The Cougar 700m is an aggressively-priced gaming mouse with a strong cross-section of features, borrowing a little from Mad Catz in its construction and combining it with a more traditional form factor. Ultimately the 700m gets more right than it gets wrong, and its well-crafted software and relatively low price make it well worth considering.
The Cougar 700M features an onboard ARM processor and a total of 8 programmable buttons. The ARM processor is designed to minimize theoretical (but unnoticeable) latency introduced by mouse driver software. It’s a nice feature to have—well, in theory anyways.
The 700m is also (slightly) physically configurable, and borrows a little from the Mad Catz playbook in that it includes 2 interchangeable and adjustable palm rests—one with a soft-touch rubber and one made from matte plastic. You can also adjust the angle of your preferred palm rest by turning a small thumbscrew below the palm rest. 4×4.5g weights can be loaded into the mouse through a top-loading cartridge for those that like to adjust the weight of the mouse.
The sides of the 700M are textured, soft-touch material (my personal favorite), whereas the top of the mouse and the Omron-switch-backed mouse buttons are plastic.
Additional specifications for the Cougar 700m gaming mouse are as follows:
Cougar 700m gaming mouse technical specifications
- ADNS-9800 Laser sensor with up to 8200 DPI, adjustable in 50DPI increments
- 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Processor
- Polling rate: 1000Hz / 1ms
- On-board memory: 512KB for 3 mouse profiles
- 8 programmable buttons (including the standard left, right, and middle-click buttons).
- OMRON gaming switches
- Profile LED backlight / 16.8 million colors
- Frame rate: 12000 FPS
- Maximum tracking speed: 150 IPS
- Maximum acceleration: 30G
- Cable length: 1.8m Braided
- Dimensions: 127(L) x 83(W) x 38(H) mm
- Weight (adjustable): 130g, + 4 x 4.5g weights
Comfort and Design
The overall design and configuration of the Cougar 700M is fairly ‘typical’ of mid-tier gaming mice, i.e. 3 standard buttons and a handful of extra buttons (5 in this case) in a right-handed ergonomic package. But Cougar has certainly done some homework to get it right—they were smart enough to conform to common/popular configuration ‘standards’ for gaming mice while avoiding pitfalls associated with overly-ambitious (and/or poorly tested) innovations.
The extra buttons on the 700m are smartly-placed and within easy reach of your thumb and index finger—i.e. there aren’t any awkward (or just plain useless) buttons you would need a triple-jointed pinky finger to reach. A ‘sniper button’ to toggle the DPI setting sits below your thumb, and the forward/back buttons just above it. Rounding out the extra buttons are a DPI toggle that sits just behind the scroll wheel, and an angled button (for your index finger) to the left of the left mouse button.
The ridged scroll wheel is exceptionally stiff, which makes it perfect for gaming but a little less so for non-gaming (web-surfing, etc.). The left and right mouse buttons also provide solid, stiff tactile feedback courtesy of the OmRon switches—perfect for gaming or otherwise.
Perhaps the biggest gripe I can muster is one of comfort—the right-hand edge of the mouse curves outward and then slopes back in, which creates a moderate but pronounced and mildly uncomfortable edge upon which your 3rd and 4th fingers must rest. It’s not terribly uncomfortable, but it is an area where modest ergonomic improvements and comfort could be improved.
Strong soft skills
The Cougar 700M UIX mouse software is another highlight. It’s intuitive and easy-to-use, and offers a very capable macro recorder along with all the usual features: Profile storage for up to 3 profiles, Adjustable DPI (4 levels + the sniper button ‘toggle’), adjustable polling rate and acceleration, and customizable lighting, to name a few.
More interesting is the macro recorder, which lets you record mouse movements into your macros. (I’m still experimenting with ways to leverage this in certain character combos in SMITE…). Also, if you have a Cougar Keyboard (like the Cougar 700K gaming keyboard), the UIX software enables your Cougar devices to ‘communicate’ with the mouse to provide additional macro options.
Priced at around $65 the 700K is certainly competitive with similar mice in the category, and a real bargain compared against some of the bigger brands (Razer, Roccat, etc.). If the Cougar 700m is comfortable enough for you, it’s a solid bargain.