The Cougar 450M Optical Gaming Mouse

The Cougar 450M sports a deceptively simple symmetrical design, with a highly reflective glossy top cover and neon green accents. We received the black version of the mouse, but is also available in white, with the only difference being the color of the top cover. Despite the silver accents, the 450M is entirely made of plastic.


Aside from the main two buttons and the scroll wheel button, there are five extra buttons on the 450M. One is right below the scrolling wheel and two can be found on either side of the mouse. The buttons on the sides are meant to be pressed with the thumb and pinky fingers. Textured flanks offer very good claw and palm grip support.

At the underside of the 450M we can only see the sizable skid pads and the optical sensor. Pixart supplies the PMW3310DH optical sensor, which has a maximum resolution of 5.000 DPI. It is a rather popular optical sensor, found on several gaming mice of this class. There are no weight control options and the 450M is a very lightweight mouse for its class, tipping the scales at just over 100 grams.

When the 450M is powered on, the company logo and the DPI button are being illuminated. By default, their color is green, but Cougar actually has RGB LEDs installed and the colors can be manipulated via the software. The color of the DPI button's lightning can be linked to the DPI setting, allowing it to function as an indicator of the DPI setting. The color/effect of the logo cannot be linked to the DPI setting and remains unchanged as the user cycles through DPI settings. 

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  • BrokenCrayons - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    Cougar Attack X3...heh, someone in the marketing department has a warped sense of humor...a very, very warped sense of humor. I'm surprised that wasn't caught by someone before their products went on sale.
  • Murloc - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I don't get what they should have caught, is it something about "X3"?

    Because regardless of other references, a cougar is a predatory animal that attacks, so it's a coherent naming scheme.
  • xchaotic - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    A very quick google search on these dangerous animals got me: "Three Dangerous Cougars Snack On Some Sausage" You must be from another planet Murloc.
  • inighthawki - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - link

    Your results must just be influenced by your web history then. No combination of this product's name gives me anything other than what I'd expect.

    "Cougar" and "Cougar attack" both bring up results related to the actual animal, and any combination of the two with "X3" show only results related to this product, and nothing else.
  • Kepe - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    Does someone really use the mouse with their left hand? Especially someone who plays games? I'm as left-handed as a person can be, but I've always used the mouse with my right hand. I tried using my left for that when I was a kid and I never could get used to it, thankfully. Using the mouse with the left hand would also cause all kinds of difficulties with gaming. You'd basically have to re-map every single game's keyboard controls to fit you. Some games don't allow that (crappy console ports). Also, almost all proper (gaming) mice are designed to fit the contours of the right hand, so your mouse selection would be quite thin..
  • DanNeely - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I do. I can use a mouse right handed just well enough to use a computer with desktop applications without screwing around with the layout; but don't have the speed or fine control needed to play any game much more complicated than Angry Birds well.

    I rarely remap keys though; moving the keyboard to the right so that I can comfortably use the left half with my right hand is generally the path of least resistance. The general exception is games that use WASD for movement + surrounding keys for stuff. I rarely play that sort of game; but when I do generally end up with arrows for movement and all the stuff keys either mapped to ctrl-alt-shift-enter or some of the 12 extra buttons on my Razer Naga mouse.
  • mr_tawan - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    A couple of guys I used to work with uses mouse with their left hand. They are all right handed.

    I don't really know the reason. I guessed they are trained to do so in the past company. They used to work with a Bank, which required people to key a lot of numbers.
  • bigboxes - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I was thinking that the only reason a right handed person used a mouse with their left hand is because they are keying (ten key) in numbers.
  • Ukyo - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Yes that's the reason for most including me. I'm in finance so that should explain it... lol
  • nikon133 - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I'm left-handed and always game with left hand on mouse... but I do use right hand for office work. I think I'm doing my left hand a favor - resting it a bit from the same position/grip. I'm guessing your lefties ex-colleagues might be doing the same?

    With that being said... my right hand did get quite better with mouse control, originally I'd still swap mouse when working in Corel/Photoshop as I was missing accuracy... but not anymore. So I could probably try gaming with right hand as well. At this stage, I do re-map everything, and such a pain in the... lower back it is. I usually use numeric 4568 keys for movement, and then remap other commands around that. I have created some "standards" that work fairly good for me - Num 0 is always reload, for example... right and down arrow keys are jump/jetpac and crouch/prone... Num Enter is Use/Open door... etc.

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