Cougar Revenger S Optical Gaming Mouse
Cougar Gaming was founded in 2008 with the goal of manufacturing peripherals and components for PC enthusiasts who are passionate about gaming. My most recent experience with Cougar Gaming was with the Minos X5, a lightweight, well-built gaming mouse that earned a Legit Reviews Recommended award. With so many different gaming mice available from countless manufacturers, it can be tough for a brand to gain customer attention, but Cougar was able to compete with some of the best mice on the market with their Minos X5, as it offered excellent performance in a lightweight package with a comfortable shape. When Cougar sent me the Minos X5, they also included another one of their mice, the Revenger S. While the Minos X5 was a compact mouse more suitable for those with smaller hands, the Revenger S is a larger mouse, similar in shape to the Razer DeathAdder.
Currently available for $45 at Amazon,
the Cougar Revenger S is priced competitively and has all of features users should expect from a gaming mouse in 2018, it's only a matter of if Cougar has put them all together to equal a comfortable, properly made mouse that can perform well, like they were able to with the Minos X5.
||Revenger S Gaming Mouse
||PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor
||FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS
||COUGAR UIX™ System
||50M OMRON gaming switch
|Profile LED backlight
||2 ZONE 16.8 million colors
|Maximum tracking speed
||Golden-plated USB plug
||130(L) X 65(W) X 43(H) mm
5.11(L) X 2.55(W) X 1.69(H) Inch
||94g (0.2 Ibs) (Excluding cable)
The Cougar Revenger S gaming mouse features a Pixart 3360 sensor and Omron 50 Million Click switches, both quality component selections. The PMW3360 sensor is capable of operating up to 12,000 DPI and it has no acceleration or jitter reduction up to 2000 DPI, which is where minimal jitter reduction kicks in. With so many other companies making quality mice for the PC gaming market with Pixart 3360 sensors and Omron switches, it can be hard for Cougar to set themselves apart from the competition. In an effort to help the Revenger S stand apart from other gaming mice with Pixart 3360 sensors and Omron main switches, Cougar has specified it for up to a 2000Hz polling rate, a feature they also included with their Minos X5
The Cougar Revenger S comes in a nicely designed box with a flip-open front that reveals the mouse within a plastic clamshell cover, which is great for users who want to know the actual size of the mouse before they buy it at the store. The packaging for the Revenger S is manufactured from quality card stock and plastics to protect the mouse very well during shipping. The Revenger S is nicely detailed on the front of the packaging, with an orange-yellow-green effect present on the Cougar logo to help detail the RGB effects the mouse is capable of. The front of the Cougar Revenger S box is void of any information regarding the sensor type or DPI, which may help attract buyers, but this information is available on other sections of the packaging.
Cougar includes a manual, warranty guide and a set of Cougar stickers with the Revenger S, along with an extra set of mouse feet. The manual is informative enough, but most users will likely toss it aside. I really appreciate when companies include extra feet with a mouse, as sourcing feet for a mouse you've had for a while can be a pain, especially when the mouse isn't a popular model with aftermarket mouse feet support from a company like Hyperglide
. Overall, Cougar does a solid job of including little extras to round out the value of the Revenger S.
Cougar warrants the Revenger S for just a year according to their support site,
which I consider to be the bare acceptable minimum for a computer peripheral warranty. With companies like Corsair and Logitech offering two year warranties on their mice, it would be nice for other manufacturers to follow suit.
Let's take a closer look at the Cougar Revenger S, on the next page.
Cougar Revenger S Optical Gaming Mouse - A Closer Look & Subjective Testing
The Cougar Revenger S is a six-button, lightweight (96 grams) mouse that features a symmetrical shape, meaning it will feel similar when held in the left or right hand, though the button layout is specifically geared for right handed users.
The shell of the Revenger S has a semi-gloss black finish that picks up fingerprints a bit when compared to other mice in my possession. At just 94 grams not counting the cable, the Cougar Revenger S is pretty light, which will allow for it to be used for fast paced, twitch shooters. Speaking of that cable, it's very thin and light, with a reinforced area on the left front of the mouse that keeps things together while allowing for little resistance or drag. The Revenger S indents in the middle for grip, while moving outward towards the front and into the palm, which lends to a fairly interesting grip style. I found that palm grip worked great on the Revenger S, since the large rear hump area gave plenty of room for the palm to rest and moved outward to fill the palm area. Claw and fingertip grip worked well, though the rubber grips don't hold as well as I would like when in fingertip grip.
The Cougar Revenger S has independent main buttons, meaning that rather than the mouse having a single shell with both the left and right buttons integrated, each switch has an individual spring-loaded button sitting above it. I've grown to really appreciate the individual button design on mice, as individual buttons allow for more consistent clicks and longer-lasting mice, since the entire top of the mouse shell isn't stressed with each mouse press. The Revenger S main buttons are done well and they don't suffer from too much side-to-side play or lifting, an issue I've found with some mice that have individual main buttons that haven't been properly integrated. Both the left and right button on the Revenger S offer a consistent, tactile response with very solid rebound and titter clicking is totally doable. The left click was just a hair softer than the right click on the Revenger S, but I tend to find that even the best mice sometimes will have inconsistent feelings between the main buttons. Overall, Cougar has done a great job of implementing the independent main buttons of the Revenger S onto the excellent Omron 50 million click rated switches, but there is just a little room for improvement in click consistency.
