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Corsair Vengeance M90

 

Introduction

Corsair are old hands in the PC component market, offering a wide range of memory sticks, hard drives, power supplies and what-have-you. They’re relative newcomers, however, to the world of PC peripherals, having just launched their Vengeance line of keyboards and mice this year. We’ve already reviewed the rather handsome Vengeance K90 keyboard, which was a top-end model that offered significant value to MMO and RTS players through extra features like macro keys and good software.

Today, we’re looking at its similarly named compatriot, the Vengeance M90. The mouse shares a similar approach to the K90, offering MMO and RTS gamers something nifty through extra buttons, rather comprehensive software and top-notch specifications. Before we have a look at the mouse proper, let’s have a look at those specifications.

Features and Specifications

  • 5700 DPI laser sensor, adjustable on-the-fly – smooth, accurate tracking; higher performance
  • 15 buttons, including 9 macro buttons – effortlessly select your favourite combos and macros
  • On-board memory – save favourite profiles, configurations and macros directly on the mouse
  • 1ms / 1000Hz polling rate – executes your actions precisely, without delay
  • Motion detection at 150ips and acceleration up to 30G – accurate tracking without skipping.
  • Tunable sensor-lift & surface quality detection – adjust to your mousing surface and style
  • Superior build quality – Machined aluminium chassis provides unmatched durability and stability, as well as a premium look and feel
  • PTFE Glide Pads – ensures mouse movements are silky smooth
  • Metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberised surface – improved traction, control and feel

Packaging

The packaging found on the Corsair M90 is quite standard for a mouse, although thankfully it’s possible to remove the mouse via the cut-out panel on the back, rather than destroying your hands (and your sanity) trying to open the shrinkwrapped plastic. On the front of the box, you’re given a first look at the mouse, as well as a small list of features.

The rear of the box contains more features in several languages, as you’d expect.

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It’s a tastefully done package, but nothing entirely remarkable. Let’s continue on to the mouse itself.

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  • EightM

    How can you give an MMO mouse with broken software and buttons that don’t work in an MMO a 9/10?

    I own this mouse, it is terrible at what it was made for. I like the tracking and that is all. The buttons don’t work. The metal frame discharges static resulting in a shock, OUCH!, and then the mouse not responding so I have to replug it in to reset.

    Giving this mouse a 9/10 means you either spent all of 5 minutes using/testing it, or you were payed by Corsair.

    I give this review a 1/10.

    • http://www.xsreviews.co.uk Whoopty

      Thanks for the comment EightM. Our testers do put several hours into reviews so perhaps you have a faulty version? I’ll speak with the reviewer about your issues and see what he says.

    • http://williamjudd.com William Judd

      Hi EightM,

      I’ve never gotten shocked from the mouse, and have been using it from late December until early February. The buttons do work; have you downloaded the latest software (which, as far as I remember, is beta 2.12) and used hardware playback mode?

      Cheers,

      Will

  • Sierra

    I ended up here after searching for “m90 mouse shock”. I get shocked every time I sit at the computer on the metal base of this mouse. It usually continues to operate normally, but occasionally it will freeze the mouse. Is there a way to discharge any static build up before I touch the mouse?

    Also, i find the side buttons to be a little too stiff for my liking.

    On the other hand, the k90 keyboard is AWESOME!

  • Anri

    Same here – I get shocked every 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I have to re-plug mouse to de-freeze it, sometimes it continue to work.

    • Safety First

      If you’re getting shocks off USB devices there’s a problem with your PC’s electrical earth. Get it tested.

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  • Atheos

    I’m also getting shocks, never experienced anything like it so I wouldn’t guess it’s my computer’s fault.