Mountain Makalu Max Gaming Mouse Overview
Taking a look at the mouse we have an all black design and currently black is the only color Mountain is offering the mouse in. Compared to the Makalu 67 this mouse is noticeably missing the cut-outs in the palm rest. Instead we have a rigid ABS design as making the mouse as light as possible is not the main focus of this mouse.
I would say the Makalu Max is slightly larger than other gaming mice out there, especially lightweight mice. It is 126 mm long, 43mm at its highest point, and 70mm at its widest point. Overall the design of the mouse lends it to be good for those who use a claw or palm style grips.
Towards the front of the mouse we have our two main buttons. These are powered by the Kailh GM 8.0 switches which have a lifespan of 80 million clicks. Separating the two main buttons is a scroll wheel which is wrapped in rubber, four indication LEDs that let you know what DPI level you are on, and a DPI up / down buttons. Looking at the mouse from the front we can see that the main buttons do sit at a slight slope and the buttons themselves are flat, not concave. Also on the front of the mouse is a USB-C connection that you can use to charge the mouse or use it in wired mode.
Looking at the mouse from the side we can get a better idea of the “hump” design of the mouse. As I mentioned at the mouse is 43mm tall at its highest point. The left side of the mouse features three buttons. Two that are designed as forward / backwards that are very easy to access with your thumb, and a sniper DPI button that is a bit further up the mouse. The right side of the mouse is completely empty without any buttons.
Flipping the mouse over there are three PTFE mouse feet, one each towards and top and bottom of the mouse and one around the sensor. Talking about the sensor Mountain has gone with the PixArt PAW3370. This is a 19,000 DPI sesnor that has a very low lift of distance of 1 to 2 mm, and an industry-leading low error rate of only 0.5%. There is also a small switch on the bottom of the mouse that turn it on for wireless operation. You will notice two notches on each side, these allow you to easily remove the modular side grips, which are held into place with magnets.
So the left optional side grip is pretty common, it gives you a thumb rest with a rubberized texture. The opposite optional side grip is an extra wide grip with support for your ring and pinky fingers. Below you can see what the mouse looks like with each of the side grips on as well as both together.
Each of the optional side grips do have a strip of PTFE material so they do not drag. Also on the bottom of the mouse you will notice a circle cut-out around the sensor. This is the section where you can install the optional weight discs. These not only allow you to control the weight of the mouse but also re-adjust the balance. There are three discs, a 6.6g one, 8.4g one, and 10.6g one. These easily go right into the cut-out in the mouse and there is a notch so you can remove them. You can only install one disc, so they cannot be stacked or anything like that.