There are elements of the Vengeance that recall Cyborg's R.A.T. series, from the black rubberised top and steel bottom to the sniper button on the side that dramatically reduces DPI when hold down, and even the general look and feel.
Unlike the R.A.T. 7, though, this thing is cheap for a gaming mouse — AU$69. For the price, it's not bad, either, although we found it too wide for our liking. Those with big hands will likely appreciate it more.
Underneath the scroll wheel are DPI-increase and DPI-decrease buttons, with a meter in the middle. While we had no problems reaching the DPI up button, the DPI down button was placed too far down the mouse for comfortable on-the-fly switching.
There are two slim thumb buttons on the left, which Corsair does a good job of making sure are in range of your thumbs; you can just feel your way around quickly rather than having to look.
If you have a screwdriver or a 10c coin (a 20c coin will be too thick), you can flip the mouse over and remove up to three 4.5g weights in the bottom of the mouse. They're laid out in a V shape, meaning that not only the weight changes, but also, ever so minutely, so does the centre of gravity.
Corsair's software looks like it has most of the trappings of gaming mice, but macro recording is particularly confusing, and there's no instructions to help you along the way. Rather than selecting the button you want to map the macro to first, you hit the MR (Macro Record) button, then select the button you want to apply it to, then record your macro.
Corsair's software is a little unwieldy.
(Screenshot by Craig Simms)
By default, macros are recorded with a fixed delay time, no delay or random delay times — curiously, no option exists to include the delay time as recorded. Playback options include running the macro once; running it a predefined amount of times; running it continuously, as long as the button is held down; and running it continuously until the macro button is pressed a second time. Individual entries can be edited if you've mistyped, and delays can be inserted, as well.
Of course, all of this customisation is held in a profile, and the Corsair will run as many profiles as you're likely to need. Unlike competitors, though, these profiles aren't stored to the mouse; they'll stay on the system that the software is installed on.
Customisable, independent-axis DPI levels are available up to 5700dpi, lift height can be customised and the control panel even includes a surface-quality analyser, so you can tell if your desk surface or mouse mat is up to scratch for this particular mouse. Report rates down to 1ms are offered, for extra-smooth response, and you can turn off angle snapping, if you so desire.
Performance in Serious Sam: HD was good, with smooth, accurate action throughout. Those with large hands are likely to appreciate the shape of the M60 more — we felt that it was a little ungainly in grip.
The Corsair Vengeance M60 is a good start from Corsair, and, for the price, competitors should be wary.