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Redragon M901 PERDITION Review - Armchair Empire

Redragon M901 PERDITION Review

  • 7.5/10
    Design - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10
8.5/10

Our Rating


Redragon M901 PERDITION Quick Specs
Sensor Laser
Connection Wired
Max DPI 16,400
Max Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Programmable Buttons 18

In an industry that’s dominated by high-quality products from the likes of Razer and Logitech, lesser-known manufacturers need to keep their products up to snuff.

That’s exactly what Redragon did with their M901 PERDITION Laser mouse, and it definitely paid off. The PERDITION is often mentioned as a worthy alternative to Razer’s Naga or Logitech’s G600 – hard to believe, as both the Naga and the G600 are widely regarded as staples within the programmable mouse category.

Let’s take a look at exactly what Redragon did to make the PERDITION such a fantastic option.

Design

I’ll be blunt: The M901 looks like a gaming mouse. Gaming peripherals tend to land in one of two camps – those that try to be minimalist and more “professional”-looking, and those that capitulate to the designs and color-schemes traditionally associated with gaming. Redragon went the latter route here, and the result is an aggressively-shaped mouse decked head to toe in black and red.

This sort of design work is either loved or hated, but I actually think Redragon did a pretty good job. It’s easy to mess this “gamer” style up and manufacture a cheesy product, but the PERDITION toed that line quite well. Still, look elsewhere if you’re not a fan of black with red highlights.

Physically, the M901 measures 4.7 x 3 x 1.5 inches and weighs just over 5 ounces – almost identical to both the Razer Naga and the Logitech G600. Mouse sizing is very subjective in nature, but I think the vast majority of gamers will be pleased by the overall size and weight of Redragon’s M901.

Gaming Mouse for PC Games M901 Perdition Redragon MMO Mouse LED RGB Wired Gaming Mouse 16400 DPI High-Precision Laser Computer Gaming Mouse with 18 Programmable Buttons (Black)
  • WIRED GAMING MOUSE; built for PC Gamers - Ergonomic Redragon M901PERDITIONBacklit Laser Gaming Mouseup to 16400 DPI(1000/2000/4000/8200/16400 DPI user adjustable), 12000 FPS, 1000 Hz polling rate, 30G acceleration. The High-Precision Avago Sensordelivers Pinpoint Accuracy while the Omron Micro Switchesensure longevity, greater durability and extreme responsiveness, giving you an even greater edge over your competition.
  • LED RGB BACKLIGHT PROGRAMMABLE GAMING MOUSE; 18 user programmable buttons, 5 Memory Profiles each with distinct LED colour option for quick identification. Comes with 8-piece weight tuning set (2.4g x8), and over 16 million RGB LED color options and Breathing Effects. (LED Backlight can be disabled) The Redragon M901 Mouse is taking personalization to the next level.
  • ERGONOMIC GAMER MOUSE DESIGN; The ergonomic shape of the Redragon M901 PC Gaming Mouse fits naturally in yourhand, reduces stress while delivering superior productivity and efficiency. Giving gamers an extremely comfortable gaming experience even during the most testing marathon gaming sessions like league of legends, steam, Overwatch, Call of Duty or other First Person Shooter.

One of my absolute favorite aspects of the PERDITION is the material Redragon chose for the body. It’s not that glossy plastic you’ll see on cheaper gaming mice, but instead is a supremely comfortable molded “plastic” that provides the perfect amount of grip.

I’ll be the first to admit my hands do get quite sweaty during long gaming sessions, so I was thrilled by how perfectly contoured and wonderfully…matte? the PERDITION is. It’s hard to really convey the feel of this mouse without trying it yourself – once you do, you won’t want to go back to anything else.

On the bottom of the mouse, you’ll see durable TEFLON feet pads. I initially thought this was an odd selling point for Redragon, but after a few days of use you’ll see just how awesome that TEFLON is. It’ll last for years without wearing down, and it guarantees smooth tracking on all but the most pockmarked surfaces.

Lastly, the M901 comes fully loaded with 18 programmable buttons. 12 are organized on the side of the mouse in your typical keypad-style layout, with the remaining 6 located appropriately across the body and sides of the mouse.

Features

To start, the PERDITION comes with 5 fully customizable “onboard profiles.” For each profile, you can program your buttons, set your DPI, pick specific color schemes, and much more. There’s a physical button located at the base of the mouse that allows rapid profile switching, in game or otherwise.

Redragon does provide users with its own spin on customization software, and the program is (surprisingly) not utter trash. It’s not nearly as intuitive or functional as Razer’s Synapse software, but it’s still easy to set up, easy to navigate, and it gets the job done at the end of the day.

In terms of personalization, you can adjust both the LED colors and the weighting of the mouse. You can flip between a few preset color profiles or scrap them all and make your own from the ground up, adjusting both RGB combinations and the overall brightness of the lights. The PERDITION even offers you a “breathing speed” setting, which dictates how quickly the logo lighting pulsates.

The mouse weighs in at a comfortable 150g out of the box, but comes with an 8-piece weight tuning set as well. These 8 weights weigh 2.4g each, and allow for a total maximum weight of 169.2g when they’re all installed. I found this weight range to be quite accommodating, and actually spent a fair bit of time testing out my gameplay within certain weight ranges.

Performance

This mouse is honestly a straight up workhorse. It boasts a max DPI of 16,400, which “just so happens” to be 400 DPI higher than the Razer DeathAdder Elite’s 16,000 DPI. The five DPI breakpoints are: 1000, 2000, 4000, 8200, and 16,400, and can be swapped on the fly.

The PERDITION is indeed a laser mouse, which will be off-putting for some. I do understand the optical mouse preference, as optical mice technically provide more uniform tracking at different rates of movement. But, if the laser sensor is your only hang-up, I can confidently say that you will not notice a difference with this awesome mouse. I’ve had 0 tracking issues thus far, and don’t expect any to be forthcoming.

You also get a standard wired polling rate of 1000 Hz, a 30g acceleration rating, and standard gold plated connectors.

Last but not least is the centerpiece of this slick little mouse: the 12-button “keypad” underneath your thumb. If the presence of 12 programmable keys on the side of your mouse didn’t make it obvious enough, I’ll spell it out: this mouse is best-suited for MMOs and other games that benefit from numerous accessible key bindings.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t use this mouse for RTS games or FPS games – I’m just saying the 12 macro buttons are typically best-utilized by MMO aficionados.

The buttons themselves are truly premium. They’re as well-spaced as they can be, have lighted key caps, and offer a very satisfying level of feedback when pressed.

Conclusion

Redragon’s PERDITION was a welcome breath of fresh air into the MMO mouse market, as it had previously been dominated by Razer’s Naga and Logitech’s G600 for far too long.

The PERDITION is a worthy competitor as it offers the same (if not more) functionality as the other two mice, at a typically-lower price point. It’s stylish, sturdy, and unbeatable as an MMO-style mouse.

While the laser sensor illumination, color scheme, and acceleration feature may be off-putting for some, the M901 is most definitely the ideal gaming mouse for countless others.

If you’re looking to upgrade from an aging Naga or G600, or just need a few additional buttons for all of your spells, you can’t go wrong with an M901 PERDITION from Redragon.