Corsair is a brand that’s been known for making power supplies, memory products, flash drives and of late, it's even making gaming hardware. We reviewed its speakers, then the keyboard and now, Corsair has sent us the M90, a high-end gaming mouse from its Vengeance line of products. With prominent brands such as Razer and  Logitech having been around in the gaming hardware space, Corsair has to do something special with its products to break into it.

Design and build quality

The design of the Vengeance M90 is pretty attractive. It has a whole line of buttons along the left side, where your thumb would normally go. A comforting feeling is that the entire mouse has a base made of metal, so it’s extremely robust. The top of the mouse has an anti-bacterial, matte finish coating while plain plastic is used for the sides where the buttons are located.

Only for right-handed users

Only for right-handed users

It’s not just the frame of the mouse that’s sturdy. The scroll wheel, for example, is really well built and is enforced by a metal ring. Even the pads at that bottom that help the mouse glide on the surface are large and scattered across the surface of the mouse.

Features

The Corsair Vengeance M90 uses a 5700 DPI laser sensor and the mouse has a refresh rate ranging from 125Hz to 1000Hz, which is at par with any other high-end gaming mouse in the market today.  There are a total of 15 buttons on the mouse, which means this is a mouse you’re better off using while playing MMORPGs. For most other FPS gamers, the additional keys might not necessarily be as useful.

Performance tweaking and setting up profiles is easy

Performance tweaking and setting up profiles is easy

All of these keys are customizable and configured as macros for use in the games. The drivers resemble the ones seen in other Corsair Vengeance gaming peripherals such as the K90 keyboard. The drivers are extremely light and minimal as compared to the ones of the other manufacturers.

The mouse has an indicator which  is useful when you’re quickly switching between sensor sensitivity levels using two hard buttons positioned along the left click button.

Highly customizable using the drivers

Highly customizable using the drivers

The drivers let you do a number of things, including creating multiple profiles that you can quickly switch between. This is handy if you want to change the handling characteristic of your mouse when you switch games. DPI levels can be set and the values are flexible. As with other mice, there’s the option to refresh rates. One feature that isn’t available on most other mice is the adjustable lift height detection, so the cursor doesn’t move when you lift the mouse while playing high-speed games. Of course, there are some cosmetic tweaks that are allowed, such as turning on or off the lights on the mouse.

Another unique feature is the Surface Quality test, where the user is asked to move the mouse on the surface and the software gauges the performance of the surface. 

Performance

The mouse tracks flawlessly across all kinds of surfaces. When it comes to performance, it’s one of the best performing ones we’ve seen. We used the mouse on a number of titles, but mostly on Counter Strike: Source, Tribes: Ascend and Team Fortress 2. Most of these are relatively fast paced games and we noticed that it needs hardly any time to get used to the controls. There’s hardly any jitter visible when you’re gaming on it. The lift-detection feature also works reasonably well, so you barely notice any movement of the cursor when you raise and drop the mouse on the tracking surface again.

A ton of buttons on the M90

A ton of buttons on the M90

Reaction times are lightning quick. Compared to a reasonably high-end mouse such as the Razer Imperator or the trusty old, MX518, this is a massive improvement and it’s very clear after using it for just a short while. Adapting to it is not a problem. The shape of the mouse also lends itself well for all kinds of gamers – ones who hold the mouse like a claw, or the ones who use the entire palm.

Sturdy wheel design and a solid metal base

Sturdy wheel design and a solid metal base

The feel of the clicks is just right, with just the right amount of resistance. Even the scroll wheel is fluid in motion, with some resistance set in between. Most of the additional buttons have a decent feel except the ones at the bottom which are a little difficult to press accurately. It also tends to shift the mouse from side to side.

The Vengeance M90 - a well built mouse

The Vengeance M90 – a well built mouse



Verdict and price in India

 Corsair has two mice out in the market, one of them is the one we reviewed, the M90. It’s priced at a rather modest Rs. 4,480, making it a really good buy if you’re looking for a no-nonsense, high-performance gaming mouse for your rig. However, the large number of buttons will rarely be used by a mainstream FPS gamer. For such people, there are cheaper options by other brands as well as the Vengeance M60 from Corsair.

Publish date: August 13, 2012 5:54 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 11:38 pm

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