If I were to recommend a gaming mouse priced at under $28, you might think I was crazy. That is, until you put your hands on the Redragon M801 Mammoth.
The Redragon M801 Mammoth is priced on par with the lowest of the low end gaming mice, at that sweet spot where you might expect to find a decent three-button mouse for office use. Gaming mice are held to a much higher standard, often demanding high price tags and features such as variable color options and sensitivity settings.
But somehow, the folks at Redragon have managed to pack the Mammoth with exactly the right features to qualify it as a high-end gaming peripheral you would expect to easily pay three times as much (or more) for.
Build and Design
If the Redragon M801 Mammoth were made by Apple, it would be described as unapologetically plastic. This isn’t necessarily a detriment to the device, especially with its generous rough coating that provides plenty of comfortable grip throughout its top and sides.
At its base, you will find a small opening containing weights that you can add and remove as needed. With all of the weights in place, the mouse has a good, quality density to it that makes it glide smoothly across the mouse pad on its teflon feet.
Build quality is exceptional, especially at its price point. The left and right buttons are a bit light on the click sensitivity, often registering clicks if I fidget a bit with the surface of the buttons.
The scroll wheel reminds me very much of the one included on the Razer DeathAdder, a $70 gaming mouse with a similar color-changing light feature.
Speaking of color-changing lights, there are four different areas of the mouse that light up, each with a different color. The software focuses on the lights at the top of the mouse, where your palm rests. The volume/sensitivity adjustment buttons also light up, but their color seems to be linked to which of the five sensitivity settings are currently selected.
As a special extra touch, the Mammoth features a red and black threaded USB cord that is exceedingly difficult to tangle and looks great.
Perhaps most uncharacteristic of a sub-$30 mouse is Redragon’s driver software. In this software, you can configure a number of things, including:
- Sensitivity Presets
- Light Color
- Button Assignments
- Point Speed
- Scroll Speed
- Double Click Speed
- Polling Rate
- 5 User Profiles
I found the software easy to use, and generally well designed. Button assignments especially were super intuitive, and generously accessible.
If there is one drawback I noticed, it would be that changing the colors for the lights in the scroll wheel and front of the mouse were not readily accessible. Also, “Close” is a confusing term here. Disabled would make a bit more sense.
At $28, the Redragon M801 Mammoth delivers in the value department. When it comes to getting your money’s worth, the Mammoth is near the top of its class.
In an industry where you tend to get what you pay for, the Mammoth is certainly an exception.