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COUGAR Revenger Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 26, 2021 at 10:47 am
COUGAR Revenger Picture
7.2
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
6.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The COUGAR Revenger is a decent, wired gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape with texturized, rubber sides and two side buttons on the left. It's well-suited for large and extra-large hands using a fingertip grip and all but small-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a broad range. You can also assign independent CPI settings for the cursor's x and y-axis, which is an uncommon feature. Unfortunately, while it has good click latency, it's higher than similar, mid-range wired gaming mice. Also, while the sensor on our unit is very consistent, it's fairly inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI by approximately 10%. However, you can offset this by setting your preferred CPI 10% higher to compensate.

Our Verdict

7.2 Office/Multimedia

The COUGAR Revenger is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape well-suited for all but small hands using a palm or claw grip. It has eight inputs you can program using the customization software, and all default button functions are compatible with macOS and Windows. Unfortunately, this mouse doesn't have any wireless connection options. Also, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with texturized rubber sides.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and has no free scrolling mode.
7.3 Video Games (FPS)

The COUGAR Revenger is a decent FPS gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape well-suited for large and extra-large hands using a fingertip grip or all but small-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a broad range. Unfortunately, while the click latency is good, it isn't as low as most mid-range gaming mice. Also, the rubber cable isn't very flexible and has a grippy finish that may catch on mousepads.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with texturized rubber sides.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
  • You can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The COUGAR Revenger is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all of the buttons it does have using the customization software. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape well-suited for large and extra-large hands using a fingertip grip or all but small-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a broad range. It also has good click latency, but it isn't as low as most mid-range gaming mice.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with texturized rubber sides.
Cons
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • You can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.
6.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The COUGAR Revenger is passable for ultra-light gaming, but it's significantly heavier than a dedicated ultra-light gaming mouse. That said, it feels sturdily built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape well-suited for large and extra-large hands using a fingertip grip or all but small-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Unfortunately, while its click latency is good, it isn't as low as most mid-range gaming mice. Also, its rubber cable isn't very flexible and has a grippy finish that may drag during use.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with texturized rubber sides.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible.
  • You can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100.
5.2 Travel

The COUGAR Revenger is inadequate for travel as it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. There's also no way to use this mouse wirelessly, making it cumbersome in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape. It also has onboard memory for using custom settings on computers without the companion software installed.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 26, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 20, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Height 1.7" (44 mm)
Width 2.8" (72 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.65 inยณ (404 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
141 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
115 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
115 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
No

For a similar gaming mouse that has a set of weights that you can add to the mouse to adjust the weight distribution, check out the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • COUGAR Revenger
  • User documentation
  • Stickers

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

Note: While the sensor on our unit is extremely consistent, it's also fairly inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI by 10.2% during slower cursor movements and 9.28% during faster movements. However, due to the sensor's consistency, manually setting your CPI 9%-10% higher than your preferred CPI should compensate for the problem.

6.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons, including the up/down inputs of the scroll wheel and the left and right-click buttons. You can also configure three custom settings profiles, three CPI profiles, and individual game or software profiles using the companion software.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
18 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name COUGAR UIX SYSTEM
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The COUGAR Revenger we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The COUGAR Revenger is a spiritual successor to the very similar COUGAR 550M gaming mouse. It's followed by newer models in the Revenger lineup, including the COUGAR Revenger S and the COUGAR Revenger ST. However, we haven't tested these mice. The Cougar Revenger is a straightforward six-button FPS gaming mouse that pairs the popular and time-tested PMW 3360 optical sensor with a familiar shape similar to the Razer DeathAdder. That said, it has some unusual features to set it apart, including a trigger-style CPI button behind the scroll wheel. You can also assign independent CPI settings for the cursor's x and y-axis, which is a very uncommon feature. Although, it isn't something we test.

For more options, see our picks for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the COUGAR Revenger are similarly shaped wired gaming mice, but the Razer has better performance overall. The Razer is much lighter and has two additional buttons. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a significantly lower click latency, a higher maximum CPI, and you can adjust the CPI more precisely. On the other hand, the COUGAR has grippy rubberized sides, which the Razer lacks. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Razer is more accommodating to smaller hands.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better wired gaming mouse than the COUGAR Revenger. The Glorious is much lighter and has lower click latency. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. On the other hand, the COUGAR feels sturdier and has both a lower lift-off distance and a lower minimum CPI. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Glorious is more accommodating to smaller hands.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the COUGAR Revenger. The Razer is significantly lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has much lower click latency, and you can set a HyperShift button to enable a second layer of commands. On the other hand, the COUGAR has a wider CPI range, a more consistent sensor, and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the Razer is better-suited for smaller hands, while the COUGAR is more accommodating for larger hands.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a better, wired gaming mouse than the COUGAR Revenger. The Razer is slightly lighter, and it has a thumb rest. It has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has five additional buttons, including an extra side button, and its mouse wheel unlocks for free scrolling and has L/R tilt buttons. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a more adjustable CPI, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the COUGAR has grippy, rubberized sides, which the Razer lacks.

Razer DeathAdder Essential

The Razer DeathAdder Essential and the COUGAR Revenger are wired gaming mice with similar shapes. The Razer is somewhat lighter, with a cable that's a bit more flexible and mouse feet that glide somewhat more smoothly. On the other hand, the COUGAR has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance. It also has a CPI button behind the scroll wheel and onboard memory, two features the Razer lacks. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Razer is more accommodating to smaller hands.

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