Corsair Vengeance M65 review

corsair vengeance m65
The improved Corsair Vengeance M65.

  • 8 programmable buttons
  • 8200 DPI laser sensor
  • dedicated “sniper” button
  • on-board profiles
  • weight-tuning cartridges
  • programmable lift detection
  • M65 works with macs, software is windows-only

 

The Corsair M65 is the newer version of the old M60 updated for 2013. The largest and most important improvement is the inclusion of the ADNS-9800 high-performance laserstream sensor which significantly increases the DPI from 5200 to 8200. Lastly they’ve also improved their software in various areas. Both versions are specifically tailored towards first-person shooters, as is made evident by the sniper button which allows you to change from high DPI for general movement to low DPI when scoping in.

Design/Ergonomics

Although at a first glance the mouse seems ambidextrous in design, but on closer inspection you’ll notice that the Corsair M65 slopes downwards from right to left, not to mention the fact that all the side buttons are on the left, so lefties beware. One of the most interesting features of its design is that there is an aluminum unibody that can be seen through the three plastic shells. This is a rather interesting design as it creates a somewhat futuristic look, while still remaining uncomplicated to look at.

The Corsair Vengeance M65 also comes in three different colors: white, green and black. Underneath the mouse you’ll find five large teflon pads around the borders to minimize drag. Then there is not one but three spaces where you can insert your 5g cartridges with the sensor in between. The fact that there are three separated spots for the cartridges means you can easily adjust the center of gravity to your liking.

Corsair Vengeance M65 military green

Below the mouse there are seemingly three buttons, but the center one is in fact a DPI indicator, which can be slightly misleading when looking at the pictures. These three buttons do light up in different colors according to the version you have.To the side you’ll find two smaller thumb buttons near the very top. But of course the most notable button is the big red button below that. As the crosshair indicates this is the dedicated sniper button. For most people this button is relatively easy to reach, but note that if you use a fingertip grip you might have difficulty reaching it.

Special mention goes to the scroll wheel. The wheel resides in an open ridge between the two main buttons. Like the unibody it’s made out of aluminum and it is also equipped with a rubber grip. While there is relatively little force needed to move it there is still a clear notched feeling to the scrolling allowing for excellent precision, which is necessary if you market your mouse towards FPS gamers.

Software

Since there is no CD included you must download the software from their site. After you’ve downloaded the latest version you’ll be able to customize your mouse settings. The lay-out is divided within by 3 big tabs, the first one being “assign buttons”. Obviously there is where you’ll go to program your buttons to various commands, but more importantly this is also where the macro editor resides. After you’ve recording your macro you have to export it as a .xml file, then import it back and assign it to a button that way. This more complicated than it has to be, but at least the functionality is there.

Then there is the “manage performance” tab where you’ll adjust your sensor to your liking. The DPI can be changed in increments of 50 and provides separate x and y-axes.You can also adjust the lift-off distance and report rate here. You don’t usually have mice that can adjust the lift-off distance which is why it’s nice that it’s there. You can also assess the quality of the surface here to see which mousepad works best. Lastly there is also the option to turn angle snapping on if you want it.

The last tab is aptly titled manage profiles. You can make as many as you’d like, but after you export your profile to a .xml file you can only choose to import one, so you can’t switch profiles on the fly. Just like with the macro editor this process is needlessly complicated and could be simplified.

Verdict

A very durable mouse that excels in FPS games. Its sensor is greatly customizable and the scroll wheel is one of the best there is. The macro/profile editor leaves to be desired though. 

 

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