When we first looked at the Corsair Vengeance M90 over a year ago, we mentioned how it was an excellent mouse with plenty of expansion via extra buttons to go with really avid gamers. Fast-forward a year or so and Corsair has decided to refresh their initial peripheral line, upgrading them if you will as noted by the name changes. The new Corsair Vengeance M95 still bears all that was good about the Vengeance M90 with some new enhancements: it bears an upgraded laser sensor with automatic surface grading, a softer set of side keys for easy actuation and an improved configuration software. We’ll put the Vengeance M95 through its paces in our gaming station and see for ourselves what’s new with Corsair.
The mouse for serious FPS players
The Vengeance M65 laser mouse is a finely-honed FPS gaming tool. It offers an 8200 DPI sensor for superior tracking, a dedicated sniper button that lets you switch resolution for extremely accurate shots, and an adjustable weight system for a custom fit to the way you play.
- Highly accurate tracking – If youâ€™re good at gaming, youâ€™re probably playing against opponents who are just as good. M65 provides the reliable response you need to give you a competitive edge.
- Advanced Customization and Control – Because winning isnâ€™t just about reflexes and accuracy â€“ you need quick weapon selection and the ability to set up your mouse to do exactly what you need it to do.
- Comfortable for Hours of Game Play – Carefully selected materials and superior ergonomics, combined with precise tracking and advanced customization, help M65 cross that point where it doesnâ€™t feel like a mouse, but like an extension of your hand.
- 8200 DPI laser sensor – Precise tracking for highly accurate control.
- Dedicated programmable sniper button – Quickly switch sensor resolution when you need extreme accuracy in FPS games. Itâ€™s not just for when youâ€™ve selected a long-range weapon â€“ itâ€™s an indispensible feature any time you need to quickly switch to ultra-precise control.
- Second-Generation control panel – The control panel software (available as a free download) makes setup and customization easier than ever.
- Easy configuration and onboard profile storage – The Corsair control panel software makes it easy to set up button mapping and other parameters for each of your favorite games. And, you can save a gaming profile directly to your M65 and take it with you.
- Aluminum unibody design – A unibody aluminum frame is the secret behind the M65s low weight, high rigidity, and optimal mass distribution.
- Adjustable weight system – Three adjustable tuning zones allow you to customize the weight of your M65 to give it just the exact feel you want.
- Selectable response time – Tune the performance for your desktop surface by choosing between 1000Hz, 500Hz, 250Hz, or 125Hz (1ms, 2ms, 4ms or 8ms).
- High-Mass scroll wheel – The solid metal, rubberized scroll wheel doesn’t just feel great Â it gives you the precision you need when selecting weapons. Precise tactile feedback and accuracy help make sure that you select the right weapon every time.
- Switches rated for 20 million clicks – The durable you need for years of high-performance gaming.
- Soft-Touch materials – Surfaces are textured and have just the right amount of give for outstanding comfort.
- PTFE glide pads – M65 is designed with low-friction contact points for swift, precise movement with minimal effort.
Together with Corsair’s upgradeÂ of their Vengeance Gaming peripherals comes new packaging. The new Corsair Vengeance mice packaging features an angular box with a large window where the mouse sits, protected by blister packaging to let the user see the actual product in the store shelves. The back of the box also shows a see through cut-out of the mouse base.
Included in the M65 package is a simple warranty card. Corsair Vengeance mice have 2-year warranty.
Six (6) feet of braided cable trail the Vengeance gaming mouse capped by a bright blue USB plug.
The Corsair Vengeance M65 features a unique body design. It features a slim palm area with side shells protruding outwards. The top shell though is still a solid, singular piece giving it a distinct curvy which is surprisingly comfortable. Underneath the Vengeance M65 are large teflon feet with the large metal base shining with what looks to be a metallic face made-out from 3-circular points. These circles are the weighting blocks of the Vengeance M65. Remove pieces as needed to adjust the weight of the mouse.
The side profiles of the Vengeance M65 reveal one of the most unique characteristics of this Corsair design: the Vengeance M65 is hollow. This gives the mouse a very high-tech look and the sniper button actually resembles a self-destruct switch which is really cool. The Vengeance M65 though is very basic, lacking the the extra thumb buttons of the M90 and M95. The M65 though has its weighting system to be proud of and its snipe button which sets the DPI to a lower value to improve precision and accuracy for sniping.
User Experience & Conclusion
We’ve had our hands on plenty of mice and we really do prefer the more reserved models featuring less buttons. The Vengeance M65 gives us the impression that it is one of these performance-intended models and we weren’t wrong. Corsair has kept everything simple and down to the basics with only the Snipe button and DPI switcher the main addition to the M65. I’ve mentioned a few times that I dislike having edges and large gaps in mouse bodies and the Vengeance M65’s notable grooves on the sides were something I was concerned with, thinking they would dig into the palm when sweat starts setting in. Surprisingly though, it didn’t. You can still feel the gap but the skin just rolled-off keeping your grip intact.
Performance-wise, I prefer to play FPS at higher sensitivity of around 1800-2400 DPI in contrast to 1200-1600 for RTS. This is a personal preference and will vary for every player but I’ve come to embrace the fact that I can spin a full 360* with a full pan on my mouse on 2400DPI. The Vengeance M65 complemented this style well and its light body meant that I can lift it up quickly to jerk around the mouse mat. We do feel the Snipe button needs to be a bit more pushed back near the thumb as medium- and smaller-sized hands will have a problem reaching it as I did. Ultimately, I didn’t get to use the Snipe button as much as I wanted to due to intense fire fights in Titanfall and Battlefield 4 required more running than adjusting the scope.
Wrapping things up, the Corsair Vengeance M65 is an excellent performing gaming mouse aimed at FPS users but it will undoubtedly provide an excellent experience for anyone. Its durable frame and precision tracking makes it suitable for intense gamers looking for a tough mouse for tough battles and the $65 asking price is a steal for a gaming mouseÂ of this quality and performance.
Corsair backs the Vengeance M65 with a 2-year warranty. We give it a our B2G Gold Award!