Corsair Vengeance M90 MMO/RTS Gaming Mouse Review (Hardware)
Corsair’s Vengeance line of gaming gear has impressed us at Gamers Daily News so far, receiving a fair share of Gold and Silver awards. Amongst the products sent to us for review, Corsair included the Vengeance M90 mouse. Even though we have come to love Corsair, above all, we love our readers and always give honest reviews. So it is with great sadness that I share with you the brutal truth, as we take a tour of the “black sheep” in the Vengeance gaming line.
The Vengeance M90’s Design
One thing I can say for sure about the M90, is that it is solid. As sturdy as it is, I can easily tell that Corsair does not skimp on quality when selecting building materials. The body is made primarily from 3 pieces; a hard, rubber coated plastic shell, and two brushed aluminum plates that make up the base.
On top, you have a scroll wheel and an extra button resting between the primary and secondary mouse buttons. The scroll wheel seems a bit over sized which makes it movements very precise. The extra button behind the scroll wheel acts as a light adjustment by default. With a click you can turn on the beautiful blue LEDs that project out the front of the mouse. It also controls the white lights in the Corsair logo on the palm grip. To the left, two index finger buttons control the DPI.
The pinkie side of the mouse is fairly bland, but if you turn it around to the thumb side, you are going to be shocked by the plethora of buttons. Here, you have 9 various thumb buttons in all shapes and sizes that completely surround the thumb grip. Each button is angular giving it a raised point ridge in the middle. Just in front of the thumb buttons are 5 small LED indicators. I assume that they indicate DPI, though with the beta software I never could seem to get it working properly.
The bottom of the Corsair Vengeance M90 is one of the most streamlined designs of any mouse I have ever seen. The brushed aluminum has four PTFE mouse feet attached to give it a smooth glide across the canvas of your mousepad. In the middle, you will find a solitary hole that housed the 5700 DPI laser sensor.
A non-tangle braided cable proceeds from the front of the mouse. The cable is a little on the rigid side, but has a Velcro strap to keep the excess out of your way. The cable leads to the gold plated USB port which is encased in a blue plastic material. It should be known that despite its blue color, this USB connector is not USB 3.0 compatible.
|Our Rating for Corsair Vengeance M90 MMO/RTS Gaming Mouse Review (Hardware)|
The look of the mouse itself, is the one truly great thing about the M90, but it is not enough to make your friends drool in envy.
Even though the software is adequate, the thumb buttons are terribly hard to push and you must learn to use your whole thumb rather than just the tip. That said, if you can use them, the will do what they are supposed to do.
A majority of gamers will not be able to use the thumb buttons, which is the whole selling point of the mouse. If you count the thumb buttons as unusable, then you are left with a 3 button mouse with an $80 price tag.
Ranking it solely on the comfort of the grip, the M90 excels, but once you couple that comfort with actual use of the buttons, it balances out to be nothing more than average.
I would strongly encourage anyone looking at the Vengeance M90 to find a friend or business that will let you get some hands on time with the mouse. This way you know if it works for you before committing to a purchase.