Cougar 700M Evo Mouse Review
As we've said before in our reviews of Cougar hardware we here at OC3D are big fans of their work as they usually put out a design which is a little outside the norm, but always in a quality package with an attractive price tag. With the Phontum S headset aimed squarely at the mid-range gaming headset market it was nice but there are always design limitations, and the Attack X3 is an excellent keyboard let down by some confusing software and naturally not being an out there design, it is refreshing to return to more familiar Cougar territory with the 700M Evo mouse.
Let's get the nuts and bolts out of the way. With Omron switches beneath the buttons you'll have the crisp and responsive clicks that we've all come to know and love. Few things are more irritating than squishy buttons - particularly as you move away from the main LMB/RMB pair - which change the feel of each press and can even lead to you wanting to utilise them less as they are so relatively unresponsive. Not so here as every button on the 700M Evo has a very short actuation and crisp response that can let you worry less about your tool and more about your strategy.
The PixArt PMW3389 sensor is a hugely popular offering and rightly so, with extremely accurate tracking at all speeds from those fine minor adjustments that can make the difference between a kill and just alerting your prey, whilst the 400IPS tracking speed works well in conjuction with the 16000 DPI to let your high-reaction movements be replicated accurately on screen. Absolutely no annoying angle snapping is the icing on this particular cake, ensuring that any lack of success is solely down to you rather than the responsibility of your hardware.
What we particularly love about the 700M Evo are the aesthetics. Too often we see form over function when you start to stretch the envelope of design, but thankfully Cougar have managed to blend the eye-catching, something different, aesthetic whilst still keeping the 700M firmly in the usable territory. In fact the ergonomics are exceptional with a seriously comfortable mouse able to be found for anyone who takes a moment to tune the palm section to their own liking. There is so much room for adjustment that even our RSI-riddled wrists were kept at a much more comfortable angle than most mice, and if you've dreamt of a mouse that's all buttons and little else you can even take the palm section off entirely. With the changing of weights and palm positioning the matter of a moment it won't take you any time at all to be up and running with something you like and are comfortable with.
The UIX software is much better suited to the 700M Evo than it was the Attack X3 although it still doesn't quite stack up to the best options on the market. Hopefully Cougar will soon merge all their packages into a single whole to save having umpteen different installs if you're brand loyal. Lastly the lighting is good but it's worth bearing in mind that white and yellow are not friends of the scroll wheel. Thankfully all other colours are represented accurately and most mice that have the transluscent wheel lighting design have these problems. To be honest most RGB lighting solutions struggle not to turn their yellows green or their whites blue.
A fantastically capable, comfortable mouse the Cougar 700M Evo is a welcome upgrade to an already successful mouse and should be high on the list of those of you who want something a little outside the regular without compromising the quality of the product, and it wins our OC3D Performance Award.