The Redragon Centrophorus M601 is one of the biggest selling gaming mice on Amazon and is made by a somewhat newish company to the western world – Redragon. The mouse is tailored for the low price end of the spectrum and does not contain a lot of high-end features that some other mice do so if you are looking for a high-end mouse then this won’t be your answer. Out of the box, this mouse looks and feels a whole lot better than we thought. Although a lot of the materials are quite cheap it does actually look or feel like a cheaps mouse. But as far as low spec medium grade gaming mice goes then it’s certainly worth a look, especially given the price.
Who are Redragon ?
Now Redragon are a lot more popular with a number of products out in the west with many of those products being very successful.
Redragon, if you don’t know, are a research and development company based out of China and they were formed in 1996.
Originally they were designing and producing products for other tech companies but in 2002 branched out into producing products of their own, so while they might be relatively new to the west they have been established for quite a while now and are breaking into the western market with force.
Gaming mice are not their only area of expertise with the company producing other peripherals such as headsets and keyboards.
While the Redragon M601 is at the low end of the gaming mouse spectrum, the Redragon Perdition is most advanced mouse in their line so far and is comparable to the Logitech G600.
If Redragon keep producing their goods with the same quality and price they should be here to stay and are a welcome addition to the gaming market.
Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS Performance
Polling Rate Like most gaming mice of any quality these days the Redragon Perdition comes equipped with a polling rate of 1000hz.
To put some perspective on this the average human response time is 215 milliseconds (or yours might be fast.
For interest’s sake you can test your reaction time here) With 1000hz, your mouse is sending signals every millisecond. That’s plenty of speed and response from your mouse.
DPI If you are not sure what DPI in a mouse it the short version is that it defines the speed & sensitivity of the mouse sensor or more simply put – the higher the DPI the faster your curser will move across the screen when the mouse is moved.
This will all come down to personal preference. Some people like the mouse to move faster across the screen while others slower.
This preference again may also depend on the game you are playing. High DPI is not much use for sniping for instance.
So while some gaming mice come with DPI as high as 16400 such as M601’s big brother the Perdition, most of the time you won’t need anywhere near that much to do what you need.
Another factor with DPI to keep in mind is your screen size & resolution. With a low-resolution screen DPI is basically enhanced as you will need even lower DPI to move that little cursor across your screen.
The Redragon M601 comes with 2000 DPI. Obviously not close to the 16400 of the Perdition and is quite low even for a budget mouse.
Though to be fair even on the lowest DPI setting it still seems very fast.
A recurring criticism from some purchasers was this fact and that if you are playing FPS it would be very hard to snipe or us small precise movements given the fast movement.
So 360 sweep movements are sometimes hard to do.
Another criticism that popped up a bit was the sensor not working correctly and the cursor freaking out a bit on the screen.
This was probably the problem that was second most common among previous purchasers we found.
It would be nice to see a bit more, and actually in their upgraded model of this mouse, the M602, it does come with a little more DPI.
It is good to have options but given the price of this mouse, you are going to have to hope that 2000 DPI is enough for your needs as there is no changing that.
Acceleration If you don’t know what accelerations is it if you can imagine a point A and point B.
If you move your mouse from A to B, with no acceleration settings, your mouse will move at a constant speed irrespective of how fast you move your mouse.
Acceleration means if you move your mouse from A to B quickly your mouse will move further at a faster speed.
Most of the high-end gaming mice these days come with 30g or more acceleration.
I’m a big fan of options and even though you may or may not want this much acceleration, having the options, in my opinion, is a good thing.
Things can easily be adjusted with software.
The Redragon M601 comes with 15g of acceleration.
This is great but the question you probably want to be asking is do I need acceleration?
The good news is if you do or you don’t you once again have the option here.
One of the first things we noticed once opening the box and trying this mouse is how low the middle mouse button is.
It does not come up that much higher than the left and right mouse buttons.
It doesn’t quite impede using the actual button but it certainly noticeable compared to other mice such as the UtechSmart Venus.
6 Buttons is what you will get with the Redragon M601.
2 of these buttons, the ones on the side are programmable while you have your left and right click along with the dpi button in the middle of the scroll wheel.
It is a bit funny but the two side buttons are textured differently with the front one with a little circular bump texture and the back one just the plastic coating.
It feels a bit funny switching from one to the other and we definitely prefer the textured one.
Your thumb definitely grips and stays on that button a whole lot easier.
Also, the back button seems to have a little less resistance than the front button so the front one takes a little more effort to click.
Probably the biggest negative about this mouse from other purchasers are that the mouse sometimes develops issues with the middle scroll button.
This was by far the most common issue or complaint customers had.
Sometimes the scroll wheel gets filled with grime and doesn’t function well and other times the mechanics break, whatever the case it was the most common problem that developed on this mouse.
You can find a mouse at this price with more buttons but with cheap gaming mice to find to be able to find a good marriage between price and quality. This mouse is certainly on the more dependable sided of the spectrum.
Profiles & Software
Unfortunately, this mouse doesn’t come with any onboard profiles.
It does, however, work straight out of the box, even on a Mac.
You can use the DPI button and have the ability to change that, however, to be able to program the two buttons on the side you will need to download the drivers which you can do here.
The Redragon M601 is touted as having programmable buttons and to some extent it does but you would need to be aware that the side buttons are not able to be mapped to a custom function.
Only simple functions like back, forward up down etc, can be bound to the side buttons you are not able to bind macros to these buttons.
