So AOC has decided to enter the PC peripheral market. They’re generally known as a monitor brand, producing monitors for work use as well as high-refresh gaming panels, which are actually pretty decent and also pretty cheap. We’ve got one of their new gaming mice on the desk, the AGON AGM600, and by the way AGON is their new brand of gaming peripherals, much like Ford has their Focuses and Fiestas and I must say I am actually enjoying my time. But let me tell you why, because it has to really do with another current popular mouse on the market.

And that is the Logitech G502X we reviewed not too long ago. Now that mouse was an absolute game-changer to my gaming rig in my eyes, with its superb shape and plentiful buttons, which is mirrored here on the AGM600. You’ve got 10 programmable buttons of which come as your top left and right clicks, and a scroll wheel that clicks in too. It scrolls in increments and is not smooth which is great for gun changing inside of games. You’ve got a DPI switcher just underneath the scroll wheel, two buttons front left, two typical thumb buttons, and a forward thumb button. Everything is pretty reachable though the forward thumb button was a bit of a stretch to hit. This front thumb button however follows suit with the Logitech G502X. It’s called the Sniper Button, which when pressed and held down, will reduce your DPI sensitivity until you release it, making it easier to track shots in FPS games with a sniper rifle. This can be changed though if this isn’t what you desire inside of the driver software. There’s a nice extended thumb rest on the left-hand side which is a nice touch, and it’s nice to rest your thumb there when you’re not trying to hit the side buttons.

The mouse is covered in a nice soft-to-touch material, there’s no rubber down the sides and unfortunately, it can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet on the left and right clicks. The sides of the AGM600 do have a rough texture pattern though which does work for grip. I had no issue with swishing the mouse around my mouse pad. At 146 grams, it’s not the lightest mouse on the market, and remember the G502X came in at 102 grams. But you’ve got to remember, this is a wired mouse, so a chunk of that weight is being taken up by the braided cable. It isn’t a huge difference though while in use if comparing both mice only, and the comfiness of this mouse in my hand while using my go-to palm grip. It’s nicely domed towards the rear, which aids with a palm grip so I can rest my entire hand over the mouse, though the shape does lend itself to a palm grip too if that is your go to way of holding a mouse. There’s a thin RGB strip that runs around the base of the mouse, which isn’t the brightest, and then the logo on the back does light up too. There’s a small pin light just under the DPI switch that’ll give you an idea on which sensitivity you’re using on the mouse, though once your hand is covering it, you’re not going to see it.

The AGON AGN600 uses Kailh switches for its clicks and is polled for 80 million total clicks which is huge., and to tell you the truth they’re not too bad. I’m especially keen on the satisfying click of the buttons, though the actuation has a bit of travel before it hits though there’s no real post-click travel, as long as you don’t press down too hard. It’s not the lightest of clicks I’ve felt on a mouse yet, especially around the sides, these need a bit of force to hit, though while playing FPS games unless you’re a part of the hardcore e-sports crowd, you’re not going to mind it too much. There’s a nice sprung return on the clicks too that was very satisfying, and the side clicks almost followed your thumb movements, so that’s good there.

The driver needed on your PC for the mouse is called the G-Menu. And again, the comparison to Logitech’s software is uncanny, called the G-Hub by the way. The G-Menu software is laid out pretty well and I had no issues finding the settings I needed to change to suit me. The first screen will allow users to change the functionality of their mouse clicks. Screen two is for adjusting your DPI sensitivity levels which run up to 16,000 DPI, of which there are five different modes. You cannot seem to change the colours here, and you cannot remove any of the sensitivity levels, so you’re stuck with five levels. There’s a setting for your polling rate, which can hit up to 1000Hz, and things like scroll speed and double click speed. Screen three is for your RGB effects of which there are really only very few, and these consist of things like static lighting, a breathing effect a flash, and the like. These can be set to random colours or a single static colour and screen four is for your Light FX sync settings if you’re using other AOC products.

On the underside, you can find four glide pads that aid with the movement on a mouse pad. There are plastic covers on there so make sure you peel those first otherwise it’s not going to feel as smooth as you’d like. The mouse uses a Pixart PWM3389 sensor which is great for FPS games as there are no noticeable acceleration or prediction algorithms. It’s purely for enhanced FPS gameplay where accuracy is important. It does however according to the spec sheet have 50G of acceleration and 400IPS. There’s also a profile button down there too to switch between different profiles if you’ve set that up in the G-Menu software. Now one thing that is a definite advantage with this mouse is the fact it takes advantage of Nvidia Reflex, which is designed to reduce the latency between mouse and PC, making actions feel more instantaneous with your mouse clicks.

Playing games with the AGON AGM600 felt very satisfying as stated before. The mouse is very comfortable to push around the mat, and it is very responsive to what I am doing on the screen. And for a mixture of games too, like Two Point Hospital where it’s a lot slower, at a higher DPI I didn’t need any effort really to play the game, and likewise, with something like Hunt Showdown, it was really nice having different sensitivity levels, and even the sniper button too.

While yes, throughout this review I’ve made okay, not-so-subtle hints that this AGON AGM600 is basically a 502X, it does feel as if there’s been a good amount of inspiration taken from that mouse. It’s nigh on identical, and while it’s not as light, its performance is still absolutely solid. What is also advantageous is the fact that this mouse only costs £39.99 which is an absolutely astounding price compared to the performance it gives you. Now AOC is generally known for this budget gear, and this is true here, I’d class the AGM600 as a budget-friendly mouse, but there’s no way that this mouse should be ignored if you’re after a new gaming mouse. Save your Christmas money on getting this over other expensive mice on the market. You definitely will not be disappointed. Find out more info on the AOC website.