Redragon is king when it comes to budget gaming peripherals; mice in particular. This company has been operating in the United States since 1996. At first, they started building electronic components for other companies; quietly building their fame by delivering quality products and, due to the scope of their work, odds are that you may have at least one product on your desk that has Redragon-manufactured components in them. At the turn of the 21st century, this organization decided it wanted to conduct business directly with the consumer, instead of dedicating their trade solely to fulfilling outsourced component manufacturing. Consequently, the Redragon line of gaming peripherals was born.
We’re not quite sure what sort of wizardry and black magic goes into Redragon peripherals, but these guys build some of the most sturdy and reliable gaming products, at a fraction of the cost that items from other companies go by. Admittedly, this organization doesn’t shine in the creativity department, as most of their products are modeled after more expensive versions created by other manufacturers. For instance, the Redragon Perdition is modeled after the Razer Naga (and so is the G600, but no one seems to mind when Logitech does it!), and the M601 is as generic as generic can be.
Case in point point, the M601, also known as the Centrophorus is a mouse that delivers solid performance, despite the meager price tag that would suggest otherwise. Now, because we can’t quite end the review on that statement and call it a day, let’s get started on the aspects that set this peripheral apart from the competition.
Claiming that a gaming peripheral is good and not following up on that statement would be an utter disservice to our readers. In that sense, we need to first set the stage and establish a set of criteria to consider when reviewing one of these products. For general purpose mice such as the Centrophorus, we need to create our evaluation based on certain aspects that allow this entry to perform admirably on a wide range of tasks; from regular office work, to multi-genre gaming. That being said, we usually construct our reviews taking into account aspects such as the amount of additional buttons, the build quality, the design aesthetics, and the type of sensor.
For a budget gaming mouse, the M601 goes far beyond the call of duty and delivers tremendously on all the categories mentioned above. The moderate sensitivity settings, coupled with a pair of extra buttons, all wrapped into an elegant and ergonomic package make this mouse a force to be reckoned with, even compared to the high-end models. The possibility to adjust this mouse’s sensitivity, weight, and center of mass is just the icing on the Redragon cake.
As we mentioned above, this mouse boasts a decent-quality optical sensor, which can be adjusted at up to 2,000 CPI. Now, this level of sensitivity is by no means top-of-the-line, but it’s still more than enough to assist you in most slower-paced games, such as MOBAs (Dota 2, League of Legends) and MMORPGs (World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV). Unfortunately, the rather limited sensitivity ceiling makes the Centrophorus ill-suited for faster-paced games that rely on twitch actions and quick reflexes. However, in all honesty, when it comes to gaming or office work, sensitivity limits are seldom a deal-breaker for most users. I would even go as far as to say that, those that purchase gaming mice with 16,000 max CPI settings rarely crank their sensitivity up all the way; the movements become way too imprecise at that speed. The 2,000 CPI offered by the M601 will be more than enough for most games.
What’s more important than CPI, in my opinion, is ergonomics. Any given mouse can offer you tons of features, perks and benefits, but if it doesn’t fit neatly and comfortably in your hand, then you might as well use a boulder as a peripheral. For those who rely on their mouse to put food on the table, or to have some fun during those long gaming sessions, comfort is an absolute necessity. An ergonomic mouse can save you from wrist strains or hand injuries, product of excessive or improper mouse use. The M601 is equipped with finger rests on both sides, which assists your thumb, ring, and pinky fingers when holding and sliding the mouse across the tracking surface. Furthermore, the sides are coated with a rough texture that feels good to the touch and provides an extra amount of grip. The teflon pads installed on the bottom of the M601 ensure that your slide is as smooth as it can be, even after years of use. And speaking of years of use; the Centrophorus is equipped with durable micro-switches on each of its buttons which are tested to last for up to 20 million clicks; this is one mouse you won’t be replacing any time soon.
For the price of this mouse, we really can’t think of any shortcomings. This product’s flaws (if you can find any) will most likely be chalked up to lower-quality components. However, Redragon employs strict quality control standards so that faulty mice never end up in the consumer’s hands.
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