Joined on 01/30/07
Wanted to love it.... Long Review!
Pros: It's a bit long but, I hope this review is helpful. I bought the M95 to replace my ailing Logitech G7 that I purchased in 2007. Several months ago the middle mouse button broke when I dropped it on my desk while standing.(maybe a 2ft drop) Luckily, the software allowed me to disable the MMB as it was constantly sending info to the computer which caused all sorts of problems. Recently, it had been affecting the scroll wheel as well. So it was time for a new mouse. I had done some research on mice with more than one or two side buttons to make game play easier. Also, the G7 is wireless and I wanted to try wired for a change and not have to worry if the charging battery would finish before the battery in use was spent. I looked at price and features I wanted, taking reviews into consideration. When the price was right I jumped at this mouse. Unfortunately, without being able to physically touch the mouse to see how it fit my hand this still ended up being a blind purchase. As would buying any mouse online that you can't find on display at a brick and mortar store. It's kind of like buying footwear online from a company whose shoes you've never owned before. So first the pros: More buttons than my old mouse(Logitech G7). Button #15(the one directly behind where you place your thumb can be clicked by flattening your thumb and hitting the button with the middle knuckle. No need to move your thumb for that one. Left and right mouse buttons go all the way to the front of the mouse. Those buttons on the G7(and some others) do not and the gaps between the buttons and the chassis constantly collects debris.(Mostly oil and dead skin from hand. Ewww!) Wide range of DPI choices. Two choices on how to store profiles. (I use Hardware playback, as I only needed four or five different profiles.) Macro playback with four different playback options. (I haven't had use for this yet, but it is nice that it's there.) Contrary to other reviews, that say the extra buttons can not be mapped to the basic mouse buttons, according to the software pack I downloaded, Software: 1.00.00.14 Firmware: 2.24, you can. It gives you the option to map Left, Right, Middle, Forward, Back, Scroll up and down, No Function and a keystroke. The software also allows any button to programmed as an advanced button. These are Sniper, DPI up, down and select, and Profile up, down and select.
Cons: Top surface is slippery. It does not grip the palm like hard glossy plastic does. The white version of this mouse appears to be the glossy type of plastic. It's probably a better choice if you don't mind all white. Height and Length are too short for my 8 inch long hand. Adding a few millimeters to the height would fix part of the issue. Right mouse button curves in, making the mouse seem even shorter. My middle finger hangs over the RMB by an inch when I place my hand on the mouse. The RMB should be longer than the LMB as most people's middle finger is longer than their index finger. At the very least the RMB should be the same length so that bending the middle finger to it is more relaxing and does not add tension to the whole hand that makes longer sessions tiring. The thumb buttons appeared to be in a very logical and ergonomic layout. They seemed very distinct compared to how close buttons are on other mice in this category. Unfortunately, because of the size and slippery surface issues I discussed I find I have to constantly readjust my hand to click a different button from one I just used. I find the forward button(#5 in Win7/ #7 in Corsairs software), hard to distinguish from the back button.(#4 in Win7/ #8 in Corsairs software) Also, I find I have to reposition my hand to reach it. It doesn't take much, just enough to be annoying. Consequently, I can't program it for use in games. As I to often hit the #4 button instead. The button behind the mouse wheel is IMHO totally useless. It is way to far back to click on with your index finger without bringing the tip of that finger all the way to where it connects to your hand or by shifting your hand farther back on the mouse. (Yea, more repositioning!). Either way you only catch the front of the button. Luckily, Corsair did not program that button so at least you will not have to move a task to an accessible button. No display for which DPI setting you're currently in. This would only require three extra LED lights. These could be added to the aluminum frame below the DPI selection buttons. Only, 3 DPI settings + sniper setting. Old mouse could store 5. Technically the old one has just one more programmable setting and having the dedicated sniper button makes it easier to get to the lowest DPI setting you want to use. So, maybe this con is a draw in comparison. I don't know why the manufactures of mice keep going higher with the DPI modern mice are capable of. I find any setting above 2500 DPI to be way to sensitive. As such max DPI is not something I look for in a mouse. The instructions are 3 pics the last one being the link you are supposed to go to get the latest software update.(It did not work!) There was no mention of Firmware until you download the software pack. Go to Corsairs page for this mouse and under the software tab you'll find the most up to date software. It includes the Firmware(make sure you load that first!) and the users guide.
Overall Review: My first problem with this mouse is the soft-touch finish that covers the entire top of the mouse. The G7's top is smooth glossy plastic that my palm grips to. If I place my palm on it and let go with my fingers the G7 goes where I move it. In contrast, if I attempt the same maneuver with the M95 my palm slides ever so slightly over and down the right side of the mouse as I move it around. This may not sound like a big deal. However, when I'm griping this mouse with my thumb, ring and pinky finger(claw grip) and then attempt to hit any of the thumb buttons, for which I have to release the mouse with my thumb, the mouse moves slightly because it does not grip my palm.(unless I press down hard which makes my hand tense up.) If you are playing a game while doing this it means that your mouse movements become inaccurate until you re-grip the mouse with your thumb again. It also is very tiring. On a related note, although there is nothing to compare it to in the pictures online, It also seemed as if it would be taller than most mice because of the thumb buttons. It is not. I read some reviews that stated this mouse was small for larger hands. Unfortunately, none of those reviewers said how big their hand actually is so, again no point of reference. So, to make this review more helpful, my hand is approximately 7.5 inches from the tip of my middle finger to the base of my palm.(where hand meets wrist) For my hand, the most comfortable mouse I've ever held is the Performance Mouse MX mouse by Logitech. I found it on display at a brick and mortar store, so if you really want to know how big it is as a reference, try your local office supply store. The height and length of the MX mouse is perfect for my hand. Unfortunately, it is not a gaming mouse and doesn't have enough thumb buttons for it's price IMHO. So, with the Height of the M95 being to low,(for which only a couple of millimeters would solve.) the length being to short combined with the slippery surface which causes me to HAVE to use a claw grip it is a real challenge to find a grip that works. If I claw grip with my fingers slightly bent with the front of my palm(bottom of my knuckles) on top of the mouse just above the Corsair logo. The base of my palm is a couple to several millimeters away from the back of the mouse. Griping the mouse this way, I can click the back button(Mouse 4 in win7/ 8 in Corsairs software), the button directly behind it #9, 13 and 12 (the front and middle bottom buttons) and #15 the big one directly behind the space designed to rest the thumb. Button #14(the sniper button) directly in front of the space is only a slight stretch to click. The forward button (#7 button / #5 in Win7), as mentioned, under Cons, is a challenge to reach and identify. Reaching the two buttons farthest back(#10 and #11) is not an issue as these two are the Profile up and down buttons and don't need to be reached quickly. Maybe, I just need more time to adjust to it