REVIEW : Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse

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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.

Corsair M65 slopes downwards from right to left, not to mention the fact that all the side buttons are on the left. 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.

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.

Below the mouse wheel 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. 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.

The mouse 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.

 

After you’ve downloaded the latest version of support software from corsair site you’ll be able to customize your mouse settings, after installing it of course. The lay-out is divided within by 3 big tabs, the first one being “assign buttons”. 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.

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. 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.

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