This review was originally published in March 2014 and then was updated May 2015 with the benefit of a year’s extra use.
The Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse is marketed as “The mouse for serious FPS players”. I am not a serious first-person shooter player, but it has been my primary mouse for 2 years I am still not in the market for a replacement.
It has an 8200 dpi laser sensor, an adjustable weight system, PTFE glide pads (feet), an ergonomic shape and a soft, smooth surface. These are the features that are important to me because it takes a comfortable to use ergonomic mouse and adds flexibility to customize the finer details to suit my individual needs.
Size: 20 x 6.8 x 28 cm
Weight: 399 g
Colours: Military Green, Arctic White or Gun-metal Black
Orientation: Right-handed. Can be used with left-hand but the three left side buttons become inaccessible.
Hardware Platform: PC
Memory: On-board profile storage
Connectivity: USB 2.0 (wired)
NFC (Near Field Communication): No
Battery: No battery, wired only
Adjustable weight system: Three tuning zones to customize mouse weight and balance
DPI: 8200 DPI laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity
Features and Accessibility
Design & Visual Accessibility
The Corsair Vengeance M65 is beautiful. It has a single USB cable entering the front left. Two large left and right-click buttons are on the top as well as a substantial scroll wheel and below it two easy access buttons to turn the sensitivity up or down. On the left side are two small thumb buttons as well as a large red dedicated sniper button.
It is completely accessible for anyone with photophobia, motion sickness, low vision as well as blind users. The buttons are distinctive, the built-in light effects illuminate the scroll wheel and sensitivity buttons and make them visible without creating any issues for those who struggle to tolerate bright light. It is a pleasure to use and the shape and texture of the buttons makes it easy to use without ever looking at your hand.
There is no mic or speakers and no sound associated with the Corsair Vengeance M65 mouse and it is completely accessible for anyone with a hearing impairment.
Input and Touch
The M65 fits my hand perfectly and I can use it with my wrist in a neutral position and palm resting on the bottom of the mouse. The top buttons are all accessible, however as I have smaller hands, only one of the three thumb buttons are within easy reach.
If I needed the extra buttons, this would be a drawback, but as I do not use the sniper button nor the second thumb button at all, it is not an issue for me. The weight is easy to adjust, so is the DPI and it is a great bonus to be able to customize both to suit not just me, but also different activities that I use it for.
I use a lower DPI when gaming and higher sensitivity for computer related work and it is great to be able to adjust quickly with a button press instead of needing to pull up a software profile to change it.
It also makes it possible for my four year old to use the my mouse as she can lower the sensitivity herself to suit her skill level.
The shape fits both left and right hands the same and it can be used as a left-handed mouse, but doing so sacrifices the three thumb buttons.
It is very accessible for users able to hold and move a mouse and particularly great as a light-weight, high sensitivity precision mouse. The large left and right click buttons require just a light tap.
The scroll wheel is one of the best I have ever used. It has a rubber surface and rolls on individual clicks. It was designed to switch between a range of weapons in first-person shooters and for that it does work well, but it also a design aspect that makes it much more accessible overall, for the first time I am able to use the scroll wheel on a mouse regularly. I roll it with the middle part of my finger, not the tip so that combined with the high DPI setting, I barely move my hand and yet retain full use of the mouse.
Ease of Use
It is a plug-and-play mouse and the standard buttons work straight out of the box on any PC that fit the requirements. To access the on-board profile and control the 8 programmable buttons, it is necessary to navigate the control panel software. The software package is small and simplistic, but basic computing skill as well as the ability to read and follow basic instructions is required to program the buttons.
If one profile will be used, someone else can set it up on installation and the on-board memory will save it so that the user can then plug the mouse into any device and his profile will be available, but to reprogram often, users need to navigate through the software interface.
The Corsair Vengeance M65 laser gaming mouse is a pretty decent gaming mouse, if a little light on additional features and an impressive utility mouse for someone like me who has special requirements.
It translates movement smoothly from hand to screen with no twitching and even if you never use the high sensitivity settings, the Avago sensor is incredibly accurate and smooth even at low DPI settings. It is an impressive piece of technology and after 2 years of heavy daily use, it is still working just as well as the day I first unpacked it.
It is a widely accessible accessory and with the exception of those who are unable to hold and move a mouse, I would highly recommend it. It is well-priced, durable and remains one of the best performing and most comfortable mice I have ever used.
Twelve month update
I have now been using the M65 for 2 years and my opinion is unchanged. I love it. It is comfortable to use and fits my requirements. It feels good, it performance is perfect and I am still not in the market for a replacement.
The Corsair Vengeance M65 was released in March 2013 and is compatible with Windows PCs. The review is based on the gunmetal black Vengeance M65 on a Windows 7 PC.