Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 31, 2021 at 10:59 am
Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
7.2
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
7.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is a decent, budget gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has an ambidextrous shape, with two side buttons on the left and a textured finish on the top shell and both sides. It also includes a set of eight 1.5g weights you can add to change the weight distribution. It's suitable for medium to large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip or a fingertip grip for all but small sized-hands. Performance-wise, it has a reasonably wide CPI range and low lift-off distance. Unfortunately, its click latency is very high for a gaming mouse. Also, its CPI adjustment intervals are irregular, and the minimum CPI is only 500, which may not be low enough to suit some gamers.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is satisfactory for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has an ambidextrous shape with a grippy, textured top shell and sides. You can also program all of the buttons on the top of the mouse using the customization software. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any wireless connectivity options, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • All buttons on the top of the mouse are programmable.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free scrolling mode.
7.2 Video Games (FPS)

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is a decent FPS gaming mouse. It feels well-built and is quite lightweight. It has an ambidextrous shape suitable for medium to large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip and a fingertip grip for all but small hands. Unfortunately, it has a very high click latency for a gaming mouse. Also, its lift-off distance and minimum CPI setting may not be low enough for some gamers' preferences, and the CPI adjustment steps are irregular, so you can't set your CPI very precisely. Its mouse feet are only decent, and it has a stiff cable that feels poor quality.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • All buttons on the top of the mouse are programmable.
Cons
  • Click latency is very high for a gaming mouse.
  • Braided cable is stiff and feels poor quality.
  • The CPI adjustment step increments are irregular, and the lowest CPI settings is only 500 CPI.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free scrolling mode.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, It feels well-built, and you can program all of the buttons on the top of the mouse using the customization software. It has an ambidextrous shape suitable for medium to large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip and a fingertip grip for all but small hands. Unfortunately, it has high click latency, and the CPI adjustment steps are irregular.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • All buttons on the top of the mouse are programmable.
Cons
  • Click latency is very high for a gaming mouse.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free scrolling mode.
7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

Without adding any of its optional weights, the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is light enough to be a good mouse for ultra-light gaming, but it has very high click latency compared to other gaming mice, and its braided cable is stiff and doesn't feel high quality. That said, it feels well-built and has an ambidextrous shape with grippy sides and a textured plastic top shell. Unfortunately, the CPI adjustment steps are irregular, so you can't adjust your CPI very precisely. Also, the lowest CPI setting is only 500.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous shape with textured top shell and sides.
Cons
  • Click latency is very high for a gaming mouse.
  • Braided cable is stiff and feels poor quality.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free scrolling mode.
5.3 Travel

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is inadequate for travel use as it's fairly bulky and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. It also can't be used wirelessly, making it cumbersome in smaller places like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels well-built and has an ambidextrous shape with a textured plastic outer shell and sides. It also has onboard memory for two custom control modes you can cycle between using the button on the bottom of the mouse.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't have a free scrolling mode.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 31, 2021: We've added a new photo for the In the Box section, as the original image was missing a listed component.
  2. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.8" (71 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.57 in³ (337 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
136 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
80 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

The Redragon M601RGB Centrophorus includes eight 1.5g weights that you can install in a compartment on the underside of the mouse towards the back.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

If you're interested in a similar gaming mouse but with a right-handed shape and a thumb and pinky rest, check out the Redragon M602 Griffin RGB Wired.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
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
6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
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

Update 08/31/2021: Originally, our photo for this section didn't include the set of added weights that come with this mouse. We've added a new photo with the weights included and revised the text to reflect their inclusion.

  • Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus
  • Set of 8x 1.5g weights
  • Sticker
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
500 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
7,200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate settings on the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can adjust the CPI using the customization software, but the adjustment increments are irregular, and intervals between settings range between 200-400 CPI. If you prefer a more adjustable CPI, check out the Gigabyte AORUS M5.