The scroll wheel on the Revenger S is quite unique, as it sits within a completely open area rather than being encased by parts of the mouse as seen on most of the mice I review. The scroll wheel on the Revenger S works properly, but the tactile feeling is a bit muddy and the scroll wheel has just a bit of side-to-side play. The button click on the scroll wheel is soft, but it clicks with more of a muffled thud than a reassuring click. The scroll wheel on the Revenger S is totally passable and won't be an issue for gamers, but there is definite room for improvement in the tactile feeling and click provided by the scroll wheel. Perhaps the implementation of the scroll wheel and how it floats between the buttons is the reasons for the lack of tactile feeling, as the scroll wheel is relying on the bar it sits on for all contact points to the mouse.
Cougar is using real rubber side grips on the Revenger S and they are the same exact design as on the Minos X5, meaning they grip well and feel decent, but can cause moisture build up since they run warmer and cause heat build up between the hand and mouse. The grips on the Cougar Revenger S hold well enough and are comfortable, but I can't help but thing that going with real rubber grips for mice may not be the right idea since the material doesn't feel the best and doesn't grip as well as the non-patterned, basic grip of mice like the Logitech G703.
The side buttons on the Revenger S are a bit too soft for my liking, in addition to being too small and sitting too parallel to the frame. Cougar should made the side buttons on the Revenger S a bit bigger and had them stick out more, as they are just too small for my liking. I noticed the rear side button had a slightly softer, less tactile feeling than the front button, so the side button clicks aren't consistent between each other.
The Pixart PWM3360 is one of the best optical sensors on the market and is known for its precise tracking ability that isn't mired by acceleration or jitter reduction in typical DPI ranges. The Pixart PMW3360 tracks well on both cloth and hard surfaces and is the sensor that Logitech and SteelSeries (3366 and TrueMove 3 are firmware-modified variants of the PMW3360) use for their best gaming mice. It looks like Cougar has implemented the PMW3360 properly on the Revenger S, with it properly balanced near the center of the mouse, which should lead to the most accurate tracking possible without bias towards front or rear mouse movement. The Revenger S has Teflon-coated feat on the upper front corner and rear of the mouse. There are slots on the bottom of the Revenger S to allow easy removal of the mouse feet for replacement.
Cougar UIX Software
Cougar UIX software is an 8.4 MB driver package for the Revenger S mouse that allows control over acceleration, angle snapping, DPI, lift off distance, polling rate, RGB lighting and more. Unfortunately, unlike other manufacturers, Cougar doesn't yet have a unified driver software for all of their peripherals, so UIX must be downloaded for the Revenger S from the product page
. The Revenger S has onboard memory, meaning that any settings for lighting, DPI, etc. can be saved and used independently of the program once they have been applied.
Before you can do anything, the Cougar UIX will let you know that a firmware update has to be completed. This firmware update goes pretty smoothly, but there is a brief period when it hits 100% where everything kind of freezes and your mouse goes offline for a moment before rebooting. Cougar had firmware updates for both the Minos X5 and Revenger S with the UIX software downloads, so chances are you will go through this process if you purchase a Cougar mouse.
The main section of the Cougar UIX is laid out very sensibly, with four individual DPI ranges adjustable in the main section. Several profiles are available to be saved and toggled so that users can program the Revenger S to a variety of different button layouts and DPI settings. Polling rate on the Revenger S is set to a default of 1000 Hz. Angle snapping is available to adjust in the Cougar UIX and it is turned off by default.
Surface Calibration and Lift off Distance adjustment is also available for the Revenger S in Cougar UIX, with surface calibration involving moving the mouse in a circle while the system analyzes the surface for a few seconds.
You can program any of the buttons on the Revenger S to do specific actions, including recorded macros. I personally only use one DPI at any given time, so I disabled the DPI button on the Revenger S to avoid accidental toggling during gameplay.
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Extensive control over both RGB zones is available on the Revenger S through the Cougar UIX software. There are a few different animated modes, along with static modes available. I found the RGB lighting on the Cougar Revenger S to be really consistent, with smooth animations and properly diffused lighting.
Overall, the Cougar UIX software is excellent and does a great job of bringing value to the Revenger S. While the Revenger S is a well-built mouse with solid components, it's software like Cougar UIX that truly allows it to shine, with each button being programmable and adjustment of settings like DPI and lift off distance being made simple. Hopefully, Cougar can eventually release a single UIX suite for their various products, as it was annoying having to install two pieces of software from the same manufacturer just to test a couple of mice. I know it seems like a silly complaint, but I can use pretty much any Corsair or Logitech mouse made in the past few years with the same piece of software.
