Not your ordinary mouse (or is it?)
Cougar is calling its new 550M mouse a “flagship gaming” rodent, which is an odd descriptor considering that Cougar also offers at least two seemingly higher end options, the 600M and 700M.
The hype doesn’t stop there. According to Couger, the 550M “is the result of years of continuous work with a single objective: creating the most perfect gaming mouse the world has ever seen.” Not just perfect, but most perfect, mind you.
We’re not sure if Cougar took liberally from its bag of hyperbole when announcing the 550M or if the company truly believes it perfected the mouse (for gamers, anyway), a peripheral that’s been around for several decades.
Either way, there are three main things Cougar wants potential buyers to know about the 550M. The first is that it spent a lot of time tweaking the ergonomics. Cougar says it collaborated with several international gaming teams when conceiving the “unique shape” of the 550M, and that the design allows gamers to perform at a high level for extended periods of time without worrying about fatigue.
Second is the SDNS-3988 optical sensor. It boasts a 6,400 DPI and 1,000Hz (1ms) polling rate, which doesn’t sound overly special. However, it’s easy to find hardcore gamers who scoff at ultra-high DPI mice. But is the SDNS-3988 all that and a bag of sea salt and vinegar chips? We’ll let you know when we get a chance to test one out.
Moving on, the third thing Cougar wants gamers to know is that the 550M includes the functionality that gamers actually want and “stays away both from gimmicks and from other mice that hide their lack of basic functionality under claims of ‘purity’ or ‘no-nonsense design’,” the company says.
Here’s a look at some other specs;
- Onboard memory: 512KB
- Switches: Omron gaming switches
- Profile LED backlight: 2 zone, 16.8 million color options
- Frame rate: 12,500 FPS
- Maximum tracking speed: 200 IPS
- Maximum acceleration: 50G
- Interface: Gold-plated USB
- Cable length: 1.8m braided
- Dimension: 135 (L) x 70 (W) x 45 (H) mm
- Weight: 120g
The Cougar 550M will be available starting around late July and early August for $59 MSRP. There will also be a toned down 500M for $39.
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