Corsair Vengeance M60 gaming mouse £45
24th Jan 2012 | 17:06
Has the R.A.T. finally met its match?
This Corsair Vengeance M60 mouse represents the next step for Corsair – peripherals.
Specifically, high-end peripherals designed for the gamer who's prepared to pay a little more for a rugged build and enhanced usability.
The Vengeance M60 FPS gaming mouse is a prime example of that – premium components, eight-button functionality, and all the extras like adjustable DPI buttons and a mega-low DPI 'sniper' button that's rapidly becoming the standard for a gaming rodent.
Corsair has a pretty impressive pedigree across a number of fields. The Californian company started out producing L2 cache modules, and today it's still go-to guy for performance RAM like the Vengeance and Dominator DDR3 ranges.
In recent times we've seen speaker systems, power supplies, PC chassis and USB flash drives all bearing the Corsair name, and by and large it signals a mark of the highest quality.
The specs for this new mouse are impressive, but can Corsair really pull off a flawless debut into the mouse market with the Corsair Vengeance M60?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer's yes.
There are two mice in Corsair's fledgling range – the M90 caters for the MMO gamer's needs, and as such sports fifteen programmable buttons.
This M60 sets its sights square and true on the first-person shooter afficionado, for whom split seconds and DPI figures are everything.
With that said, even the grouchiest CS:S gamer will be happy with the Corsair Vengeance M60's performance.
The jury's still out on whether DPI really makes a huge difference, but the M60's adjustable polling rate, high tracking speed and low-friction PTFE pads make for a noticeably smooth experience.
And if you're still hung up on that DPI comment, it's 100 dots higher than our previous darling of the rodent world, Mad Catz's Cyborg R.A.T. 7.
This is a mouse that lots of clever people have sat and thought about for a long time – that much is evident in its ergonomic design.
The sniper button feels well-placed enough that you'd actually use it, and the thumb rest blends perfectly into your mouse mat.
Having experimented with the M60 it turns out to be comfortable in all but the most improbable hand position, which is worth thinking about if you're such a pro gamer that you've analysed your own grip.
You don't have to be Fatal1ty to expect more adjustable weighting though, and that's sadly off the menu with this mouse. All you get are three removable weights in the base, so you can make it lighter but not heavier is that is your bag.
Take an eyeful of the price tag and you'll understand why the Corsair Vengeance M60 doesn't offer this – it's clear that most of the money has been spent on its remarkable build quality – but it does lose ground to the similarly-priced R.A.T. 5 from Mad Catz here, which is far more adjustable by weight.
For a debut effort, the Corsair Vengeance M60 mouse is incredible.
It's hard to pick a fault with it if you're a FPS gamer. Primarily, you want a comfortable mouse that doesn't have a ton of buttons you'll keep accidentally pressing at a fair price, and Corsair's rodent ticks all those boxes with confidence.
The adjustable DPI and sniper button are useful additions in a layout that otherwise shows restraint, and it feels like it could survive a nuclear blast.
It is missing out on more fully-adjustable weights and a free-rolling wheel, but the low price eases those concerns considerably.
Corsair's debut mouse hits the ground running – right to the front of the pack.