at this point I really am just picking faults.

Final thoughts:
Its a great mouse for around £50 and is a substantial step up from my Razer Lachesis that cost substantially more at the time of purchase.

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