Colors There is basically no customizations available in terms of colours for this mouse.
Admittedly the mouse does look very cool with the red lighting but if you don’t like red then you probably won’t want this mouse.
Funnily enough, this was another common criticism amongst buyers, the fact that the colours were not able to be changed and also that the brightness of the red colour was not able to be changed either.
Another thing that bothered a number of buyers was the fact that when you turn your computer off the Redragon M601 will keep its LEDs on. So you will still get the bright red light after your computer turns off.
So what about the DPI profiles , how do you know which setting you are on?
That is a light which will indicate which DPI profile you are on. There are 3 settings and therefore 3 light indicators. No light – Lowest DPI setting, Dim – Middle DPI setting and Bright- Highest DPI setting. Unfortunately no options to change the colors, but this is a low budget mouse.
Weight For a mouse of this price to have a weighting component option is an added bonus.
The M601 comes with 8x 2.4g weights which you can use to adjust the weight to your liking.
These weights come packaged already inside the mouse so there is no extra packaging or weights container for storing any weights you want to take out.
Even with all the weights inside it is not a heavy mouse.
It is also kind of difficult to get into, you really have to dig under the lid and pull the container out. A number of purchasers have had trouble with this weights system. It is not an easy one to use, unfortunately.
The Redragon M601 requires a PC with a USB port.
This mouse does not come with any CD but it does still come with a user manual and you can also download the drivers from the website here.
The mouse is supported by the usual operating systems such as Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP or later operating systems.
Can I use this mouse on a Mac? The answer is mainly no but also yes.
The mouse is not designed to run on a Mac and the software/drivers will not work on a Mac.
It does have minimum functionality on a mac, but as mentioned above you won’t be able to program any buttons.
The default setting (if you were using this in a FPS or MMO) for the buttons on the side are forwards and back.
Dimensions & Physical
The Redragon M601 comes out of the box at 120mm x 70mm x 39mm.
If you compare that to the Razer Naga (119 x 75x 43) & the Logitech G600 (118 x75 x4 1) it is quite similar in physical size but a little bit flatter than a few other mice.
Another nice wee feature about the Perdition is the texture.
The mouse doesn’t have a glossy feel and rather has a textured surface which helps with keeping your grip and not having your hand slide around should you get a bit sweaty in those long gaming sessions.
It is a bit plasticy but it has some holes there to give you thumb some breathing space which unfortunately can also collect a bit of grime. This is on both sides of the mouse.
In regards to how this will feel in your hand, well if you have big hands then this mouse might not suit you.
A few of the consumers with bigger hands have mentioned that this mouse was a little small for their liking and we concur that it is not a large mouse.
It is noticeably smaller and flatter than the UtechSmart Venus (see below images) which I personally find very comfortable and I would consider my hands medium size.
The mouse comes with a fibre-braided cord which is 6 feet long.
TEFLON feet pads ensure that the base of the mouse is durable and the mouse movement remains smooth on any surface, though Redragon has suggested that performance may be better on a lighter surface.
Redragon offers an 18 month after sale warranty on purchases of the M601 gaming mouse.
Make sure to keep your warranty card in case there is a faulty unit or in case the unit breaks down with the 18 month period.
For a mouse of this price, the 18-month warranty is a very good deal.
Consumer Reviews & Ratings
This is one of the most popular gaming mice on Amazon with a whole lot of fairly happy customers.
It is even more impressive now Amazon has changed their review conditions to which only verified purchasers can post reviews.
No negative competitor reviews and no positive reviews for incentives (or at least it is more difficult).
Around 84% of 4500 people have given this a 4 star or above rating on Amazon so that is a good amount of happy customers.
The common complaints from previous buys were mostly around products faults, including the middle scroll button, the sensor and other mouse buttons playing up.
As mentioned above keep the warranty card in case.
Overall though this mouse has overwhelmingly positive reviews.
It is definitely not suited to the extreme gamer but most gamers of that nature would be looking at a mouse with higher specs and and a higher price tag, but for a quick fix or for the more casual gamers then like many others you will likely be a happy camper with this mouse.
Good quality mouse for the price
Looks good, feels good, doesn’t feel like the cheap mouse it actually is
DPI on the fly
Minimum Colour customization options
Middle mouse scroll button is quite low and sometimes develops issues
Software not mac compatible
Cannot customize side buttons
Lights stay on when computer is off
Redragon Centrophorus M601 Conclusion
Let’s face it, at 15 or so dollars you shouldn’t be expecting the world from a mouse.
For the price the Redragon M601 an excellent buy. It does have great specs, but most high-end gamers will be looking elsewhere.
For the more casual gamer or for more everyday use then this mouse would work a treat.
Some buyers who have had this mouse breakdown within a year should still utilize the great 18-month warranty.
The materials used are not high quality and there are for sure other mice with more comfortable materials such as rubber rather than the plastic materials which can cause issues after long gaming periods.
But it is only around $15. It is definitely better than we thought it would it would be in terms of looks, and construction and quality for something of that price.
Some FPS have had issues with precision and swift turns and we would again point back to the fact this is a cheap mouse.
The sensor is not of the quality of more expensive mice and there are other mice such as the A4tech Bloody V8m which is in the same price bracket which might suit the FPSer more.
However for the casual gamer who are not gaming for long hours at a time and doesn’t need the elite functions and performance hardcore gamers do then the Redragon M601 would suit you down to a tee.
Have you purchased this gaming mouse? We would love to know what you thought. Feel free to leave a comment below with your comments.