Corsair Vengeance M90 and K90 ReviewBluePanda - April 2, 2012
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Closer Look – M90:
Now that we've pulled the M90 out of the box let's take a good look and see if it is something worthy of sitting on your mousepad. From the top-down perspective it takes a left-side dominance rather than begin horizontally symmetrical like some mice. It’s almost as if you are pointing with your mouse. The M90 has the smooth rubber feel all over except for the side buttons – they are just plastic – which makes them easy to feel and find. It seems to fit well in the hand; however, some of the buttons feel a little awkward to navigate my thumb to. The natural forward and backward button positions for me make the default forward and back buttons feel out of reach. Perhaps this is something I can get used to and will have to change to make it feel more natural. Either way, the ability to change things is there, so if you want to use different buttons it’s up to you to choose what and where. A little peek at the 9 macro buttons and you’ll see that you have a lot of options with this mouse.
Designed for MMO or RTS game players, I feel this mouse has a home in any gamers setup regardless of game choice. It’s always nice to be able to give a smack down with the press of a mouse button rather than some key binding on the keyboard. At that point it comes down to a preference of mouse versus keyboard. For me, I’m not much of an MMO player and I don’t really have much use for the extra keys, but I don’t find them a negative by any means.
The arrow-looking buttons on top of the left-click button let you navigate between your pre-set DPI settings. The rectangular button below the scroll wheel cycles through the different profiles you can set up in the software (be sure to check the “hardware playback” box in the software or the lights to go with this won’t quite work right). There are light indicators for the six different profiles you can have set up. That way you, your friends, and significant other can all have your own settings – or just a per-game setup if you really like to customize things.
Looking at the left and right profiles of the mouse it is clear where all the action is. The right side of the mouse is just the right side of the mouse; usually there aren’t too many buttons here as the pinky isn’t quite as useful as one’s thumb. You can see a bit of the aluminum body in both shots, something I’ve found as a very nice touch in the Vengeance series as a whole – the overall sturdy and classy look/feel.
In the left-side shot you can see all nine of the macro buttons. That’s quite the array of buttons to assign and use. Unlike the Razer Naga or Naga Hex, the buttons aren’t physically numbered or ordered in a number pad sequence. They seem to be laid out in a natural pattern of what is “easy” for the thumb to reach while holding the mouse normally. I have somewhat small hands compared to some of you guys so I found some of the buttons a little less natural to reach – but really you can’t design it to fit every hand; majority rules here.
A glance at the front end of the mouse reveals that the large scroll wheel from the 60 series is still in place. I really love this thing. The wheel has a bit of weight to it and is made out of solid aluminum rather than some plastic or rubber that tends to wear or get sticky. It feels “expensive” and I really wish every mouse at least had the same feel. There are two buttons and an indicator right below the scroll wheel set to change DPI settings between three pre-set options (these can be set in the software). Looking at the back end of the mouse you can see the buttons really fitting the curvature of the mouse along with the standard corsair logo that does light up in brilliant white.
A direct look at the front of the mouse, a head on sort of look, you can see the mouse cable doesn’t come from the center of the mouse. It’s actually offset to the left and comes out right below your left click button. It seems to stay out of the way more than your standard center-pull cable, but perhaps it’s just the braided cable and smooth tracking that makes it seem this way. Either way, I like the uniqueness.
The bottom of the mouse is beautiful in aluminum and I almost wish the entire mouse was an aluminum body rather than just the chassis…perhaps in another mouse. There are no removable weights, what you get is what you got for weight but I find it neither too light nor too heavy — indeed it is just right. The teflon feet seem to make it move effortlessly even on the roughest of mousepads.
Plugged in through USB, the mouse glows a mix of blue and snow white. A couple lights in the front light up the aluminum scroll wheel a bit and a couple up top light up the DPI indicator and buttons I told you about earlier. Even the fancy Corsair logo on the butt of the mouse lights up in snowy white. Overall it's pretty good looking and the fit seems just right.
The profile selection button, like I mentioned earlier, lights up in blue as well. If you look along the side of the aluminum chassis there is a light indicator for the six different profiles you can have set. The profile button allows you to cycle through the different ones and light up from one to six light dots to indicate the profile number. You can also enable on-screen display for selection the different profiles if you’d rather not count dots.
Overall it’s a pretty nice looking mouse. Whether you need the nine macro buttons is up to you. Personally I think if I were an MMO player, they’d have more use; for me they are just nifty extra buttons to assign random actions to like spamming random ASCII art through the chat console in Left 4 Dead 2.