Corsair has been constantly putting out quality merchandise for quite a while now and whenever a new product is announced we’re always keen to give it a bash. The Corsair Harpoon delivered spectacular performance in its price range and the Scimitar Pro RGB found itself at the pinnacle of Corsair’s mouse offerings for MMO or MOBA players. So where exactly does the newly released Corsair Glaive RGB find itself? Well let’s find out shall we!
First up, the specifications:
DPI100 DPI – 16000 DPI, 1 DPI steps
Sensor TypeOpticalMouse Backlighting3 Zone RGBProgrammable Buttons6Report RateSelectable 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125HzOn-board MemoryYes
Weight122g (w/o cable)Mouse FeetLarge PTFECUE SoftwareEnabledCable1.8m Braided FiberGame TypeFPS
Dimensions125.8mm x 91.5mm x 44.6mm
The Corsair Glaive RGB is geared towards FPS gamers and has 6 programmable buttons with high quality Omron switches inside them. What this means is that when using the mouse, your clicking is as comfortable as possible while still maintaining a high level of click lifespan. Corsair claims that the Omron switches will be good for 50 million clicks so chances are you won’t ever have to worry about the mouse buttons dying on you anytime soon.
The mouse itself is rather large and is comparable to the Steelseries Rival in terms of size. Gamers with large hands won’t have any issues with the Corsair Glaive RGB as it’s quite comfortable to hold with a palm grip. The right hand side of the mouse has a rubberized coating to rest your ring and pinky fingers onto should your palm grip not feel comfortable enough. If you’re a claw grip user though, I’d suggest trying out the swappable thumb grips that come with mouse and finding the one you like the most. The 3 provided magnetic thumb grips can be switched out extremely easily and they really do make a world of difference to your comfort level when using the mouse. Overall, I personally had no issues with the mouse’s shape or size, even with the large thumb grip attached, and found it perfect for daily usage as well as for gaming. Corsair really nailed the ergonomics on this mouse.
Corsair’s Utility Engine or CUE software is easy to use as always and users will be able to change the lighting on the mouse’s 3 RGB light-up zones with just a few clicks of a button. The CUE software also lets you calibrate the mouse to the surface you’re using it on by simply moving it around and keeping an indicator needle within a specific section on a meter. One thing that particularly stood out though is how well the mouse performs on different types of surfaces after calibration. Corsair’s software and the Glaive RGB design really excelled in how smoothly the mouse moves on both a normal mousepad and on a wooden table in my specific experiences with the device.
The Glaive RGB has a rather premium feeling braided cable protruding from its back and it seems like it can withstand quite a lot of wear and tear. As for the actual mouse itself, the entire device is surprisingly made from high quality plastic (with only a small metal piece up front) coated in soft touch paint. I would have preferred if the top of the mouse had a rubberized coating as seen with the Steelseries Rival but after getting used to it, I couldn’t really complain about the feel of the mouse because of just how smoothly it worked. A little more metal on the device wouldn’t have hurt and would have offered a bit more reassurance in the strength department over the hard plastic used, but I digress.
The Glaive RGB makes use of the Pixart 3367 sensor, the same one used in the recently released Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB in fact, so users are definitely getting a premium quality product with a top of the range sensor. Corsair’s CUE software lets you change the DPI in increments of 1 DPI, starting at 100 DPI and ending at 16000 DPI, and assign it to 5 different levels. These levels are indicated by LEDs on the mouse itself for easy identification. So if you really want to customize the feel of the mouse for different gaming situations such as playing as a sniper in an FPS to being a micro-managing beast in an RTS or MOBA game, the ability to do so is there. And so is the ability to swap between these DPI profiles on the fly with the press of a button on the Glaive’s top surface.
The Glaive RGB also features two programmable side buttons, which even though they seem quite uncomfortable to reach at first glance, are located in just the right spot above the swappable thumb grip. These buttons also have a textured rubberized coating and have enough of a gap between them to make them easily distinguishable from each other. The mouse wheel itself has a thick rubberized coating and rotates with just the right amount of resistance for my personal tastes.
Being a Corsair device, the RGB lighting is of course, top notch and the ability to customize the 3 light up zones individually makes the mouse stand out from some of its competition. Performance wise, as I mentioned above, the mouse was perfect both for daily tasks as well as for gaming sessions. The Pixart sensor certainly delivers high levels of precision and finicky FPS gamers will appreciate the easy to adjust DPI settings and love the thumb grips even more thanks to the level of control they impart on the user.
My only gripe with the mouse is the price itself. Coming in at €69,99 or the recommended retail pricing of +- R1250 at the time of writing this review, users may be better off purchasing the more premium Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB or even the slightly lower priced aluminium M65 RGB Pro instead. Corsair’s product quality is competing with itself in this case but that’s not necessarily a bad thing since the Glaive’s thumb grips and stellar performance make it worthy of any self-respecting gamer’s arsenal.
In summary, the Corsair Glaive RGB truly is a premium wired mouse, with swappable thumb grips, geared towards precision hungry FPS gamers in particular.
Recommended stores to purchase from in South Africa:
- Rebeltech – Online
- It Worx SA – Retail + online
- Computers only – Retail + online
- Matrix Warehouse Kyalami – Retail
- Matrix Brooklyn – Retail
- Wootware – Online
- Loot – Online
- Spy Computing – Retail
- Landmark – Retail
- Computers 1 – Retail
- Real Design Difference – Retail
- Scenic Route – Retail
- Direct Technology Solution – Retail
- The Pc Shop – Retail
- Ae Software Solutions – Retail
- Compusys – Retail
- Independent Group IT Solutions – Retail