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COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad Review

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COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad Testing:

The COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse, along with the SPEED-L, were put through over a week of use and testing. During that time, they were used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is meant to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

Testing Setup:

 

COUGAR 700M Mouse Results:

Everyday Use:

For everyday use, most mice we review here at OCC are a bit overkill. We can all agree, even the most frustrating mouse can get by for most day-to-day tasks. However, I will say that despite what it was I was doing with the COUGAR 700M, it did take me much longer to get aquatinted to. I've never had a mouse for review that I had to refuse to write about it for an extra week. Ask the boss, I told him I just couldn't talk about it yet; I really wanted to give it a fair shot. So why was the 700M so different? Well, now that I'm used to it, it's hard to say why I couldn't stand it for the first week. I felt my hand was being forced into an unnatural position that was to straight-cut for my style. I thought the palm rest was incredibly tall and even at its lowest setting, I didn't want to use the mouse. About half a week in, I still didn’t want to use the mouse; I actually avoided using my computer because of it. Yea, laugh at me all you want. I could have easily gotten another mouse and been done with this one, telling you it was just a piece of junk. But, no, I try to grin and bear all products I receive for review and make the best of them.

Thankfully, the COUGAR 700M actually turned itself around after about a week of rather forced use. We finally started to get along and as I finish up this review, I honestly have started to actually like the mouse, dare I say. The fit feels much better and the thumb support has become rather noticeable after having to use my mouse at work again. I admit, this mouse had me as a true hater day one, but now I might even recommend it to you. Point being, everyday use is a rather generic category and I generally don't have much to say. But, when you and a mouse don't groove out of the box, be patient! It might still work out. Use up some of the 30-day return policy before nixing that next mouse you find.

Working:

Working with the mouse wasn't bad once I got used to the mouse. So we'll leave out the drama about getting to liking the mouse and focus on how it worked out (pun intended). I actually found the Sniper button to be useful in two scenarios. The first being the most obvious, needing a slower DPI for small work or detail-oriented work in Photoshop. That has always been a favorite of a Sniper-like button in the past and continues to be. However, this time I found another use for it, by mistake. When I installed the software, the default for the Sniper setting was higher than the current DPI setting I was using. Curious, I played with it a bit set like that. It turns out that it makes a nice addition if you have several monitors. While working, I tend to stick to a lower DPI, which can be frustrating to pan over three monitors. The higher DPI let me choose to scoot faster when jumping monitors and still have my trusty DPI setting without scrolling through settings. So a new find, and a new liking for me.

The other buttons remained as my forward and back button and the upper-left mouse button ended up going unused for working purposes. The scroll wheel was also nice and quiet for most things (despite it getting noisier over time). Ultimately, I found no real flaws while working with the mouse. It tracked well, and the multiple settings for DPI made each scenario I threw at it a breeze.

Gaming:

Gaming is perhaps what most of you are here for. You don't really care how it does out of game, as long as it buckles down for a good gaming session. Well, it isn't the mega-button mouse you might expect to see for MMORPG or MOBA styles, but most of you know too many buttons on a mouse is just as much a cluster-fudge as anything else. Branded for FPS and RTS as well, you can see how that Sniper button once again makes its presence well known.

While there might not be a ton of room for programmable buttons, the truth is you probably care for the precision and balance much more. The smooth skates made it easy for me to go exactly where I wanted without a snag. The pointer felt more like an extension of my hand and got me from one point to the next without a lot of struggle. The Sniper button I found much more comfortable to press than similar buttons on other mice. It sits just below my rested thumb and didn't require massive amounts of force to hold and maintain. I can't say it improved my headshots, but I can say I left my opponents keeping a better eye out for me more than when I usually snipe. I'm still a bit of a weak sniper and more of a storm-in-and-blow-stuff-up kind of player. Which of course is still accommodated by this mouse.

I was happy with the placement of the extra buttons, which weren't too far out of reach, nor in the way. I didn't have to stare to use them, and I didn't hit them by mistake either. Overall, the 700M turned out to be quite the nice mouse; I was quite happy gaming with it, with little to complain about.

 

COUGAR SPEED Mouse Pad Results:

Okay, so I can't go as far as to break apart the mouse pad into different types of uses, as honestly it is just a mouse pad. In reality, the COUGAR SPEED-L is just a very large sized mouse pad. It is your standard cloth pad with perhaps a bit more ruggedness and thickness than a cheapy pad. But the main point is indeed its size. The added size is something I've always been a fan of, especially at work where I have a desk that better handles it. Here at home, with my tri-monitor setup and bit of nerd clutter, there isn't quite the best layout for something this big. I have to tuck a pad like this under my keyboard a bit, which isn't the end of the world, but does indeed take away a lot of the added size aspect the bigger pad provides.

You can ask anyone who has gamed in the same room as me how I use a mouse and mouse pad... if my desk were a mouse pad, I'd probably be better off. So realistically, the bigger the mouse pad, the better. In smaller spaces, I play the pickup and drop the mouse scheme, which really works for very few people; so while I can handle having a tiny mouse pad, why bother when you can have so much more. As previously mentioned, the COUGAR SPEED does come in smaller sizes to help find the best for your desk. So think big, but perhaps save a few bucks to get the custom fit you need.




  1. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: Introduction
  2. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: Closer Look
  3. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: The Software
  4. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: Specifications & Features
  5. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: Testing & Results
  6. COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad: Conclusion
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