7.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus except for the mode switch button on the bottom of the mouse that cycles between two custom control modes. You can also set five CPI settings and cycle between them using the button behind the scroll wheel by default.

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
Quiet
6.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
27.5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Redragon M601RGB
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

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus allows you to configure two custom control modes and additional profiles. You can switch between the two modes using the mode switch button on the bottom of the mouse, but you can only change between your custom profiles through the software.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus we tested is the Black variant, but there's also a White variant available. You can see the label for our Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus is a decent, budget gaming mouse. It has an ambidextrous shape best suited for fingertip grip for most hand sizes, and it's lightweight. However, it also includes a set of weights that you can add to the rear of the mouse if you prefer a heavier mouse or a different weight distribution, which is an uncommon feature on newer mice. Unfortunately, it has very high click latency and a stiff braided cable that feels poor quality, even compared to other budget gaming mice. Also, the lowest CPI adjustment steps are irregular, and the lowest setting is 500, which may not be low enough for some gamers.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mice, the best gaming mice, and the best cheap gaming mice.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper MIni is a better wired gaming mouse than the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus. The Razer is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a slightly wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100, and much lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. On the other hand, The Redragon has a more consistent sensor and a set of added weights for adjusting the weight distribution, which the Razer lacks.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better, wired gaming mouse than the M601 RGB Centrophorus. The Glorious is a lightweight gaming mouse with a right-handed shape and a honeycomb shell. It has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and much lower click latency. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the Redragon is a budget-level FPS gaming mouse with an ambidextrous shape. It feels sturdier and includes a set of tunable weights, which the Glorious lacks. Unfortunately, its customization software is only compatible with Windows.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is a versatile gaming mouse that performs better than the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus. The Logitech feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It has five extra programmable buttons, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode. It has a somewhat more flexible cable, a CPI you can adjust more precisely within a broader range, a lower lift-off distance, and significantly a lower click latency. Also, its customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Redragon software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Redragon is more lightweight.

Razer DeathAdder Essential

The Razer DeathAdder Essential and the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus are budget gaming mice, but the Razer has better overall performance. The Razer has a somewhat more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It has a CPI you can adjust by set increments and lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. On the other hand, the Redragon has two more programmable buttons and includes a set of tunable weights.  It's also more lightweight and has a higher maximum CPI. Unfortunately, its CPI adjustments steps are irregular.

Redragon M908

The Redragon M908 and the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus are comparable wired gaming mice, but the M908 has better performance overall. The M908 has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, and lower click latency. It also has a thumb and pinky rest, which the M601 lacks, as well as 12 additional buttons, including ten extra side buttons. On the other hand, the M601 is lighter, and it feels sturdier. It also has a slightly more flexible cable and a more consistent sensor. Both mice are well-suited for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip, but the M601 is suitable for more hand sizes using a fingertip grip.

Razer Viper 8KHz

The Razer Viper 8KHz is a better wired gaming mouse than the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus. The Razer is lighter, it has a cable that's more flexible, and it has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a much wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust precisely by increments of 50, a much lower click latency, a lower lift-off distance, and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. It also has two additional side buttons on the right side, and you can set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of controls. On the other hand, the Redragon has a set of added weights for adjusting the weight distribution, which the Razer lacks.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a better, wired gaming mouse than the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus. The SteelSeries feels sturdier, has a more flexible cable, and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a slightly wider range, and it has significantly lower click latency. Its customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Redragon's software is compatible with Windows only. On the other hand, the Redragon has a set of weights you can add to adjust the weight distribution, which the Razer lacks.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED is more versatile and has better performance than the Redragon M601 RGB Centrophorus. The Logitech connects wirelessly with its USB receiver, while the Redragon is a wired-only mouse. The Logitech has a CPI you can more precisely adjust within a broader range, a lower lift-off distance, a significantly lower click latency, and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Redragon software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Redragon is more lightweight and includes a tunable set of weights, a feature that the Logitech lacks.

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