Cougar Revenger S Subjective Testing
For testing the Revenger S, I used my Coffee Lake 8700K system with Logitech G240 Soft Cloth and G440 Hard Surface Mouse Pads. The latest version of the Cougar UIX software (FW28) was installed for the Revenger S and this package included a firmware update for the mouse. Even with a monitor with a 1MS response time, the reality is that the Revenger S felt extremely smooth and adequate under both 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz polling rates and any possible differences between those modes were not perceived by myself. I can say that I didn't notice any erratic behavior or increased CPU usage under the 2000 Hz mode and using it may give users peace of mind that their mouse is reporting as quickly as possible to the PC, so I'd say go ahead and use the 2000 Hz polling rate if it doesn't cause any issues on your PC.
The Revenger S felt great in my hand and performed well in day-to-day use, offering smooth tracking and satisfying tactile response from the main buttons. The Revenger S glided very well on the included feet with either my cloth or hard surface mouse pads, as well. In game, the Revenger S was precise, offering excellent maneuverability thanks to its light nature. I was never able to get the Revenger S to spin out or lose tracking, even when lifting and slamming the mouse rapidly. The Revenger S truly feels at home in a fast-paced FPS environment, as it is lightweight and nimble. I found the default lift-off-distance of the Revenger S to be perfect and never needed to adjust it using Cougar UIX.
Input latency on the Revenger S was as good as any other mouse I've tested, averaging slightly under 200ms during five runs of TheHumanBenchmark, a reaction time test.
The HumanBenchmark is subject to variance since it tests human reaction time, I merely use the test to detect any mice for abnormal input latency that may affect gaming.
The build quality of the Revenger is is pretty solid, though the side button consistency and tactility of the scroll wheel can be addressed. The Revenger S exhibits next to zero rattle when shaken, with only the scroll wheel giving off any noise during the shakedown test. The buttons all hold well and don't rattle, even with the mouse turned upside down. Overall, the build quality of the Revenger S is great and the mouse feels really solid and high quality underneath my hand, allowing it to be used perfectly as my daily driver during the testing phase. I didn't end up moving the Revenger S to full-time duty, since it just didn't quite have the feel and tactile response I've come to love from my G903, but the Revenger S definitely is no slouch, especially at its current $45 price point.
Let's wrap up this review and see how the Cougar Revenger S stacks up to the competition on the next page.
Cougar Revenger S Optical Gaming Mouse - Final Verdict
Cougar used quality materials and made excellent component selection throughout the Revenger S and the build quality of the mouse is pretty solid. The Cougar Revenger S has a symmetrical shape that curves well into the hand while thinning in the middle to allow for inward grip, though this style might not be favorable to all. Cougar has implemented the Pixart 3360 sensor properly on the Revenger S, as it tracked precisely and never spun out or had any erratic sensor movement to report. With properly implemented independent main buttons, the Cougar Revenger S was very capable and consistent during gaming sessions and I was able to quickly get used to the mouse coming from my Logitech G903. The Cougar UIX software works well and allows for quite a bit of adjustment and control over the Revenger S, with no major issues or bugs to report. In terms of gaming capability, the Revenger S is top notch, while it is also totally capable as a daily driver mouse thanks to its expansive feature set and comfort level for medium to large handed users.
Cougar has a few things to address with the next revision of the Revenger. While the overall build quality of the Cougar Revenger S is solid, the side buttons are a weak point. There was just not enough tactile response on the side buttons, in addition to the fact that they were just too small and hard to press, for me to be truly impressed with the Revenger S. The rubber side grip material that Cougar is using on their current mice, while providing fair grip and comfort levels, is not a material that I am a fan of. Cougar is trying to market the validity of real rubber side grips, but the truth is that these grips run warm and don't grip as well as the less-textured grips on mice like the Logitech G703. Besides the less-than-steller side buttons and average side grips, the scroll wheel on the Revenger S also stands out as average and the implementation leaves it susceptible to rattle.
If you are looking for a larger mouse that is lightweight and capable of providing a consistent gaming experience, at just $44.20 on Amazon
, the Cougar Revenger S is a solid choice. I would try and use the Revenger S before buying to see if the grip material is right for you, as this type of material is definitely not for everybody and it takes me a bit to get used to when coming over from mice that use lightly-textured materials. The Cougar Revenger S competes directly with mice like the SteelSeries Rival 310 ($54.99 on Amazon
) and Logitech G403 ($47.18 on Amazon
), both of which also feature similar button layouts and sensor types. The Cougar Revenger S is right on par with the Rival 310 and G403 in terms of performance, but it doesn't outperform either mouse or lead in any particular category that makes it stand out. The 2000Hz polling rate of the Revenger S is a unique feature that the other mice aren't capable of, but that feature just is so trivial that it may not matter. I guess the takeaway is that I am comparing the Revenger S with two of the best wired mouse in the industry and it fits right into the comparison. Cougar has done a great job with the Revenger S and it competes well alongside mice like the Rival 310 and G403 while being properly geared for users with medium to large hands.
Legit Bottom Line: There are just a couple of issues that keep the Revenger S from getting an Editors' Choice Award, but is a great mouse for competitive gamers with medium to large hands.