The build quality of the 200K keyboard is mirrored, unsurprisingly in Cougar’s 200M gaming mouse. It’s a wholly plastic construction, though Cougar did use a good specification braided cable for the USB connection.
Like the keyboard there is lighting, but it’s exclusively orange in this case, and the backlit Cougar logo is actually obscured when in use.
Technically, the 200M’s credentials as a gaming mouse come mostly from the high dpi optical sensor that can poll movement at 800, 1600 or 2000dpi. One of the six buttons switches between these modes, and unfortunately this is the one part of this design I didn’t really like. The mode change button is positioned directly behind the thumbwheel, where it’s far too easy to hit it in the frenzy of combat.
Moving from 2000dpi unexpectedly to 800dpi in mid game could be very jarring, and there is no visual feedback to indicate what speed you’ve set other than the relative speed of the pointer.
That’s one issue, and the other is that for such a highly sensitive device, it’s way too light, resulting in many over-control problems in this reviewer’s hands. With some built-in or installable counter weights, this could be a very precise mouse, but currently it is very easy to move it unintentionally.
What does work for this reviewer is undoubtedly the price, being a least a tenner cheaper than most gaming mice, and a small fraction of what they can go for.
The review model was orange and black, but those who find striking colours upsetting can also buy it just in black.
I feel somewhat harsh being critical of such cheap devices, but I’d like to think anyone buying them needs to know where their limitations are.
Of the two, I liked the keyboard most, as it has some decent functionality and looks rather attractive when connected.
The 200M mouse I found less compelling, though it would certainly help a young gamer moving from a typical standard 800-1000dpi device.
The build quality of the 200K keyboard is mirrored in the 200M gaming mouse.
A high dpi mouse design that lacks any great finesse.