Cougar 550M Gaming Mouse Review

UIX and Features

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The UIX software is needed for this mouse, but only to adjust the features, the mouse will work perfectly fine and even allow you to change the DPI settings, though to what they have already predefined.  The software as you saw is not included in the box, but can be downloaded here: http://cougargaming.com/products/mice/550m/

On the first screen, the “Performance” tab, we can find there are a ton of features.  You can set the individual DPI selections for each time you pull that trigger, here are the default settings.  The default settings set the LED lights orange, following closely to the Cougar theme.

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Then of course you can start moving the settings accordingly.

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Myself, I keep everything pretty standard but I move the DPI and Sniper DPI settings to 5800 and 5750 respectively and enable the mouse acceleration.

  • DPI Setting: is a measurement of how sensitive a movement of the mouse is. With a low DPI setting, a 6 inch swipe to the left will travel a shorter distance in this case a DPI setting of 50 will only move the mouse to the left 300 dots on the screen, or pixels.  A mouse with a higher DPI setting for example 6400 DPI at that same 6 inch swipe will move mouse 38,400 dots or pixels.  On this screen we see 3 dpi settings, so here I just set my very first DPI setting to 5800, while DPI 2 is at 1600 and DPI 3 is at 3200, each setting reflects a pull of the trigger.

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  • Independent X and Y Axis: This allows you to independently adjust the X, the Y or both Axis level’s separately depending on your use.

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  • Sniper DPI: Setting allows you to configure a button for snipping and as long as the button is pressed, the DPI setting will be the active DPI until that selected button is released.

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  • Polling Rate: Is the frequency in which the computer receives an input signal from the mouse. Like the DPI settings, the lower the polling rate, the shorter the response time, potentially adding some delay to your mouse movement and with that the higher the polling rate, the quicker the response time and the increase the accuracy of your mouse movements.

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  • Angle Snapping: a more robotic if anything adjustment allows you movements of the mouse to be smoother and allowing for easier and straighter lines. I found switching this to “On” makes my movements a little less natural.  Off, disables this feature and lets you move the mouse as you move you hand as perfect or imperfect as that movement may be.

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  • Lift Height: A potentially frightening experience, if it’s set too high, even if you have you mouse lifted off of the mouse pad, the mouse will continue tracking. If the setting is too low, the mouse will not tract the very second you lift the mouse off of the mouse pad.

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  • Double Click Speed: This setting allows you to adjust just how quickly you need to click when you double click an icon.  The default setting seems to be the standard windows setting.  If you lower the slider the easier a double click is, the lowest setting give you about a 1 or 2 second period in between clicks.  The highest setting seemed a bit like the middle setting, but for some with slower fingers might be a bit challenging.

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  • Scroll Speed: Allows you to change the speed at while the scroll wheel goes up or down.  The lower the settings, the finer the scroll up or down a page will be, the higher the setting will allow you to move up and down a website or a document quicker, but you may find yourself clicking to see something you may have missed because you scrolled right passed it.

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  • Windows Pointer Speed:  Similar yet different than the DPI setting portion will allow you to tweak and tune your setting even more.  This allows you to move the mouse further at a faster (high) setting and slower (lower) at a lower setting.  This is not a dots per inch setting, so it is something you will want to try to see if you like.  I found the lower setting to help me in Battlefield 4 and another version I cannot mention at this time with my aim, no I am not a sniper but I have very good aim.
  • Enable mouse acceleration: This is a little less specific than DPI Setting and even Windows Pointer Speed setting.  When I mentioned about the left and right movements and the measurements on both above, this one depending on the rate of speed you move the mouse will move further, even if you move it less in either direction.

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The “Key Assignment” tab, we see that we can change the functions of each and every key.  To utilize this feature, just click hold and drag a function you would like to use, then drag it to the left and drop it over any function you would like to replace.

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For example, here I click/held and dragged the “Scroll Up” button from the right and dragged it over and dropped it over the “Left Click” button.  Now if I were to click “Apply”, my left click would now be my “Scroll Up” button.  I will go ahead and cancel that though.

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Under the “Advanced” tab under “Key Assignment” seems like it will only allow basic trigger button functions, but notice the drop down menu.

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Among the other option listed, which there is a ton, we find the Sniper mode we found earlier.

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Much like the drag and drop, it is the same feature here.

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I won’t go over all of the options, they are basically all the same, and they even have an option that allows you to tie a program to a button, so that when you click the button it opens the program.  You can also create Macro’s.

OK, so let’s move on to “Lighting Control”

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A great option they added here, you can from the program adjusts the color and lighting effects (On, Off, Breathing and Cycle).  You do not have to stick with their predefined color selections though, you can adjust with the slider and change the RGB of each color, if you don’t like to use a slider because it is less accurate, you can manually type in numbers.  You have 16.8 million colors to choose from, have fun.

Game Profile Management:  Allows you to set up profile of functions, features, Lighting effect and Macro’s for up to 3 different profiles.

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When you click on it, it shows the profiles here.  You can create new ones, edit old ones, delete older ones, import new ones or other friends profiles, you can export your own profile to take it with you, you can copy you profile to make sure to leave one just like you like it then copy it to make slight modifications without touching the original and then finally you can reset everything, just in case you messed up bad.

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You can even make it look nicer by adding you own picture, that’s my “Angry” gaming profile.

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Now you can access that profile by clicking “Mode 1” or “Mode 2” or “Mode 3”, simple right?

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Ok, so while pictures are worth a thousand words, video are worth a billion.  In this video I show you most of the features and functions I described above, include the physical mouse itself, the software and how to use it, along with adjusting the lighting and even connecting it to an android tablet, the Tablet Express Dragon Touch X10.

Ok, now that this is all done, let’s go on to my Final Thought and Conclusion.

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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