Cougar really knows how to wow their audience with competitive pricing. Much like the recently reviewed Cougar IMMERSA, the Cougar Revenger is an excellent gaming peripheral that’ll make your wallet extremely happy. The Revenger retails at a mere $59.99, but don’t let the low price point fool you—the Revenger is a true powerhouse and an excellent alternative to high-end models that cost easily somewhere in the hundreds. It’s a fast and responsive gaming mouse that grows on you the more you use it, and it offers enough tweaking options to boost and modify performance with a personal touch.
The Cougar Revenger is easy on the eyes with a modern, sleek and minimalist design approach that easily complements contemporary gaming setups. Its colorful and customizable LEDs add enough pizzazz without leaning toward kitsch. The Cougar is also notably larger than your typical gaming mouse, which is a big plus for gamers with larger hands. Even though my hands are on the smaller size, I found the ergonomic shape to be a perfect fit.
"It’s a fast and responsive gaming mouse that grows on you the more you use it, and it offers enough tweaking options to boost and modify performance with a personal touch."
The sturdy exterior ensures reliability for long and intense gaming sessions, and I found the overall comfort level to never disappoint. The Cougar Revenger has a lot going for it for such a budget-priced mouse, which speaks volumes of Cougar as a company who respects gamers’ wallets.
As both a gaming and a work mouse, the Revenger delivers excellent performance. With a 12000 DPI, there’s plenty of room for sensitivity adjustments, although I found its out-of-the-box performance to be more than sufficient. Some of Revenger’s stand-out features include: PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor, a 1000Hz / 1ms polling rate, 512KB of onboard memory, OMRON gaming switches, 250 IPS of maximum tracking speed and 50 G of maximum acceleration. These aren’t sensational specs by any means, but they’re more than enough to provide long-lasting precision and plenty of tweaking flexibility.
"Like with all of Cougar’s products, you’re getting excellent built quality and an impressive bang for your buck."
I’ve spent the last two weeks using the Revenger for gaming, as well as some design work. I’m happy to report that the Revenger juggles everyday tasks and prolonged gaming sessions beautifully, and I see little reason to invest in something more expensive unless you’re a competitive gamer. This is not to say that the Revenger isn’t powerful enough for E-Sports, but there are obvious advantages to high-end models, such as better-quality buttons, better grip, expanded key settings and overall smoother performance. Having said that, the Revenger is as good as it gets for this price point.
I’ve spent most of my time in Overwatch and Battlefield 1. After a while, I forgot I was using a budget mouse. My current go-to mouse is the SteelSeries Rival 700, and while the Revenger can’t come close to its comfort and performance, it was pretty easy to adjust, and the differences weren’t immediately apparent. The Revenger remained snappy and smooth during both games, but I found the lack of weight a little troublesome. Some users might prefer the Revenger’s ultra light construction, but I personally prefer a balanced amount of counter weight for quick pans in FPS titles. To be fair, that’s pretty much my only gripe as far as in-game performance.
Overall, the Cougar Revenger is a superb budget gaming mouse that offers plenty of extras and, most importantly, solid specs at an extremely affordable price point. Like with all of Cougar’s products, you’re getting excellent built quality and an impressive bang for your buck.