Peripherals maker Cougar has announced the impending launch of its latest flagship gaming mouse, the Cougar 550M - described by the company in modest terms as 'the most perfect gaming mouse the world has ever seen.'
While Cougar's puffery should be rightly scorned, the company has laid claim to three pillars for its 'claim to hegemony
:' an ergonomic design, a high-precision sensor, and the Cougar UIX. The former is self-explanatory: the seemingly standard mouse-shape of the pointing device is, allegedly, unique and has been designed in collaboration with several international gaming teams to ensure that it offers a minimum of fatigue during long gaming sessions.
The optical sensor, meanwhile, is an SDNS-3988, boasting up to 6,400 dots per inch (DPI) tracking resolution and 1,000Hz polling rate - both of which can be controlled, along with button function customisation, through the third pillar: the Cougar UIX software, bundled with the mouse.
In total, Cougar claims the 550M boasts 21 customisable functions across six buttons with on-board storage for three configuration profiles, two independently-controllable RGB backlight areas, and customisable resolution and polling rate. The company has also confirmed plans to release a lower-cost version, the Cougar 500M, which offers a lower-end 4,000dpi sensor and a few other cost-reducing tweaks.
Cougar has confirmed a late-July, early-August release for both the Cougar 550M and 500M, priced at $59 and $39 respectively (around £38 and £25, excluding tax.) No UK pricing has yet been confirmed. More information is available on the official product page