After heading to this years EGX, I popped over to the Corsair stand and grab something to review off them, I managed to score the ‘Glaive’. An RGB Gaming Mouse with some pretty impressive features, and a mouse built for FPS Games.
Let us delve in to ‘The Shop’… what we see when we browse at our local retail outlet.
What a nice start, black and Yellow packaging, stands out a mile, don’t you think, with the mouse making a prominent standing, all lite up.I have to say, when I first glanced at this mouse, I thought to myself, ‘Interesting design, exceptionally the left-hand side‘.
Corsair has chosen to showcase a few features on the front which include;
- 16K DPI (Dots per inch) – Custom, pro-gaming grade native 16000 DPI optical sensor.
- Interchangeable thumb grips – which provide a tailored fit.
- Dynamic multi-colour backlighting (RGB Lighting).
- Contoured shape, designed for long gaming sessions.
On one of the sides, they describe the Omron switches which are rated to last for 50 million clicks. On the other side, system requirements;
- USB Port.
- Windows 10, 8 or 7.
- Internet connection to download Corsair Utility Engine.
Moving to the back the mouse is present again from a top-down perspective, with some more features;
- 6 Programmable buttons.
- Onboard Profile Storage for lighting effects, Macros and DPI Settings.
- Dynamic Multicolour 3-zone backlighting.
Moving to the unboxing, which is different to what I am used to, with all other companies, like Razer, SteelSeries or even HyperX. When you first view the box it looks great, very well packaged and thanks to its magnetized flip lid you can view the mouse before purchasing, something SteelSeries still do not offer.
Then it comes to the task of opening it up and gaining access to the mouse, a task on its own, there is no sleave or a quick lid here, its cut the sticker on the side and open from the top and untangle the other section, great security, but overkill.
I have created a little video for you to see what I mean.
Packaging is a pain in the butt, but great for security, as there is no way this mouse is going anywhere fast, but I do hope Corsair create a more simplified version of packaging in the future.
So after a little time getting the mouse out, I pulled out the tape measure and gave it a once over, Grip is width is around 6.4cm / 64mm, the length is around 12cm / 120mm and the height is around 4.4cm / 44mm. I then chucked it on some scales and got a measurement of around 119g. When picking the mouse up, and checking its weight distribution its seems to be well centred near enough around the mouse sensor.
The left-hand side of the mouse is where all the good stuff happens, as you can interchange thumb grips, I actually liked the bigger thumb grip at first, but in the end, I moved the grip surface 2 (see images below) as it offered a rubberized grip surface and a nice position for my thumb to rest on. The grips are easy to remove and replace, as each of them is attached via magnets.
When moving to the other side of the mouse it’s nicely curved, seems flatter to the front with a nice rubberized grip. The mouse itself has a rubberized texture all over which will pick up oil marks from constant use.
So after looking at the weight, measurements and grip styles I moved to the buttons, which I found had good travel distance and nice sounding clicks on de-press, however, the left-side buttons I found kind of strange, as there is a gap between the thumb grip and the buttons themselves, not something I am used too, and in all honesty, I don’t think I have a mouse that has this sort of design. I am finding it hard to get used to it, going from the SteelSeries Sensei or the Razer LanceHead, but buttons just seem more convenient compared to these ones.
See video below for the sounds, just a heads up, buttons are Omron.
When it comes to your grip preference, based on the mouse itself and my use of the mouse, I was able to use it more comfortably with palm grip, however, this is due to my hand size, larger hand sizes should have no issue using the mouse fingertip grip or claw grip.
Underneath the mouse is the sensor which is one of the latest sensors on the market (13.10.2017) this Pixart 3367 sensor which pushes out 100 – 16000 DPI. There are also 4 rubber feet that help the mouse glide over any surface from hard to soft, I was using the Razer Firefly and had no issues, I also tested in the SteelSeries Dex Mouse mat, also no issues.
Now for the bling effect RGB Lighting, which sees the Corsair logo, strip lines down the side, and false vent holes at the front, all being lite up. There are also 5 LED slots on the top that represents your current DPI setting, the button in the centre controls this for you.
The mouse is attached via USB, not gold plated, with a braided cable around 1.8m in length, so should be long enough for any pc gamer. One final thing, there is an instruction manual, that gives you the basics of what this mouse offers.
When it came to testing the mouse, It had to be an FPS game, so maybe some CS:GO and DOOM, and I am happy to say, the mouse performed very well, and I was unable to get the mouse to spin out, just don’t go into the software and allow for a higher lift-off distance, as you will find the mouse spinning out, so keep it set to low distance.
Now we come to software, which as always is great from Corsair, little over complicated sometimes, but once you have done it once, you will slowly get to grip with it. In the software you can assigns profiles, commands, create macros that will detect keyboard and mouse buttons, key remapper, text or even media, its sort of endless. You also control the lighting effects, choose from what is available or create your own, set your DPI, set the lift-off distance and a whole lot more.
WoW, just popped away for a bit and watch Blood Drive and Star Trek Discovery, one is insane the other out of this world, rather enjoying them. Back to finishing this review. OK! This is an FPS mouse, but do not let that put you off buying it, if you do not like playing FPS games, I played games like The Evil Within 2, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and with some Dungeon 3 added to the mix, the mouse was great for all those games as well.
The RGB lights look great, I am still finding it difficult to get used to the left side buttons when I have a break, a number of options in the software gives you plenty of flex and customisation. I am only marking this down due to the side buttons nothing else, so it will be getting a 9/10. Everything else about this mouse is perfectly ok and Corsair has created a great contender in the mouse catalogue.