So you’ve probably clicked on this review wondering who the hell is Mountain right? Well, you weren’t the only ones. We’d never heard of them before they reached out to us asking if we wanted to take a look at their new Makalu mouse. Mountain makes gaming peripherals, specifically for PCs, and already have one modular gaming keyboard on the market called the Everest. The Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse has been shared with various members of the press, and it’s not quite ready for public release. But we’ve been lucky enough to look at one, and Mountain have a real contender on their hands.
The Mountain Makalau 67 in terms of inputs keeps it simple. On top are your standard left and right mouse clicks, as well as the scroll wheel which uses incremental step scrolling instead of a smooth motion. This makes it very easy to quickly make weapon selections in the head of battle, and stops you from over rotating the wheel. There are also two thumb buttons on the left hand side as well, making this mouse unfortunately only suitable for right-handed use. All buttons on the mouse use Omron switches, which are covered up to 50 million clicks.
There’s a subtle RGB effect that cycles round the outside of the scroll wheel and adjustable DPI button. I suppose it’s Mountain’s way of appealing to that gaming audience. It’s relatively odd though, that inside the app, the lighting effect clearly shows it flowing from colour to colour smoothly, but in reality, it’s a littly stuttery, like each LED inside of the mouse is turning to one colour to the next rather than creating a flow or fade effect.
It uses a rib-cage design, very similar to what we’ve seen with the Coolermaster MM7710 or even the new mice coming from Glorious. This forms part of Mountain’s way of keeping the mouse weight to an absolute minimum. The mouse, even though in the hand it still feels pretty bulky, only weighs 67 grams, which is where they get their Makalu 67 name from. The outer shell is relatively smooth, and has a grippy texture where it counts on the mouse buttons. It’s also entirely made from plastiic too, which is surprising.
Despite what you might think, the Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse is actually quite rigid, and I’ve tried putting my weight onto the rear hump, trying to force my hand to leave any kind of indentation, but nothing. It looks weak, but it’s actually very structurally sound. On the left and right are cutouts, which don’t follow the hole uniformity of the top and back of the mouse, but its grooves acts as grip, so it doesn’t slip around. Speaking of holding onto the mouse, the PCB which can be clearly seen through the holes is water resistant, giving it protection against sweat after long periods of gaming. I was able to hold the Makalu 67 in a palm grip quite comfortably too, and rest the centre of my hand on the hump towards the back.
But where the Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse is special, is the fact it’s using a Pixart 3370 sensor, which is vastly more advanced compared to its predecessor, the Pixart PM3389. The 3370 gives gamers a 1-2 mm lift-off distance, which can be fine tuned inside of the Basecamp software, as well as the upgraded inches-per-second to 400 IPS and a 50% lower error rate. There’s also a maximum DPI sensitivity of 19,000, which is insane, but I’m sure there’s some gamers our there who prefer theiir DPIs to be closer to the farther end of the scale. For me though, I tend to keep my mouse to 1,200 max. The 100% PTFE mouse feet themselves provide a very smooth glide across a mousemat. I’m currently using a FNATIC foam pad, and I’ve had no issues with sticking. The feet are completely replacable too, and Mountain even provide you with two extra feet.
There’s no doubt that the Basecamp driver is one of the simplest to operate on the gaming mouse market. The fact that the software is so nicely aid out, and very easy to punch between each menu is a breath of fresh air. And gamers can expect everything that they want from an adjustable gaming mouse, like the ability to record macros, or change the RGB effects. One key element of the Basecamp software is the abilty to change the mouse’s workings. Things like pinpoint accuracy on your DPI switch, or your polling rate, cursor sensitivity, which is especially useful for working on your desktop, or even inside of MOBA titles, and one thing I have never seen before in a mouse’s software, and that’s click speed, which changes the time it takes to send a double click command to the PC.
And finally, you can change your button response time too. By default it’s set at 2 milliseconds, which I didn’t change. I want to mention, that I had a few issues with the software when I first installed it. It just wouldn’t open and I couldn’t get the Basecamp window to show. But it changed. I’m not sure what happened. I provided my logs to Mountain themselves, and one day, iti just opened and appeared in my system tray. I’m sure any bugs or glitches will be ironed out by the time this hits the market though. You can see some of the menu options below in the gallery.
Inside of games though, this all equates to a solidly performing mouse, and one that has been a pleasure to try out and test before general release to the pulic. Thanks to the new Pixard 3370 sensor, I felt that my accuracy inside of games, especially when playing rounds of Valorant, I was a lot more accurate than I have previously been. Mouse buttons feel very responsive to press, and while they are rather tough to press, they’re not stiff and do not require effort. Being so light, it also means that flick shots were also a little easier to pull off. I am not a pro gamer by any standard, but even I had some better KD ratios inside of games. The Mountain Makalu 67 is also light enough to move with my thumb and fingertips too, rather than leading from the palm of my hand.
This is going to sound like a very bold statement, when the gaming mouse market is so competitive, and it almost feels like new mice are entering the market every week – but Mountain have absolutely smashed it with the Makalu 67. And whatmore, this is their first ever gaming mouse. It feels like Mountain have listened to common issues that spring up with competitors, and have improved upon them. It’ll be interesting to see once the leaders in the gaming industry start coming out with their Pixard 3370 sensor mice, but still, it’s a great start from a fairly unknown manufacturer for sure. For more information, head over to the Mountain website.
We’ve been told after creating the review that the mouse actually uses the PAW3370 sensor. We were first told it was a PMW3370 sensor. Also, the RGB ring on our sample is not yet final so our comment on the RGB effects is sample specific and will not be present on the final products that will be shipped to consumers.