A relatively new face in the world of gaming peripherals, Mountain is a brand that focuses on developing affordable and user-centric devices for gamers. Today, we’ll look at the Makalu 67, a lightweight and ergonomic gaming mouse to see if it is worth its SGD $99 price tag.
|Dimensions||Height: 127.0 mm|
Width: 70.2 mm
Depth: 42.2 mm
|Cable length||1.8 metres|
|Polling rate||1,000Hz/ 1ms|
|Buttons||1. Left click|
2. Right click
3. Back button
4. Forward button
5. Scroll click
6. DPI button
|Software||Mountain Base Camp|
What’s in the box?
Here’s what you can find in the box:
- The Mountain Makalu 67 mouse itself
- Spare PTFE feet/skates
- User manual
The Makalu 67 is available in Black and White options. We were sent both to test out, so you can see which colour you’d prefer.
At its core, the Makalu 67 is a honeycomb lightweight mouse (it weighs 67g, as its name suggests). But we appreciate that Mountain took an extra step to differentiate the Makalu 67 from other honeycomb mice on the market. For one, Mountain went for a unique oval-shaped holes that make the mouse look slimmer and sleeker than the usual hexagonal perforations you see on honeycomb mice.
Both the white and black options feature a matte finish that is great to touch. You don’t have to worry about sweaty palms or spillage with the Makalu 67’s water-repellant PCB coating.
For those looking to spice up their gaming set up, the Makalu 67 sees an element of RGB in the form of a ring around the scroll wheel and the DPI button. You can even use Base Camp, Mountain’s software, to customise the RGB lighting style that you prefer.
The mouse’s ergonomic design helps the hand sit comfortably on the mouse. It is shaped for those with a palm-grip. That said, the Makalu 67 is quite a big mouse – 126mm from front to back, 62mm across at the front and 70mm at the rear. Those with smaller palms might therefore find it difficult to manoeuvre the mouse.
One of the Makalu 67’s strengths is its buttons, which have minimal pre and post-travel on the major triggers. The buttons are extremely tactile, making it great for regular FPS gaming. Omron switches with a 50 million click rating are located beneath the principal buttons, contributing to the “crispy” clicks offered by the Makalu 67.
The mouse is also pretty quiet – it’s not silent, but the clicky noises aren’t a tiny bit annoying.
The side buttons on the Makalu 67 are slightly angled and very easy to click on while gaming. Mountain also nicely fitted the DPI button between the left and right buttons but slightly below them so that users will not accidentally trigger the DPI button. You can use the button to set DPI from anywhere between 50 DPI and 19,000 DPI in 50 DPI increments. There is also an LED light indicator that lets you know which DPI setting you’re on – as seen in the video below.
The Makalu 68’s scroll wheel, which makes use of an ALPS encoder, like the other buttons, is tactile, quiet, and overall a joy to use.
In the skates/feet department, the Makalu 67 sports 100% PTFE feet that glide super smoothly on the mousepad.
The 1.82m cable/paracord utilized on the Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse is quite soft and flexible.
It’s also great that the cord protrudes from the mouse at an angle, avoiding contact with your mousepad.
Base Camp software
As mentioned previously, you can customize the Makalu 67’s RGB lighting on the Base Camp software. But more than that, on the software, you’d be able to adjust:
- Polling rates
- Lift-off distance
- DPI profiles
- Key bindings
The software was intuitive and easy to use, and offers all the fine-tuning that gamers would love.
A Mousepad for Your Mouse – the Nunatak Mousepad
Mountain also sells their very own mousepad, the Nunatak mousepad, which comes in two sizes – Medium (350×260 mm), and Extra Large (900×400 mm).
To improve stability during gameplay, the Nunatak mousepad is fitted with an anti-slip rubber base. The mousepad also sees stitched edges for added durability.
In terms of design, there isn’t much to love or hate about it. It’s a simple black mouse pad with white edges. The cloth fabric on the surface of the mousepad that accords users a smooth glide, especially when coupled with the Makalu 67’s PTFE skates.
The Mountain logo could be smaller, though.
Pricing and Availablility
The Makalu 67 Gaming Mouse is available here at SGD $99.
The Nunatak mousepad is available here at SGD $24.90 (M) and SGD $49.90 (XL).
With a flexible cable, lightweight design, responsive buttons, great build quality, and software for customisation, the Makalu 67 is a joy to use. Despite its large size, the ergonomic right-handed mouse mouse was comfortable to use even after long hours.
Overall, the Makalu 67 offers quite a bang for your buck – we have another terrific optical mouse to add to the list.